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BookishShelly

BookishShelly

Joined April 2016

SAHM🏠Bibliophile🤓Nature Lover🏔bookishshelly @ Instagram and Goodreads
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The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
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Little Faith | Nickolas Butler
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The best book of the year IMO. The writing is high quality. The story is interesting. Bonus is that it takes place in Wisconsin. (I‘m a former Wisconsinite and most of my family is still there.)

LiteraryinLititz I have never heard of this author but your description and the other Litsy reviews make me want to give it a try! 1mo
BookNAround I haven‘t read this one yet but I loved his debut Shotgun Lovesongs and liked The Hearts of Men well enough so it‘s good to hear this one is a good read. 1mo
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This book is so good that I read it every spare reading moment I‘ve had.

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An excellent and important book. (Shown here by my son who insisted on holding the it.)

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This book is excellent. It could have been trimmed down a bit, but that‘s true of most books IMO. 5⭐️
#nonfiction

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This is a great memoir to me. I read it every spare moment I‘ve had. #memoir #nonfiction

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I love this memoir. It‘s my first by this author but I‘ll definitely be reading her backlist. It shows the reality of pregnancy (including miscarriage) in memoir and alternating sections of pregnancy facts that are well done.

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Interesting book. 4⭐️
#nonfiction

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Mehso-so

Good enough to finish, but not good enough that I‘d recommend it. I loved The Westing Game. This is no Westing Game.

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An entertaining and fast reading time travel adventure novel. 4⭐️

LiteratiCafe I liked this series it was fun 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Part library fire mystery, part Los Angeles Central Library history, and part love letter to books. Some have disliked that mostly dual stories of mystery and history but I thought they worked well together. The mystery would have bored me by itself and the history by itself would have probably bore others who don‘t love history as much as me. 4⭐️

Mamashep Loved this one. Her description of how books burn and trying to talk herself into burning a book have really stuck with me. 4mo
TheBookbabeblog84 I really need to add this to my list to buy. 4mo
Bookish_B I loved this book! 4mo
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Giant Days Vol. 10 | John Allison
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My favorite comic series. I will definitely continue to preorder it.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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I loved this book at the beginning and still enjoyed the middle. While the last third was good, it kind of petered out for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love this book. It feeds my nerdy history and nature loving interests in a well written and readable manner.
5⭐️

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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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Ever since reading Melmoth I remembered how much I use to love gothic novels. This one is even better than Melmoth. 5⭐️

akckitty Stacked, thanks!! :) 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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About to start this book. And I‘m glad that while it‘s a hardcover, there is no dust jacket. I‘d prefer if all hardcovers were like this one.

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Bailedbailed

Bailing on this one. The narrator of the audio version is good but I‘m at chapter 5 and just bored. I think this is just like many other books that has a much better smaller book inside. Too bloated with boringness.

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Aquicorn Cove | Katie O'Neill
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I loved The Tea Dragon Society (and looking forward to the sequel this fall) but this one was underwhelming and preachy (even if I fully agree with the sermon). However I still consider it a pick because I am much older than the target market and I think kids will like it.

alanacristin Just picked this up from the library! And i just ordered a card game based on the tea dragon society 😍😍😍 ask excited for that sequel 😱😱😱 5mo
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Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Good but I can see why this one is not nearly as popular as Calculating the Stars.

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The Atomic Weight of Love | Elizabeth J. Church
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Mehso-so

The first half of this book was so good. The second half, though, was like a bad soap opera plot.

Cinfhen I‘ve always loved the title 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
hermyknee @Cinfhen it does have a beautiful title and a gorgeous cover. I hate when pretty books are just meh. 5mo
Cinfhen Me too @hermyknee so many books have been bought for title or cover design😝 5mo
Eggs Well said @BookishShelly. It had a great start... 5mo
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Bailedbailed

Not for me. This is a memoirish overview of personality typing. And it‘s not done very well.

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Good book on the history of parenting and childhood. It has a balanced tone straddling academic and conversational or amusing. #nonfiction

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This book is beautiful and may be my favorite of the year so far. It‘s a fantasy novel that reads like literary fiction. Very well written. Highly recommend.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it!! Was something like I've never read before. 5mo
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Good illustrations and cute story. #kidlit #raisingreaders

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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My birthday is on Monday but my sister lives in another state, so I received my presents today. And I don‘t believe in waiting. 😃

Crazeedi Happy birthday to you!!🎶🎁🎂🎉 5mo
BookishShelly @Crazeedi Thank you!
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A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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I really liked this book and highly recommend the audio version. (I hate movie version covers but no choice with the audio version. It‘s my only complaint of this audiobook.)

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I have a stack of books due at the library before this one, but I can‘t stop reading it every chance I get. I love the history of parenting and children and it‘s amusing with a somewhat conversational tone.

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I loved this book. It‘s a very readable book, with science backing it up, about the importance and benefits of reading out loud. The focus is largely on children, but service members, prison inmates, hospital patients, and nursing home residents are mentioned.

Tamra Did it address audio books? 7mo
BookishShelly @Tamra it did a little 7mo
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Miss Maple's Seeds | Eliza Wheeler
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I love this book!

Soubhiville This is a really sweet one, I loved it too! 7mo
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Panpan

This seemed good and interesting in the first half, then got really boring.

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I saw this on the library‘s Black History Month display table but just finished it today. (It works for Women‘s History Month too, though.) It is so good. My son has a white mother and Chinese father, rather than a Black father, but I tend to be drawn to memoirs of mixed race children. Not that my son‘s life is anything like the author‘s. He‘s an only child and not one of 12 for starters. But this is a good read for everyone.

