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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
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Saknicole
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Banned Books Week Bulletin Board! All my classes do a Banned Books activity. Last year, a set of books was withheld from Seward HS library without any oversight from the Curriculum Review Committee after the assistant superintendent decided that the titles were too controversial. Titles included: “I Am A Feminist,” “We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide,” and others regarding LGBTQA representation. Censorship happens near and far.

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kayceeking
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Excellent read. Unexpectedly heartbreaking and inspirational.

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LeftyDv
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A tolerant grandmother, a coach/player relationship that is positive mentorship, the trials and tribulations of friendship, and a boy awakening to the inequities and cruelties of the real world in regards to race and economics. Yeah, exactly the kind of book that should be banned. Why build empathy in our young people? Please read this book and share it. Don‘t let the firemen win.

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jdiehr
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I picked this up at the library book sale specifically to add to my little free library. I don't have many YA books in there.

My book nerdy senses told me to read it first.

Am I ever glad I did!

This is the story of a boy growing up "different." He's learning about loyalty, loss, love, and finding his own way.

I cried on the last page.

So good.

EvieBee It‘s a good one! Glad you read it. I listened to the audiobook so many years ago (15) but I would like to revisit it in print because I understand there are illustrations. 5mo
jdiehr @EvieBee Yes! The illustrations are fantastic. It would be worth it to pick up a printed copy 🙂 5mo
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LeaKell
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This book made the list of the most banned in schools last year. Any book being banned is a tragedy and this one is no exception. It‘s smart, funny, and courageous. It‘s a YA that forces some pretty heavy thinking all while making you giggle. A must read!

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Djspens
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Say it should be banned? Then of course I‘m going to read it and share! #buybannedbooks #readbannedbooks

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jspoelker
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A fascinating coming of age book about a unique boy on an Indian reservation and his observations of his family, friends, and tribe. The story focuses on friendship and a bit of romance but always with a character driven plot line. It gives an insiders view of life on the res and what it means to lead a double life between the white world and the res as a teen boy.

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breng_pbs
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I loved the pov this was written from and it definitely made me bawl my eyes out to be honest

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Leniverse
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julesG My son has to read it for school atm. He's no fan. He'd rather read some sci-fi. 11mo
Leniverse @julesG I loved it! But I did the audiobook, and since it's read by the author it was like he was right there telling the story and it was really entertaining. 11mo
Eggs 💛📚💙 11mo
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freeatlast1137
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Junior decides to leave the Rez for a better education.

I enjoyed this story of Junior, there were a lot of sad moments but it was so witty and the cartoons rounded off everything nicely. I‘m glad I didn‘t listen to the audiobook on this one.

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bookie.monster.ph
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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

Catsandbooks I really like your graphics! Very creative! Welcome to Litsy!! ☺️🎉 12mo
megnews Ditto on the graphics! Welcome! 12mo
bookie.monster.ph @Catsandbooks and @megnews Ohh you guyssss. Thank you so much. Keep safe! 12mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Unfortunately, here we have another great book with wide appeal written by a man who turns out to be a bit of a shit. It‘s a real shame how often this happens. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian was a good young-adult read, but art does not and cannot exist in a vacuum. Full review with more info: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-absolutely-true-diary-of-a-part-time-in...

TheLudicReader I loved this book…and whether or not we can or should separate art from artist was our topic in last week‘s Young Adult Lit class. So interesting. 13mo
plemmdog I love Alexis‘s writing. Jennifer Finney Boylan had an interesting piece about loving the art (and not the artist) in this past Sunday‘s NYT. Her takeaway was maybe we shouldn‘t elevate the artist so much (apparently Don McLean, who wrote “American Pie”, was also a prick) 13mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @TheLudicReader That sounds fascinating!! 12mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @plemmdog Ooooh I'll have to look that up, thanks for the tip! 😉 12mo
PaperbackPirate I just found this out recently and was like Noooo! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 12mo
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AshleyHoss820
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Junior makes the bold decision to leave the Rez and go to school at the wealthy white school in Reardon. This book details his struggle being in both communities and not quite a part of either. Definitely worth a read.

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BeaG
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“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,“ I said. “By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.“ (page 176) Absolutely the best quote I‘ve read in a good while.
Going in, I hadn‘t realized that this was a memoir. I loved it. It was funny at times and sad in others. Great book.

