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Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Noras family life isnt going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit and the hardest to accept.
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abookdragonsretreat
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Mehso-so

Whilst I was really looking forward to this book, I did feel slightly let down by being mislead from the blurb. The story did have all the elements expected; a struggling MC in New York, around the time of the infamous Son of Sam serial killer, and it had romance. However I found the MC too unlikeable to care about her, the serial killer element wasn't a huge aspect as was only hyped rather than built upon, and the romance fell flat. Entertaining.

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Pigpen_Reads
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Opened my #SpookySummer box from @Maggie4483 Thank you so much! The bookmarks are so cute and the cup is pretty cool! The lollipop ghosts are cute and my favorite. I'm so looking forward to reading these books 😁

@paperwitchs #SpookySummerSwap

Maggie4483 Did you see that the cup lights up!?!? 2mo
Maggie4483 I‘m glad you like it. ❤️ I‘m thinking about leaving work early to go open mine. 2mo
Pigpen_Reads @Maggie4483 Yes! I turned it on and was entranced by it. I love it! I like that is has different modes to the lights. I hope you like your box! 2mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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UnabridgedPod
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Pickpick

Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn, which I listened to on audio thanks to AudioBookSync, is a fantastic YA historical novel centered on seventeen-year-old Nora Lopez who lives in New York in 1977 when the Son of Sam was terrorizing the city.⠀

Nora lives with her brother Hector and her mother; her father, who is remarried and has a young son, isn't part of her life. Nora is ready to be done with school, ⬇️

UnabridgedPod and though her guidance counselor is encouraging her to enroll in college, Nora just isn't sure. She loves her shop classes and excels at construction and design; she also loves hanging out with her best friend (the daughter of a fire fighter), dancing disco, and working at a local grocery store where she meets a sweet, handsome guy.⠀

The threat of a serial killer looms, but for Nora, the more pressing danger lies in her own home. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod Facing abuse and reckless outbursts, Nora years to feel safe again. She's too afraid and embarrassed to share the truth of her life, even when the violence starts bleeding outside of her small family.⠀

This book has so much going for it: a great consideration of women's roles and opportunities that came along with the feminist movement; plenty of action and thrills with the Son of Sam stories; ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod fun references to disco and 70s glamour; and a vivid protagonist. The written voice here is so strong, and it's only accentuated by narrator Marisol Ramirez. This is my first book by Meg Medina, but I'll definitely be picking up more. 2y
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MallenNC
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I would absolutely love a sequel to this book. Nora Lopez, the MC, is one of my favorite YA characters. The book ends as she‘s finishing high school so I‘d love to see what she does after that. #SequelPlease #BiblioMAYnia

OriginalCyn620 Agree! 👍🏻 2y
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holarosarita
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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I liked this very much. Bits of it were rather melodramatic. But, even so, I found the main character‘s reactions to those events to be realistic. And it‘s set a tumultuous and specific time and place that I had never give much thought to before. Plus the cover is so shiny!

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holarosarita
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Now for a historical fiction novel not set in WWII #readharder2020 (specifically, set in 1977)

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Victoriahoperose
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Very enjoyable read for #lmpbc this time. All the books this round were really impressive and had a few similarities across the board which was pretty cool. This one though was well written and researched and I found it to be compelling and unique. Thanks for sharing.

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cwarnier
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#lmpbc @ambam1987 @Victoriahoperose @whippoorwill815
I finally finished and will mail out on Tuesday.
I loved this book and really enjoyed the character of Nora.

cwarnier Mailed out, should be there Friday. 3y
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cwarnier
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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#lmpbc #groupf
I am getting close to being done and hope to have it in the mail this week. I am sorry I have been slacking. New job has take over my life.
@ambam1987 @whippoorwill815 @Victoriahoperose

On a side note, does anyone know what happened to my book from last round? @OriginalCyn620

Bookish_AF Oh no it never arrived ??!!! 😢 I mailed it in the middle of July or so, and am almost positive I used your new address (the one for round 6). I‘ll look around but I don‘t think I have the tracking info anymore. It wasn‘t sent back to me or anything. 3y
cwarnier It's ok, I wondered if it got lost in the mail with my move. Thanks for letting me know you tried. If you happen to have the tracking # shoot me an email, if not things happen. 3y
Bookish_AF I actually found the receipt still in my wallet! The tracking number is 9505 5065 9356 9199 1006 87. It says it was delivered, but where did they put it ?? 3y
cwarnier Interesting. I may go investigate sometime. Thanks. 3y
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cwarnier
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#lmpbc @whippoorwill815 @Victoriahoperose @ambam1987
Hey group, I am a bit behind. I am not sure I will be done by Sunday to mail off early next week, but I will try.
My new job has kind of take over my life this month.

