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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Read this book with my children and husband. It was poignant and made me cry in several places, but it also led to insightful and compassionate conversations with my own children. I definitely recommend reading it and talking about it with the family.

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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“Moxie” analyzes how adolescents create their voice and identities when small minds have power. The main character Vivian‘s voice—at first quietly, but louder as she evolves—emerges through her desire to confront the sexism at her school. Mathieu recognizes that change for individuals and a community is not always easy, but the first small steps are important. Read it for the female empowerment and the references to the 90s‘ Riot Grrrls!

kelseynicburke Love the cover 4w
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If you are interested in education, health care, and leave and the problems with those in the U.S., this is a good one from the Nordic perspective. Partanen emigrated from Finland around the time that country was declared the best in the world. She compares Nordic education and health care systems, along with maternity leave, and more with America‘s current system. I loved the analysis and the perspective she offers in this.

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Pretty thought-provoking. A detailed account of a couple‘s lives, birth to old age, Brooks analyzes the cultural and societal influences that help create an individual.

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This was smirkily funny. I‘m watching the show now, which has been well-developed from the source material (at least after episode 1). I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who doesn‘t mind irreverence in his or her literature. 😀

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Finished some great YA series recently. Anyone have suggestions for my next great YA series?😀

LibrarianRyan Young Elites by Lu
escape from the furnacer by Gordon Smith
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Bknrdadventures @LibrarianRyan Thanks! I haven‘t read either of those yet. I‘ll look at them tonight!😀 8mo
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Just finished the Caraval series, and I‘m taking suggestions on new #YAfantasy series. Some of my past favs are The Winner‘s Curse series, The Lunar Chronicles, and Shades of Magic series. I would also like for the series to be complete already. I hate having to wait for the final book to come out. What do you suggest, Litsy? #YA #Fantasy #summerreading

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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While “The Song of Achilles” delved further into the complexity of Greek heroes, Miller‘s “Circe” takes a new look at women and their roles in the Greek myths. This tale questions the male perspective of Greek myths, which often leave women in the subservient role as a helper to the heroes. Circe becomes not heroic, but humanized, with her flaws and naïveté and compassion and desire for love. Excellent read!❤️

sprainedbrain Great review of a great book! ❤️ 8mo
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The Winner's Curse | Marie Rutkoski
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This book has one of my favorite YA couples of all time—Kestrel and Arin. Plus, it features a heroine known for her skill at strategical decisions, which I love.❤️❤️❤️ Read this if you are a fantasy YA fan, and read it if you‘re not!😜

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This book made me cry and, like “Speak” did a few weeks ago, made me once again think about the power of voice. Everyone should read this book.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Inspiring and poignant. “Becoming Me” showcases her family and her influences. “Becoming Us” gave glimpses of a young marriage and her struggles to remain herself in coupledom, all while molding and defining who that couple was and is and will be. “Becoming More” emphasizes her dedicated and compassionate acts as First Lady. What‘s most impressive is Obama‘s constant desire to learn and evolve—something for which we all should strive.

EmilyM Great review--I just finished listening to this today. Such an inspirational story. 10mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I‘ve decided Michelle Obama should narrate all my audiobooks from now on. Her voice!💕

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Pretty entertaining YA novel. I‘m definitely going to read the next books in the series.😀

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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This was a hard book to read. It makes me think of all the voices that have been silenced through fear, unjustified shame, and pain—and those who ignore the silence. At the back of the book, there are tips for responding to sexual assault, and number one is “believe the person.” Indeed, more should. #timesup

TheBookHippie The new 20th anniversary is on its way to my house. I give out the graphic novel a lot and the book as well. Necessary read. #survivor #metoo 11mo
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I‘m not going to lie: I walked into this one not expecting much. My two favorite authors — Heath and Kleypas — have had something missing for me lately. But this one. THIS ONE! No misses here. The heroine, the character who can make or break a romance for me, was sweet and kind, as was the hero. The side characters made me want to read the next books in the series. Heath is definitely back on her game.❤️💕 #romance

