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Ghost | Jason Reynolds

Read for #olympicsport #booked2018 and I'm glad I was prompted to pick this one up. I enjoyed it, and it's definitely a book I would have liked as a kid. If any criticism, it's just the abrupt ending--but that serves the story, and there are sequels, so even that doesn't really detract from it.

jmtrivera If it helps to know, the sequel picks up EXACTLY where the first leaves off. 1y
llwheeler @jmtrivera Oh good to know, thanks! ☺ 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick! 💙 Just tagging my co-hosts here @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 1y
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This story drew my attention, but it was the #Olympicsport prompt for #booked2018 that gave me the nudge to read it.

Wow. The whole story is so incredible and inspiring, but it is Joe Rantz's story that makes the book. All he overcame, just to survive - let alone become a champion oarsman, is inconceivable. And not only that, he was truly a good man. My heart broke through the 1st half, and I cried through the epilogue. A moving must-read.

Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! (edited) 1y
Cinfhen I probably should try this book again....i started reading it right after reading Unbroken (which I loved) and I just wasn‘t feeling Boys. 1y
Cinfhen Congrats on adding another prompt ❣️❣️❣️ 1y
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mabell @Reviewsbylola It was! And, it was a great time to finish it - I got a good dose of patriotism leading up to the Fourth! ❤️🇺🇸 1y
mabell @Cinfhen I've never read Unbroken, but this one is worth another shot! I began it months ago, but my library ebook returned before I could finish it. I checked out the audiobook next, and it was very good. It was also helpful to listen while doing other things. 1y
Cinfhen I recommend 1y
ValerieAndBooks I loved this book so much❤️!! 1y
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InBooksILive Maybe try All Things New by Lauren Miller for the body positive? 2y
Kappadeemom Olympic gymnasts - loved this book!! 2y
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AmyG Olympic...I read Beartown. I‘m going to read The Boys in he Boat for the underdog. 2y
Cinfhen U can also check out the GoodReads group!!!! (edited) 2y
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This book met #OlympicSport category for #Booked2018. At the center of the story is a group of kids who have extraordinary talent but no means to enhance their swimming skills. Set in the 1930s and into the 1940s, a teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, took notice of the kids as they splashed around together. In 1937, Sakamoto formalized their training as the Three-Year Swim club, or 3YC, with their sights set on the 1940 Olympics. The rest is history.

Cinfhen Fascinating!!! Love NF tagging @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 2y
Godmotherx5 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage Sorry I forgot to tag each of you. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That one sounds interesting. Great pick! 2y
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Don‘t hate me...#unpopularopinion time. This was so hard to get through for me. What I liked: the historical anecdotes cleverly placed throughout the book, as well as the “boys‘” stories. What I didn‘t like: the boat talk. Sorry, rowing isn‘t for me. I understand why the mechanics and the rowing terminology were discussed, but it didn‘t hold my interest.

This completes the #OlympicSport for #Booked2018 and #AboutSports for #LRC . #LRC2018

StephanieGeiser It didn‘t hold my interest either! I just couldn‘t get invested in the story so I bailed. 2y
Librarybelle @StephanieGeiser Glad I‘m not the only one! 2y
SandyW Yep, sometimeswhen someone is passionate about a topic, they can't floss over things for the rest of us. 2y
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SandyW Floss was supposed to be gloss... But floss everyday!😂 2y
Librarybelle @SandyW Lol! Flossing is important! 😂 2y
emilyhaldi I can see why you had an issue with the technical parts, but the rest of the story won me over! 2y
Librarybelle @emilyhaldi I found the personal stories, especially Joe‘s, very moving. Between that and the historical content, I rated this a 3 on GR. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage No hate from me. My BIL raves about this one. But it was pretty flat for me. Good for you on finishing! Have fun with your personal readathon this weekend! 2y
Chronic_Reader I also rated the book so-so but for the opposite reasons 😂 As a collegiate coxswain, I only enjoyed the rowing parts and got bored with the history. Rowing requires an entirely new language/vocabulary that is hard to read if you haven‘t lived it. I was so confused with all the new words when I started the sport. 2y
Librarybelle @Chronic_Reader Rowing is a very different language and sounds like it takes much endurance and sacrifice. Awesome to you for living the sport...I do not have a single ounce of athletic ability in me, so I really appreciate the talent it takes for any sport. 🙂 2y
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My eBook hold came in, so I have a few days to get in my last prompt for #booked2018 . I can do this! 💪

