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Joined May 2016

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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🦋For this week (too daunting to think of my entire teaching life at various unis), that would be inviting a librarian friend who works at the American School in Dubai to share a workshop with my undergrad students on SDGs and picturebooks.
🦋less hours, more holidays, and less pointless meetings and bureaucracy and paperwork
🦋not at all, but now I cannot imagine doing anything else. Thank you for the tag, dear @Eggs

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#StorySettings Day 29: There‘s always a #Party at Martina‘s house with too many tias which can be challenging for an introvert. While the festivities was in full swing, I found it entertaining how Martina was able to slip through the woodworks, and found a way to be on her own. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-qqR

lil1inblue I love the artwork! 12h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 😍 10h
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 9h
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The Island | Armin Greder
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#StorySettings Day 28: The #Island is one of the most disturbing picturebooks for young people that I often recommend. At the very core of this book is an overwhelming fear of those who are different. The storytelling straightforward, the plot crystal clear with a continual build-up that puts a growing lump in the reader‘s throat as one witnesses the extent of the many atrocities people tend to commit in the name of fear. https://wp.me/pDlzr-40F

Eggs Stacked! 2d
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Unholy Sonnets: Poems | Mark Jarman
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TheSpineView ❤️👻 2d
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Collected Poems | Robert Bly
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2d
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#StorySettings Day 27: Not necessarily a #Lake but a river - same body of water, I suppose. Lols. Now that I finished the Daevabad Trilogy, I can‘t wait to read this one. Paired with peanut butter parfait for dessert with acai sorbet, salted caramel, summer fruits and mint, and peanut crumbs (which we had prepared on the side, rather than in the parfait itself). 😋

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2d
Eggs Lovely post ! #coverlove and #titlelove 2d
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#StorySettings Day 26: From Fats‘ review: “Katie and the Mona Lisa tells the grand adventures that Katie and Mona Lisa had in the #museum, as they try to find something that would make Mona Lisa smile. This book includes reproductions of five art pieces of the Italian Renaissance including St. George and the Dragon by Raphael and The Lion of St. Mark by Vittore Carpaccio.”
Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jau

Eggs Love 💗💕🩷 and stacked! 3d
Blueberry I love children's art books like this. 3d
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The Whispering Town | Jennifer Elvgren
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#StorySettings Day 25: From Fats‘ review: “The story focuses on a Danish couple and their daughter named Anett. Anett and her parents are hiding a Jewish woman and her son in their #cellar. ‘They are new friends,‘ said Anett‘s mother. Because their new friends would be staying with them for a couple of nights, Anett‘s mother made sure they had enough food.”
Fats‘ review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-cV4

Eggs Perfect 💔 5d
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Lost on Me | Veronica Raimo
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#StorySettings Day 24: There‘s a #Theater like quality to the way Raimo presents her story - almost like she is on stage, delivering clever lines to an audience who is raptly engaged and laughing at her deadpan hilarity. About to finish this for in time for our GatheringReaders book club discussion next week in our university.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great photo 📚 6d
Eggs Beautifully done 👏🏻 6d
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#StorySettings: There is a #Flowershop scene in this charming picturebook with young Edie in fluorescent pink. It is such a simple story, but told so effectively, and with such vivid art that renders the setting so alive with such vibrant colours: definitely a favourite of mine. Plus, I will read anything Beatrice Alemagna creates. My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-bYV

Eggs Looks lovely 😊 🩷 🥳 6d
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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Anniversary) | George Orwell, Ralph Steadman
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#StorySettings Day 22: This illustrated version of Animal #Farm by Ralph Steadman is a keeper. This 50th anniversary edition also contains Orwell‘s unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukrainian edition. Both appendices clearly referenced the historical zeitgeist that inspired Orwell to write this story. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-dBh

Eggs Magnificent art 👏🏻👏🏻 6d
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Forest of Stories | Ashok, Banker K
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#StorySettings Day 21: Once upon a time in Singapore (2015 to be precise), colleagues and I compiled a selection of children‘s stories that are #Forest-themed as an annotated bibliography for distribution to the community and festival partners. 💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 💚 1w
Eggs What a fabulous idea/project👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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#StorySettings Day 20: The #hospital built in this story was a turning point for the protagonist Nahri in their tribal conflict. Just finished the entire trilogy. Review is forthcoming.

