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Love, Hate and Other Filters
Love, Hate and Other Filters | Samira Ahmed
A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacquelyn Woodson, and Adam Silvera. Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a "suitable" Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City--and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she's only known from afar. There's the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya's last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?
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BookishGirl06
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Mehso-so

It was ok but I didn‘t really love it. I didn‘t hate it. I liked seeing a glimpse into this girls life but I wish it were a little different.

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BookishGirl06
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Got from library and started reading today.

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LaxaAliyah

Genre: Young adult fiction
Date Started: November 2, 2019
Date Finished: November 27, 2019
How did you choose this book: The book caught my eye when I was looking at books in Chapters.
Summary: Maya Aziz faces challenges as a Muslim American. She tries to pursue her dreams and fall in love with who she wants to, all while trying to be the perfect Indian daughter.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#CollegeDays
#Spooktober

On my tbr shelf 📚📚📚

Eggs 🤗👏🏻❤️📚 3mo
Smangela Another great read!! 3mo
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IvoryLunatic
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It‘s finally not too hot to read on the front porch. Trying to work two library books into my reading schedule without missing publishing dates for my #NetGalley #ARCs. Somehow they always all come available at the same time even though I try to choose books with different waitlist times.

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Dcueto
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Thanks for the tag, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego . My favorite book of the year is “Love, Hate, and Other Filters.” Congrats on the followers. @GrilledCheeseSamurai #sixdigitsamurai. I tag @sedunawaybooks

GrilledCheeseSamurai Hi!! Thanks so much! And thanks for playing! Also - Welcome to Litsy. 😊 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I read this last year and it was great! It's in my classroom library now. 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I really liked the cultural aspects of this book. There were some really interesting things that I felt like I learned while reading and the characters were fun. I felt like it was a bit disjointed and slow in parts and very predictable. It‘s a good quick read for a YA audience, but I think it could have been done better and brought together better.

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NovelNancy
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Maya is a h.s.senior; she's also an American Indian & Muslim. Her parents came to the U.S. from India. Maya is torn between being the daughter her parents want & expect her to be & her own dreams - go to NYU to study film and to date a h.s. non-native Muslim. Interspersed in the story are snippets of an event outside anyone's control - a terrorist attack that leads to hate crimes directed toward Maya and her parents.

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Butterfinger
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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS BOOK!!!

A young American born girl, who is also Indian Muslim, must fight bigotry and her overprotective parents to live her dream - to go to NYU and study film.

Maya frets over young love while an abused skinhead prepares a terrorist attack which propels more hatred and attacks on her family.

Being a mom of a teen, I can understand the lengths Maya's parents make to keep her safe .

It is just an amazing book.

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eraderneely
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know if I‘m just not in the mood for YA. This hovered between a pick and a so-so. Interesting subject matter, didn‘t resolve in a cheesy way, believable family dynamic, but I also didn‘t much care what happened. It could just be me though.

(I figured out the answer to my earlier question though! Within the book click “go to” and choose “cover” rather than a chapter.)

TrishB Glad you got it sorted 👍🏻 I think there‘s a million things my kindle can do that I have no idea about! 8mo
eraderneely @TrishB I was just thinking, desperately, “how do I post to Litsy without the cover?!?” 8mo
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eraderneely
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Kindle‘s first outing!

Can anyone tell me how to show the cover of the book I‘m reading? All I‘ve figured out how to do is get books from the library and read them. I don‘t understand anything else on this thing. (Yes I am a 110 year old Luddite)

TrishB Is it a paperwhite? 8mo
readingjedi Do you mean instead of the default screen saver? If you can do that I don't know how! Sorry, totally not helpful! 😏 8mo
eraderneely @TrishB no, regular version 8mo
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eraderneely @readingjedi that would be great, but even in general is there a way to show it besides in the list of books on the device? 8mo
readingjedi @eraderneely I think you just change it from list view into cover view. I think. I'm on my 3rd Kindle & still only do the bare minimum in terms of operating! 8mo
eraderneely @readingjedi haha! I knew I had been avoiding these things for a reason! 8mo
readingjedi @eraderneely Just looked on mine & you have the choice of views - grid or less. Grid gives you the covers, 6 to a pages. I'm a fellow Luddite when it comes to anything made after 1995! 😂 8mo
Leniverse If you mean show the cover on the lock screen, then no. You only get ads for Kindle Unlimited, usually thrillers or romances. I hide the screen from view whenever I open my Kindle, lest someone see it and think I am reading "Marines in Love: War never prepared them for this". ? 8mo
eraderneely @Leniverse haha! What? That‘s not your cup of tea? 8mo
Leniverse I own my guilty pleasures. Mostly. But no, that's not even my beverage. 😆 8mo
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BiblioNyan
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📸Examines anti-Islamic rhetoric that's YA friendly.
📸Cute romance that doesn't follow toxic tropes.
📸Empowering female friendships.
📸Familial conflicts w/multi-cultural identity that's genuine.
📸Snarky, independent MC who's inspiring as she is fallible.
📸Illustrates MC's American identity as NOT making her less than as a brown, SA, Muslima (i.e.: doesn't depict her with “White filter.“)
📸Simple prose w/ film-esque similes.
📸4.5/5

