Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
ErinC

ErinC

Joined June 2016

Teacher, reader, dog mom, wife, auntie, nature-lover.
review
ErinC
Antiracist Baby | Ibram X. Kendi
post image
Pickpick

This is an excellent board book for parents and librarians to read to the youngest of children to begin a foundation of antiracism and diversity. The book advocates 9 steps to “make equity a reality,” and counting each one would be great practice for toddlers. Some vocabulary may need further explaining for curious youngsters, but rhyming steps make fun-reading and bright, bold illustrations of families of color will hold young ones‘ interests!

quote
ErinC
The Boy from the Woods | Harlan Coben
post image

That‘s quite a part one cliffhanger! On to part 2! #ReverseReadathon @DeweysReadathon

blurb
ErinC
The Boy from the Woods | Harlan Coben
post image

Stacks & a variety of digital options ready for #reversereadathon! @DeweysReadathon

quote
ErinC
post image

“Lonely in America” By Wendy S. Walters. Wow. #BlackLivesMatter

45 likes1 stack add
blurb
ErinC
post image

My husband made me let the dogs out early this morning and I discovered it‘s #readathon day! Serendipity! 1. Central Iowa 2. The Water Dancer 3. Idk, I didn‘t plan ahead! 4. I miss baseball desperately. 5. Since I didn‘t plAn ahead, I‘ll just wing it today! Looking forward to having a purpose for focusing on my reading! @DeweysReadathon

review
ErinC
Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
post image
Pickpick

I listened to this with my husband. I debated between 2 and 3 stars mainly because this is very technical. The book is almost an ode to NYC as much as it‘s their story. Between the descriptions of places in NYC and the endless lists of bands, songs, and equipment that I don‘t know much about, it was tedious at times. However, I think that technicality is part of the beauty of the book. I really felt their love for each other, NYC, and music.

britt_brooke I loved this on audio! 2y
55 likes1 comment
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

This is a great read about Maya‘s coming of age. I thought I‘d read it before, but reading it now, I think previously I only read an excerpt. This book only made me more curious about her life and how she became the incredible woman and author we all know. The ending was abrupt as was the end of her childhood. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

megnews Keep going! Her entire memoir collection is amazing. They get better and better. And I find them to be very quick reads. They‘re the books I recommend most often to anyone who will listen. 2y
ErinC @megnews good to know! Thanks! 2y
60 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
ErinC
The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
post image
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book, but the ending felt a bit abrupt. This novel is the love story of Jonathan and Annika, a neurodiverse librarian. The characters felt very authentic and I liked the alternating POV and shifts in time. A quick read from a local author for me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

review
ErinC
Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
post image
Pickpick

Just finished this one on audio. I liked the full cast and listening to Gentry speak in his Old English rather than reading. Greenwood does a great job of creating dysfunctional stories and characters and still drawing in the reader‘s empathy. My only qualm was Gentry hearing voices as an autistic person. In my experience that isn‘t a trait of those on the spectrum and seemed to portray him as “crazy” rather than different.

50 likes1 stack add
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

A must read for writers, but also for those who appreciate writers and their craft. This was a reread for me and I listened to King narrate the audio version. At first his voice bothered me but I settled in and I loved hearing him give his own advice and tell his own story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed This book so impacted the way I read. Whenever I read conversations using adverbs to describe the way a statement is delivered, I silently shake my finger - no no no! 3y
ErinC @marleed me too! 3y
57 likes4 stack adds2 comments
review
ErinC
A Merciful Promise | Kendra Elliot
post image
Pickpick

A perfect ending to the Mercy series. Once again Mercy and Truman team up in a way to solve area murders, only this time they are mostly separated. The fresh take in this book was Mercy‘s undercover assignment in a cult-like group and subsequent fight for survival. The ending was satisfying. My favorite in this series since the first one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

review
ErinC
They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
post image
Pickpick

Really fascinating look at Takei‘s life as well as a general history of the Japanese internment camps of WWII. I‘ve read Farewell to Manzanar and knew some of this history but not enough. I wonder what parts of this era America will be ashamed about in 50+ years?

Laura317 Awful that American citizens were treated this way! I never knew about these camps until I was in my 30s. They did not teach this in my school. I was horrified. 3y
Eggbeater I think I have some idea of what we'll be ashamed of... 3y
ErinC @Eggbeater true. I do too. I just hope every American realizes it soon... 3y
50 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

Wow. This book packs a punch. Vanasco interviews her former friend/rapist and analyzed her own feelings and tendencies to gender perform. I was annoyed with her much of the time, but she was annoyed with herself too. This book is a fascinating look at gender roles and sexual assault in society.