Eggs Lovely drinks!! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️ 1w
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TheSpineView Good one! ❤️ 6d
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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#StorySettings Day 18: Perhaps a #Train is needed to go on The Road To Dalton? Our #EuropaCollective title for June! Ready for it! 📚📚📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🚂 2w
jlhammar I‘m so excited! 2w
Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 2w
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#StorySettings Day 17: The adorable dog, Ike LaRue is running for public #office. I really like how the entire series is a celebration of the unruly, respect for the occasional disarray, and the grudging admiration for Ike‘s capacity to extricate himself from trouble and redeem himself with such panache, humor, and word play. My review back in 2011: https://wp.me/pDlzr-Gr

Eggs OMyGosh - that‘s adorable 😊 🤗 2w
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Lost on Me | Veronica Raimo
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#StorySettings Day 16: These are the books we are reading as part of my #College book club called GatheringReaders. I just realized I have FIVE summer book clubs: two on Litsy (1) #CampLitsy24 and (2) #EuropaCollective. Then I have three face-to-face ones (3) this #College group with doctoral students and faculty (4) Emirates Lit Foundation book club, and (5) book club of two read-aloud with 22 yo daughter coming home for the summer!

Eggs You‘re ambitious!! Go You ❤️📚💚 2w
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Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond | Christopher M. Davidson
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#StorySettings Day 15: I felt that I was in an #ArtGallery when I visited the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair several weeks back before we flew to Norway. It was magnificent.

Eggs Gorgeous 🥰😊😍 2w
Soubhiville Wow! 2w
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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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#StorySettings Day 14: Where there is a #graveyard, there be ghosts. 💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent 📚 2w
Eggs Brilliant 🤗👍🏼 2w
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Proceed to Check Out | Alan Shapiro
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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#StorySettings Day 13: There is a gingerbread-house-in-the- #prairie quality of this cottage in the snowy woods in this wordless picturebook by Fernando Krahn. How would you feel if you see giant unknown tracks right outside your door – out in the middle of the woods during winter time? It is not surprising then that the father in the story immediately turned to his rifle hanging firmly on the wall. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-19D

Becker Lovely 🥰 2w
Eggs Now I want to read all his books 🖤🩶🤍 2w
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Selected Poems | Harvey Shapiro
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#StorySettings Day 12: #HauntedHouse reminded me of this illustrated story I reviewed back in 2010. Kate Culhane, was haunted by spectres that she had no choice but to go through each of the quiet sleeping houses with a ghost whose “weight was heavy as a sack of stones” until they found a house with no holy water in the house. My full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-lc

Eggs Perfection 👏🏻 2w
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Sona and the Wedding Game | Kashmira Sheth
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#StorySettings Day 11: It is the first time that Sona is attending an Indian #wedding, with her elder sister as the bride. While immensely excited about the festivities, she is also somewhat annoyed by her little cousin, Vishal, who “thinks he knows everything” primarily because he has attended a lot of Indian #weddings, compared to Sona who is a newbie at all this. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-hh5

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Open Book | Lesley-Anne Evans
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 3w
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TheSpineView 😍😍😍 3w
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#StorySettings Day 10: Here are some award-winning stories from the #Desert - photo taken when we went to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair before we left for Norway a week ago. Posting in advance as we will be traveling back home yet again.

Eggs I could lose myself in these books 🤗🥰 3w
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#StorySettings Day 9: #Snowstorm - this was shared by Fats who lives jn Ohio back in 2020. Here‘s the GatheringBooks link: https://wp.me/pDlzr-lBI

Eggs Beautiful 🤩 📚 ❄️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 3w
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Today Means Amen | Sierra Demulder
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#StorySettings Day 8: Inside a #Skyscraper you will commonly find workplaces as seen in the cover of this award-winning graphic novel. Hope to get into this soonest.