Dragon Stacking glad to find a new author, I love Kleypas historical romances, 💚🐉👍 11mo
Dragon Oh should I start with this book or an earlier book by this author? 👍🐉 11mo
Bknrdadventures @Dragon This is the first in her new series, so starting with this one would be fine. You could also start with the Lost Lords of Pembrook series or her Scoundrels of St. James series. Both have swoon-worthy heroines and heroes. Enjoy!😀 (edited) 11mo
Dragon Excellent 😀👍🐉 11mo
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The Winner's Curse | Marie Rutkoski
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1. The Winner‘s Curse
2. Valentine‘s, I guess?
3. Hot pink
4. Michael
5. #Friyayintro

MarriedtoMrT Winner‘s Curse! Yes! 11mo
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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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Rereading this book since I watched the show. They really adapted it pretty faithfully, I realize. (It has been many books since I read it the first time.) I‘m enjoying it the second time around, and since I didn‘t read the second or third book, I‘ll have new tales of Diana and Matthew to read next. I do enjoy a good vampire, witch, and daemon story that somehow manages to incorporate Oxford and the Bodleian. Also, dead on casting Matthew Goode.

Slajaunie I prefer the original cover. 12mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I love retellings of the Greek myths, and this is one that was particularly beautiful. Moving on to Miller‘s “Circe” next, as well as “The Aeneid” and “The Odyssey.” I promised myself I would read more classics this year, and this will be a good way to start.🤓📚🤓

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Not You It's Me | Julie Johnson
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Somewhere between pick and so-so, frankly. It was a light romance read, definitely, but the heroine made the book, especially considering she‘s the only perspective we get. It had some humorous moments, but the hero was too brooding, and not getting his perspective really hurt him. I read the second one of the series, Cross the Line, and the heroines kind of follow the same style in those two books, although the hero‘s better in the second one.

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Laughter and tears reading this lovely book! All the feels. Eleanor‘s book made me reflect on kindness and human connections. What a perfect read!

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Because I can‘t resist a “Pride and Prejudice” allusion, especially when artfully employed in a snarky comment about fast food. 😂This book has moments of hilarity intertwined with moments of heartbreak. I love it!!❤️

LA_Mead Too funny! 13mo
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Second book of the new year. Started it today, and Eleanor intrigues me. Her judgments about others social ineptitude are pretty hilarious, although I‘m starting to suspect this is her way of coping with the mystery of her past. I don‘t want to put it down!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Has anyone read this? I want to talk about it, but I don‘t know anyone who has read it. I‘m about halfway through, but it‘s a good choice for the first book of the new year. Ward plays with magical realism in this novel, which frankly is not always my favorite style of writing; in fact, I tend to avoid it. However, she capably weaves in the magical moments to spotlight the systemic racial tensions of the deep South.

toofondofbooks I've read it. It's been about a year. I live in MS so it was cool to read about places familiar to me. Ward spoke at our local library when it came out last year. I enjoyed it very much. 13mo
Bknrdadventures @toofondofbooks I‘m from AR, so it‘s familiar terrain for me as well. I often think, though, that the family in the story is of another time period than the one that is portrayed. It feels like an obsolete time when they are in the house, and a more modern era when she moves out of their homestead. It speaks to the way, for some, nothing has changed in contemporary life, not the way many of us believe it has anyway. It makes me think constantly.🤔 13mo
toofondofbooks @Bknrdadventures I agree, but sadly there are some towns in the MS Delta that are very much like in the book. I briefly worked as a teacher in that area and extreme poverty and drugs are very prevalent. 13mo
Bknrdadventures @toofondofbooks I think she does it on purpose, the blurring of the past and present, history and modernity, to force a realization that the mistakes of the past aren‘t in the too distant past; rather, the intolerance and generational poverty are remarkably present in today‘s society, a fact that many choose to ignore. It‘s really a thought-provoking book; can‘t wait to finish! 😀 13mo
JLaurenceCohen I really enjoyed it, though Leonie is very hard to sympathize with 12mo
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The Devlin Diary | Christi Phillips
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I found this mesh of history and fiction as entertaining as the first in the series, “The Rossetti Letter.” I quickly tore through the pages so that Claire and Andrew—professors of history in England—could reveal the final mystery of the court of Charles II. But the parallel murder mystery in the modern storyline could have been left out. The intrigues of Charles II‘s court was compelling enough without adding a murder of a colleague to the mix.

