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A Mother's Reckoning
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy | Sue Klebold
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylans mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. InA Mothers Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion,A Mothers Reckoningis a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.Author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable foundations focusing on mental health issues
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LibraryCin
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Coming to terms with the aftermath took a long time. The son she knew and raised was not someone who could have done such a thing. Dylan hid his troubles well. Though the book started off well for me, and most of the book continued that way, the very end lagged a bit. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin Sue does work now, trying to help people see the signs of suicide and to be able to see the difference between normal teenage behaviour and potential suicidal behaviour – have to admit that that‘s where I wasn‘t quite as interested. 3mo
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orphancovennerd
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I don‘t agree with all her conclusions (particularly some abdication of personal responsibility on her part and a tendency to blame mental health issues for violence), but a heartbreaking, compelling and provocative read for those looking for further insight about Columbine.

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“When I hear about terrorists in the news, I think, ‘That‘s somebody‘s kid.‘ Columbine made me feel more connected to mankind than anything else possibly could have.” —Sue Klebold

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Lizpixie
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#AyUpAugust #Day1 #CryMeARiver Sue Klebold certainly had every reason to cry rivers of tears after her son & his friend killed so many at Columbine before killing themselves. Instead of losing herself in grief & regret, though she certainly felt both, she started a Suicide Prevention charity & toured the country giving talks about what she learnt from her tragedy. I certainly cried rivers reading this.😢

Cinfhen Such a moving memoir. I agree, the tears would not stop 😭😭😭 4mo
Kalalalatja Such a powerful book! 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve stacked so many books today already.... but this sounds well worth reading... thanks for posting! 😘 4mo
Reviewsbylola This is such a heartfelt book. I admire Sue so much. 4mo
kspenmoll She was so courageous to write her story.❤️ 4mo
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Connster
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I started reading this on Sunday evening and have just finished, helped along by Alexa narrating a good chunk of it while I was stitching last night. How cool that you can have Alexa read to you and alternate between reading and listening! A fascinating read, which led me to Google even more about this tragedy, though I never will understand it.

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Luluflower19
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I just finished reading this and I can‘t imagine how she has survived all of this. This has changed my mind a bit on the parents of kids who do school shootings.

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Lizpixie
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#MayMovieMagic #StarTrekSummerMay This recent read of mine is both Sue Klebolds #HighwayToHell & #AMatterOfPerspective In it, the mother of one of the Columbine killers, was drowning in guilt, anguish & grief until she made a decision to change the perspective & turn her tragedy into a positive by working with Suicide Prevention groups, Anti Bullying & trying to reach out to depressed kids & young adults, so Columbines hell never happens again. 🚫

Cinfhen Such a compelling memoir!! My heart broke for Sue 8mo
AmyG An incredible story tha stays with me always. @cinfhen yes...my heart broke for her, too. (edited) 8mo
Mdargusch Heartbreaking 💔 8mo
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Itchyfeetreader I read this back to back with Columbine last year and found myself incredibly moved 8mo
Megabooks I own this book but have not read it. I cannot imagine the depth of her grief and sadness. I‘m glad she has changed something deeply negative to positive. 🖖🏻 8mo
gradcat I‘m with @megabooks I don‘t know how parents survive this kind of thing. 7mo
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jdiehr
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Wow.
Listening to Sue Klebold narrate her book was heavy, difficult and heart wrenching - yet I didn't want to stop.
What an important story about brain health and suicide. This was a mom who had no clue her son was suffering. When he did what he did at Columbine, he left behind a reeling family whose search for answers continues to this day.
It could have been any of us. Sue Klebold makes no excuses. She tells her story honestly and truthfully

KristenDuck My heart breaks for her. Always has. 8mo
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jdiehr
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Started this audio and am not even through the introduction - it's already heartbreaking.

On a happier note, I enjoyed these flowers on my #audiowalk this morning.

#litsywalkers

Kaye Pretty 8mo
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Butterflyamore
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The Columbine shooting is not an event we will #forget.


This is an important book for both parents & those looking to educate themselves on the details of the Columbine school shooting.

