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Chelseabillups30

Chelseabillups30

Joined July 2016

"Books are the training weights of the mind." *Epictetus*
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Angie Thomas has done it again!!
I wasn‘t into reading YA fiction until “The Hate U Give” & this one plopped into my lap.
I will read any story Thomas puts on a page.

Thomas nailed it in “On The Come Up” stylistically. A masterful job in hooking me from page one, spot on character development, and superb use of dialogue throughout.

“On the Come Up” delivers relevant themes & an impassioned message for all ages & walks of life.

Butterfinger I checked this book out this week. I can't wait to read it. 1d
Chelseabillups30 @Butterfinger, you are going to LOVE IT!! 💯💯💯 1d
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas

See, the one thing good memories and bad memories have in common is that they both stay with you.

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When you look at your life, what are the parts of it that, if they grew, would bring glory to God? What fulfills you? What‘s healthy for your heart?

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You know, small decisions don't feel very brave in the moment. When you think of being brave, you probably think of giant leaps. Grand gestures. Those are clearly brave. But it‘s also brave to be intentional to make small, healthy decisions because it goes against our human nature to put effort into that are seemingly insignificant.

SexyCajun Agreed 1d
wanderinglynn Totally agree. 1d
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas

Gift. One word, one syllable. I don‘t know if it rhymes with anything because it‘s a word I never thought could be used when it comes to me.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas

I‘m lost. I‘m so lost that I‘m exhausted from trying to find my way.

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Remembering that He‘s the boss and His plans are for our good and He loves us? That can make us brave, even when everything that feels secure seems to be changing.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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LITTENS!!

Important announcement ahead!!

Bookseer.com is back up and running, fully functional once again!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

I checked a couple days ago and saw that it was back, not sure exactly when this happened, and at that point it wouldn‘t load correctly for me, but it seems that all has been resolved now.

Need new book recommendations? Go get ‘em!!

Insightsintobooks What is bookseer? 4d
Chelseabillups30 Per the image posted above, you plug in a book that you‘ve recently finished reading and it spits out new recommendations for you to add to your TBR stack! 4d
megnews Like I need to add more to my tbr! (As I go to check it out) 4d
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Chelseabillups30 @megnews, I know....right? The book lover struggle is real. I don‘t need to add any more either, but I‘m still glad it‘s up and running again so I can look into books similar to what I have enjoyed reading thus far. 4d
LittlePixels It looks like it just uses Amazon recommendations? I put in the last book in a series, and it said Amazon recommends...the rest of the same series. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 😜 (edited) 4d
mommyincolor Just tried it for the first time! Neat! 4d
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Random House wins for the best reading meme of the day. #instagramrepost

🙌🏻💯🙌🏻💯🙌🏻💯🙌🏻

Chelleo 😂🤩 1w
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Courage. 🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lovely photo 🌸💗 1w
Chelseabillups30 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, I can‘t take credit for it unfortunately. Definitely stole it off the authors Instagram! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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@HappyLitsyversary tagged me in their post yesterday claiming I had reached my 3 year Litsyversary....

I guess I couldn‘t even believe it and needed a day to process that!!

Thanks everyone for making this such a fun community to be a part of and for celebrating three years of literary brilliance, being lovers of words, and engaged readers!

Cheers to many, many, many more years!! 💯👏🏻📚

BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 2w
Slajaunie Congratulations! 🎉 📖📚💙 2w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊🎉📚📖 2w
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎈🎉🍾🎊 📖😋 1w
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You can be brave and find your calling no matter what your job is now and jo matter where you may work in the future. You are one of a kind, made on purpose, deeply loved, and called to be courageous.

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You can be fully you wherever you are. And it‘s your choice.

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You‘ve got to be brave enough to be faithful, even when you don‘t want to be. You‘ve got to be brave to work hard now for a payoff that won‘t come until later. But it is so worth it!

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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This is definitely the first book in quite a long time that was required reading and I actually thoroughly enjoyed it!!

It‘s a quick read.
Thick? Yes. But the flow is easy and poetic, even though the story is heavy and difficult to comprehend.