Eggs Wow this looks fun 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
monalyisha What a fantastic cover! 3w
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Mountains for Breakfast | Geraldine Mitchell
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TheSpineView ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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The Fox in the Attic | Richard Hughes
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#StorySettings Day 7: #Attic - bought this back in 2021 when we were still doing our #NYRBBookClub with @vivastory

Eggs Great cover 🖤🤍🩶 3w
sarahbarnes That cover is quite disturbing! 3w
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Embrace | Valerio Magrelli
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IndoorDame ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
TheSpineView 💜💜💜 3w
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#StorySettings Day 6: Our entire conference on reading has #Seaside by the fjords as our setting here in Bodø Norway. First keynote speaker today is rhetorical unparalleled Frank Serafini whose academic work has impacted and informed mine in countless ways.

Susanita I‘d be staring out the window! 3w
Eggs Incredible view🩵 3w
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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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#StorySettings Day 5: The #River Nile plays a prominent role in the final book of the Daevabad trilogy. Did not bring it with me to Norway because (1) too thick and heavy (2) don‘t want the story to end so thought of prolonging it til I return home next week.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 4w
Eggs Brilliant 🤗👌🏼🥰 4w
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TheSpineView Wow! 😍 4w
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Twenty Prose Poems | Charles Baudelaire
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TheSpineView Beautiful poem 4w
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 4w
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I Am Made of Mountains | Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs
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#StorySettings Day 4: #Mountain. I appreciated the juxtaposition of the poetic descriptions of each mountain and/or national park. I love how the essence of each place is captured by a few words – just four deceptively-simple lines – that speak of beauty, joy, wonder. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-pC1

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ⛰️ 4w
Eggs Beautiful 😍 4w
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The Airport Book | Lisa Brown
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#StorySettings Day 3: #AirportOrPlane - posting in advance because will be in an airport and plane (3 in total) tomorrow as we travel Abu Dhabi ➡️ Doha ➡️ Oslo ➡️ Bodø just like tomorrow‘s prompt. Over and above this picturebook providing a detailed description of what to expect in airports, the “diverse” element is a given rather than explicitly articulated or pounded over the head of the reader. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-dfD

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚 ✈️ 🙌🏻 4w
Eggs Wonderful😍 4w
Anna40 This was our favourite book when my son was 3 and 4. Love it! 💕🥰😊 4w
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The Empire of Gold | S. A. Chakraborty
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#StorySettings Day 2: I hope reading in a #Cafe applies too for today‘s prompt lolsss. 💕

Eggs Indeed! Especially when it‘s dessert 🍨 🍫 4w
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TheSpineView 😍😍😍 1mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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#StorySettings Day 1: Reading at the Leland #SkiResort Park in California back in early 2020. One of my great fantasy reads.

Eggs Sweet ❄️ Love Arden❣️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great photo 🩷 4w
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Valeria and Other Poems | Harriet Monroe
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TheSpineView Great poem! Seems ironic 1mo
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#SpringSkies Day 30: perfect example of #NFIndigenousPpl. There are seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people featured in this book – most are fearless freedom fighters, forgotten thinkers, heroes and rebels in the country known now as Australia. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-ovI

Eggs Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Beauty: Poems | Jane Hirshfield
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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Eggs Brilliant 💓 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 1mo
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TheSpineView ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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#SpringSkies Day 28: Here are #2BksWithSimilarTitle ##2BooksWithSimilarTitle - the one I am reading is paired with cheesy seafood tagine - absolutely delish.

Eggs Mmmmmmm😋😋 1mo
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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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#SpringSkies Day 27: There are #Secrets yet to be revealed in this final installment in the Daevabad trilogy. I am sure I will miss the characters once I am done.

BarbaraBB Your mail looks delicious 😋 1mo
Eggs Good heavens 🍨😋🍫 1mo
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