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Long Way Down
Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynoldss fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent secondsthe time it takes a kid to decide whether or not hes going to murder the guy who killed his brother. A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE Or, you can call it a gun. Thats what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. Thats where Wills now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brothers gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who hes after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And thats when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawns gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didnt know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Bucks in the elevator? Just as Wills trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Bucks cigarette. Will doesnt know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES. And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an ENDif WILL gets off that elevator. Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.
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Bry
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This was a captivating way to spend a couple of hours! I listened to the audiobook with Jason Reynolds‘s great narration and followed along in the physical book to get the effect of the free verse.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Loved it!! Written in free verse and covering the span of a few minutes, this book has a powerful message. Definitely going in my classroom library! Highly recommended!

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IamIamIam
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A blunt, gut wrenching view of inner city life and the havoc and unnecessary loss of life that grudges and revenge cause. Surreal and vivid, we follow a boy on his way to kill his brother's killer. In the elevator, he encounters ghosts of loved ones who died by unnecessary gun violence. He is left to either perpetuate the vicious cycle or make a change. Highly recommended!

CoffeeNBooks This was a very thought-provoking book! I have a copy of it in my classroom library. 2w
IamIamIam @CoffeeNBooks ❤❤ I love that! Do you get a lot of feedback from students about it? 2w
Karkar The audio book is amazing. Jason reads it himself. Such a great book. 2w
IamIamIam @Karkar Oh, that must be incredible! I thought I took out the audio but I must have gotten confused, lol. User error!! I'd be willing to listen to it for a reread! Thanks! 2w
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Daisey
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This novel in verse creates an intense story like standing on a precipice at the moment before a fall. Yet, I felt something was missing. I think it comes down to these quotes. If connecting with this character, there are no options. If already feeling broken, there‘s no choice but to follow “The Rules.” I want the reader to see an alternative, an idea of how to move forward after identifying oneself in the story. Maybe I just want the impossible.

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IamIamIam
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Right in the feels... I'm going to need some serious fluff after this, the news, and everything. 😶

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Branwen
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Jason Reynolds gave an amazing talk about the importance of kids seeing themselves in the books they read! 📚💕 #nerdcamp

marleed For 4 years I volunteered as an usher at a diverse, large city performing arts center. My biggest take away was not the famous artists. It was that people want to be entertained, challenged, taught, and inspired by people who look like them. I had no idea that would be my biggest take away and inspiration. We all deserve this. 2mo
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2mo
Branwen @marleed YES! 💕 I completely agree, that is one of the most important things in the world, I think. And after this conference I feel even more excited about getting books into kids habds that feature characters that lpok like them! 💕📚 Also WOW what an amazing volunteer experience! 😀 That must have been incredible to be inspired that way! 1mo
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DyAnne
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Beautiful. Painful.

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DyAnne
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I think this is gonna hurt.

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SLSbooks
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Quick read - in just one sitting - of poems-as-a-story. The ending was point on.

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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KaraWines
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This was a quick, heavy read that I think my students will love!

RaimeyGallant Adding to my tbr! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
KaraWines @RaimeyGallant Thank you! Your tips were very helpful! 3mo
RaimeyGallant Yea! 3mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Welcome to Litsy!!📚❤️ 3mo
Itchyfeetreader Welcome to litsy and a fabulous summer of reading 3mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 I read this one last month - very powerful! 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 2mo
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rretzler
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Another powerful novel - this one in free verse. I listened to the audiobook read by the author. It‘s difficult to imagine any young person being in the situation where the rule is that if someone in your family is killed, you must kill the murderer. I know it happens and am so thankful that my children will never know what that‘s like. My heart goes out to anyone in that situation and I hope that Reynolds‘s book can help end it. 4.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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valeriegeary
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Good God this book is a punch to the gut. Please pass the tissues. 😭💔

Tamra It is so powerful! I read it in print first and then today I listened to Reynolds read it. 4mo
valeriegeary @Tamra I think I definitely will have to do that too. 4mo
LauraJ @Tamra Me too. Definitely worth the time! 4mo
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Excellent short book in verse with an impactful message. I highly recommend - especially on audio.