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This was in a summer book list suggested by President Obama. Just now getting to it this week. Wagner focuses on identity and multiculturalism to add to the conversation of the changing face of American identity.

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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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The Hapwell sisters and their complex relationship is compelling. The audio book was good, but eventually I switched to the actual book because I desperately wanted know what happened.❤️😀🦌

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The Rossetti Letter | Christi Phillips
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How has this never been reviewed on Litsy? Pretty entertaining read. It hits all my favorites: modern perspective aligned with a historical event, a little romance, and a little mystery. I honestly did not realize that this was a two-part series when I started, but I‘m moving to “The Devlin Diary” next.😀

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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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Listening to the audiobook. Decided to read this thanks to an NPR book review. It‘s a story about those who dwell in the idyllic past, while others try to move forward. The Hapwell sisters are compelling and complex. The Narnia comparisons are inevitable, though, and I often can‘t help comparing the Woodlands to Narnia. However, it‘s the story of the return and adjustment (and lack of) that‘s the most thought-provoking.

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I liked the story of memory in this tale, especially after listening to the two memory episodes on Gladwell‘s Revisionist History podcast. All of the stories of Aurora‘s life read like a photo—detailed, exposing hidden truths. I did not realize this book was a sequel, so now I have to read the first one (not that I‘m complaining). Also, it had characters from The House of Spirits, which I‘ve never read but seems to be Allende‘s most popular work.

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This series continues to impress. On my way to get volume 3. I‘ve never read comics before, so I‘m definitely broadening my reading selections with this choice. Plus, it‘s by Joss Whedon of Firefly and Buffy fame! 😀

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“I seek truth and beauty in the transparency of an autumn leaf, in the perfect form of a seashell on the beach, in the curve of a woman's back, in the texture of an ancient tree trunk, but also in the elusive forms of reality.”

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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H—The Hobbit
O—Outliers
L—The Luminaries
L—The Lunar Chronicles (A series)
Y—Yes, Please

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Rogue & Gambit | Kelly Thompson
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Kinda didn‘t realize how into a comic I could get, but Rogue has always been my favorite of the X-Men. Glad I read this in prep for the new series about them—Mr. and Mrs. X!❤️ 👰

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Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
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Over 1,000 for Litfluence! May not seem like a lot, but I‘m pretty proud!! 😊 I love the book suggestions I get from Litsy! Thanks for being a positive bookish community!

Slajaunie Congratulations!!!🎉🎈 2y
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Tackling this book next. Wish me luck!

DivineDiana One of my favorites! Beautiful writing! ❤️ 2y
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Another YA selection. I‘m on a roll! This was another book from the Bustle “meet cute” article I read. It was surprisingly sweet and poignant, especially considering the article topic. Definitely would recommend this quick read to anyone. It was delightful. #meetcute #youngadult Article link: https://www.bustle.com/p/13-romance-novels-with-meet-cutes-that-will-seriously-m...