Victoriahoperose Take your time girl! If it‘s a little late no worries ❤️ 3y
Bookish_AF No worries! 3y
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MallenNC
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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A few picks from my actual shelves that are set in #NewYork #LetsTravelAugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!!! Cool pic 🙌🏻📚 3y
OriginalCyn620 Nice! 👌🏻 And can I borrow Shadowshaper?! ❤️🗽 3y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 Yes, of course. Don‘t let me forget. 3y
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MallenNC
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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This is one of my favorite books set in the #1970s. It‘s got a great main character who is dealing with her own challenges while living in New York during the Son of Sam murders. That element gives it some creepiness but that just makes it more interesting. And of course, the title is a total earworm. #LetsTravelJuly

OriginalCyn620 I agree with all that! 👌🏻📚🎶 3y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I‘m thinking of rereading it now! 3y
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cwarnier
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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#lmpbc @whippoorwill815 @Victoriahoperose
This arrived yesterday!
Wow, I should get on reading Enchantee (it is a bit long).
@ambam1987 would you prefer us to use sticky notes to "mark up" your book or are you ok with us writing in it?
It took a bit for me to write alot in them the first round as well, but I loved seeing my book back all makes up and seeing others opinions.

Bookish_AF I‘m still reading mine as well! I also finally mailed back Early Riser, hopefully it arrives ok! 🤞 3y
Bookish_AF Oh I just noticed! Think Amber‘s handle is @ambam1987 3y
ambam1987 @cwarnier @whippoorwill815 feel free to write in the book! I had a hard time writing in the book—- (hard to get out of Librarian mode) 🙃 3y
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ambam1987
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Finished my #lmpbc read! It‘s headed your way @cwarnier

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ambam1987
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Started my first #LMPBC read! This read touches on a very important issue of affordable housing and struggles in inner-city neighborhoods.

cwarnier @ambam1987 This looks like an interesting read 3y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Just finished this quick, engrossing YA read-I love when fiction books feature true crimes!

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Librarybelle
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New York City 1977 lived in terror - Son of Sam was murdering young couples, violence and crime were at all time highs, and a deadly heatwave ripped through the city. All of this serves as a backdrop for Nora‘s story. This well told story examines family struggles, identity & perceptions, &!really a desire and need to break free. Great YA book...from @MallenNC ‘s #FreakyFriday list.

Circled time final for #11thHourReadathon . At 17 for #24B42019

Andrew65 Sounds very interesting. Stacked. A great time for both. Well done! 👏🙌🥳 4y
MallenNC I'm glad you liked it! 4y
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EclecticReaders That's great! 4y
ferskner Gah I forgot about the 11th readathon this year! I guess it's good because I was working all weekend... 4y
minkyb Useless tidbit. Son of Sam attended my high school lol. 4y
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JennyM
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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19| #ABBAInAugust

New York #SummerCityNight of 1977, when soaring temps, blackouts, arson and the serial killer, Son of Sam, made for stuff of nightmares.

I thoroughly enjoyed this YA from last year.

Cinfhen This was the other book I thought of!!! SO GOOD!!!! I really enjoyed it and it‘s listed as YA but did not read that way!!!! 4y
JennyM @Cinfhen I agree completely. It didn‘t read like a YA at all. Great read. 4y
emilyhaldi Oh! Perhaps another YA that I should give a try 😜 4y
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Reviewsbylola It‘s not often that I‘m tempted to read YA, but this sounds excellent. 4y
Cinfhen It‘s really good @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola as a child of the 80‘s I remember the Summer of Sam in the late 1970‘s!!! 4y
Mdargusch I‘m stacking! That sounds like great subject matter for YA! 4y
Meredith3 Ahhhh! I must read! 4y
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Librarybelle
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina

Had to go with this current read for #burnittotheground . A #FreakyFriday pick...YA, set in NYC when the Son of Sam terrorized the city. #getmovin

Cinfhen Picked this up by chance and it was sooooo good! I really enjoyed the 70s vibe/setting 🌼🌼🌼 4y
eanderson Sounds good!!! 4y
Librarybelle @eanderson It‘s good so far! 4y
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Librarybelle
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Another late night at the library, though this time it was planned! I‘m starting this #FreakyFriday pick over a quick dinner.

Daisey This book was great! 4y
Librarybelle @Daisey I‘m enjoying the ‘70s references in it! 4y
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Valink
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Road tripping with my daughter today & tomorrow to visit SUNY Binghamton for accepted student day. We haven‘t seen the school yet, but it‘s in her final 3. My son is the one who loves audio books on road trips, but I downloaded a book just in case!