If it were a movie I definitely would have beef with the fate of the characters journeys. I did as a written work.

It was gripping, page turning work of historical fiction that won‘t soon leave me.

Butterfinger I loved this. 2w
Chelseabillups30 @Butterfinger, you read the book? 2w
Elizabeth2 I just passed this over as a potential book club pick (it‘s my turn this month). Your review has me second guessing my choices! 2w
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Chelseabillups30 @Elizabeth2, good! I highly suggest you put it back in the running. And I hope that if it is to be the one that you read next that I will see a raving review from you very soon! 😉 2w
SaturnDoo Ohhh I ❤ this book. It's also one that I find myself always recommending. @Elizabeth2 I definitely think you should give this one a try. 😁 2w
Butterfinger @Chelseabillups30 I read it for my little book club 2 years ago. Ashes in the Snow, I think is the title, is just as good. Ashes was supposed to be made into a film, but I've not seen it released. No I'm wrong. The book is Between Shades of Gray. They changed the title because it sounded too much like 50Shades. 2w
booksaremyfavorite Amazing book! So glad you enjoyed it! @Butterfinger...the movie Ashes in the Snow doesn‘t follow the book as well. The book is way better. 2w
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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The shoe poet has done it again!! 👏🏻😩👠😭👏🏻

Crazeedi Shoes!!👠👠 2w
pppooraikul Love this book 😍 2w
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Picture is blurry, but the message is clear. 💯

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And now we are here. You and I. And we are fighting against fear. So what should you do today? Do what‘s right in front of you.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Just under 1k to go to reach 30k litfluence. ❗️❗️❗️

And to think that a while back my goal by the summer months was 10k. 🤯

I think I‘m going to be a little bit more ambitious and up that goal to 50k by the end of summer!

I have full confidence in you, my fellow book nerds!! 💯

Crazeedi Yay!!!❤💞❣ 3w
suvata 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
La_Cori Congrats!! 👏🎉📚 3w
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BookwormAHN Congratulations 💐 3w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3w
bibliostephanie I have no idea why these things really matter, but they DO!!!!! Congratulations!!!! Now I have to catch up! 🤩🤩 3w
Chelseabillups30 @bibliostephanie, I‘ve actually thought to myself more than once that if more kids and young people knew about Litsy, they‘d probably read more. It‘s definitely made me a more engaged reader as I share quotations and images and write reviews reflecting on what I read! It makes reading like a game! 3w
bibliostephanie I agree! It‘s a great platform for many reasons. Glad to be connected to you! 3w
tournevis 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🎈🎊 3w
Ddzmini Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉🎊 📖😋 3w
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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The trees. 🌲🌳

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Because you need to have dreams—big, beautiful, bold, crazy dreams of what you think could happen. But you need to build your life around your calling, not your dreams. Your dreams will change over time. Some will come to pass, some will pass away. But your calling will remain true.

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Rebecca Lyons says, “your calling is where your burdens and your talents collide.”

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Dreams are different from your calling. Your calling is sure and strong. Your calling, the thing that God has placed in you for the good of the planet and the good of your heart, isn‘t going anywhere.

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How do you find the people to tell?

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God loves to put wings on dreams that His kids chase, dreams that can bring Him glory.

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Don‘t even TRY to lie to me, Littens! 🙅🏻‍♀️
You know you‘ve done it. 💯

Ddzmini When this happens I take pictures of books I want to get 😝🤣🤣🤣🙌🏽📖😋 3w
DePaepe Oh yeah it happens 3w
Crazeedi Yes!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ 3w
Trollkonstnaren I know that feeling... 3w
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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I see why this guy was nicknamed “The Shoe Poet” and why it stuck!

This dialogue exchange exemplifies the poetic depth of how this story is told and how beautiful the writing within the pages really is.

👞 🥾👟👢👠

Hollie I loved the shoe poet so much! 3w
Shley9225 This was one of my favourite parts of the book 3w
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys

But brave warriors, we brush away fear with a flick of the wrist. We laugh in the face of fear, kick it like the stone across the street.