Full review: https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/270498187043795?sfns=mo

#springintoreading @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Lizpixie
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I have the luxury of living in a country with strong gun laws so I probably will never know what it‘s like to live in fear after a mass shooting like Columbine. I do remember being unable to both fathom why the US is the way it is about guns, but also how the parents did not know. Reading this book has been very enlightening, plus raising boys of my own. My heart breaks for all involved. #NonFiction2019 #FromAnotherPointOfView #Pop19 #AboutAFamily

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven‘t read this one, I know it will be a tough read. 8mo
CouronneDhiver I agree with your review completely ... very grateful to live in a place with fewer gun issues 8mo
AnneFindsJoy Nicely said! I have had this on my list to read, but never seem to feel strong enough to tackle it - I live in the US with two boys at schools, and this topic saddens, terrifies, angers me! 8mo
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Butterflyamore
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Audiobooks Versus Physical Books: Is One Better Than the Other?

Every so often I see these statements which lead to debate in some of the book groups I am in: “Audiobooks don‘t count as books!” “Audiobooks are cheating” “You‘re not really a reader if you listen to audiobooks!”

First off, I don‘t agree. To read the rest of my thoughts on this, click here: https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/267786910648256?sfns=mo

TheWordJar Oh, I completely disagree! If you ask two people, “Have you read such-and-such book?” and one answers no and the other answers, “Well, I listened to the audiobook,” how is that equal?? People can be so illogical sometimes! 😡 Plus, as is the case with your tagged book and categories like memoirs, sometimes the audio is 10x better than the print version because of the narrator. #audiobooksforthewin #audiobooks4eva 8mo
TheWordJar Sorry...my first comment may seem like I disagree with *you*...but I completely agree with you! I was disagreeing with the audiobook haters. I loved your post and thought you put it very nicely—people process info differently. 👏👏👏 8mo
QueenJen Totally counts! 🥂📚 8mo
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MidnightBookGirl I am a diehard fan of audiobooks! They count. They totally count. 8mo
Butterflyamore @TheWordJar Haha, I understand! 8mo
Butterflyamore @TheWordJar Is that a pug in your profile picture? 😍 I‘m a pug lover! I desperately want one! 8mo
baes I totally count them! Even if you are just listening, you are still bringing those words to life with your imagination. I think audiobooks bring books alive even more so. I prefer reading along with the book, but places like car rides I just listen. You wouldn‘t tell children they haven‘t read a book just because an adult read to them. 8mo
ShelleyBooksie I just cannot get into audiobooks - my attention drifts to much 8mo
ShelleyBooksie How are you enjoying this book? 8mo
Butterflyamore @ShelleyBooksie I don‘t think it‘s possible to enjoy it. It very well-written and powerful. I mostly just cry while immersed in it. 8mo
TheWordJar It is a pug! That‘s my Wally! He‘s 16.5 years old. When you get to his age, you have to count those half years! Pugs are the best dogs ever. Very loving, definitely goofy, and relatively low-maintenance. I‘d always endorse getting a pug! 8mo
Butterflyamore @TheWordJar ❤️ One day I will be a pug mama. It‘s just hard now, as we are in an apartment and we already have six ferrets. 😱 8mo
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Denisereads75
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This was a heartbreaking memoir to read on 20th Anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. My heartbreaks for Sue, who had no idea her son was capable of committing such a horrific crime. She recounts their family life and the days and months leading up and following the shooting. She ends the memoir with a focus on mental health. It is definitely an eye opener for parents. She encourages parents to search deeper and ask harder questions.

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Samplergal
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#nonfiction2019
Something I saw on Litsy

Finished! I love reading non fiction and have enjoyed this challenge completely. Thank you @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

IamIamIam That book was tough but even hard to listen to Sue Klebold read it! Congrats on finishing your Bingo card! 8mo
wanderinglynn Congrats on your bingo board blackout! 👏🏻🎉🙌🏻🥳 8mo
Soubhiville Ta da! You did it! 8mo
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Suet624 Nice work!! 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay for you!!!! That‘s great! Congratulations 🎉 8mo
Addison_Reads Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
AnneFindsJoy 🎉Woohoo 🎉🙌 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Greeeeaaat job!! 👊🏻♥️📚😎 8mo
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Samplergal
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This was an excellent book written by one of the Columbine murder/suicide perpetrators. I am heartbroken for this mother and all the families that lost loved ones. She has come a long way from her disbelief that her child couldn‘t have to acceptance and working for suicide prevention. It‘s really written in a scientific, yet emotional way that simply will crush your soul.