AmyG Ah, the college trips. Enjoy! 4y
Valink @AmyG this should be my last one with her, then she makes her final decision, but my son is a HS Junior, so I‘ll be starting over with him!! He mostly wants to look at SUNY schools, so it will be easier with him (I hope!). It is nice to have this 1:1 time with the kids though! 4y
AmyG Good luck to both kids. I, too, enjoyed my time with my girls. My husband dis this with our son....but he really only wanted one school. ;) 4y
Beachesnbooks I almost went to suny binghamton! 4y
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kricheal
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This was a pick for me, 4 stars.

kamoorephoto That‘s on my list! 5y
MallenNC I liked that one a lot! 5y
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kricheal
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Starting this next. Anyone else read it?

TheLibrarian No but I've heard good things! 5y
Bookzombie I read it and enjoyed it. I may have cried at the end (I‘m a crier.) 🙂 5y
Soubhiville I listened to the audio. It was pretty good. 5y
kricheal @Bookzombie @TheLibrarian @Soubhiville Good to know! I've been in such a book slump lately. Thank you 5y
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rohit-sawant
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Guys, so stoked to share the awesome cover for Transmundane Press's On Fire which has my short story "Bunsen Burn and Beaker Bubble." In “Bunsen,” upon learning that a boy in her class might be responsible for the death of a colleague she was dating, a chemistry teacher versed in witchcraft singles him out for revenge. The antho is a collection of twenty-six fire themed stories and will be out on December 1!

batsy Woohoo!! 🎉🎉🎉👏👏 Congrats! ☺️ 5y
rohit-sawant @batsy Thanks so much!! 😀 5y
mklong Congratulations!!!! 5y
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Ms_T Woohoo! Massive congrats to you! 🎉🎉🎉 5y
rohit-sawant @mklong @Ms_T Thank you so much!! 😃 5y
Cathythoughts Congratulations 🎉🎉 5y
Amanda23 Congrats!! 5y
Bambolina_81 That's fantastic! Well done 🍾🎉 5y
Cinfhen Amazing 🙌🏻💕🎉😃 5y
kspenmoll Wonderful!!!🎉🎉 5y
Robothugs Congratulations! This is amazing! 😄 5y
rohit-sawant @Robothugs @kspenmoll Thanks so much!! 😀 5y
LeahBergen Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉👏👏 5y
readordierachel Yay! 🎉 5y
rohit-sawant @ReadOrDieRachel Thank you!! 😀 5y
vivastory Congratulations! 🎉👏📚🎊🤘 5y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks so much, Scott!! 😃 5y
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hes7
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Monday morning reading for #LitsyReadingChallenge.

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Citymouse
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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A few black book covers...and a disco ball. #riotgrams

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specklife
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Aaaannnd... #weekendreads number three!!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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WanderingBookaneer
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Next up #MountTBR

Cinfhen Soooo good! 5y
Cinfhen Yes! I enjoyed it but felt it was too long...This one just surprised me in all the right ways!!!! 5y
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Chelsibno
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#QuickReads #AndItsAugust This young adult novel was such a #quickread. Set in New York in the summer of 1977, the book focuses on a Latina teen trying to survive this difficult time in NYC's history.

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BeckaroniAndCheese
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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I took my 14 year old to the library this morning and came home with a YA selection for myself! 📚

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Purplerosiepage
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This was so good! A perfect summer road trip read.

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annamae
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Reading this before I go to New York in a couple weeks! #LRC2017

JoeStalksBeck Come over and win some books 📚 5y
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Laughterhp
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This book was pretty great. Set in the 70s in NYC while a serial killer is on the loose. The story was compelling, however I will admit to getting frustrated with how Nora and her mom treated her younger brother. He's a rotten kid, but they have to tread carefully around him because he's "young" and "growing". ? It was very annoying. Other than that, I enjoyed this book.

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Bloomingjen
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I am trying to take a break from politics to read some of my reading challenge books. Also joining the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge. I read this book for #ERMadLibs #LitsyRC12 and #LitsyAtoZ It was a good story and a quick read (I didn't realize it was a YA book) It gave a good idea of what it would be like to be a young woman in NYC at that time.

