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GirlNamedJesse

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Go Hex Yourself | Jessica Clare
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I am barely into this, but the first person narration isn‘t helping the fact that Ben is an asshole and Reggie is an idiot. If I have to read some version of “my jaw flexes” more than the two times I‘ve encountered in the first 30 pages I‘m going to throw my phone across the room. The writing is stilted and the characters are cringe. The narrator makes every sentence sound exactly the same. I‘m out.

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I was surprised by how much I LOVED this book! I expected to like it, and to appreciate it, but I LOVE it. I did not experience eir gender journey, but the way e sank into fandom as a way to deal with stress and life and the community e found there made me feel very seen. Memoir is not usually my thing, but I‘m so glad to have had the chance to read eir story. I can already see (in its existence and reception) that it is a needed story for many!

Chelsea.Poole I loved this too! 4d
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I read most of this today and my head is full. Ultimately, I loved Andrew & Jamie, though Andrew wouldn‘t know a good decision if it stared him in the face. The journey I expected to follow in this book ended about halfway through and then I was just along for the ride. I love that there is still hope for the future (at least most of the time). Their adventure was far from over at the close of the book and I will be thinking of them often!

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Ultimately a fun adventure featuring sentient sea creatures operating an antique diving suit, though I didn‘t connect as much emotionally as I‘d hoped I would.

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August #BookSpin list!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Mehso-so

I ended up enjoying this one, but just not as much as I‘d hoped. It took until halfway through the book for me to be pulled in, and even then Oliver‘s brusqueness just really put me off. There was more humor in the second half, which I liked, and my jaw literally dropped when the boys interacted with the Blackwoods. Entertaining, but not a new favorite. #LittensLoveRomance

GirlNamedJesse I do want to add that I‘m grateful for the #LittensLoveRomance book club because without that deadline I would‘ve either DNF‘d or taken another two months to finish it. So thanks! 😊 2w
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Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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What a wonderfully sadhappycreepydelightful coming-of-age story! I adored the ghost story aspect and how a character who had died before the book began had such a hand in guiding Bug‘s self-realization. I‘ve never read anything quite like this before; I‘ll definitely be watching for future books by Kyle Lukoff!

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Frankie & Bug | Gayle Forman
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I really enjoyed this one! Frankie really is the bravest kid ever, and I enjoyed Bug‘s transformation from self-absorbed to empathetic pre-teen. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Stockard Channing! ❤️

Nutmegnc I LOVE the gray vs color idea!! 4w
GirlNamedJesse @Nutmegnc Yay! I‘ve found it very motivating. 😂 4w
Nutmegnc @GirlNamedJesse it‘s so clever!!! 3w
GirlNamedJesse @Nutmegnc I just hated blocking the covers with huge Xs once they were finished; it felt like I was highlighting all the books I didn‘t finish. lol 3w
Nutmegnc @GirlNamedJesse I know! I didn‘t want to cover the covers with markers/stickers because then folks can‘t see what you read?! 3w
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Frankie & Bug | Gayle Forman
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#BookSpinBingo for July! I‘ve already finished two (The Pants Project & So This Is Ever After), and just started listening to the tagged book (plus currently reading about four more on the board). It‘s narrated by Stockard Channing and my little Grease fangirl heart is happy. ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!!! 1mo
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Making a Baby | Rachel Greener
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Third material complaint/challenge in two weeks. The parent was shocked that this book contained information on *gasp* making a baby. If only there had been some clue! 😱 If you don‘t like it, don‘t read it, folks. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I found it refreshingly frank and had already shared it with my own kids. It‘s also well-reviewed and is a nominee on several awards lists. I just wish our edition had the rainbow background. ✌️

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The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas
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I bought a kindle to read my eArcs on! Screens mess with my eyes, so I‘m hoping the paperwhite helps. Super excited to read this one! Cemetery Boys is one of my all-time favorite books. ❤️

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I wish I could‘ve recorded Lily‘s outraged shocked face on some of these pages when she learned that girls weren‘t always allowed to wear pants, or that boys are expected to never be sad or scared, or that two people who love each other couldn‘t always get married. For once, I feel like I‘m doing something right. 🌈

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The Pants Project | Cat Clarke
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It‘s a great day to read about a revolution! ❤️🌈

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So This Is Ever After | F.T. Lukens
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I thoroughly enjoyed this magical rom com, even though the plot was so. very. predictable. I enjoyed the great characters and the banter and the premise of a band of twenty-somethings unexpectedly ruling a kingdom. Very fun! Read about half while outside with these hooligans. 😎

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!! 😍😭🌈😍😭🌈😍😭🌈

ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 1mo
xicanti Excellent news! 1mo
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I ended up really liking this book, but it took me to almost halfway to be hooked. Once I was I couldn‘t put it down, though. Looking forward to checking out the movie version next!