Abby2 I agree. Two of y kids are mixed (adopted) and I found this very enlightening. 7mo
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The Test | Sylvain Neuvel
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Wow. It‘s quite the little book. Can‘t say anything more without spoilers but wow.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I love this little book. 5⭐️

Jee_HookedOnBookz Such a cute cover! 7mo
CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 7mo
RebeccaH Me too! 7mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 7mo
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A good scientific book about reading. There is a lot of data listed and studies cited. The science of the brain and eyes is thoroughly covered. Social and socioeconomic issues are also addressed. And it made me feel better about pushing phonics so much with my kindergartener. Not light reading but good if you have an interest in the topic. 4⭐️

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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This book has gotten so many negative reviews that I almost didn‘t read it. It‘s a good reminder that I shouldn‘t be too led by others‘ bookish opinions. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the gloomy (gothic I‘ve read it described as) atmosphere. And I always love books with letters and diary entries.

Tamra I enjoyed many aspects of it! 8mo
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Giant Days Vol. 9 | John Allison
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A good volume of one of my favorite comics. I rarely preorder but Giant Days will be one that I will definitely keep preordering.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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I like that the author is the narrator, considering the type of book it is. But I overestimated how much I would enjoy reading the many little details of the campaign (including snack choices and the names of many workers/staffers/friends/etc). I think if this book was at least 200 pages shorter and got more to the point of how she (and the country as a whole) lost, I would not have bailed.

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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The idea of a novella about a family that re-enacts the Iron Age sounds interesting to me. But this book was so much darker than I usually enjoy. I probably still would have rated it so-so (especially given the ending) but the lack of separation and quotation marks for conversation was frustrating.

ItsAngel Very cool cover. I won‘t even try this due to lack of punctuation...it drives my brain crazy! 8mo
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I like this memoir and reflection on aging. It‘s ideal for me in audiobook form because of the French words/pronunciation. The only thing I didn‘t like is the “you know you‘re in your 40s when...” bits at the end of each chapter.

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My first audiobook. I‘ve always had difficulty with audiobook attempts before but a tip I read to go with nonfiction helped. That and I only listened to it in the car (as a passenger) or walking so there‘s not so much to distract me. This was very good and easily held my attention. I loved the diversity of the women profiled. #audiobook

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This is an excellent and beautifully written book.

Redwritinghood Yes! I loved it. 9mo
Crazeedi Yes it was a great read! 9mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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A good addition to the Wayward Children series but despite the strong start I didn‘t love it. Not going to say why to avoid spoilers. I‘ll keep reading the series as new books get published, but I‘ll stick with the library (like I did with the previous books) and not preorder again. 3⭐️

BarbaraJean I had forgotten this was coming out so soon! Placing my library hold now... 😁 I‘m interested to see where the series goes. I was underwhelmed by the third book, but loved the second. 9mo
BookishShelly @BarbaraJean I felt the same way. The second is still my favorite. 9mo
bookishnerd I will be curious to see what I think of it. 9mo
monalyisha OooOo I want to know why! 8mo
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Other than Volume 2, I think each volume is even better than the previous one.

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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I love this series so much that I preordered this book and received it yesterday. Usually I have a bad habit of not reading books I buy right away, but I already started this one and it starts off so strong I think it may end up being the best in the series so far. (Also look at this gorgeous cover!)

AWahle I'm jealous! I haven't bought them (but plan to at some point) and am pretty far down on the list at the library. I love Seanan McGuire and her alter ego Mira Grant! 9mo
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Paper Girls 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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There‘s no volume 5 listing, so hopefully this is the right one. But volume 5 was another good one if a little confusing.

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This is an excellent memoir about finding out her father is not her biological father after taking an Ancestry DNA test. There are layers to this discovery, including identity as a woman raised an Orthodox Jew. It‘s well written and absorbing. If not for a 6 year old on school break and other life obligations, I would have read it in one sitting. Thank you @Jenni_Capps for giving me this book.

AmyG My daughter‘s friend‘s husband did one of these dna tests...and found out his father wasn‘t his biological father. So this apparently isn‘t so crazy. 9mo
MicheleinPhilly @AmyG I did the 23 and Me test a few years ago and while there no surprises the number of disclaimers they had me read and acknowledge before I could access the results was amazing. It was all like “ARE YOU READY TO POTENTIALLY SCREW UP YOUR WHOLE FAMILY????” 9mo
AmyG Yikes! That‘s nuts. 9mo
Crazeedi Looks interesting! Adding 9mo
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I love voting, so I did. If you‘d like to vote go to:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHgb7HG5oNzTSiBAuCnj4g6o0B2KOEytjk9-KM...

gradcat Ooh, so do I...heading there to vote now!! 🗳 9mo
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Goldie Vance Vol. 2 | Hope Larson
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Another good volume.

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This is a good and entertaining novel. The style reminds me of Fannie Flagg books.

CouronneDhiver I loved this one! 9mo
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Thanksgiving in the Woods | Phyllis Alsdurf
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I was on the library waitlist for two months but finally able to pick it up yesterday. I missed the holiday it‘s for but it was worth the wait. The illustrations are particularly excellent.
#raisingreaders #kidlit #picturebook

Eggs Looks beautiful 10mo
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The Pout-Pout Fish | Deborah Diesen
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This book teaches that depression is cured with kisses and led to a discussion with my child about consent. So if in the #metoo era you‘re looking for an opportunity to teach a preschooler or kindergartener about consent, maybe read them this book. Otherwise I don‘t recommend it.
#raisingreaders #kidlit #picturebook