Samplergal I love that she is now referring to mental illness as BRAIN HEALTH, which I will try to use in the future. A really important book. I am still not sure how I feel about the mother‘s writing this. So many thoughts about this. 8mo
AmyG Some books make such an impression on a person that they never really leave you. This isnone of those books for me. 8mo
Samplergal @AmyG I will think about this for such a long time. I‘ve always been one to realize it‘s not always the parents fault, working in special ed for 40 yrs. This reinforced the crush of losing a child and then, to have him responsible for all that he did. 💔 8mo
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Suet624 I agree with @AmyG. 8mo
AmyG @Suet624 Hi Sue 😘 8mo
Suet624 @AmyG Hi Amy!! I find myself thinking of you often 😀💕 8mo
AmyG @Suet624 awww. Hope you are well, my friend. 8mo
Librarybelle This would be one to think about over and over again...I‘m sure it is a very emotional read 8mo
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KristenDuck
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This was a tough one.

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, who worked with a peer to take the lives of thirteen others on the haunting morning in April of 1999 at Columbine High School.

What honestly surprised me was how conscientious Sue had been as a mother and what a shock this truly was to her family as well.

I have always had sympathy directed towards her family and cannot even begin to imagine the strength it takes to carry on.

MoonWitch94 I have picked this up and read it in little bits bc it‘s just so hard to read. It breaks your heart. 8mo
Aaronlisa I saw her Ted talk and I feel so much for her. I have thought about reading this one. 8mo
wanderinglynn I too listened to her Ted talk. Heartbreaking. She has an incredible strength to not only survive but move forward as she has. 8mo
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KristenDuck @MoonWitch94 it was incredibly hard to get through. I did her audio and can‘t believe she managed to record all that without choking up. 8mo
KristenDuck @Aaronlisa you should definitely read it if you saw her Ted talk. 8mo
KristenDuck @wanderinglynn it shows how strong people are. I just really feel awful when she describes family dinners and taking him to see college and watching movies together... it‘s tragic. For so many. 8mo
Bookwm85forever I read this book. Makes you wonder if we ever truly know our children. 8mo
KristenDuck @Bookwm85forever I thought that too. It‘s hard to fathom the idea that some people just have different natures. No matter the nurture. 8mo
MoonWitch94 @KristenDuck The audiobook must be even harder!!! I don‘t know how she possibly did record it. Wow. 8mo
EmilyM I have this and Columbine on my TBR ,but I've been putting them off. I live an hour away from where this happened, and it happened my first year of teaching high school. But I have heard that reading them together is very powerful. 8mo
KristenDuck @EmilyM yes Columbine is on my TBR list now too. I‘m sorry this happened during your very first year - must have been hard :( 8mo
EmilyM @KristenDuck Thanks 💖 ... 8mo
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Cinfhen
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#MarchIntoThe70s A memoir acknowledging her son‘s heinous act, making no excuses and accepting her hand in the tragedy yet a story of a mother‘s grief over the loss of her child, who will forever be seen as a monster. A difficult memoir to read and process.

TrishB Sounds very sad 😔💔 9mo
CouronneDhiver I thought this one was very tasteful and compassionate, considering the subject matter 9mo
AmyG This book has always stayed with me. Heartbreaking. 9mo
Crazeedi 😪 9mo
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Wife
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I can‘t imagine being in this mother‘s shoes. How painful it must have been to write about her feelings of guilt, shame, and grief. She fully acknowledges Dylan‘s crimes. The most frightening thing is that her son was the typical “moody at times” teen. She didn‘t discover that he was severely depressed/suicidal until after the tragedy. She talks about her current work with suicide prevention. It will be 20 years since Columbine this April. 🖤

Lovesbooks87 I can't imagine either. I read her book after reading Columbine. Wondering how she didn't see the signs and this book gave me so many answers. Absolutely heartbreaking! 9mo
Wife @Lovesbooks87 I know! 💔And even if you‘ve got a handle on what‘s going on with your own kids, their classmates could be dangerous. So frightening. 9mo
Ericalambbrown I heard her on Fresh Air. It was such a good interview. I think she‘s really brave to put herself out there to talk about this. I found it so valuable to hear her story. 💔 9mo
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Wife @Ericalambbrown I will have to see if I can pull that interview up. Also, I just read that she did a TED talk. So I will look for that too. 9mo
Wife @Ericalambbrown Thank you 🌹 9mo
Ericalambbrown @Wife you‘re welcome! 9mo
Tamra So sad. 9mo
AmyG I read this and felt she could have been any of us. Do we really know everything going on in our children‘s lives? She seemed like a good Mom...like any of us believe we are. I will never forget her story. I can‘t imagine living in her shoes. 9mo
Wife @AmyG Totally agree with you! 9mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s scary how Dylan could be anyone‘s kid. I really feel for Sue Klebold. 9mo
EmilyM I have this and Columbine on my TBR--I keep putting them off because it is such a hard situation for me. I live about an hour from Columbine, and it happened my first year of teaching. It shook me to my core when it happened. I can't believe it has been 20 years. 9mo
kspenmoll Agree with you all; so glad I read this book. Honest & heartbreaking. And very very brave. @EmilyM @Reviewsbylola @Wife @AmyG @Tamra @Ericalambbrown @Lovesbooks87 9mo
RadicalReader I really was informed when watching the movie for Columbine as well. Rented it from my local library called Columbine Understanding Why 9mo
Suet624 I‘ll always remember this book. 9mo
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Canndor
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“Any dead child is some parents vanquished hope. (From the forward by Andrew Soloman)”