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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

This is completely different from what I've explored so far (Which is not much, I think) but I'm really excited for this. 🍻📚
#nextread #bibliophile

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DrexEdit
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A re-read for me. Just posting here to confirm this book is STILL AWESOME!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SamAnne Have you read his memoir You Don't Have to Say You Love Me? Fabulous. Although I'm conflicted of course with his #MeToo allegations. Sigh. 1y
DrexEdit @SamAnne I haven't read his memoir yet, but I would like to. I feel the same way about the #metoo allegations. Same with Junot Diaz. And probably others. I struggle with this. Can you love the creation and not the creator? I definitely have lost a little bit of admiration for him but I'm still in love with his books. Sigh. 1y
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sarahbellum
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Sad and hopeful and true to life. Growing up is so so hard and this story captured it wonderfully. #catsoflitsy

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guidosophia
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read this book!! such an easy read but full of lessons. wasn‘t it really controversial and banned once? idk but it was good

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sarahbellum
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Pretending that I don‘t have to clean the house today before having my boyfriend‘s family over for dinner 😬

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rockpools
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for years, so when it showed up in the library‘s audio collection, I thought I‘d give it a go.

It‘s a good story. Sad, funny (sometimes inappropriately so) and, in places, wise. A family that struggles, but supports each other. And hard-earnt friendships- I loved the friendships in this. Yes, I learnt stuff, and I enjoyed the audiobook.

The ‘but‘, of course, is the author‘s more recent history. Yet again I hit the

rockpools need to read more, this time indigenous authors, particularly women beyond Alexie‘s immediate circle, and to take on board the criticisms that Alexie‘s work perpetuates negative stereotypes about indigenous communities. If you have recommendations, please fire them at me. Thanks. (edited) 2y
charl08 I would love to read more voices too. I am still readi g whatever Louise Erdrich I can get my hands on. Thought Orange's book was compelling too. 2y
rockpools @charl08 I‘ve never read Erdrich - that‘d be a good start- which would you recommend? I did enjoy There There, but it was a phone read, which never works 100% for me, so may try again sometime. I thought Joy Harjo‘s American Sunrise (poetry) was fab earlier this year too. 2y
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rockpools Ooh, and this is my first book finished for #FabulousFebruary - I have actuallyspent extra time reading today 😊 @Andrew65 2y
charl08 @rockpools I've not read Harjo: thank you. I have Diaz on the shelf to read, should pick it up. 2y
charl08 I have found this one the most accessible. Also recently picked up Marcie R Rendon's mysteries. 2y
SamAnne Harjo's Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is fabulous too. Love Erdrich. Recommend her latest The Night Watchman. Sherman Alexie's You Don't Have to Say you Love Me is one of the best memoirs I've read--a mix of prose and poetry. He was operated on for a brain tumor while writing it, and while recovering found he couldn't write prose but could write poems. The audio version read by him is great. 2y
xicanti I highly recommend Katherena Vermette, Eden Robinson, Thomas King, and Billy-Ray Belcourt. 2y
Centique Oh wow - I think you‘re going to love Erdrich Rachel! I agree with @charl08 that Round House is a good place to start. Most of her novels are tied to one community so as you read more of them you get this layering effect where you recognise minor characters and know their back stories. I love that 😍 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
rockpools @charl08 Stacking things all over the place here - thanks @charl08 . I can get The Round House and Diaz‘s earlier collection through the libraries, so I‘ll probably start there. I do like the sound of Rendon‘s mysteries, so I‘ll try and find myself those too 😊 2y
rockpools Stack, stack, stack - thank you @SamAnne ! I‘d love to read more Harjo. 2y
rockpools That‘s wonderful- thank you @xicanti ! Obviously our (UK) library‘s selection of Canadian First Nations authors is a little limited - though bizarrely I could borrow a 9-CD set of The Break when things reopen! Invesigating all of them further - Eden Robinson‘s the only one i was even vaguely aware of. Thank you 😊 2y
rockpools @Centique I‘m really looking forward to trying it - I honestly don‘t know why I haven‘t read Erdrich before now! 2y
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AvidReader25
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This coming-of-age memoir has a wonderful sense of humor, but the hardships Alexie overcame in his youth were harrowing. He adds comedy to those moments, esp with the cartoons, but being racially stereotyped, walking 22 miles to and from school, dealing with alcoholic parents, family deaths, loneliness, and overcoming brain seizures is a lot for anyone to handle.

“The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don‘t know.”

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MaggieCarr
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2021 Book Riot: Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author

This book has been on my radar for a long time. I guess I wished there was more? The author's note in the back of the 10 year anniversary edition eludes to Rowdy/Randy and Junior/his distanced adult relationship. Best friends couldn't have personalities that differed more, but for these two - it worked, and held each other up in their friendship.