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RealLifeReading
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Starting a new book this Saturday morning. Another weekend where I wake up too early but then again I get to enjoy the peace and quiet downstairs. This morning, some homemade baguette with butter and kaya (coconut jam). The 5yo and I were listening to Mercy Watson yesterday and Mercy Watson (who is a pig btw) loves hot buttered toast and we just thought that was hilarious. But it made me want some hot buttered toast.

Lcsmcat Ah, the power of books! I‘ve had that happen so often. 11mo
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madamereadsalot1
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It's starting today! I'm gonna play. #lovehate
@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

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Callemarie
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Pickpick

I loved this book. It really put into perspective social issues going on in America now. The fear that has infiltrated our homes and has caused us to treat people differently. I love maya's determination but also her sweetness. She reminds me of my best friend who is also Indian but grew up hindu. I think this is an important book to read as well. I'm glad I did.

aeeklund Her upcoming one is also really good, for many of the same reasons. 12mo
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Callemarie
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I DID IT!!!!!! It only took me three years of participating but I finally did it!!! Being new to the Samsung world I of course accidentally reset my timer yesterday but thankfully had taken a picture of my time.before that happened. So after doing the math in my head I finished at 24 hours and 14 mins!!!! #24in48 @24in48

suzisteffen Congrats! It‘s so much fun to see everyone‘s posts about 24in48! 12mo
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 12mo
mariaku21 Congrats!! 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
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Megabooks 🎊🎊🎊🙌🙌👏🏻👏🏻📚📚👍🏻👍🏻 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin Fantastic!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 12mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 12mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 12mo
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Callemarie
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Alrighty. I'm awake and ready to tackle the remaining 11 and a half hours!!!! #24in48 @24in48

Suet624 Good luck! 12mo
Mollyanna You got this! 12mo
Allydanielle88 You can do it! 12mo
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Callemarie
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And on to my second read for #24in48 @24in48

TheBookAddict Yum, noodles! 😋🤤 12mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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SO GOOD. Definitely a book everyone needs to read. Bigotry, racism, and Islamphobia is not gone from America, unfortunately. With today‘s political leadership especially, it is alive even more so, and thus the evermore stronger need for us resist and stand up for what is Right, Pure, and Just.

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LitsyBuddyRead
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Discuss here 👇🏼 this is the FINAL discussion of Love Hate and Other Filters and also the FINAL discussion of #litsybuddyread in 2018!

#lovehateandotherfilters #lfof #LITSYBUDDYREAD

Jennifer3 I am working to catch up today! @Jess7 thank you for allowing me to be part of this group this year! It has enriched my reading life!!! 13mo
RaimeyGallant I think the title is brilliant, and I don't think I mentioned that in the first discussion. (edited) 13mo
RaimeyGallant I read this some time ago, but from what I remember, I was a little disappointed in the guy saves girl aspect of the ending. This said, I liked that the last chapter was a realistic resolution to the romance. 13mo
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Currey @RaimeyGallant I agree with you about the title. Maya is such a typical American young woman, really more consumed with peer pressure, crushes and exercising adult freedoms slightly before she is ready for them. The title somehow captures the political time and time of life 13mo
mrp27 I'm really torn about this one. I liked it enough but it just didn't hit the mark for me. I liked Maya and was annoyed by her at the same time. Second half of the book was definitely less fluffy from the first half. 13mo
marywag08 I remember someone saying last time that they were disappointed in the book because they wanted to have more insight into what it‘s like to be a Muslim in America. However, I think that was the entire point of the book— Maya didn‘t want to be a Muslim in America, she wanted to be an American teenager. Everyone around her wanted to label her as something, whether it be a terrorist, a “good Muslim girl,” or a daughter in need of protecting because.. 13mo
marywag08 ...of her heritage. Maya just wanted to be a normal teenager with a boyfriend (and a boyfriend she liked for reasons other than the fact that he was an “acceptable” match). In a world where everyone was labeling her as a Muslim, she just wanted to be Maya. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @mrp27 I agree! That's exactly how I feel about it. I feel like it's more of a surface story, even for YA. I was thinking about what my students would say about it if they read it, and I think they would enjoy it, but would want to know more. 13mo
mrp27 @CoffeeNBooks Glad it's just not me! 13mo
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LitsyBuddyRead
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Checkout the post marked SPOILER following this post to join in on the final discussion of #lovehateandotherfilters!