I am not going to rate this one because I honestly am not sure how I feel about it.
This ended up on my TBR from one of the podcasts I listen to but I can't remember now which one, so I decided to read it now for my #Booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast choice.
I am mostly happy to be done with it.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I understand your hesitation with this book. But my heart still aches for Sue. What she has/had to endure can not be measured or explained. 9mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 I‘m trying to make this year a #YearOfNonFiction not just for the challenges, but because sometimes it feels like my brain is turning to mush!🧠 This is the memoir of the mother of one of the Columbine killers. I‘ve read the book by Dave Cullen awhile ago, I‘ve always wondered how the parents coped with not just the death of their child, but the knowledge of the evil they had done & to bear the judgement & hatred of former friends.

JennyM This is a hard read, Liz, but also a good and important one. 10mo
Lizpixie @JennyM I saw the TEDtalk she did on YouTube, she seemed so grounded & accepting of her part in what happened. It was only a short talk and I wanted to hear more. Can‘t be easy being her. 10mo
AmyG This book. I will never forget her story. If you ever feel sorry for yourself.....read this. Sue survives the unimaginable with grace and dignity. 10mo
Kalalalatja I listened to this, and it was heartbreaking, but really good 💔 10mo
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Jas16
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A Monday off from work seems like the perfect time for an audiobook book walk. Since I don‘t have pets to post pictures of I decided to come visit the sea lions and snap a picture for @kaye I usually try to avoid Fisherman‘s Wharf but I am always happy to see these guys. Listening to tagged book which I never would have picked up without Litsy. #litsywalkers

JSW Hello my City by the bay! Gorgeous day here in Santa Cruz as well! 😘❤️ 11mo
HardcoverHearts It‘s gorgeous in the East Bay, too. Unfortunately, I have a migraine today so I‘m not maximizing it. Too bad it didn‘t happen yesterday when the weather was so grey, rainy and cold. 11mo
TiredLibrarian Great pic! 😊 Is the audiobook read by Sue Klebold? I thought the print book was great but emotionally wrenching, and I can't imagine her reading it. 11mo
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4thhouseontheleft Aww!! I have such fond memories of Fisherman‘s Wharf. 11mo
Jas16 @HardcoverHearts I hope you feel better soon. Migraines are the worst. At least it looks like we have a few days of sun ahead of us. 11mo
HardcoverHearts @Jas16 Thank you! I‘m just glad to see someone enjoying the sunshine. 😉 11mo
Jas16 @TiredLibrarian It is read by her. I am not quite half way through it yet but it definitely emotional. 11mo
Jas16 @JSW @4thhouseontheleft It was the perfect morning for a long walk and nice to get there before it got too busy. 11mo
Kaye Cool picture. Good job 👍🏼 11mo
DarcysMom Great picture! I think your book would be a hard, but worthwhile listen. 11mo
readordierachel 💖 11mo
batsy The one right in front looks like it's posing for you 😁😁❤️ 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwwww ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
BethM Wow! 11mo
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Bklover
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This is a devastating memoir written by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. It is honest, revealing, and heartbreaking. I never want to read it again - I can‘t imagine having to live it. This book will stay with me for a long time.