MarriedtoMrT I really enjoyed that one! 2y
BookHoarder32 One of my favorites ❤️ 2y
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Duke of Desire | Elizabeth Hoyt
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This was an “Ehh” addition to the series for me. I‘ve really enjoyed Hoyt‘s Maiden Lane series overall—Darling Rogue and Notorious Pleasures being the best IMO. Dyemore dreamily (and longingly) wants to protect Iris from danger and himself—of course!—and sees her as the light to his darkness—a phrase repeated often—yet she constantly has to persuade him to take a chance on her and their relationship, which got a little old for me. #romance

CoffeeK8 Great series! My favorite is 2y
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I chose this book because of a rec in a Bustle article about the best “meet cutes” in books. I‘ve decided to agree that the meet-cute was pretty adorable. It‘s a young adult novel and focuses on how unexpected change can impact choices. Overall, definitely a delightful read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys lighter YA fare. #youngadult #summerromance #YA

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Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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I love quizzes that tell me what literary character I am. I was hoping for Elizabeth Bennet, but I‘ll take these two for sure!

LibrarianRyan I could never turn down Katness Everdeen. 2y
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Like Blink!, the anecdotes are woven together from chapter to chapter, all leading to conclusions about how cultural heritages, privilege, and opportunity influence individual success. Pretty decent overall, but can get repetitive in establishing links between his examples. However, the stories he notes are so interesting that this repetition can be forgiven. 😀 Definitely pick up if you like analysis of cultures and how it impacts individuals.

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Jock Row | Sara Ney
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I do enjoy Ney‘s romances. They are sweet and the heroines are delightful with self-respect that I find lacking in most romances! If you like sweet romances, try this one (and don‘t let the cover make you turn back)!😀 #romance #romansty

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Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Finished this with the kids on audiobook. Pretty entertaining. Guess we need to read the next one in the series now. (Full confession: I didn‘t even know this was a series!☺️) Now, family movie tomorrow.😀❤️

RaimeyGallant Love when there's a film at the end of a read. Such a great reward. (edited) 2y
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This book is so well-developed. Focusing on how all the main players of the shootout at the OK Corral got to Tombstone, Russell describes the history through new perspectives—including from the eyes of the women in the Earps‘ lives. I‘m hoping to finish the audio by the end of the weekend! Only 15 more hours to go!☺️

rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to read this since I loved 2y
Bknrdadventures @rubyslippersreads Me, too! Reading this through audio, and it‘s great!😀 2y
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Just started listening to this with my kids to and from school/work. They are enthralled! Planning to see the movie with them after we finish. Fingers crossed we get finished before it leaves the theater!😊

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So...the Ravenels. Some characters in this series may be my favorite individual characters in romance—Helen, Winterborne, Garrett, Ransom, West. All good there. But these books all start out fabulous and ultimately fizzle out. I loved the main couple in this book, but the romance was tied up too quickly for me. I will still read the next book—West and Phoebe‘s book—but I‘m going to lower my expectations from my favorite romance novelist.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Looking forward to a reading marathon with these books from my#cupidgoespostal match, @Sharpeipup ! Thanks so much for everything! I loved it all! Chocolate! Tea! Coffee! Yay!😀❤️❤️❤️

Sharpeipup I‘m happy you liked it & hope that‘s enough caffeine for your next readathon. 2y
JenlovesJT47 Guernsey is a great book!! ❤️ 2y
Avanders Ooooh fun! 💋💖🌸 2y
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Altered Carbon | Richard Morgan
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Up next...Just finished the show on Netflix and want to see how they compare! ❤️

GarthRanzz I haven‘t finished the show but there are difference right out of the gate but nothing horrible. I like both in their own right. 2y
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Finished this series last night on the plane back to the States. Pretty entertaining and actioned-packed. I was shipping the couples who ended up together, so I was pretty pleased about that. (I don‘t always choose correctly.) Overall, a pleasant reading experience over my Christmas break!😀❤️🎄 #youngadult #YAseries #YAtrilogy

Bknrdadventures Oh, and thanks to @Ashley_Nicoletto for the suggestion! 2y
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I wish there was a rating between “pick” and “so-so” because that‘s where this book would be for me. Pretty entertaining, overall. Definitely want to read the others to see how the story ends.