If you‘re caught up please join in. If you‘re not, just add your thoughts whenever you are! Be sure to tag others when you comment so they will be notified of your comments. #lhof #litsybuddyread

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CoffeeNBooks
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I just finished this #LitsyBuddyRead. I liked the premise of the story, but felt like it wasn't as well-developed as it could have been. Maya is a Muslim-American who has to deal with the cultural expectations of her parents, who came to America from India. Maya wants to choose who she dates, where she goes to college, & her career path. Her parents don't agree. Unfortunately, she also has to deal with racism directed at her & her family. @Jess7

Trashcanman Merry Christmas Harper. Thank you for the gift as for your support and kindness. Truly. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @Trashcanman Merry Christmas George! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day! 13mo
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Currey
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Mehso-so

A quick bright writing style in a thoughtful Teen tale with a Muslim MC. I am making it a pick for diversity and tackling sone issue about not being welcome in the land where you were born. So-so in terms of overall for me but I do not read much YA. #litsybuddyread

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LitsyBuddyRead
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The first open discussion begins now. Remember no spoilers beyond the first half (we read through chapter 11).

Go to the discussion post (marked spoiler) to begin discussing anything related to those first 11 chapters.

#lovehateandotherfilters #lhof #litsybuddyread

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LitsyBuddyRead
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Open discussion begins now... Discuss here 👇🏼

#lovehateanotherfilters #lhof
#LitsyBuddyRead

LitsyBuddyRead How is everyone enjoying the book so far? 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I like it so far, and it's interesting to see how Maya navigates the differences between what she wants in life vs. what her parents want for her. 13mo
britt_brooke I finished this a couple of days ago and wasn‘t a fan of the style, but I did like the story. In the first portion, I really liked the relationship between Maya and her aunt. She needed an ally and I appreciate that Ahmed made it a strong female relative who defied cultural expectations. I like Kareem‘s role, too. How are you liking it so far @Jess7 ? 13mo
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Currey I enjoyed the book for the Young Adult tensions between Maya and her parents and her sweet and simple take on crushes. I felt that Maya‘s relationship with her aunt gave a nice window into what a woman could be in the world. However, up to Chapter 11, it is missing some of the things I was hoping for in a book about Muslims living in the US. To Maya, it isn‘t about how to practice her religion but how to work around her parents. 13mo
Jennifer3 I agree with CoffeeNBooks. It is cool to see how Maya handles things. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks The only thing that I'm having a hard time with in this section is Maya's relationship with Kareem. Did they really hit it off right away, and he's also super cool with her ending things? Or does he have ulterior motives and he's using her to look good to his parents, in the same way she was sort of using him to look good to her parents? 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @britt_brooke @Currey I agree with you both about Maya's relationship with her aunt. I like that she has an ally in her very independent aunt. 13mo
RaimeyGallant I finished the book a few months ago. It's hard for me to discuss without spoilers for those who haven't finished it. :) I like that the book did as well as it did. I like that this Muslim story is in the mainstream. I don't love how money is valued by Maya. She seems entitled, but maybe I don't understand an American child's expectations regarding their parents' money, because I live in Canada, where uni is subsidized. 13mo
RaimeyGallant Overall, I feel like this book is a step forward for acceptance of diversity and a step backward for gender equality. Can't win 'em all. :) 13mo
britt_brooke @RaimeyGallant Interesting thoughts. I can see where you‘re coming from. 13mo
britt_brooke @CoffeeNBooks My thoughts on Kareem are that his folks were forcing the relationship in the same way Maya‘s were. They were both bystanders that want to make their parents happy but ultimately both knew they were better as friends; even if Maya was the one who came out and said it first. (edited) 13mo
mrp27 I'm enjoying it so far but was expecting something a littler more heavy. I haven't read beyond page 137 but I know there is something big coming. Wonder if the next half will have more depth. I'm reminded a bit of the book When a Dimple Met Rishi. 13mo
RaimeyGallant @mrp27 There is something heavy coming. 13mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Maya, an Indian-American Muslim teenager and aspiring filmmaker, shows us what it‘s like to exist in her overbearing family, and in America, where ignorance often reins supreme. I read this rather quickly because I loved the teen life aspect, but I thought the way the “horrific crime” was presented made the book feel disjointed. I liked the story, but not the style.