tjwill That was my #Olympicsport book for #Booked2018 too! 2y
mabell @tjwill It's shaping up to be quite a story! 2y
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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This was a fun book, written in verse. Explores Nick‘s journey through 8th grade. He‘s obsessed with soccer, nervous to talk to the girl he likes, has to deal with bullies and his parents splitting. I really enjoyed it. I picked this for #OlympicSport for #Booked2018

#ReadHarderChallenge18 - One sitting book

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It took a while, but I finally finished, not in time for #bookclub last week but still in time for #OlympicSport for the first quarter #Booked2018 challenge. It was a compelling story told well - just a little long - that I could work in around other reading.

Cinfhen Good job!! I found this book a little on the long side too!! It was for bookclub as well and I ended up skim reading the last third 😜🙈 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Check another one off the list! 👏🏻👏🏻 I agree with you about content—long but basically interesting. 2y
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We‘re in the home stretch for the first season of #Booked2018! You have until midnight ET on Mar 31 to finish reading any prompts you choose and post about it! Afterwards, we will have a random drawing for a small prize. 😃

This is my wrap-up for Jan-Mar. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Fangirl were favorites, but I enjoyed all of them. The Secret of Chimneys was more espionage than cozy mystery, but no blood and gore, so I counted it!

4thhouseontheleft As for #olympicsport, to show how little I follow sports, I forgot that basketball is in the summer Olympics, not the Winter Olympics, lol. 😂 I meant to choose a winter Olympic sport, and didn‘t realize I hadn‘t until the Olympics came on in Feb! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
tpixie @4thhouseontheleft lol. I guess it‘s because it‘s still their regular season. Effort counts though!! 2y
Cinfhen Well done💕looking forward to seeing what everyone chooses for second quarter😍 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen Same here! Although I already finished the Refugee prompt. 😃 2y
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Finally put together by 1st quarter reads for #Booked2018 !

About to dive into A Uterus is a Feature Not a Bug for my interpretation of #BodyPositive 😃

Earlier reads include:
#CozyMystery — The Dry
#FeministClassic — The Handmaid‘s Tale
#UnconventionalRomance — Fangirl
#OlympicSport — I Got This
#POCAuthor — The Underground Railroad

Looking forward to the challenges for the next 3 months 👍🏻

MuddyPuddle What a great list of books! 2y
mrozzz @MuddyPuddle that‘s why the challenge is so great!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks! I‘m looking forward to hearing more about your current read. Overthrowing the patriarchy is my jam. 2y
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Christine11 Great list! The Dry, Handmaids Tale and Underground Railroad are all fantastic - hope you enjoy! 😊❤️ 2y
mrozzz @Christine11 yes! I really enjoyed each of those. I‘m definitely a fan for life of Jane Harper now and hoping to read more from Whitehead‘s back list! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraTheBibliophage I think you should get that last line as a tattoo. 😘 2y
mrozzz @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks! I think it‘ll be good... ✊🏻😏 2y
Scarlett_ohara I love the title of "A uterus is a feature not a bug". I've never heard of the book, but the title is awesome! 2y
mrozzz Right??? It‘s a pretty recent release (Nov.) and was reco‘d to me by Audible so I snatched it up with a credit. @Scarlett_ohara 2y
Christine11 @mrozzz Me too! Harper‘s next book In the series - Force of Nature - is very good as well! 😊 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Scarlett_ohara It‘s in Scribd too, if you subscribe! 2y
mrozzz @Christine11 it was! Which was a nice surprise. I liked the Dry so much I read Force of Nature a few days later! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Your current read sounds awesome! Great picks! 2y
emmaturi I read The Dry in one day! Loved it! 2y
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