valeriegeary I just started reading this!! 4mo
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Djspens
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Listened to this in under 2 hours yesterday. First, let me say the author has a mesmerizing voice, I could listen to him all day! This is a short listen about a boy in the hood wanting to bestow revenge on his brother‘s killer, but then he encounters some interesting characters on his elevator ride down... an interesting listen! #longwaydown #jasonreynolds #smoothvoice

EmilyM On of my favorite YA books! 4mo
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Krisjericho
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Incredible. Seriously, so incredible. Sharp and poignant and just perfectly written. When people tell me they don't like certain genres, I get it. Novels in verse are one I hear that about a lot. And really, there are some pretty terrible novels in verse. THIS will be the book I tell them to look to as an example of the genre at its top form. It is tight and contained in the best way that good poetry is. Continued in comments.

Krisjericho I listened to Jason Reynolds narrate the audio, and I recommend that. He knows exactly where he means for emphasis to be, and the man is a wordsmith in the genuine sense of the meaning. I was quite honestly blown away. This is my top contender for my favorite book of the year so far. 4mo
Jenken1998 This was so good! 4mo
Tamra 💜 4mo
Tamra Thank you for the heads up on the audio - I adored the print version. 4mo
Djspens Just started listening to this audiobook. I love it! I think he could read the phone book and I'd listen to it, he has the best voice 4mo
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Eggs
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Are you happy, are you satisfied?
How long can you stand the heat?
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat. —QUEEN

Or, you can call it a gun. That‘s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. —JASON REYNOLDS

#anotheronebitesthedust #anglophileapril

Cinfhen Great choice!! LOVED this book❣️❣️The audio was brilliant 🙌🏻 4mo
Mdargusch This sounds heart pounding. Does he? Or doesn‘t he? 🤔 4mo
Eggs Thanks!! @Cinfhen 4mo
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Eggs @Mdargusch You‘ll have to read it now!! It‘s a quick read 4mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds really sad. 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s not sad @Reviewsbylola listen to Jason Reynolds read the audio - it‘s SO GOOD!!!!! 4mo
Cinfhen See above comment @Mdargusch ☝️it‘s not very long and the audio is really worth listening to!!! 4mo
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ladyshmelton
Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Quick read. The meat of the story has some snappy, effective dialogue. Some readers will hate the ending, as it is intentionally left open-ended. Not a bad read, but not one I would pick up again.

*I read the audiobook and forgot to grab a photo of the cover.

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jouleian
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This was beautifully written in verse, I had it as an audiobook read by the author, so I got to hear it as intended. The ending was definitely something to think about seeing as how it was open ended and leaves it up to the readers judgement as to what happens.

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ErinC
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Today was gorgeous out! I forgot to take a photo on my walk, but this book was great company. I‘m in Omaha and there is crazy flooding in eastern NE and western Iowa that many are dealing with, so I‘m especially grateful for the simple pleasure of a good book and a nice walk today. #litsywalkers

KathyWheeler My brother lives near Omaha, so I‘ve been worried about all that flooding. 5mo
Kaye Great job ✨✨✨ 5mo
ErinC @KathyWheeler It‘s crazy here. Omaha is fine mostly but the towns along the Platte, Elk Horn rivers are in bad shape. More levees breaching all the time. The Missouri is flooding worse than 2011 I think too. We had so much snow that melted so quickly. I hope your brother isn‘t affected! 5mo
KathyWheeler @ErinC So far, he‘s been ok. 5mo
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BeaG
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I loved everything about this book. The set up, the storyline and just everything. I recommend this book and it's a quick read.

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ChocolateBookmarks
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“You coming”

Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips by @RaimeyGallant and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 6mo
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 6mo
Tadams4 Welcome to Litsy! You‘re gonna love it here! Be prepared for your TBR to grow exponentially. 5mo
rretzler I have the audiobook of this and have been meaning to read for a while! 4mo
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CharleaFinley
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“For all the young brothers and sisters in detention centers around the country, the ones I‘ve seen and the ones I haven‘t. You are loved.”

#longwaydown #jasonreynolds

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klbwriting
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Started this at 10:07PM finished at 11:02PM. This is something you have to read all the way through and it hits hard. I want to hear theories about the ending because it is a gut punch. So amazing.