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Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I tried to leave this with an hour left and just couldn‘t! This is a lot more serious than it‘s predecessor, but still had a fair bit of humor (the claw machine 😂). Dylan and Arthur are still my favorite characters; they are hilarious. I loved how it all came together because I am a sucker for a HEA. 😍

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli
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I loved this in print, but the audiobook was SO much better!

Nutmegnc I enjoyed the audio, too!! 2mo
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As our family‘s genealogist I am fascinated by all of this. Copeland weaves multiple mysteries throughout this history of DNA tests and kept me captivated the entire time. I have so many ideas of ways I want to research now, but I‘ll have to successfully complete a DNA test first (I‘ve failed five. 👽) A fascinating read!

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You broke my heart, Alice, but you fixed it, so we‘re good.

Nutmegnc The audio was so good!! 3mo
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My Teita picked up this library cabinet for me and my dad fixed it up and added legs so I can use it as my nightstand. Best part: it has larger drawers that my mass market paperbacks fit in! 🙌 Once Volume 4 gets here I‘ll add it to the pile on top. I love it! 💕🍃💕🍃

Nute Not only books ON the nightstand, but books IN the nightstand as well. Right on!😄 2mo
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Solitaire | Alice Oseman
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This wouldn‘t normally be my cup of tea, but I‘ll read anything in this universe. I ❤️ Tori and Charlie and Nick, and Michael & Becky are growing on me.

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Solitaire | Alice Oseman
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Looking on the bright side of a challenging week/weekend: getting to read outside with s‘mores. I am OBSESSED with Heartstopper and I‘m consuming as much media around it as possible. 💕🍃💕🍃

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Me with all the Heartstopper content right now. 🍃💕🍃💕

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Treasure in the Lake | Jason Pamment
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A fine way to start my birthday: by having the time to read this in one sitting! (The day ended with a sick toddler who puked on me twice, but I‘m focusing on the positives. 🤪) This was super unique! Iris was an entitled brat until she learned an important lesson in friendship, but the story of the town was fascinating! I was left satisfied, but with a whole host of questions!

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The Property | Rutu Modan
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Mehso-so

Heartbreaking in many respects, jaw-dropping in others (how can humans be so insensitive?!), but overall a story of gaining a better understanding of our family.

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As someone who has failed five (yes, FIVE) Ancestry DNA tests, this is both fascinating and frustrating. I‘ve been our family‘s genealogist for over a decade and I‘m the only one who doesn‘t have their DNA results. 😂 But I love stories of people who discover something unexpected in their DNA, and the history included adds another layer to the experience.

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That Dark Infinity | Kate Pentecost
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The sheer inventiveness of this book makes it worth the read, both in terms of the story itself, and the characters individually. I‘ve never read anything like it. I thought, for a split second at the end, that I was going to be rage-writing this review, but luckily it turned around and ended in the best way it could. 💀

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Golden Boys | Phil Stamper
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I flew through this! All four boys were unique and lovable, but any time you have four main characters it‘s hard to spend sufficient time with any of them. I wanted more time with them all! and I wanted more interaction between them. It ended perfectly, so I‘m not sure where the author is taking the story in the second half of the duology, but I‘m excited to read it and see! 🕶

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson
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#BookSpinBingo update because I‘ve stayed up crazy late the last few nights reading when I should‘ve been painting my living room.

Currently Reading:
📖 Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (illus.) 5%
📱 Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson 11%
🎧 Golden Boys by Phil Stamper 4%

TheAromaofBooks Nothing like a good project to procrastinate on to up the reading time 😂 4mo
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Icebreaker | A. L. Graziadei
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Wow! Well, I did not intend to read this entire thing in a day, but once I got started I just had to keep going! Now it‘s 2:00 am, but it was totally worth it.