52 likes1 stack add
blurb
ErinC
A Killer's Mind | Mike Omer
post image

Getting my “library” together. Still need to sand and stain the shelves but decided to just sit and read for a bit. I can already tell this is going to be my favorite space in our new house!

Megabooks Cute blanket! 3y
ErinC Thanks @Megabooks I‘ve had it for years and it‘s still super soft/fuzzy! 3y
71 likes2 comments
blurb
ErinC
The New House | Lettice Ulpha Cooper
post image

We moved from Omaha to Des Moines in August, and I‘ve still barely unpacked. Every day I look at this shelf and feel some peace because at least I have one tiny corner of my new life organized! These are my physical “to reads”. My niece helped color code them for the shelf@.

Lcsmcat Moving is stressful. Go easy on yourself and take your peace when you can. 3y
Copwithabook So many amazing books to read! 3y
57 likes2 comments
blurb
ErinC
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image

Gah! It came and it‘s beautiful!

Lexeegee I waiting for mine! 3y
rachelm Happy birthday!!!🎁 3y
JulAnna Happy Birthday 🎉😊 3y
82 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
ErinC
Normal People | Sally Rooney
post image
Pickpick

This is a quick read - Set in Ireland, the story of Marianne and Connell and their inability to have a “normal” relationship, yet complicated pull to one another hooked me from the start. Rooney‘s minimalistic style worked well with the complex inner-workings of the protagonists‘ minds - a more convoluted style would have made this less enjoyable. The end was abrupt, but ultimately perfect for the story Rooney told.

68 likes2 stack adds
review
ErinC
The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
post image
Pickpick

Great way to start #24in48 by finishing this light, romance. It‘s super cute and I love the tie-ins to Guillory‘s other novels. @24in48

review
ErinC
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
post image
Pickpick

I‘ll be honest, I really did not like Queenie the first half or so, but she grew on me and so did the book. She‘s incredibly flawed but I appreciate that she by the end readers learn that her biggest flaws are her self esteem and mental health, not her narcissism and bad choices. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

76 likes3 stack adds
review
ErinC
The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
post image
Pickpick

1. My lilies are blooming now so those are my current favs!
2. The Bride Test - light, easy, read it in a day. Just what I needed!
3. Criminal Minds.
4. I‘ve been reading more Joy Harjo now that she was named poet laureate!
@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

TheLibrarian Love Criminal Minds! Although I'm very upset that Netflix hasn't added any recent seasons lately. 3y
ErinC @TheLibrarian agreed! I feel like I‘ve been waiting forever! 3y
41 likes2 comments
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve been reading a lot on our justice system and this book really takes a deep dive into the story of one juvenile who committed an atrocious act, and how the system treated him. The story of Sasha, a genderqueer young adult with Asperger‘s was also enlightening. I liked how the book showed both sides of the story but didn‘t end with any big conclusions. The agenda was there, but the author left it open for the reader.

TrishB Enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 3y
61 likes4 stack adds1 comment
blurb
ErinC
With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
post image

#Bookfitnesschallenge Week 1 Update: I walked 5 miles last week and finished one book I had started pre-challenge and am about 1/3 of the way through this one! Last week was crazy busy for me so I‘m hoping this week to pick up the pace!

wanderinglynn Way to go! Great first week! 🙌🏻 3y
VanChocStrawberry Great job! And I can not wait to read this book! 3y
BarbaraJean I read/listened to The Poet X during the challenge this week, and I NEED to pick this one up next! 3y
See All 6 Comments
baes Nice job!! 3y
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3y
Caterina Great progress!! I can't wait to get my hands on this book, I loved The Poet X! 3y
54 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
ErinC
Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
post image
Pickpick

This was so good. I loved the narrator and I‘ll never look at my pups The same way again! The voice he uses for Lily is perfection. Rowley really hits a nerve with what it‘s like to truly love a doggo.

LiteraryinLawrence I just read his new book The Editor and I recommend it! 3y
ErinC @LiteraryinLititz my hold on it at library came in! Will be digging in soon! 3y
56 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
ErinC
post image

Last day to sign up for @wanderinglynn ‘s audiobook fitness challenge! My personal goals are 6 books and 60 miles in 6 weeks! Join us! #fitnesschallenge #audiowalk

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing! 😀 3y
29 likes1 comment
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

Great read about the injustices and inequality in the American justice system. I didn‘t love the author‘s voice as narrator but the content was fantastic. I learned a lot.

review
ErinC
Internment | Samira Ahmed
post image
Pickpick

This was a great read on the what ifs that I‘m sure many people were terrified of after electing #45. Hard to read at times but ultimately it was powerful and heartbreaking all at the same time.