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Woo!
Unlocked a new Bookly achievement while capturing my thoughts on my devotional this morning!!

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It‘s okay to mourn your dreams that have died. Looking at those dreams takes bravery. But when you look them in the face, head-on, and let them go, you will see how God‘s plan for your life, although different from what you expected, is a beautiful story of its own that you never could have dreamed up for yourself.

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It‘s easy to take the unanswered prayers and disappointments in our lives and brush them under the rug so we don‘t have to think about them.

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I‘ve been keeping a companion journal to this study close for days that ask me to write things. Inviting you to write with me and share those prayers if you wish!

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Brave people commit their work to the Lord and trust that His plan for their lives might not look the way they planned. And that‘s okay.

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Be brave enough to walk through the doors the lord leads you through. Even when they are unexpected or feel scary.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Trial run of Libro.fm FOR THE WIN!!
CD version of the audiobook has been “in transit” from my local library for days, but I have this now and can catch up on the pages I‘m supposed to have read by now. 👏🏻💯👏🏻💯👏🏻

Have some listening goals that are undone on Audible so I haven‘t canned it yet....but I‘ve found and “added to wishlist” quite a few books Audible hasn‘t shown they have....so we‘ll see what happens!
Might be the end of an era!

Shley9225 You might want to go to your library and look for the book yourself. This happened to me once and it turns out the books that were “in transit” were still sitting on the shelf the whole time 3w
Chelseabillups30 @Shley9225, I have the physical book already. I have been waiting on the audiobook discs for the last couple days and this just happens to be a more accessible way to stream and take the audio with me anywhere!! 3w
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I‘m gonna hold out faith for a man like this....

Bookishlie My husband is totally like this.......that might be why he‘s my husband 3w
Librarylady3 One of the reasons I fell in love with mine. ❤️❤️ 3w
Ddzmini Yes 🤣🤣🤣📚📚📚📚📚 3w
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audraelizabeth Where do i find one? 3w
kezzlou85 Mine is not a reader but he's like this. He asked me if I wanted flowers for our anniversary, I said I'd rather have books so he got me books. 3w
Chelseabillups30 @audraelizabeth, I've been wondering the same thing!! 3w
Chelseabillups30 @kezzlou85, a man who doesnt like what you like but specifically asks you what you'd like and gets you that thing? YOU GOT YOURSELF A GOOD ONE, woman!! 3w
MartinaLove I need that man! 3w
kezzlou85 @Chelseabillups30 yeah I really did. ♥️ 3w
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And just because someone failed to see the value in what we can create or achieve doesn‘t change its worth or ours.

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Just because we didn‘t measure up to some standard of achievement doesn‘t mean that we don‘t possess gifts and talents that only we can bring to the world.

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No person is ordained to judge our divinity or to write the story of our spiritual worthiness.

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Just because someone isn‘t willing or able to love us, it doesn‘t mean we are unloveable.

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When light and dark are not integrated, overly sweet and accommodating can feel foreboding, as though under all that niceness is a ticking bomb.

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💥🔥💥🔥💥🔥

Itchyfeetreader Loved this one 4w
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We don‘t fully see people until we know their values.

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A brave leader is someone who says I see you. I hear you. I don‘t have all the answers, but I‘m going to keep listening and asking questions.

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A brave leader is not someone who is armed with all the answers. A brave leader is not someone who can facilitate a flawless discussion on hard topics.

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To opt out of conversations about privilege and oppression because they make you uncomfortable is the epitome of privilege.

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Putting this here because I think it‘s a worthwhile exercise for all of us, but definitely need to remember to write it into my journal!

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Because that‘s integrity-choosing courage over comfort; it‘s choosing what‘s right over what‘s fun, fast or easy; and it‘s practicing your values, not just professing them.

annahenke Love this quote. 4w
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What‘s one area of your life where you know you are being brave right now?

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Dream big. Be brave enough to believe that as much as you could want, God could give to you. We are meant to make a big impact on the planet. Bigger than we could ever dream up on our own.