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AmberWB

Joined January 2018

Just one more chapter.....
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The Creeping | Alexandra Sirowy
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This one was totally different than what I was expecting, and it had me guessing until the end. I am not normally one for spooky books or psychological thrillers, but it is Halloween time, so I went with it. Glad I did!

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Bookworm | Karen Emigh
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😁😁😁

JoScho Same! 3d
Sace Yup. 3d
Lovesbooks87 Yes!!! So true!! 3d
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Current situation: it is parent conference day. Out of about 190 students I teach, I have TWO parents scheduled for a meeting. It‘s a great opportunity to get some work done, but I am getting distracted by Litsy and deciding what book to read next. 😁

LapReader Are the kids the best ones and the parents don‘t really need to be there? 6d
AmberWB @lapreader Pretty much!!!
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Giant Days | | John Allison
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Post pumpkin patch trip to our favorite comic book store yielded these purchases. As a 45 year old woman, I usually don‘t buy myself stuffed animals. But, I could not pass up this plush cup of hot chocolate. 😁

LauraJ Cute! 1w
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This wasn‘t what I had expected but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have always loved history, but as I get older, I am finding myself more interested in the aftermath of historical events and how people dealt with them. In this case, the focus was the lives of a Vietnamese family after fleeing Vietnam prior to the end of the war. These types of experiences are unfortunately not found in textbooks.

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Halloween | Helen Borten
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Chocolate
Witches
Treat
Halloween Party
Skeletons
Trick or Treat
Hay ride
Funny
Pie!!
Walk alone in a dark forest
Black cats
Pumpkin spice
Neighborhood
🎃 👻 💀

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Giant Days Vol. 10 | John Allison
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Love this series-I have yet to be disappointed. 😊

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Yep, finished this one in less than a day also, right before flying back to Maryland from Indiana. Left this one with my mom, too. 😁 Can‘t wait to see what Happens next with Ollie, Coco and Brian!

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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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I read this in less than a day and immediately gave it to my mom to read. 😊 It was so good! And just the right kind of creepy! I enjoyed it so much that I had to get the 2nd book. Gotta love Amazon 1 day shipping. 🤗

Linsy Love that pumpkin!! 😍👻🎃 2w
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Super early flight this morning ( being at the airport at 3am = no lines at security! 😊). My hold for Small Spaces came in at the library yesterday afternoon, so I should be able to keep myself occupied for awhile!

JoScho Where you going friend? 3w
AmberWB @JoScho Indiana for my parents‘ 50th anniversary party. 😊 3w
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This book compiled oral histories of school shooting victims, starting with Santa Fe and working backwards to 1966 and the mass shooting that took place at the University of Texas. The most shocking thing about reading this was realizing how many school shootings have happened that I either don‘t remember or didn‘t even know about. Many of the survivors, regardless of which event, talked about how as soon as they mentioned their connection 👇👇👇

AmberWB To the shooting, people immediately wanted to talk about where THEY were and their memories of the day, which was extremely painful for the survivors. 3w
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No school today, so I am actually able to leisurely drink my coffee in one of my favorite mugs! ( I ❤️ Hopper 😉)
Happy #Mondaymorningbeverage everyone!
@dariazeoli

dariazeoli Hopper! 👊🏻 3w
JoScho I heart Hopper too! We are rewatching from the beginning. 3w
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The Hideaway | Lauren Denton
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As I mentioned before, this is not a must read or mind blowing, but it was an enjoyable read that kept me engaged. I do like Lauren Denton‘s books.

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The Hideaway | Lauren Denton
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This book is enjoyable, but isn‘t blowing me away or anything. However I WAS pretty excited for the Eddie Vedder reference. 😁😁

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My anxiety has really bad over the past few months, and I began talking to my 2 sisters-in-law about it. I found out that we are in the same situation, at varying levels, which stinks but is also comforting in a way. When I got home yesterday, I had 2 packages waiting for me- a book from each sister-in-law that they found helpful. Books always make things better. 😊❤️

JacqMac Awww... it feels good when someone else gets it. I hope the books help you feel better. 3w
Jas16 💜 3w
JoScho Sending you love ❤️ 3w
AmberWB @JacqMac @Jas16 @JoScho Thanks ladies! ❤️😘 3w
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😁😁😉

JoScho I follow this artist on Instagram. He is so creative. I haven‘t seen this one but I love it! 4w
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YES!!! This book—-wow. It was dark and quirky and powerful. The last chapter made me want to run around yelling “Smash the patriarchy!!” ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻

Megabooks Loved this book! 4w
AmberWB @Megabooks I want that last paragraph on a t shirt!!! 4w
JoScho Love this 🙌🏼 4w
gibblr Umm hello I need this in my life 4w
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Bookmark | G. L. Tomas
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I‘m somewhere on the “good” spectrum. 😁😁

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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JoScho 🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon Yay!!!🦇🕷🐙🤡👹😈👻🎃🦈 1mo
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Really enjoying this one so far!