63 likes2 stack adds
quote
ErinC
Internment | Samira Ahmed
post image

Love this idea for a discussion in American Lit. Sad in this context though....

blurb
ErinC
Internment | Samira Ahmed
post image

Blanche is just so tired tonight. I feel the same way!

Lauram Oh my. She‘s adorable! 3y
Crazeedi What a sweet puppy!🐶💖 3y
hermyknee 😍😍😍😍 3y
See All 7 Comments
OriginalCyn620 OMG! So cute! 🐶❤️ 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
Erinreadsthebooks So sweet!!! 💜 3y
LeahBergen 😆😆 3y
66 likes7 comments
review
ErinC
Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
post image
Pickpick

Such a powerful book about family. Three teens discover they are biological siblings and learn to lean on each other through the trials and tribulations of their present lives with their families, and unravel their past. Get tissues ready.

66 likes1 stack add
blurb
ErinC
post image

This is my classroom & I love Donors Choose to add books to my classroom library. I‘ve got a project focusing on books with social justice issues at their core for a book club we are going to do this spring. Donations are currently DOUBLED with code pwcbasics at checkout! Littens are awesome so I thought I‘d throw it out here in case anyone can help my kids out! https://www.donorschoose.org/project/social-justice-book-club-warriors/3834154/

ErikasMindfulShelf Done! Good luck on your project. 4y
ErinC @irre thank you so much! 4y
CrowCAH This is great; that‘s why I love books, they generate discussion! 4y
ErinC Exactly @CrowCAH! 4y
63 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
ErinC
Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
post image
Pickpick

This memoir in verse is stunning. A must-read in this #metoo era.

Lovesbooks87 Agree! 4y
70 likes3 stack adds1 comment
blurb
ErinC
post image

Why did it take me so long to start this? So good! #litsywalkers

BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s my favorite audiobook of all time! 4y
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree! Mine, too! 4y
Swe_Eva I‘m listening to it too - it‘s just brilliant. 💜 4y
62 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
ErinC
Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
post image

Today was gorgeous out! I forgot to take a photo on my walk, but this book was great company. I‘m in Omaha and there is crazy flooding in eastern NE and western Iowa that many are dealing with, so I‘m especially grateful for the simple pleasure of a good book and a nice walk today. #litsywalkers

KathyWheeler My brother lives near Omaha, so I‘ve been worried about all that flooding. 4y
Kaye Great job ✨✨✨ 4y
ErinC @KathyWheeler It‘s crazy here. Omaha is fine mostly but the towns along the Platte, Elk Horn rivers are in bad shape. More levees breaching all the time. The Missouri is flooding worse than 2011 I think too. We had so much snow that melted so quickly. I hope your brother isn‘t affected! 4y
KathyWheeler @ErinC So far, he‘s been ok. 4y
58 likes4 comments
blurb
ErinC
Stone Mothers | Erin Kelly
post image

A new ARC. Sadly it needs to wait until I finish a few current reads!

JennyM Enjoy...looking forward to this one. Great author 4y
Pelican71 I‘ve requested this one. 4y
56 likes2 comments
review
ErinC
Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
post image
Pickpick

I loved this collection essays. Gay is one of my favorite authors I‘ve recently decided. Thoughtful and interesting even if I didn‘t always agree with her. This brings in ideas beyond feminism as well. Turpin is an excellent narrator.

blurb
ErinC
post image

Way early for an appointment so just chilling in my car listening to this. I‘m about 1/3 done, and it is phenomenal. Laymon‘s narration is outstanding; it feels as if he‘s just telling a story. So natural. I‘m also really loving his writing style. It‘s incredibly real, and poetic almost.

61 likes1 stack add
review
ErinC
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
Pickpick

Excellent book. I read it in 2 days so I could get it in the hands of my students. I love how Thomas brings social issues into entertaining and interesting narratives of young, black females.

ErinC Pardon Blanche‘s booty. She refused to move for my photo op and I am too snuggly in bed to move. 4y
BookishMarginalia 😂😂😂 4y
Erinreadsthebooks My furbaby sleeps with his back paws way up at his face, too. Cracks me up 😄 4y
86 likes2 stack adds3 comments
review
ErinC
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️. This is a good, pretty quick read. I liked hearing more about her why than her how. Giving up shopping is something I know I should do and maybe I‘ll try to implement some of these things in my own life. Almost more of a memoir than a how-to though.

