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Forever . . . | Judy Blume
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#Iwanttoholdyourhand has me thinking about this old classic I forgot to review after #foreverforever read-along... although if you recall they were doing more than holding hands! Sadly this book didn‘t do much for me and I can now see why my friends and I skimmed the book just to get to the risqué scenes ?

DebinHawaii Good one. As Kath's mom said, "...you can't go back to holding hands." ? 2y
GypsyKat Nice choice! 2y
Reviewsbylola I can‘t believe I never read this as a teenager. 2y
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#ReadingResolutions #AprilStats 📚

Even though I was busy on work projects the last couple of weeks, April was a great reading month with 17 books finished. Some really good books, a nice amount of non-fiction and a reread of Judy Blume's Forever for the #foreverforever buddy read. Code Girls was my favorite book of the month although Endurance, 32 Yolks and You All Grow Up and Leave Me were right up there. 📚📚📚👍

kspenmoll Fantastic month! 🙌🏻🎉 2y
tammysue Wow that‘s wonderful! 👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
Crazeedi Great job! 2y
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Forever . . . | Judy Blume
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I feel like I dropped the ball on our #foreverforever #buddyread but there's been fun discussions on all the update/review posts. I had plans of making fondue but life happened & I've been too busy so here's my empty fondue pot-a gift, I've used once.😆This fun reread brought back memories...

Things I still want:
-jeans with 🍄🍄embroidered on them
-Kath's grandma
-Kath's den🦁

Things I don't want:
-Michael (he's a putz!)
-Ralph 😜

DebinHawaii ... Yes, I now can't unsee all those ellipses...😆 & it's dated & not the greatest book written but the pure nostalgia fills my heart with love for Judy Blume & makes me want to go back & reread more of her books. She was ahead of her time in terms of writing middle grade & YA books & a national treasure. Mahalo to all who read or reread along with us & to @LauraBeth for planting the idea! 🤗😘#foreverforever 🍄💕🌈 (edited) 2y
CarolynM Why did fondue go out of fashion? It's so delicious! I think I used my fondue pot wedding present at least 3 times😂 2y
DebinHawaii @CarolynM I have two of them! Both Christmas gifts from the same coworker over 15 years ago, different years though. 🤣I'm ready for it to make a big comeback! 🤣🧀🤣 2y
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Cinfhen But now we have the chocolate fountain @DebinHawaii @CarolynM which is EVEN BETTER 😋 2y
Caterina @CarolynM @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii I didn‘t realize fondue was out of fashion! My family‘s New Year‘s Eve tradition is for the four of us to gather round the fondue pot while watching the TV. Strawberries, bananas, pound cake, marshmallows... We‘ve been doing it every year for as long as I can remember! (Side note, can you tell my parents are introverts?? No new year‘s parties for us! 😂) 2y
Cinfhen That sounds delicious @Caterina and you‘re using chocolate not cheese I‘m assuming ~ I think it‘s the cheese aspect that‘s changed, Right?!? @DebinHawaii @CarolynM 2y
Caterina @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii @CarolynM Oh I didn‘t know cheese was even an option! 🤔 I guess I‘m showing my age 🙈 Cheese sounds delicious too though! 2y
CarolynM @Cinfhen Cheese all the way! Those nasty boiling oil to cook meat and veg in kinds were just awful. @Caterina Your family's NYEs sound pretty good, though😄 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Ha! @Caterina And we are showing our age👵👵👵 @DebinHawaii @CarolynM 2y
CarolynM @Cinfhen Yep, next stop the old folks home😂 2y
Mdargusch Fondue night was always my favorite dinner! Beef rolled in crushed up pretzels 🤤 2y
emilyhaldi The 🍄 jeans do sound pretty rad 2y
emilyhaldi Wow @Mdargusch I haven‘t heard of this beef / pretzel delicacy!!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks I‘m pretty sure I have that same fondue pot — bought at a garage sale and used it maybe twice 😂 . I agree Kath‘s grandmother is so cool!! 2y
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Forever . . . | Judy Blume
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I tried. I couldn‘t get past page 80. Sorry guys. I did enjoy the parts that brought back memories ... hooking rugs and playing backgammon. #foreverforever

Cinfhen Have a cocktail by the pool and call it a day 🍹☀️ 2y
Jerdencon It was a bit tough to get past the cheesiness! 2y
Mdargusch I couldn‘t do it @Jerdencon 🙄 2y
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emilyhaldi Lol 😂 It was pretty painful for me most of the way through... I don't blame you!! 2y
Mdargusch I would definitely need a cocktail to get this this @Cinfhen ! 🤢 #somanybookstoolittletime 2y
Mdargusch See above post @emilyhaldi 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻 2y
ValerieAndBooks So you didn‘t toss the book in the pool 😂?! Now I need to go look at page 80 again 👀... 2y
ValerieAndBooks Oh and I remember rug hooking too! I don‘t think I ever finished mine 😂! 2y
Mdargusch Haha! @ValerieAndBooks - I‘m not sure what‘s on page 80 but I think that‘s near the part about “Ralph” 😂😂😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg!!! Hahahahaha 2y
AlaMich I got to the halfway mark and speed-skimmed through the rest 😊 2y
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...as my dad likes to say ⬆️

1. I‘m doing #foreverforever, which is my first #buddyread actually. 😊
2. I‘ve really liked the name Annabeth since I saw Mystic Pizza when it first came out. Annabeth Gish was an actress in that movie.
3. Current favorite song? Uh....I think “Train Wreck,” which is an old song by Sarah McLachlan that I just discovered.
#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