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Regardless of the content I‘m supposed to be teaching, every year, I spend a day on 9/11. The kids are always interested and ask where I was when it happened. But this year, for the first time, I had a few kids who were tired of hearing about that day. They were very respectful about it, but I get it. They were not alive- I may as well be talking about the War of 1812. That‘s why books like this are so important. 👇👇👇

AmberWB This book covers September 11 from dawn until the late evening hours, and shares the stories of what people experienced fromNew York, to California. Sharing these stories shows the reader that every American was changed by that day, regardless of what part of the country they were in. It is obviously not upbeat reading, but it was excellent nonetheless. 1mo
MelissaSue81 Interesting. How old are your students? I can definitely understand why students tire of hearing about it year after year and probably in many classrooms. It is so important for them to know the history, but of course living through it is entirely different. 1mo
AmberWB @MelissaSue81 This year I have mainly high school juniors. We also talked about how it‘s almost therapeutic for people to share their personal stories from 9/11, and that is part of why they are discussing it in almost all of their classes. 1mo
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Kitchen House (Original) | Kathleen Grissom
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This was excellent—and a tear jerker. I couldn‘t put it down, even if it did make me cry in public. 😊 This is also another example of me finding out that there is a sequel to this book and immediately ordering it from Amazon. 😁 I have zero self control. 🤷‍♀️

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Defiance | Carla Jablonski
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These were excellent. I‘d love to find a way to use these with my students.

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I know I can pretty much always turn to Jenny Colgan for a nice, feel good read. This one did not disappoint.

Liatrek I love her books ❤️ I can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
mcctrish Exactly true 1mo
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Giant Days #7 | John Allison
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I love this series. I am up to Volume 9, and that‘s where my library‘s supply ends. I foresee a trip to the comic book store in my future....:

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Form of a Question | Andrew Rostan
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My husband and I are huge Jeopardy fans and watch it pretty much every night. I feel brilliant when I‘m able to answer Final Jeopardy correctly. 😁 So I had to read this book. It was good- but not as much about the author‘s Jeopardy experience as it was his life and relationships. That said- it was a good read.

Bklover I love Jeopardy! 1mo
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A graphic novel I picked up on a whim, and was glad I did. This is a memoir of a young boy who has to move from the US to Saigon in the early years of the Vietnam War. His father is a Vietnamese diplomat and becomes the personal interpreter to the Prime Minister of South Vietnam. It was fascinating to read of his experiences.

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Cross Country | Brian Herberger
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Set in 1969, Bets is trying to understand the changes she has seen in her father since his return from Vietnam. When her friend Emmie sends her a ticket to Woodstock, Bets decides to drive from California to NY with Emmie as a way of escaping her problems at home.

I really enjoyed this one- and realized that it is the sequel to a book called Miss E.—so I immediately ordered that one from Amazon. 😁

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I really enjoyed this one. It was clever, funny and had a great message.

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Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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This was a really interesting read. Set in 1950s Atlanta, it focuses on the first 8 African American police officers hired by the city, and the reality they find themselves in. I didn‘t realize it was part of a series, so I am anxious to check out the next one.

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I really enjoyed this one- flew through it in about 2 days. Adding Laura K. Denton‘s other books to my TBR! 😊

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The Door | Magda Szabo
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I love this. I wish I could get a poster version!

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I started this school year feeling more underprepared and overwhelmed than I ever have in 15 years of teaching. I love teaching, but I am hoping that this year is my last in the classroom. 😕 My anxiety is out of control. How do I deal with all of this? Lock myself in my room and disappear into a book. 😊 This one is really good so far!!

JennyM Sending you lots of hugs 😘 1mo
tracey38 Sorry to hear about your anxiety this year. Many hugs to you! 1mo
AmberWB @JennyM @tracey38 Thank you!! 😊😘 1mo
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The Friendship Code #1 | Stacia Deutsch
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Today was the first day of school with students. I‘ve been back at school for 2 weeks. This year‘s opening has kicked my butt. I was SO excited to be able to open my #highfivetosummer package when I got home! @Meaw_catlady thank you so much!! Hopper is truly the way to my ❤️. I love everything!! Thanks @JoScho for organizing! 😘

Meaw_catlady Glad you survived the first day with the kids ! Also glad you love it all! 💕 2mo
JoScho Fabulous package! Love the shirt and of course, Hopper! Thanks for joining us 😘 2mo
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I‘ve been reading a lot of “heavy” books recently and needed something a bit more lighthearted. Jenny Colgan always does the trick.

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I wish I had know how this book would impact me. Reading at the library and trying not to sob in public! It‘s excellent so far.