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I don‘t think we had YA books when I was growing up. I sure wish we did. This novel, told in verse, addresses loss and revenge. Ghosts from the MC‘s past meet him in the elevator as he goes to avenge his brother‘s death. I have gone through YouTube to listen to Reynolds and appreciate him so much. His advice to writers was ❤️ in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58hF22Yz9gs

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klbwriting
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Library haul. I am ready for the next week

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pasiphae_reads
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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds ⏳
I just started this book an hour ago, and I‘m already more than halfway done! It‘s told in verse, which means the story reads like a poem, so I‘ve been flying through pages 🥰 But also, the book‘s just really good 📚💕
(Also - and I feel REALLY dumb for not seeing this before - I only just noticed the blurry image of the kid while taking the pic! 😂)
#reading #books #longwaydown #jasonreynolds

CoffeeNBooks Great book! 6mo
pasiphae_reads @CoffeeNBooks it really is!! im flying through it 😍 6mo
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InLibrisVeritas
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So I now get to check out my own books, so bizarre...but also incredibly dangerous. I had to force myself to only grab one before I left work.

This will be for #blackathon . I am hoping since its in verse it will be a quick read.

CoffeeNBooks This is a great book! 7mo
CoffeeK8 This book is amazing! 7mo
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BookClubMom
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I read along while I listened to this terrific book. Jason Reynolds narrates a moving story. It‘s a great read for YA and adults.

https://wp.me/p32mlf-285

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julesG
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January stats. Thanks to the #24B4Monday and #24in48 #readathon, and #LitsyWalkers I managed quite a lot.

The picture is missing three books, one is tagged, the others in comments.

Roughly 5,000 pages read. (have only counted the pages I actually read in the books I gave up on, and estimated what page count some of the ARCs had)

julesG Another ARC 7mo
julesG Can't count. Another ARC 7mo
AmyG Wow. 7mo
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Cinfhen Woohoo 7mo
Crazeedi Great job! Congrats!! 7mo
staci.reads 👏👏👏 7mo
RachelO That‘s a lot of books!! 7mo
Kalalalatja Way to go! 🙌 7mo
DarcysMom What a great reading month! 📚📖📚 7mo
JennyM Well done Jules!!! 👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
Reggie Holy Wow!!! Great job!!! 7mo
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jmtrivera
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One-word description? Chilling. Not just because it's a boy in an elevator talking to ghosts. The themes are chilling on their own: cycles of violence perpetuated by hurt people, pain & death & violence suffered by children at such young ages, & the idea that this is reality that many of us allow to continue in many neighborhoods. The writing is clever & the twists are heart-wrenching. I think I prefer Reynolds's prose, but I'm glad I read it!

Tamra Sooooo good! 7mo
jmtrivera @Tamra It waaaaaaas! 7mo
Tamra I am hoping it‘s adapted for stage, I think it would be phenomenal. 7mo
jmtrivera @Tamra Oh, that would be excellent. I like that idea! 7mo
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PrezBookster
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So far 8 inches of snow! This book is good!

kspenmoll Wow! Ours in CT is petering out. 7mo
OvyReadz Loved this book❤️ 7mo
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makingitupdaily
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A hard story but worth the read. Do we continue a viscous cycle or break it?

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dawn-pInk
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Brilliant story. Surreal and heart wrenching. The characters were distinct and full, the setting sparse yet clear, fit well with this story. The voice! Absolutely stunning. Clever and interesting plot. I‘m loving these poetic novels, or novel poems or what have you. Will be looking for more, especially from this poet.

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cmwilliamson316
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Written in verse and very quick read. Loved the story.

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LauraJ
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Thanks for suggesting this @candority
The verse style allows this story to be stripped to its core for maximum impact.

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LauraJ
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Jumping into another #NewYearWhoDis recommendation.