Clwojick 🔥🔥Can‘t wait to read this one! (edited) 4mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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It may be short, but this is perfect! I love feminist retellings of fairy tales and this is like a meta version of just that in spades! And to top it all off, it‘s funny! Loved this and can‘t wait for the sequel. 👑

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Buddy Read with my oldest, Lily (yes, from HP 😁)! It‘s so much fun sharing this series with her! 😍

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Another Kind | Trevor Bream, Cait May
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I expected to like it, but I LOVE it! What a fantastic array of cryptid characters outrunning the bad guys, looking for home. 💜

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Artie and the Wolf Moon | Olivia Stephens
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A great werewolf story with bonus family history, first crush, and getting the bad guy. Very satisfying! Reading makes traveling go so much faster!

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Mehso-so

The story is captivating and a wild ride, but I just wish that every adult graphic novel I read didn‘t make me literally nauseous from the gore and violence.

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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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April 2022 #BookSpin featuring many of my favorite authors and no self-restraint whatsoever! I‘ve been reading only for my committee the last six months and I‘m eager to read whatever I want! 😊 Looking forward to the tagged book. Ghost/human love stories are my fave!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Salt Magic | Hope Larson
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Wow, what a creative story! I loved everything about this; the setting, the family, the many kinds of magic, the end (!), and Vonceil 💙! This feels like a brand new fairytale.

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Eighty Days | A.C. Esguerra
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So, to be totally honest, I picked this one up because the characters on the cover resemble the Golden Trio (Harry, Ron & Hermione). Jay, Fix, and Sable are absolutely nothing like those characters, but it was fun getting to know them anyway. I had a hard time following everything, but I still enjoyed the story.

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This one was rather sparse on the info, unfortunately.

I‘m having a rather slow month. Still #reading 📖 + 🎧 Maya, 🎧Firekeeper‘s Daughter, 📱Howl, and 📖 Chamber of Secrets. Drarry fanfic has taken over my life though. Sorry, not sorry! 😍

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5mo
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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Making progress on my #bookspinbingo. #currentlyreading Maya and the Rising Dark 📖 , Howl 📱 , & Firekeeper‘s Daughter 🎧.

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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This is such an original, creative, immersive world! Darcie Little Badger‘s writing is delicious; I can‘t wait to read more! I 💙 Kirby.

Lucy_Anywhere I read this last month - an unexpected delight! 5mo
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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Finally got around to making the pretty version of my #bookspinbingo board. #bookspin title this month is Outbound Flight; tagged book I‘m currently 70% through the audio of and I love it! Bribing myself to finish a couple by splitting them into halves or thirds. 😂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 5mo
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I'm the Girl | Courtney Summers
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I just finished the book and my heart is pounding. I always prepare to be destroyed by Courtney Summers, but I‘m somehow always surprised at how completely she does it. This was amazing and captivating and so hard to read at times because Georgia is right, this kind of world is everywhere. Thanks, Courtney, for another broken heart, and thanks, Edelweiss, for the advanced copy.

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Fascinating, fast read on the search for, discovery, and emptying of Tutankhamun‘s tomb. The curse was of less interest to me, but an interesting addition. I was forced to ask myself many questions surrounding the morality of disturbing someone‘s burial place, but it was also really wild to learn about what all was in there! ⛏

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I'm the Girl | Courtney Summers
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We‘re in the middle of a winter storm with crazy winds, an inch of snow an hour, and it‘s cold AF, but I don‘t even care because COURTNEY SUMMERS! 🙌😍

Thank you, Edelweiss!

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Adorable, even with heavy topics dealt with wonderfully throughout! 💙

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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I haven‘t fallen like this for a book in a while! I switched repeatedly between print book, ebook, and audiobook so I didn‘t have to stop reading no matter what else I was doing. I did not see where this was going, and I love that I was surprised! Mostly, I am gleeful at learning how maternal ancestors are incorporated in this magical world. I will be obsessively checking for an arc of book two until I find it or it‘s published. ⚔️

Bkwrm7 I just finished this one yesterday and loved it too! I feel like I should have seen the last twist coming, but sure didn't. I'm also eagerly awaiting book 2. :) 7mo
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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Finally figured out how to make a pretty #BookSpinBingo board on Canva. 🙌 Started listening to tagged book this morning. You know it‘s a #chunkster when 45 minutes of listening gets you 4% through the book. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

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War and Millie McGonigle | Karen Cushman
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Finishing the tagged book earned me my first ever #BookSpinBingo - this is for sure the most I‘ve ever read in a month (excepting graphic novels or fanfic).
Currently reading: Me (Moth) 📖 and The Brave 📖
Next up: Maya & the Rising Dark 📖, Legendborn 🎧, and Firekeeper‘s Daughter📱