LauraBeth I love the name Annabeth 💕 2y
Eggs ❤️ Mystic Pizza 2y
AlaMich @LauraBeth Yeah *sigh* My parents, or more likely my mother, was feeling creative and named me Alaine. I like the name in theory but sometimes I feel like I spend half my life spelling it. And people who know me call me Lainie anyway, which nobody can spell either. 2y
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LauraBeth How many times have people called you Elaine? A bajillion? 2y
AlaMich @LauraBeth A bajillion sounds about right. 😕 2y
LauraBeth Well I like it! It‘s unique and plus, everyone knows that Lainie‘s are fun. 2y
AlaMich @LauraBeth Why, thank you! 😘 2y
AlaMich @Eggs I know, such a great movie. *sigh* 😊 2y
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Othello | William Shakespeare
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1) #shakespearebuddyread #mgbuddyread #foreverforever
2) When I was a kid I wanted to go by my middle name Alison. I thought it was pretty and normal. Also Elizabeth Shue in Karate Kid was named Ali. But by high school I grew into my name. Now I like it.
3) I'm really loving the Wailin Jennys these days. I'll pick One as my fave song to listen to.
Fun questions @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Thank you Margot! And thanks for participating! 😊 2y
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Forever... | Judy Blume
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What a trip down memory lane! Interesting to consider how much of your own experiences of love and sex might influence how you feel about it when reading it as an adult. It explores a lot of issues that a young and inexperienced person may not have thought about and that in itself is valuable. Considering its time and audience it's fairly explicit, but a little more would probably be helpful to avoid unrealistic expectations!

DebinHawaii Great review! 👍Thanks for joining us--it was a fun walk down memory lane and interesting to see everyone's take on it. 💕📚 2y
LauraBeth Wonderful review! Thanks for re-reading with us and providing your insights. 🍒🍒 2y
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1. I‘m just in #foreverforever right now. I‘ll be running #earthseedbuddyread for Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. That‘ll start in June!

2. I tried that with my first marriage. Nope. Ultimately, this is me. But if you held a gun to my head and forced me to change, I‘d take my husband‘s last name.

3. My relationship to music is complicated right now. So .... I‘ve got nothing.

#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Barbara! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I do love this song. But right now I can‘t properly appreciate this version. I have an issue with noise in my ears that makes music impossible to enjoy. I miss it terribly! 2y
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Forever... | Judy Blume
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I had some adulting to do today involving lots of waiting room time. It was an ironic way to reread a YA classic. Thanks to @DebinHawaii for bringing us together for #ForeverForever!

My full review is on www.TheBibliophage.com but ultimately I found it fascinating to read this book through a grandmother‘s lens. No, I don‘t mean the book is fascinating. It‘s an incredibly dated view into the shallow minds of a teen and her friends. Nothing more.

BiblioTori Thoroughly enjoyed your review of this book! It makes me want to read it. I‘ve ready a couple of her other books, but not this one for some reason. 2y
Jerdencon I agree... I thought the writing was that of a teenager writing a book - but maybe that's what it was supposed to be. But some lines were definitely cringe-worthy. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @OnlyMeJustT Thanks! I‘ll bet you can track down a free way to read it. Just 200 pages! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jerdencon Oh for sure! I was surprised at how much I was able to comment and critique in my blog review. (edited) 2y
jillrhudy Talk about your throwbacks for Thursday! 😃 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jillrhudy Haha—you‘re so right! I hadn‘t thought of that! 2y
IamIamIam Hope all is well!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam Thanks. Nothing emergent. Just a 4+ year journey with some issues. Still fighting for answers. 😍 2y
DebinHawaii Great review! I'm so glad you joined in.🤗I did leave a comment on your blog too but it was from my phone and I'm not sure it went through so I'll try again when I'm on my computer. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DebinHawaii Thanks for the comment on my blog! It got marked as spam for some reason, so I just rescued it for us! 😍😍 2y
AlaMich I enjoyed your blog review too. You‘re right about the simplicity of the narrative...they just didn‘t do “nuanced” or “layered” back in the day, did they? 😊 I don‘t read a ton of contemporary YA but even I know that current writers credit teenagers with more intelligence. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AlaMich I think we have to give teenagers today more plot and character complexity. For the most part, they‘re exposed to so much more now—in media and in life. But the relative innocence of Forever is refreshing in a way. Thanks for reading my blog post too! 2y
DebinHawaii @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought something like that might have happened. Thanks for rescuing me from the SPAM pile! 😆👍 2y
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Kate Remembered | A. Scott Berg
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1. I‘m currently doing the #foreverforever buddy read with @DebinHawaii 😺
2. I‘m forever a Kate. I‘ve always wanted to be Kate, like my grandmother, because she was my hero - so I gave it to my daughter as her middle name.
3. I love this song by Macklemore and Kesha. https://youtu.be/1yYV9-KoSUM
“Wish I wouldn't have worried about what other people thought and felt comfortable in myself. Rooftop open and the stars above.”


vivastory I love Macklemore. He's so much fun in concert! 2y
DebinHawaii Yes, you are!🤗💕🌈🍄💕 2y
saresmoore I‘ve always wanted to be a Jane, so I gave it to my daughter as a middle name, too! Yesterday, she told me she wished her first name was Jane. I said, “You can switch if you want to!” 2y
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GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Laura! 2y
LauraBeth @vivastory I was just thinking today about seeing him in concert 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore I LOVE the name Jane (I was mad at myself for naming my cat Jane before I had my daughter 😂). Which daughter wants to be Jane? 2y
saresmoore Little miss Elliott. They were playing the other day and Lucy was Elizabeth Nareen (her own fictional character) and Ellie was Jane Austen. It warmed my heart. 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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