Kristelh Excited to hear about the Rooster summer reading program. Ordered the 📚 5y
Cinfhen Totally surprised me!Really enjoyed this book! @minkyb have you read it?! It's a good library request 5y
minkyb In my radar but haven't gotten to it. I will request it! 5y
Bloomingjen @Kristelh I am excited. T 5y
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alanacristin
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Finally got to finish this creepy #YA #historicalfiction which is perfect for summer 🔥 set during the summer of sam (1977) in Queens, this book makes me want to read so much more about that time. Oh, and I love a female protagonist who builds and fixes 😍 #mommyreads #ebook

Chelsibno Since you enjoyed the 1977 setting, you might also enjoy If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth or Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 5y
Chelsibno I loved this book! I could not put it down! 5y
alanacristin @Chelsibno thanks for the recommendations! I listened to the Ng audiobook but I'll need to check out the Gansworth 📚 cheers! 5y
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MarticaMustRead
Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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😀📖✒🌟🔥😍 #BookFestival #GBF #YA #DiverseReads #LibrarianLife #AuthorsAreMyRockstars

Notes from this past weekend's Gaithersburg Book Festival:

Got to hear my Meg Medina talk & get her latest book signed!💃🏻

She had such a fun & informative author talk, was totally receptive, very approachable & funny! Definitely one of my favs from the festival.🌟😍

After hearing her author talk, I'm even more eager to read my (now signed) copy of BBB!

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Mackypup
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Really enjoying the #RITeenBookNominees! This one did not disappoint.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I read this entire book in less than 15 hours and I slept for nine of them. So stinking good.

LiteraryinLawrence That's awesome! I saw Meg Medina speak at the last NCTE conference and she seemed very cool. Maybe I'll have to try her book! 5y
auntie_jenn agree! 👍🏻👍🏻 5y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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How rainy Saturday's should look. Donut. Book. Biggest coffee mug I own.

aeeklund PERFECT. 🌧🍩☕️📚 5y
kylienoele Wonderful😍 5y
Daisey Sounds fantastic and a great book choice! 5y
BooksForEmpathy Looks yummy!! Have a great day! 5y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Fridays + YA + watermelon shandy ❤️❤️

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Bookzombie
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Nora's keeping secrets and lying so no one will know what's going on at home. Her younger brother is becoming more violent and abusive. Her mother is in denial and worries about what outsiders think. Everything comes to a boil at home as NYC deals with a heatwave, a blackout, and a serial killer on the loose.
I loved this book. The characters are well developed and the setting is great. #litsyreadingchallenge #LRC12 #maybookflowers Day 10 #lies

Cinfhen Really liked this one! 5y
Chelsibno I couldn't put this book down! 5y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Yay! 😀 5y
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Bookzombie @Chelsibno Me either! 5y
Mackypup Just started it! 😊 5y
Bookzombie @Mackypup Hope you like it! 5y
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Sharanya
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#maybookchallenge Day 3: Paint it Black (Black Books) | also: proof that I have a book-hoarding problem (and I'm not that sorry about it) ❤️

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Bookzombie
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I'm out and about today so I tried a new place, Urban Bricks, for lunch and started this book. #ididnoteatthewholething #mediterraneanpizza

Cinfhen That pizza looks AMAZING 😋😋😋 5y
HotMessJess Pizza is life 5y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I enjoyed it and the rest was good for a snack later. 🙂 5y
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HotMessJess My husband is the GM of a nice-ish Deep dish pizza place. After the first few months I've had to ask politely that he not bring it home so much. I can feel my pants getting tighter... 5y
Bookzombie @HotMessJess LOL I love deep dish too and that would definitely make my pants tighter. 5y
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Alytrue
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Ah, a little backyard reading to start off my Saturday #springcleaningreadathon

Leelee.reads This looks so inviting! So much greenery! 5y
BibliophileMomma Sunshine 😍 We are having rain and thunderstorms all weekend long. 5y
Alytrue @Leelee.reads yes, the green is taking over! I cropped the pic so you couldn't see the knee-high grass - but why mow when you can reeeead?😂😂😂 5y
Alytrue @Tiffness83 it's been raining here for a week - glad to finally see the sun! 5y
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Daisey
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"Maybe the things that scare us seem more powerful than they truly are when we keep them secret."

This book was fantastic with well developed characters, a fascinating setting, and a great story of how we choose to share our lives with our friends and family.

#YA #quote #LRC12 #setin1970s #LitsyReadingChallenge
#MsDsLibrary

Cinfhen Really loved this book! 5y
Daisey @Cinfhen Yes, it was so good! 5y
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

Finished up this quick audiobook yesterday. I chose it for the #setinthe1970s category of the #LitsyReadingChallenge. It kept my interest, but I didn't love it as much as a lot of others did. I'd say 3.5 of 5⭐️

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Daisey
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This is today's #dropeverythingandread choice during my silent reading time at school, and I'm really enjoying it!

#AprilBookShowers #YA #MsDsLibrary

Cinfhen Really liked this book 💕 5y
Daisey @Cinfhen It's so good and I just want to keep reading, but I'm forcing myself to leave it at school as my silent reading book. 5y
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