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christinaberry13

“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,“ I said. “By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.“

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Great book! Welcome to Litsy 🥳🎈🥳 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I enjoyed this coming-of-age, indigenous voices story and the cartoons included. Junior / Arnold is forthright and charming in his odd way. And in the year that‘s 2020, I appreciated the messages about loss and grief when Native American people have lost so many to the virus.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020 #bannedbooked #booked2020

Cinfhen I loved this book; despite the whole Sherman Alexie scandal (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I agree. The scandal is awful but he knows how to tell a unique story. 2y
alisiakae @cinfhen I agree! I read this before the scandal, so not sure if I would feel differently if I read his books for the first time now. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I know what you mean ... I waited until I‘d finished to Google the details. 😰🤬 2y
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shanaymayer
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“...well of course, man. We Indians have LOST EVERYTHING. We lost our native land. We lost our languages, we lost our songs and our dances. We lost each other. We only know how to lose and be lost.”

“The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don‘t know.”

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Tineke
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I've read this book, because I am participating in the favourites roundabout on #bookcrossing. This was someones favourite of the year in 2019.
This was a sad book with a somewhat optimistic ending. It reminded me of the Highway of Tears. It's YA, but also suitable for adults. It'll travel further to Belarus.
TBR since July 24th. 2020, 230 pages.

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Eggs
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did not like 13 Reasons Why... #Unpopularopinion I gave it away as soon as I could!! (edited) 2y
Nebklvr I didn‘t know Bear Town was banned. Where did that happen? It didn‘t show up on any of my lists, darn it! 2y
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Eggs @Nebklvr I saw it on the ALA website. (edited) 2y
Eggs @OriginalCyn620 🙏🏻📚💗 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “unpopular” makes the world go ‘round‘ 🤗 2y
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TorieStorieS
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This is my #BannedBook choice for this year- though I had heard a lot of good things in the past about this one, I had never gotten around to listening to it! Performed by the author, this is a poignant and powerful story that makes it easy to see where some take issue with it. The bonus content in my edition, plus some of my own research soured this a bit for me- but I still appreciate the story and writing itself! #AudioColoring #Booked2020

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m thinking this will be my #bannedbook choice, even with the controversy. 2y
TorieStorieS @BarbaraTheBibliophage I did enjoy the fresh perspective- and I can see this appealing to reluctant readers especially! 2y
TorieStorieS @BarbaraTheBibliophage I can‘t wait to see your review! 2y
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Eggs
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Based on the author's own experiences, this novel chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

#identity #flyhighjuly

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reclusivepigeon
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You have no idea how often these type of books circulate at the library. I snorted when I read this part 😂

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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚📔 3y
TheLudicReader I loved this book. I laughed and cried. 3y
Eggs @OriginalCyn620 @TheLudicReader ❤️❤️ I‘ve read another of his (he wrote so many) 😥 3y
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JohnBryan.Lrca

Write a brief summary of the novel; Junior is currently studying in the reservation school located in his town, he decided to leave his school in order to find “hope“
who was the protagonist; Junior
what was his/her problem and how was the problem resolved? Because of him leaving, Junior and his best friend got into a conflict.But, after one a basketball match Junior and his best friend reconciled.

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Genre: Young adult fiction
Date Started: October 24, 2019
Date Completed: November 10, 2019
pages: 316
How did you choose this book: This book was recommended by a friend

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hike.read.repeat
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So glad I finally read this one. Loved every bit of it. Gonna add more Sherman Alexie books to my tbr. #bannedbooksweek

Gezemice One of those that deserves the hype. 3y
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hike.read.repeat
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“Really good books and cartoons give you a boner...you should approach each book—you should approach life—with the real possibility that you might get a metaphorical boner at any point.”
#bannedbooksweek

LibrarianRyan love it
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hike.read.repeat
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Kicking off #bannedbooksweek by starting one of 2018‘s most challenged books.

DrexEdit So much 💜 for this book. 3y
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“Junior talks about it - relating to dozens if not hundreds of tribes. Even as the world tries to define you, narrow the definition of you, don‘t do it to yourself.”