Karkar I loved this one. If you get a chance to ever listen to the audio book, Jason narrates it and he is amazing! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 8mo
LauraJ @Karkar Thanks for the suggestion. I just put it on Libby hold. I liked reading it enough to immediately listen to it again. 8mo
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LauraBeth
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When one of your favorite authors loves one of your favorite musicians. Both are master storytellers. ❤️

Cathythoughts Sounds great. 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
AmberWB Bruce Springsteen is 70??!?! 8mo
kspenmoll We are planning on watching this tonight as a family! Pre request of my husband. The first concert my son attended was Bruce S with us ❤️ 8mo
Mimi28 Sorry, I hope you feel better. I‘m playing catch- up on your page. Sorry I missed all the cool pet pics. Happy Holidays!! 🌲🌲❤️❤️ 8mo
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candority
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Day 20 of #adventrecommends

This is a breathtaking novel in verse, which takes no time at all to read but packs a very powerful punch. I highly recommend it.

Tamra Yes! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Excellent book! 8mo
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dawn-pInk
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Next Audio on deck
“ANOTHER THING ABOUT RULES
They weren‘t meant to be broken.
They were meant for the broken
to follow.”

thebookishtype15 I loved this book! 8mo
dawn-pInk @thebookishtype15 It is so strong. I‘m really loving these poem novels. I just read Poet X this year as well. If you have any recommendations I‘d love them! 8mo
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LauraBeth
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Me trying to select a book that fits the Read Harder prompt, “children‘s or middle grade book that has won a diversity award since 2009.”

Also me - “That procrastination link is singing a siren song...I‘m just gonna click on that instead...”

Tamra This one is a winner! 💜 8mo
Emily92Bibliophile Love this book and author ! 8mo
tjwill I love Jason Reynolds! 8mo
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saresmoore I am thinking I‘ll do this Lambda winner for the prompt, but I‘m looking forward to see what you choose! 8mo
LauraBeth @Tamra it looks like a winner! 8mo
LauraBeth @Emily92Bibliophile I‘m in the middle of his track series but haven‘t read anything else by him - this sounds really good! 8mo
LauraBeth @tjwill same! 8mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore oh that book sounds really good! Are you finished with the Read Harder prompts yet? 8mo
saresmoore I am! I have a few options for several of them. Today I‘m just pulling from all the other lists to try and fill in the POPSUGAR prompts. 😅 8mo
saresmoore Well, shoot, I think I had Lily & Dunkin mixed up with another book—doesn‘t look like it‘s an award winner. Do you know what you‘re doing for the AOC historical romance prompt? 8mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I‘m thinking about going with and also using it for RW romance/love story prompt (edited) 8mo
Lea I can go down a serious rabbit hole when I‘m searching for read harder ideas...that‘s what I did this evening! 8mo
LauraBeth @lea I know! I go down a million rabbit holes 😂 8mo
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Addison_Reads
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Even though I have a stack of books at home I'm trying to finish over the holidays, I couldn't resist adding a few more while I was relaxing and reading Michelle Obama's book at my little local library. 😁 I added three more books to the pile too after I snapped this photo. You can't ever have too many right? 📚

RadicalReader @Addison_Reads absolutely love the timeless gems you can gather up from a simple journey to the lovable library 8mo
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jmtrivera
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I may have signed up for a new book club.
My fourth.
Oops.
Really excited about this first book though.

KarenUK Hi, my name is Karen, and I‘m a book club addict! (Also 4!) 🤦‍♀️ 10mo
jmtrivera @KarenUK The struggle is real. Thank you for your support. 😄 10mo
Tamra This book is phenomenal. 10mo
jmtrivera @Tamra I'm so excited. I've heard only good things! 10mo
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Matilda
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Well that was an excellent audiobook.

DivineDiana Yes, it was! Spare and powerful! Every word perfect! 10mo
edennugget One of my favourite books of all time :) 10mo
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Braden_VS
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Mehso-so

Good book can get confusing

Cfischbuch I agree, it can be a little weird at times. Overall I liked it though. 10mo
MrsBabki Why or how is it confusing? Do you have any advice for the next reader? 10mo
Braden_VS No I don‘t 10mo
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edennugget
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I'm shaking and my heart is racing. This book hit really hard. It is the first verse novel I've ever read, and I flew through it in an hour.

This is a book about family, relationships, and mourning. It is about forgiveness of yourself and of others with a unique time frame for sure. Beautifully written and relatable for many, undoubtedly.

I can't recommend this enough! One of my new favourites!

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edennugget
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Stoked to get around to this! Have heard some great things...