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Spinning
Spinning | Tillie Walden
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It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.She was good. She won. And she hated it.Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.
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Cityofamber
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Mehso-so

This book was ok, it did a lot of stating what happened and telling instead of showing the story.

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Lauredhel
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Quality #graphicnovel haul from the library today.

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Devyn
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Pickpick

So I read this so fast that I hadn‘t even yet marked that I was reading it. Got it this afternoon at 1 pm. By 7 pm it was done. And that was with working in between, but every break was this. Absolutely beautiful.

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Lauren.Archer
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This was beautiful memoir bu someone so young. I did not realize she was from Austin where I am from which made it just a little better.

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Lauren.Archer
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Going to try to get this in this morning before my Pats kick-off.

Bookcation74 Go Pats! 6mo
vlwelser Go Pats! 😍 6mo
minkyb Woo Hoo. Pats!! 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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What happens when your refuge, in this case ice skating & the camaraderie that comes with being on a team, becomes a source of pain & confusion, an unrelenting chore that brings you little joy? How do you let go & be true to yourself? Tillie must answer these questions after she & her family move to Texas & everything changes. A powerful, heart-wrenching story about growing up, coming out & understanding & accepting yourself. A definite recommend.

bunny I read this at the beginning of the year and could not agree with your review more! An emotionally tough read, but so good. 9mo
ohyeahthatgirl We just ordered her new one for our library! I put a hold on it SO FAST. 9mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Walked in to Chicago Comics today to pick up an order, Fence #10 which they were out of on release day (never mind that I also have an electronic copy because I couldn‘t wait to read it), and walked out with Deadpool (Skottie Young) and two recommendations. First, Spinning which I‘ve seen around but not read. I don‘t even know what to say about Sparrowhawk except they told me I would love it and they are always right. Plus, Delilah S. Dawson!!!

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JillPill
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Monthly round-up for August!
I got a lot of reading done this month and read a bunch of really great books. I mostly focused on comics and manga so that's why the total is so high.

#AugustRoundup #mothlytotals

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MartinClycle
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Beautiful and heartbreaking and one of the best things I've read all year.

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MartinClycle
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I've been reading a lot of short stories this past week, time for something a bit more substantial

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Cptn_Dr
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Heartwrenching and beautifully drawn, it was immediately clear why this won an Eisner award this year. Shooting it to the top of my to read list was the right decision.

I will admit that I had to take a couple of hours between sittings. I could have devoured it in one go, and usually would have done, but I got the news my parents' Corgi was hospitalized yesterday, so was very worried and not in the mood for sad stuff. He's doing fine now though!

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RealLifeReading
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Reading about ice skating ⛸ and making a big octagon for a crochet top

knittedgnome Pretty colors! 13mo
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Skeebies05
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Mehso-so

Meh for me. The author was born in 1996- which makes her only 22. I dont know, there wasn‘t a ton of depth for me. And I wasnt a huge fan of the drawing. Often I couldn‘t tell people apart 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Skeebies05
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A. Amazon told me this was essentially lost in the mail but then it arrived today, at work!
B. I thought this would be a quick read to get me back on my reading goal track. Nope 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Spanish_Broom
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libraryvixen
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Pickpick

When I got this book, at first glance, I thought it was about ballet.
It isn't. It is about ice skaters. More than that, it's about the many relationships that are built and broken over the course of Tillie's adolescence.
The story is told so lovingly that when it ended, I felt joy and sorrow. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, painful and full of emotion.
I'm a better person for reading this. You will be, too.
#EisnerNominee2018

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I grew up figure skating, and this book brought all those memories of the rink back to me. Early mornings, long practices, and lots of shivering. A dear friend of mine gifted this book to me because she knew I was a figure skater when I was young, and I am so thankful she did! This book is such a great example of the power books have to take us back to the familiar places in our hearts while also leading us on a new journey.