#litsybuddyread

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CoffeeNBooks
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If you're reading this book, join @Jess7 tomorrow for the discussion! I really like this book so far, so I'm looking forward to talking about it!
@Lovesbooks87 Want to join the discussion?

Lovesbooks87 Sure! Sounds like fun! 13mo
Jess7 Thanks!! 13mo
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LitsyBuddyRead
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Here is the reading schedule for our December #LitsyBuddyRead. Please like and share to spread the word. Will you be joining?

#lovehateandotherfilters #samiraahmed #lhof #LITSYBUDDYREAD

Currey I finished the whole book but will join the discussion and keep my comments tomorrow to only the 1st half. 13mo
Pamwurtzler I can‘t join this week but will for the final discussion! 13mo
marywag08 I‘d like to join when it begins! 13mo
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Jess7
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Hey Litsy Buddy Readers! It‘s been a hectic month, but this is just a reminder that our first discussion of our December read will be held tomorrow at 3 pm EST.

Please LIKE and repost to spread the word. 🤗🤗 Thank you!

I apologize for getting the schedule put together late this month. If you‘re not caught up, just join in when you are.

#LoveHateAndOtherFilters #LHOF #LitsyBuddyRead

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Lovesbooks87
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Maya Aziz is a Muslim American teenager just trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life after high school. She finally has everything figured out when an event she had nothing to do with derails all her plans and she has to learn how to deal with the hatred of other people's actions. My heart broke for Maya and everything she had to deal with. Thanks @CoffeeNBooks for sending me this book. I really enjoyed it. Powerful message!

CoffeeNBooks I'm so glad you liked it! I borrowed a copy of it from the library, and I'm about 1/4 of the way through. I like it so far! 13mo
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Lovesbooks87
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I came home with a surprise Amazon package today. Harper thank you so much for the books and chocolate. I almost bought both books a couple of days ago. It was so sweet of you to think of me!

CoffeeNBooks I'm so glad they got there! Thank you for your friendship and kindness! I'm so glad we crossed paths through Litsy! 💙 13mo
tammysue That‘s so sweet! 13mo
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holarosarita
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Surprise!terrorism came a bit out of left field, but other than that it was an enjoyable little coming-of-age/teen romance

britt_brooke I just finished this. I liked it, but it felt almost like two separate books. 13mo
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holarosarita
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Can‘t keep me out of that YA section (or that junk food aisle).

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Jess7
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Who is planning to join me in December for the FINAL #LitsyBuddyRead of 2018? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ This book is only 276 pages, but I‘ve heard it packs in a lot to discuss! 🤗

Comment and let me know if you‘re in! I‘ll be putting together the reading schedule this week. If you‘re planning to start it now, just know we will divide the book roughly in half so that we can have two Sunday discussions.

Would you prefer final discussion on 12/23 or 12/30?