RaimeyGallant Wow. Sounds intense. 11mo
Bklover @RaimeyGallant It was, and I‘m having trouble deciding my next book. I‘m thinking I need something really light- maybe a cozy mystery!! 11mo
TiredLibrarian @Bklover My heart broke for her. And being the mom, her view is so subjective; I think there was a lot she didn't see, willed herself not to see, or reinterpreted in ways more favorable to her son. But which of us wouldn't do the same? 11mo
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LauraBeth This is one of those books that I want to read but I‘m scared to read. 11mo
Bklover @TiredLibrarian I agree with you. Sometimes she was a bit over the top with her descriptions of how things were at home before the tragedy. How “normal” they were. I imagine that I would be the same way. I feel bad for her- I can close the book and shake off the sick feeling. This is her life. 11mo
Bklover @LauraBeth I read Columbine by Dave Cullen and thought it was amazing. This one was good, but left me with that sick feeling. If you haven‘t read it yet, I think I would start with 11mo
Reviewsbylola I really admire how open an honest Sue Klebold has been. She has been dealt such a tragic blow and has put herself out there to try to do some good and I commend her for that. I read this when it first came out and then listened to the audiobook last year. 11mo
Bklover @Reviewsbylola I know- I would dearly love to give that woman a hug. Her bravery is amazing. I would probably be hiding under a rock. 11mo
tracey38 These events are starting to stay with me more and more, it is just so sad. I don't know how they do it but the people who can love through that and make soomething of themselves are truly inspiring. 11mo
Itchyfeetreader I read this last year and just noticed I never reviewed possibly because of just how tough yet moving a read it was . 11mo
Lovesbooks87 I read this after reading Columbine. I wondered after reading Columbine how the parents didn't see what was happening. This was a powerful and eye opening read. 11mo
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M0ther0fDrag0nz
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I just started reading this book. When I picked it up, I hesitated because I was picturing it trying to excuse her son for his crimes. Instead it explains how a mother is grieving not only for her loss of her son in a physical sense but much deeper; she didn't know how much pain he was in. She continues to love him just as much as any parent. The emotional turmoil she went through is magnified when compared to the other parents.

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Just trying to get a nice picture of the new books I received as gifts.

Edgar Gets Ready For Bed by Jennifer Adams
Fierce Fairy Tales by Nikita Gill
A Mother‘s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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sophierayton
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This is an important and powerful book. As well as it being well written, it gets the tone right with a mixture of truth, reflection and compassion.

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Cinfhen
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#NoFemmeber #NonFictionNovember

I read this memoir last year & it wrecked me. I thought it would be difficult to have any #sympathy for the mother of a mass murderer but I did, in boat loads! Sue writes “To the rest of the world, Dylan was a monster, but I had lost my child.” And that‘s the heart of this memoir. A parent can‘t really KNOW their child, as much as we would like to believe we can. And this “monster” was still her son.👇🏼

Cinfhen Thank you to my awesome co-host @Billypar for sharing his favorite female fronted bands 💕🙌🏻💄and don‘t forget to check out #WinterWonderland starting tomorrow with the fabulous @TrishB and Mr. TrishB 🖤 13mo
Cinfhen And thanks to all who joined in and played along 💋💋💋💋 13mo
Megabooks Great choice! This is on my shelf, but I haven‘t read it yet. The print is too small, but I‘ll see if I can get the ebook or audiobook. Thanks for reminding me! 💙💙 13mo
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Lovesbooks87 I felt the same way. After reading Columbine I was like how did these parents not see this coming. When I saw she had written a book I had to read it. 13mo
Cinfhen Definitely listen or read the ebook @Megabooks it‘s really heartbreaking and VERY insightful. I still want to read Columbine @Lovesbooks87 but the heft is putting me off!! (edited) 13mo
CarolynM Thanks yet again @Cinfhen for such an interesting bunch of prompts. Sorry I was so uninspired all month. I loved your month of non fiction choices🙂 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Lovesbooks87 I did the Columbine audiobook and loved it. That also gave me more #sympathy towards Dylan and more anger towards Eric. 13mo
Kalalalatja I read both this and Columbine this year, and both were heartbreaking and amazing. I read Columbine in print, and even though it isn‘t really a page turner, I got through it so fast because of the way Cullen writes 👍 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks @CarolynM Missed you this month 😘Hopefully @TrishB playlist will give u some motivation xx 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m definitely going to try and pick up Columbine this new year @Kalalalatja @Megabooks and it‘s interesting that Eric‘s parents have remained pretty silent 🤔 13mo
JennyM This book broke my heart A LOT. 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Well of the two of them, he seemed the most evil, so I wouldn‘t be dying to be questioned about how my son turned out that way. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cathythoughts I havnt read , but I think I would have sympathy for her too ♥️💔💔 13mo
TrishB A great month of picks 😁 thanks to you and @Billypar 13mo
Billypar I forgot about this one! Definitely want to check this out, as sad as it must be. I had a great time co-hosting this month ☺️ Looking forward @TrishB to #WinterWonderland!! ❄️☃️ 13mo
Reviewsbylola I really admire Sue Klebold. She has put herself out there despite the negative reactions I‘m sure she received. 12mo
Cinfhen Yes @Billypar @Reviewsbylola Sue is another victim in this tragedy. And it was fun co-hosting, Vinny!!! BTW Steph and the gang are back soon ( maybe April???) 12mo
Reviewsbylola Yes, April!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 12mo
Cinfhen I checked I have @vivastory for January @TheKidUpstairs for February @Lizpixie for March and my lovely Dargusch Girls @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Meredith3 and the awesome @Mdargusch for April!!!! 12mo
vivastory I'm looking forward to it! I have a fun take on the challenges too! 12mo
Suet624 I completely agree with you. May none of us ever find ourselves in her position. An important read. 12mo
Meredith3 Loved this book, soooo terribly sad though 😓 12mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to see what you have in store @vivastory 😍 12mo
Cinfhen Hi @Meredith3 can‘t wait to have you back hosting ❤️Happy Holidays to you xx 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s overwhelmingly sad @Suet624 because I‘m sure she was a good mother and that‘s the part that is hard to wrap your head around. It‘s natural to want to blame someone. 12mo
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Amiable
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Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the killers in the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1999. This is her attempt to describe what it's like to be the mother of a child who committed a horrible act, to give a portrait of her family, before and after the mass killing. It's her hope that it'll help someone see the signs of distress in their own child or help other parents who must face the wrong their children do. It's a powerful read.