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Bkwrm7
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Walden excels at giving her memoir a distant moodiness that captures her ambivalent feelings towards her adolescence and her time in the figure skating world. I did particularly enjoy looking up YouTube videos of the moves Walden used to title her chapters.

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wizard-rachel
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That second sentence is relatable for sure!

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AmandaFields
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#riotgrams day 10: book & beverage
Watching the Winter Olympics is making me want to go figure skating again ⛸ (I haven‘t gone since college and was never very good, but the skaters make it look so nice 🤗)
Spinning is an adorable graphic memoir about a young ice skater, btw. Anyone have another rec for a book about figure skating?

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quietjenn
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Late dinner. Sometimes simple and ready-made is the way you have to go.

queerbookreader This book made me feel a lot of things 1y
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LiteraryinLititz
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This graphic novel is about ice skating, bullying, coming out, etc. It felt a bit disjointed to me though I liked a lot about the illustrations and themes. It wasn‘t until reading the author‘s note at the end, though, that I realized how impressive an accomplishment the book was. She‘s only 22! That is so cool! Given that, I feel more lenient about some of the elements I didn‘t love.

BeckyK 😻 those paws 1y
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LiteraryinLititz
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Littens, I‘m feeling inspired to start a bullet journal to track my reading. I‘ve been stalking the #bujo hashtag and just messaged some of you to ask about it, but then I thought I‘d ask everyone. Do you have any suggestions for how to get started? I‘m not artistic but I like to be precise, if that makes sense. I‘m not going to freehand cool drawings but I can letter neatly. I like the ones with charts and tracking stats... where should I begin?

LiteraryinLititz See, this is my current method- just writing a boring list in pencil. I can do better, right? 1y
BennettBookworm Lists aren't boring when they have handwriting as gorgeous as yours 😍 1y
mhillis Check out some bullet journal tags on Instagram! 1y
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Jokila
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Jokila
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Jokila
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mabell Great pic! 1y
GondorGirl This one is on my to-read list. I can't wait to hear how you like it. 1y
Jokila @GondorGirl I LOVED it! 💜 I‘d put it up there with some of the best-loved graphic memoirs (Blankets, Fun Home, etc) 1y
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Jen_Reads
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Thinking of starting this one tonight. I need to get out of the reading funk I‘m in.

#graphicnovel #teenmemoir

MayJasper Best wishes 2y
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MrsGreen
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Spinning came in my @jrlibraryguild shipment for the month and I loved it! I swear I had an arc of this at one time but 🤷🏼‍♀️
@tilliewalden does a great job covering a lot of topics in this graphic novel memoir - ice skating of course, but also friendship, loneliness, coming out, parental relationships and more. I recommend it! 👍🏻
I also love the wordless panels!

RadicalReader @MrsGreen most gorgeous cat I have ever seen!! What‘s its name? 1y
MrsGreen @RadicalReader This is Charlie 😺 1y
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RowReads1
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"Spinning" is similar in some ways to "Roller Girl" because of subject matter. It's about the success's and failures of ice skating and competition. It's also just about growing up and figuring out who you are. It's for a slightly more mature readership than "Roller Girl" because it's more dense, less colorful and (tw) sexual assault. ?

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amydieg
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Quiet and honest and emotional.

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RowReads1
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Happy New Years!🎆🎊🎆🎊🎆🎊🎆🎊🎆🎊🎆 I'm having a hygge filled evening with some chilled persimmon punch and starting a new graphic novel.

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Monique
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FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 (1/5)
Of all the books I read this last year, here are my five absolute favourites. Starting with no. 5, Spinning by Tillie Walden. One of the most moving, beautiful, and well-crafted comics I read this year. #favouritebooks2017

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Hestapleton
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Mehso-so

The concept of this book was really engaging and the artwork was lovely. However, the book itself was too fragmented. It was hard to follow the narrative and the story stayed surface level, making it hard to connect with Tillie. There was a lot of telling instead of showing that made this just okay for me.
Working through my #Netgalley backlist: 2/18

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queerbookreader
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The whole library haul, organized.