Zelma I agree this was a memoir rather than a how-to book. The marketing or packaging does a disservice to what I thought was an excellent story. I loved this one. 4y
68 likes3 stack adds1 comment
review
ErinC
Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
post image
Pickpick

I read 15 books this month including the tagged! I really loved a lot of them. None were disliked. I chose a lot of short books this month for 24 in 48 and that helped up my total!

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, well done!👍🏽 4y
63 likes1 comment
quote
ErinC
post image

Wow.

52 likes3 stack adds
review
ErinC
Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J. Krosoczka
post image
Pickpick

Great memoir. His artwork really kept me interested. It‘s nice seeing success stories especially in light of adversity.

68 likes2 stack adds
review
ErinC
The Library Book | Susan Orlean
post image
Pickpick

Finished book number 4 of #24in48. I was already halfway through this before this weekend but it was a great book and I‘m glad I had the dedicated time to read it. If I ever go to LA the Central Library is my first destination! This book also #remindsmeofmyhappyplace for #booked2019.

Cinfhen Waiting for my library loan to come in🤞🏼 4y
70 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
ErinC
A Merciful Fate | Kendra Elliot
post image

#24in48 #favoriteseries challenge. This is one of my favorite new series I‘ve been reading! Kendra Elliot‘s Mercy Kilpatrick series is set in Oregon. I love crime thrillers and this is the newest in the series. I plan to start this one today. These are great, quick reads! And cheap on kindle usually!

review
ErinC
Speak: The Graphic Novel | Laurie Halse Anderson
post image
Pickpick

Book number 3 done for #24in48. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I read Speak in college 15 years ago. The graphic version brings even more power to Melinda‘s story and her story is more relevant and urgent than ever in this era of #metoo.

Hoopiefoot I didn‘t realize this was also a graphic novel. I‘m going to have to check it out!! 4y
ErinC @Hoopiefoot do! It is so well done. 4y
73 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
ErinC
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Mildred D. Taylor
post image

The Roll of Thunder series by Mildred D. Taylor left a lasting impact on me. Growing up in small town Iowa, I had little understanding of other races. When I read this series in third or fourth grade, I was riveted. I‘ve always loved African-American literature and even focused my master‘s in it. Now I‘m expanding my horizons to a world view in my reading. Next year, I‘ll get to teach a multicultural lit class! #24in48 #weneeddiversebooks

review
ErinC
Dark Sacred Night | Michael Connelly
post image
Pickpick

Finished book number 2 for #24in48. Thank goodness for audio books! Rory Gilmore has been keeping me company during my reading. This Book combined Bosch with Renee Ballard. The audio was great with Christine Larkin and Titus Welliver. #dogsoflitsy #booked2019 #femaledetective

StephBengtson Yes! Love that name! 4y
Jeannineth I‘m about half way through this audio book. Ballard is such a badass. I am crushing on Bosch. 💋 4y
Cinfhen So much #Litsylove for this series 4y
65 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
ErinC
Dark Sacred Night | Michael Connelly
post image

#24in48 hour 12 #shelfie! Currently hitting 7 total hours and listening to the tagged book. Almost time for a nap I think! @24in48

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
57 likes1 comment
blurb
ErinC
Speak: The Graphic Novel | Laurie Halse Anderson
post image

#24in48 hour 6 challenge. Two great dedications! The top from Ghost Boys and the bottom from the Speak Graphic Novel. Both fill me with hope. @24in48

review
ErinC
Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
post image
Pickpick

My first read for #24in48 was amazing. Such a powerful book. I can‘t cry because I just had lasik but I would‘ve been a blubbering mess in this one! I highly recommend for middle grades, YA, and adults. @24in48

rwmg Does lasik make it impossible to cry or do you have to restrain yourself? 4y
ErinC @rwmg my eyes are just super dry right now. I have to do drops at least hourly. I assume once it all is fully healed I‘ll be able to cry again! 4y
62 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
ErinC
The Library Book | Susan Orlean
post image

#24in48 here I come! My first goal is to finish the tagged book. I‘m over the halfway point. Then I‘ll see what floats my boat from this giant stack of middle grade, graphic novels, YA, and new fiction. I‘ve got audio and kindle ready. I just had lasik yesterday, so hoping my eyes can handle the strain! @24in48

KellyK I hope Where the Crawdads Sing makes the cut for you this weekend... great read! 4y
EmilyM Great stack of books! 4y
ErinC @KellyK I‘ve been waiting so patiently for that hold to come in and it arrived just in time! I‘ve heard amazing things. (edited) 4y
78 likes3 comments