Lovesbooks87 This was a really powerful read. I read this after I read Columbine. 13mo
Amiable @Lovesbooks87 That's another well-written account--I highly recommend that one, too. 13mo
AWildMandaPanda This was a very powerful read. 13mo
AmyG This book, this woman, will stay with me forever. I still can‘t bring myself to read Columbine. 13mo
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WeeziesBooks
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1. Yes!
2. Pretty skewed towards fiction, tbh. Probably 98% fiction.
3. True crime and Indigenous stories
4. All Our Relations by Winona Duke
5. Yaaas.

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JennyM
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30 | #ABBAInAugust #DoesYourMotherKnow

Throwback to when my heart hurt reading this - if only Sue Klebold had known 💔

emilyhaldi Ugh. I haven‘t been able to bring myself to read this... someday maybe 🖤 1y
Cinfhen Ohhh 😢😢such a great choice for this prompt💔💔💔you have to read this @emilyhaldi as sad as it is it‘s also incredibly moving 1y
JennyM @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi yes it is a very moving read. I found it hard but glad I did read it. 1y
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Cathythoughts I‘ve never read this one either. I love moving reads... 💔 1y
TrishB Don‘t think I could read this one....way too real life sad.... 1y
wanderinglynn @TrishB I don‘t think I can read this either. But I did watch her Ted Talk. It is heartbreaking, but excellent. 1y
Mdargusch So gut wrenching! 💔 1y
Reviewsbylola Omg such a good pick! I‘ve read this twice now. I am just so in awe of Sue‘s strength and resilience. The whole thing is such a tragedy. 1y
Meredith3 Omg this is the PERFECT choice for the prompt. This book broke my heart 😿 1y
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KaitiWinchell
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Home with a sick kiddo 😷 that means cozy sweats, cinnamon sugar toast, and lots of reading.

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RadicalReader

Going to have to finish this emotional heart felt masterpiece when I recheck it out since it was an inter library loan only was able to check it out for two weeks. But have a wonderful library haul of amazing books to share quotes from until then #library #books #bookhaul

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RadicalReader

Since childhood, I had taken refuge in that understanding of Him. However, there was so solace for me there in the early evening of April 20, 1999. Instead, I felt a real sense of fear. I was afraid to make eye contact with God. #Columbine #School #Tragedy #Biography

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RadicalReader

I will never see a mother in the cereal aisle with her little girl without wondering if that beautiful child will reach adulthood. I will never see a cluster of teenagers laughing and bumping each other at Starbucks wondering if one of them will be robbed of life before he‘s had the chance to live it in full. #Columbine #School #Tragedy #Biography

goodbyefrancie This is on my #Overdrive hold list. I've heard it is really good, but difficult to read. 2y
RadicalReader @goodbyefrancie it is most definitely both of those but extremely well worth the read and the emotions that accompany it 2y
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RadicalReader

If Dylan was involved in hurting or killing other people, he had to be stoped. As a mother, this was the most difficult prayer I had ever spoken in the silence of my thoughts, but in that instant I knew the greatest mercy I could pray for was not my son‘s safety, but for his death. #Columbine #Biography #School #Tragedy