#LilithJuly | 23: #CentralReservation

📷: Made with Typorama

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"I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent. "

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Mehso-so

I've made it through the Top 9. Written from viewpoint of 14 year old boy so of course there's going to be 14 year old boy humor & sexual references. Would expect no less. Found it's descriptions of life on 'The Rez' quite depressing. I didn't love it or hate it so calling it So-So.That's strictly for Book Content.
Question: Do you factor in Author's Bad Behavior when you review a book???🤔
#ireadbannedbooks #9
#questionoftheday

LibrarianRyan I do not factor in author behavior when I review a book. It might cause me to not read their book. But I read this the first year it made the BBL. I agree with you. I can not figure out why people are so hyped over it. I have read better. 3y
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I finished this one last night in one sitting and 3 hours. I really enjoyed it. I guess I can see why it was banned, although I still disagree with it. I thoroughly enjoyed it ❤️

9 hours (ish) for #MayMadness ##24B4Monday I‘m not using a timer this time around, but I‘m not too concerned about it, seeing as how I‘ve already passed my goal of 5 hours. 👏🏻

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @RadicalReader

Andrew65 Totally exceeded your target! 👏 Looks an interesting book. 4y
Anna40 The book was banned?? 4y
NenaB This was one of my book club choices..I liked it. 4y
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Nerdfins I love that mug! 4y
Ross Great work on your goal! Have you seen Smoke Signals? It‘s a great flick. Sherman Alexie wrote the screenplay based on a short story from another book of his called “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” (edited) 4y
Clwojick @NenaB I really enjoyed it! ♥️ 4y
Clwojick @Nerdfins Thanks! I made it using my cricut! 😍 4y
Clwojick @Ross I‘ll have to check it out! Thanks for the info ♥️ 4y
Ross @Clwojick 😁👍🏽 (edited) 4y
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Clwojick
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“I grabbed my book and opened it up.
I wanted to smell it.
Heck, I wanted to kiss it.
Yes, kiss it.
That‘s right, I am a book kisser.”

EmilyM EXCELLENT book! 4y
Clwojick @EmilyM I am FLYING through it. I should definitely be done by tomorrow! ♥️ 4y
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k.reads Love your mug!!😍 4y
Clwojick @k.reads thanks! I made it with my cricut 😍 4y
k.reads @Clwojick No way! That‘s so cool. 4y
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I can‘t exactly say why I love this book so much, but I absolutely loved it! It made me laugh and made me tear up a bit. I‘m so thankful for the #booked2019 challenge for pushing me out of my comfort zone so I could experience this amazing book! I‘ve already recommended this book to multiple people and it may be my new favorite book to recommend.

Cinfhen This was really a special book, despite the allegations against Alexie. I loved it too 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This year I‘ve read two #indigenousauthors who thank Alexie, plus it gets a lot of #Litsylove. I may just have to read it soon. Thanks for the reminder. 4y
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Clwojick
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Next up for #BannedBooks.

Also, does anyone else live entirely off of watermelon in the summer months? I swear, I go through a huge watermelon every 3-4 days. My husband normally gets 2-3 pcs, then it‘s gone. 😂😍🍉

#maymadness #24b4Monday @Andrew65 @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage Same! 💗🍉💗 4y
SaturnDoo I ❤ 🍉 too. I picked this book to read for banned books week but my reading went downhill this weekend when I had to go get my 20 month old grandson Wednesday afternoon 😂 I may have to extend my unfinished maymadness reads into the first week of June😂🤣😂🤣 4y
Clwojick @SaturnDoo I will definitely be reading my leftovers into May as well! I have a ton of graphic novels that I didn‘t get to, and a handful from the other themes! 4y
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BennettBookworm OMG same! That was my whole day today, devouring a watermelon!! 🤣🍉 4y
Marmie7 🙋 I even ask for watermelon for my birthday! 😋 4y
mdm139 my kids eat a whole watermelon everyday during the summer. Figure there are a lot of worse they things they can eat. 4y
Andrew65 I prefer, and eat a lot of honeydew melon. 4y
Bookladylinda Yes!!! The one I have now is so good, I feel like I can eat the whole thing in one sitting. 😂 4y
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echalpan
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Such a great book that touches on racism, alcoholism, poverty, and privilege with deadpan humor sprinkled throughout.

ClairesReads Love love love this book 4y
JeannieReads I just love this book so much! 4y
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LoverofLit
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This book was delightful. I'm ashamed to say I'm not sure I've ever read a book following the perspective and life of a Native American but am so glad I did. Tackling some tough topics with charm and warmth of heart, I can absolutely see why this book is loved by so many. This is why I do reading challenges. To read outside my box and find treasures like this. #Booked2019 An indigenous author @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

LMJenkins I loved loved loved this book. 💛 4y
sammisho This is such a great book! 4y
Cinfhen This book is simply brilliant for ALL readers!!!! Loved it, too!!! 4y
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