TheBookHippie One of my favorites!!! Kleenex!!! 2mo
Cortg My sister gave me a very well loved copy of this book at the beach this summer. I'll have to move it up on my list! 2mo
monalyisha I love this post. 😅 Also, my #HighFiveToSummerSwap package arrived today! @JoScho 2mo
JoScho @monalyisha yay!!! 2mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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1. Gummies- not sour! Or the fruity icebreaker mints
2. I ❤️ almost every coffee flavor, but don‘t like fruit flavored coffee.
3. Coconut, ocean or lilac candles
4. 2 cats and a greyhound
5. Other than reading, watching Penn State football and Cubs baseball, and spending time with my family!
6. Pearl Jam and Penn State
7. Blue or hot pink
8. Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Stranger Things
9. Magnetic
@JoScho
#highfivetosummerswap
#hftss

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Not book related at all, but I highly recommend the PBS American Experience special on Woodstock. So uplifting and upbeat- total palate cleanser from the news and gave me a bit of hope. ✌🏻 ☮️

Crazeedi 50 years, unbelievable 2mo
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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LOVING this book....

Lovesbooks87 It was so good! Can't wait for the next book to come out! 2mo
MandaMT I Just finished it last week! Excited for the next one! 2mo
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Little Girls | Nicholas Aflleje
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This is a graphic novel I picked up at #ALA2019. I really wanted to love it. Alas...
It was an interesting idea for a story and there were some good themes that were introduced. However, I don‘t think there was enough development of the story,those themes and the backgrounds of the characters.

ShyBookOwl Is it an ongoing series? 3mo
AmberWB @ShyBookOwl I don‘t believe so. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @AmberWB oh ok. I was thinking it might still have time to further develop themes and characters. Bummer 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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Resistance | Carla Jablonski, Leland Purvis
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This was really well done, and I would like to use it with my students. It is so important that people learn about the Third Reich and how the Nazis came to power, but it is just as important to learn about people who did what they could to RESIST. Anxious to read book 2.

#teachersoflitsy

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Giant Days #4 | John Allison
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I am so far behind on my reviews! So I may start combining a few here and there. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 of these. Waiting on the next 3 from the library! 😊😊

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Hot Dog Girl | Jennifer Dugan
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I will start by saying that this book redeemed itself a bit towards the end, even though I predicted most of what happened pretty early on. I just couldn‘t convince myself to root for Elouise- she came off as super selfish and inconsiderate. It wasn‘t a horrible book, but I didn‘t like it nearly as much as I‘d hoped.

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Old Fox Books | Annapolis, Maryland (Bookstore)
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Date night means a trip to our favorite indie bookstore—and I‘m a firm believer in never leaving a book store empty handed!! 😁

Aims42 I love your “date night”! Gotta get my husband on that 👍🏻 3mo
catebutler The perfect date night. And I love your rule, one I try to abide to as well! 😉 3mo
Crazeedi Lucky you!!❣❣ 3mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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I can‘t remember the last time I was awake until 1am finishing a book, but that is exactly what I did with this one. I ❤️‘d this book. Emmy reminded me so much of Anne Shirley and Anne of Green Gables. There were multiple times where I was laughing out loud, as well as many parts that made me cry. Also- I found it fascinating to read about the lives of Londoners during the Blitz—-I definitely want to find more books that focus on that.
👍🏻👍🏻

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Saturday afternoon me promised pancakes this morning. Sunday morning me is not very happy with Saturday afternoon me. 😁😁

JacqMac 😂 My hubby is making the pancakes today. He promised. Lol 3mo
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Well- if I wasn‘t already fired up about the state of our country prior to reading this, I am now!! Excellent read. The book is a compilation of essays Kendzior had published for Al Jazeera, so there are times that some of the things she writes about can seem a bit repetitive—-but they SHOULD be, because they are important!! 👇👇👇👇

AmberWB The final essay really hit me, as it was about the importance of complaining. Kendzior writes, “The absence of complaining should be taken as a sign that something is rotting in a society.” Something to remember whenever we are being told to leave the US if we aren‘t happy with it. 3mo
Soubhiville I love your mug so much!!! 3mo
Megabooks This is a fantastic book! 3mo
AmberWB @Soubhiville 😁 One of my coworkers had one and I was DETERMINED to find one for myself! Ebay to the rescue!! I ❤️ Hopper. 😊 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I love that mug! 3mo
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Giant Days Vol. 3 | John Allison
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I wish I could just grab all 18 of these and read them all at once. 😁😁

Clwojick GIANT DAYS! ❤This is my favorite graphic novel series. 3mo
AmberWB @Clwojick It is so good!! 3mo
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Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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Dear Rachel Maddow | Adrienne Kisner
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Really enjoyed this one. Brynn reminded me of a lot of my students. It was refreshing to read a book that showed how high schools very often show favoritism towards the Honors kids and, intentionally or not, put them on pedestals. Honors doesn‘t mean “better”. Dear Rachel Maddow also made me better understand WHY some students may just stop trying, when they feel like they may never succeed.

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