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RadicalReader

My love for Dylan, though infinite, did not keep Dylan safe, nor did it da d the thirteen people killed at Columbine High School, or the many others injured or traumatized. I missed subtle signs of psychological deterioration that, had I noticed, might have made a difference for Dylan and his victims- all the difference in the world. #Columbine #Shooting #Biography #Tragic #School

AmyG The guilt she must feel...along with everything else. 😪 2y
RadicalReader @AmyG so utterly tragic I remember in HS they were talking about the anniversary of the tragic event and everyone went silent because not many paid attention to the news announcement 2y
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RadicalReader

I would give my life to reverse what happens that day. In fact, I would gladly give m own in exchange for just one of the moves that was lost. Yet I know that such a trade is impossible. Nothing I will ever be able to do or say can possibly atone for the massacre #Columbine #Schools #Tragedy #Biography

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RadicalReader

On April 20, 1990, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold armed themselves with guns and explosives and walked into Columbine High School. They killed twelve students and a teacher, and wounded twenty- four others, before taking their own lives. It was the worst school shooting in history #Columbine #tragic #history

LoverofLit 😭😭😭 I still remember that day 2y
knittedgnome Such a tragic day. It was my birthday senior year so of course I was skipping. Rushed back to school to force my little sister home with me. So scary. 2y
IamIamIam This book was such a gut punch, especially now as a parent. I remember this as a student but saw it through different eyes with my own kids. 😔 2y
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RadicalReader @LoverofLit scary how such a seemingly safe serene location can become utterly tragic and the event so iconic it‘s remembered still 28 years later (edited) 2y
RadicalReader @knittedgnome what a wonderful sibling you are and she‘s so lucky to her you to be by her side to be her protector and savior 2y
RadicalReader @IamIamIam remarkable how differently people look at events depending on the time they happened because of their age and era it was when the event occurs 2y
AmyG This woman could have been me or anyone I knew. We all do our best to raise our kids and hink we know what‘s going on. This was an unforgettable book. (edited) 2y
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RadicalReader

And I wouldn‘t be left with all the questions I‘d have if he got caught by a police bullet. Maybe u was right, but I‘ve spent so many hours regretting that prayer. I wished for my son to kill himself, and he did. .” #Columbine #historical #biography

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“ While every other mother in Littleton was praying her child was safe, I had to pray that mine would die before he hurt anyone else. ,” she said. “ I thought I‘d this was really happening and he survived, he would go into the criminal justice system and be executed, and I couldn‘t bear to lose him twice. I gave the hardest prayer I ever made, that he would kill himself, because then at least I would know that he wanted to die

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RadicalReader

Two kinds of crime upset us more than any others; crimes which children are the victims, and crimes in which children are the perpetrators. In the first case, we mourn. The innocent; in the second , our misapprehension that children are innocent School shootings are the most appalling crimes of all, because they involve both problems, and among school shootings Columbine remains something of a gold standard. #Columbine #Shootings

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RadicalReader

You may not know your own children, and, worse yet, your children may be unknowable to you. The stranger you fear may be your own son or daughter #Columbine #biography #school

AmyG This got to me more than anything. 2y
RadicalReader @AmyG absolutely astounding the deep impact individuals have when words can be so woven and tied to emotions 2y
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RadicalReader

Starting this novel about the mother to the iconic Dylan Klebold the son who took part in the tragedy that is Columbine #tragedy #biography #Columbine

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Tanner
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Finished some lighter fare on my vacation and return to work, so now delving into this one. We Need To Talk About Kevin really affected me, and it was fiction - we‘ll see what this one does.

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As I was reading Columbine and hearing about how bad it was really supposed to be I was thinking how could the parents not have known what their children were planning to do. When I heard that Sue Klebold wrote a book I just knew that I had to read it. I feel that this book was almost as powerful as Columbine because it showed the other side of this tragedy. I think she is working hard to bring awareness to mental Heath issues.