Lots of DC, lots of Image, more Vertigo than I usually read, a couple Marvel, and a sprinkling from other publishers. Plus two crochet books (one about Jane Austen era crochet!) and a book on gingerbread houses. The overall goal here is to finish some series, and try out some new ones I've had my eye on.

YEET. ✨

daena Really enjoyed Spinning. 2y
alanacristin Nice 😍😍😍 lots here on my tbr! 2y
silentrequiem Afar is 😍 2y
queerbookreader @silentrequiem Is it!!!! Oh good! I just liked the cover and grabbed it haha 2y
silentrequiem @queerbookreader I want a sequel so bad! 2y
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charl08
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Memoir by a talented young writer and illustrator, ice skating and growing up.

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hinsbug
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was so glad to finally read this. Honestly I thought I would love it just bc it's a queer coming of age graphic memoir (and I did) but I also saw a lot of elements of my own teenage depression/frustration in it & I was both surprised & touched. thanks Tillie 💜

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Lindy
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A screen capture of my November reads. Eclectic, as usual. 😊

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
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JenP
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Meeting my daughter and husband at a diner and I got here early so of course I have a book. While i love my family, these few moments to myself are rare and treasured.

Kaye Amen 2y
JamieArc My husband is out with his dad taking longer than expected, feeling bad about it, and I‘m all “no worries!” Because I get coveted reading time 😊 (edited) 2y
LapReader I need to have both family time and reading time or I go a little nuts. 2y
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lowellette
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Mehso-so

A look at ice skating and early sexual exploration. You could definitely feel the chilly loneliness of the skating world.

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Lindy
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A poignant coming of age memoir told in #comics format. Walden says she knew she was gay from the time she was 5, but she spent 12 years in the hyper-feminine world of competitive figure skating & didn‘t feel comfortable coming out there. Clear line drawings made me complicit in the 4 a.m. mornings, the cold rinks & exhausting schedule, the awkwardness of making new friends, the humiliations & triumphs in front of skating judges. So good! #LGBT

UrsulaMonarch Can't wait to check this one out! 2y
Lindy @Lkelly It‘s really well done. Enjoy! 2y
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Lindy
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I wanted to tell someone. Anyone. But I couldn‘t talk about it without outing myself.

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Lindy
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It wasn‘t the thrill or freedom I felt that I remember — it was the fear.

Reggie Dang it, @Lindy, after all these posts, I have to buy this now. Lol 2y
Lindy @Reggie I read a library copy. Yesterday I went to a bookstore and bought a copy and then gifted it to a friend. It‘s really a special book. 2y
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Lindy
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Barbara had been my first coach. But teaching me to ice skate never meant much to me. I came to her lessons just to be in her arms. As a little kid, I was desperate for any affection or attention and she gave it all to me.

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Lindy
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Each chapter in this memoir begins with a figure skate move that doubles as intro to an aspect of Walden‘s coming of age and coming out story.

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SqueakGirl
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Tillie Walden's memoir is moving, yet at times muted lending to this feeling of claustrophobia during scenes where Tillie feels trapped in her ice skating gigs. The pictures are black and white with color used sparingly to make a emphasis. It also tends to add warmth that is usually lacking with the black and white motif. Furthermore, the use of a lot of empty space in different panels helped contribute to the loneliness Tillie felt at times.

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Snakes6atx
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Tillie is the real deal! Her drawings are great and the stories she tells are fascinating. This one is a memoir. Check her out!

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Monique
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Tillie Walden creates a moving memoir of adolescence, using a careful hand with the colour and negative space to create an atmosphere of disconnect and alienation. It‘s a beautiful book filled with heartache and listlessness.

myers85 Cool review! 2y
Monique Thank you! :) 2y
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Monique
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