Jess7 @britt_brooke I hope you will join — I think you will like this one! 14mo
marywag08 I‘m in! 14mo
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CoffeeNBooks Yes! I just downloaded it from the library, so I'm in! 14mo
AmyG I am not going to make it this month. But I am in for January! 14mo
britt_brooke I just placed a hold on it and should get it soon, so go ahead and count me in. 23rd works best for me because we‘ll be traveling on the 30th. 14mo
Karkar Not for this one, keep me on for the January pick. 14mo
sweetpealsd I‘m in! 14mo
mcctrish Just put a hold on it at the library and I could have it before the weekend 🎉I‘m in 14mo
RaimeyGallant I've read it and would love to participate in the discussions. 14mo
Currey I‘m in and would rather have the second discussion after the holiday but will work with the schedule either way. @Jess7 14mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! I am not joining in Dec. Where do I see the list of your buddy reads for next year? (or the next couple of months). 14mo
mrp27 I'm in. I just need to pick up my hold at the library. 14mo
Jennifer3 I‘m in and I say we do last discussion 12/30. Thanks for all you do to organize our monthly book club! @Jess7 (edited) 14mo
Pamwurtzler I‘m in!! Thanks for the tag. 14mo
Cinfhen Not me, but thanks for the tag 14mo
Jaayimee I put a hold on it. We‘ll see if I get it in time to join in. 14mo
Avanders Oooh... I'm really going to make an effort to not have so many books on my plate in 2019... so I can join in these fun things! Unfortunately I have to pass this year 🙁 14mo
Jazruiz.2014 I‘d love to. I‘ve never done a #LitsyBuddyRead 14mo
Mowen036 I‘m gonna try!! 14mo
britt_brooke My hold just became available. When‘s the first discussion? I‘ll do my best to catch up. 13mo
Jess7 I‘m going to do the 16th and the 30th. I‘ve have the worst ear infection and I doubt I‘ll get it read by this Sunday. I‘m sorry the last discussion is when you will be traveling, but it just worked out that way with the holidays. @britt_brooke 13mo
britt_brooke @Jess7 The dates are no problem. I‘ll just pop on when I can. Feel better! 13mo
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Unabridged Pod is hosting a giveaway! In honor of the #gra18 , we will be giving away one of the Global Read Aloud books to a lucky winner. You will have a choice between Amal Unbound; Love, Hate & Other Filters; or Refugee. Your pick! You can enter on Instagram (@ unabridgedpod) or Facebook (Facebook.com/unabridgedpod). Find details there!

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This wasn‘t quite what I expected, but in a good way. This is a nice coming of age story that would be great for your teen who is trying to find their niche in life. Everything in it is a little rosy, but that‘s not the worst thing in the world. Check out the full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31207017

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meganlynae
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YA books for my library science class. All of them were amazing but I think that Love, Hate and Other Filters is one that I have heard less about and it deserves good buzz. I loved the way it depicted everyday life in America for an everyday Muslim family. I also loved the positive interracial relationship in it.

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Maybe I‘m identifying with the teen so much because I get what it‘s like to be constantly asked when I‘m getting married and having kids. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Also, if he‘s marrying for my cooking skills he‘s going to starve. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I already love it. Although I would not call Edward “swoony.”

Jess7 I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 1y
bels_books @Jess7 I really liked it. It was different than expected, but in a good way. 1y
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Suelizbeth
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Fall line up for #LitsyBuddyRead is looking good.

LitsyBuddyRead Thanks for sharing! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Ooh might have to join a couple of these! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Enjoying this one!

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Jess7
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Yay! Nothing is better than book mail 📚📫 Thank you @thenerdybookfairy ! I‘m excited to check these out— especially the signed copy of #LoveHateandOtherFilters 💜 🙋🏻‍♀️ Have you read any of these?

#bookmailisthebestmail #bookmail #advancedreaderscopy #arc #newbooks #bookhaul #twitter #giveaway

Jen_Reads I liked Love, Hate and Other Filters a lot 1y
BookishMe Beautiful picture! 1y
Linsy Beautiful! 1y
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BookishlyPleasant

Started this 2018 read yesterday, as my "L" book for #LitsyAtoZ

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Andrea313
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Looking forward to both of these; they've been on my list for awhile now. #SummerIsForYA #currentlyreading

CoffeeNBooks Dear Martin is really good. After I read it, I bought a copy for my classroom library, and couldn't keep it on the shelf! 2y
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alisonrose
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So torn. Love seeing a Muslim teen as MC, and the spotlight on Islamophobia. I love that Maya is into filmmaking and has such passion for it. But other than her camera it seemed the only thing she thought about was boys. She IDs as Muslim but shows no adherence to the faith (which some Muslim reviewers have expressed frustration with). & I was bothered by the arc around the terrorist. BUT still think it‘s an important story in some aspects. 3/5 ⭐️

alisonrose If stupid Goodreads would let us do half stars, would probably be a 2.5, but I rounded up for the things I liked. 2y
RaimeyGallant This was a pick for me, but I was worried about the terrorist plot line. I get what the author was doing, but I hate that for the people who give up on the book partway through, they're left with a different impression, you know? I also didn't love everything about the protag's priorities. Still... 2y
alisonrose @RaimeyGallant Yeah I was really frustrated with how she handled that plot line, which sucks because at first I liked the way she wove it into the story. But the direction it took bothered me because there was no commentary on the racial aspect beyond just the differing news coverage. 2y
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alisonrose

All of this gushing adds to the myth of Kareem in my mother‘s matrimonial fancy—the suitable boy, the boy with tameez, the one boy to rule them all.

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