dariazeoli I was JUST thinking about this book on my way back from the kitchen a minute ago! 2y
Lovesbooks87 @dariazeoli I feel like it is a must read to see how this kind of tragedy effects everyone. Because I know when this happens I don't think about the killers families and how they are dealing with everything. I feel it was very well written book. 2y
dariazeoli @Lovesbooks87 I agree! I always thought, “How did they not know?” and then I read her story. Your kid is a killer, a stranger, a person who needed help. But also your child, who you brought into the world and lost. And you‘re left with the fallout. I‘m glad I read it. 2y
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Lovesbooks87 @dariazeoli totally agree! 2y
aarchamb Such a haunting book. I read this awhile ago and it is still with me. I agree with you @dariazeoli I think this is a 'must read' for parents, esp. of boys. I know there will come a time when I will be hanging out at 2am just to listen. Sue's book was a definite wake up call for me. Very interesting about her work in mental health and suicide prevention, too. 2y
Ericalambbrown I haven‘t read it yet, but she was on Fresh Air and it was such a good interview. Hard to listen to, but so good. https://www.npr.org/2016/02/16/466618817/sue-klebold-mother-of-columbine-shooter... 2y
Lovesbooks87 @Ericalambbrown thanks for letting me know about the interview, I listened to it this morning and it was a good interview. I highly recommend reading the book! 2y
Ericalambbrown @Lovesbooks87 Thanks! I‘ve stacked it 😊 2y
RadicalReader @Lovesbooks87 looking forward to reading Columbine after I finish this one 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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I have been stalking the mailbox and the Amazon app for my book mail. It finally came. After reading Columbine I felt that it was important to read A Mother's Reckoning. I also picked up Newtown because that tragedy always hit me hard with working with young children.

RadicalReader @Lovesbooks87 absolutely love getting sucked into a book because of the knowledge one acquired from it nothing better than knowledge on events so the past never rears it‘s head again, such a tragedy!! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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As expected, this turned out to be absolutely heartbreaking. Sue Klebold manages to convey the horrible truth of being the parent to a murderer, but also the grief one still feels for a child who has done absolutely nightmarish actions. She is empathic, she‘s considerate, and she‘s absolutely human. I had a lump in my throat the whole way through this listen, and I‘m thinking this book will stick with me for a long time 💔

kspenmoll Such a great book! 2y
AmyG Some books you never forget. This is one of those. 2y
JHSiess I can't. Too much. Maybe someday. 2y
Suet624 Yes to everything you‘ve said. She did an incredible job writing this book. 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Listening to this, and I can‘t help but think what a #cruelworld we live in, when school shootings excist, when parents forever doubt themselves, and when kids hide things they can‘t handle alone...

#Aprella

IamIamIam I found this very powerful. It wasn't an easy read. 2y
Reviewsbylola Is was so glad Sue Klebold wrote this. It is very necessary. But I agree, what a #cruelworld when the child you love and adore does something unimaginable like this. 2y
BookNAround This was a tough book to read but fantastic for all that. 2y
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Jabberwocky I‘m working on the tagged book, and I definitely want to read Sue‘s account. 2y
Kalalalatja @IamIamIam definitely not! I‘m only 2 hours into it, but I have had a lump in my throat multiple times already! @Reviewsbylola I can‘t even imagine, but it most be the ultimate nightmare for any parent.. @BookNAround I‘m pretty sure you are right! @Jabberwocky that‘s on my tbr, too! I have heard so many great things! 2y
L_auren Ugh such a great book!!!! 2y
Cinfhen I was so impressed with this memoir! I thought Sue showed genuine sympathy and empathy for all involved and she didn‘t write the book for selfish or monetary motives 2y
Reviewsbylola I agree @cinfhen. I think she has handled the whole thing so well. I know it is in our nature to point fingers, but I honestly believe they had a loving, “normal” family, and I can‘t imagine having to face that your child did that while also grieving that same child that everyone hates. She wasn‘t able to grieve in the way the other parents were. 2y
Suet624 I agree with you all. I cried a lot while reading it. Sue did a great job with it. This book is a must read for any parent. @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Agreed @Reviewsbylola @Suet624 a must read FOR EVERYONE truly heartbreaking 2y
emilyhaldi I so want to read this book... but.... 😢 2y
Meredith3 This book is beyond tragic 😿 2y
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InnerSavvy
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Absolute must read. Mother of the first large scale school murder suicide has amazing insight to think about as, unfortunately, school shootings have become more common.

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kspenmoll
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Reviewsbylola Such an unsettling but heartfelt book. 💔 2y
Gayan This book though. 💔 2y
Suet624 I know exactly what you mean. 2y
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Klebold provided a perspective on a situation that I could never even fathom. Her story was extremely personal and honest, and my heart breaks for everyone involved in this horrible event. She could have easily succumbed to her grief, as I‘m sure many people in her position would have, but instead she cracks open her family‘s personal life in hopes that others can learn better ways to help people with mental illness and to prevent future violence.