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JackOBotts

JackOBotts

Joined August 2016

“If you think reading is boring, you‘re doing it wrong.”
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The Book of Polly: A Novel by Kathy Hepinstall
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The Intuitionist: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
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The Book of Polly: A Novel | Kathy Hepinstall
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Starting my May #Roll100 today…I‘m digging the cute lil 🐿 squirrel on the cover of my edition (a gift from the wonderful @BekahPat 💜).

PuddleJumper The squirrel is super cute! 2d
JenReadsAlot Oh I adored that book! 2d
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I‘m so glad this was a #LMPBC selection for #GroupE. Masood weaves just two tales of two very different Muslim/Muslim-American experiences. Anvar was hilarious, definitely laugh out loud moments, but also gave good attention to parent-child dynamics…he provided the levity at times to Safwa‘s trying experience.

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My kids got to see their first play today…Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at the State Theatre (in New Brunswick, NJ). It was lovely to experience the play with them; we love the book and both movies…my husband and I are partial to the Gene Wilder adaptation. 🍫🍫🍫

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Both movie versions creep me out. 6d
JackOBotts @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hear ya! The Tim Burton (Johnny Depp) slowly grew on me, but still second yo the original. A special mind melt is the book‘s sequel: Charles & the Great Glass Elevator…such a trip. 6d
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book left me with a smile. Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Ron, & Joyce are a delightful crime-solving crew. #doublespin for May

Pogue I loved this book. 6d
JackOBotts @Pogue I look forward to reading the others…💜💜 6d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6d
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Murders in the Rue Morgue | Edgar Allen Poe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ My first @SerialReader in too long. I like the small bites format. It always takes me some time to adjust to Poe‘s language/style; I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfold to its unexpected conclusion.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Up next…my Book Club/Double Spin selection. 🤗

Julsmarshall I loved this soooo much! 2w
JackOBotts @Julsmarshall I‘ve heard such good things…I‘m looking forward to diving in! I‘m so clad my Book Club went for my rec, too! 🤗 2w
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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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This was a delight…makes sense that this library copy is so well-loved and worn. I first met The Mysterious Benedict Society through the Disney+ series, and am delighted to have finally met the source material! My TBR is overwhelming, but I hope to hang out with them again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1) | Octavia E. Butler
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I learned this morning that a beloved professor from my college days passed away this week. Diane Nelson was a Cultural Anthropology professor with such passion and vitality. I remember my class with her (Cyborgs) fondly, where course materials included the tagged book, Dawn. Rest easy, Diane. 💙💙💙

https://culturalanthropology.duke.edu/news/memoriam-diane-nelson-1963-2022?fbcli...

Chrissyreadit ❤️ 3w
Bookwomble 💗 2w
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Mother May I: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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It‘s gonna be May…and I cannot help myself (N*SYNC 4 Life! 😆) - Here is my #Bookspin for May. For the record, I have not made any progress on April‘s reads, but we‘ll figure it out.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ - A kid-friendly biography of Abe Lincoln.

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My April #tbr is way off track, but when your son (7) recommends his library book to you, you jump right in.

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Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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I mean…wow…what an emotional experience. I don‘t have the right words to articulate my feelings.
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Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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My library hold came through, so we‘re bumping this to the top of my reading list.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an okay read. It moved quickly and kept me curious, but I had some issues with some plot points (or lack there of). Grief is hard…and so different from one person to the next. I think Silver did a good job taking Lydia through her devastating grief with honesty. #lmpbc Group E

sprainedbrain My sentiments, much better expressed. 😉 1mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - Lydia Bird is making her way to you…should arrive by Monday, 5/2! 4w
kellyann28 Thank you! 4w
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Harriet the Spy | Louise Fitzhugh
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I think this is the first time I‘ve “panned” a book…⭐️⭐️ - This did not age well for me. Picked up on a nostalgic whim from the library, I‘m thankful my kiddo wasn‘t interested in reading this when I first recommended it.

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2.5 ⭐️ for my March #doublespin…this was cute, some Love, Actually vibes. I felt there were a few too many characters to keep track of. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Now that Aprils there | DAISY NEUMANN
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My April #TBR is coming together. On top is my #roll100 pick, bottom two are my #bookspin and #doublespin picks…middle two were recent picks from the library (we‘ll see if I can make those happen…Middle Grade selections). Also my #LMPBC read…this is a bit ambitious, but we‘ll see. First I need to finish my March #doublespin! 😉

keys_on_fire Is that the entire paper girls series in one book? 2mo
JackOBotts @rubyslippersreads - yes! 💜 I‘m not sure my son is ready to read it, but I got a wave of nostalgia and couldn‘t resist! 2mo
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JackOBotts @keys_on_fire it is! I picked it up at a comic book shop in Hudson, NY. 2mo
keys_on_fire That‘s awesome!! I will have to keep my eye open for that! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society!! 2mo
JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks - we watched one episode of the Netflix(?) series, and I thought this would be a fun read. I‘ll keep you posted! 😉 2mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Finishing my March #bookspin before calling it a night. This got off to a slow start for me, but picked up speed about 1/3 of the way in. I enjoyed how Elvis‘s & Maite‘s storylines flowed. 3.5 ⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Laughterhp Oh that‘s good to know. I started this one yesterday and wasn‘t sure if I was going to continue. 2mo
JackOBotts @Laughterhp - definitely give yourself some extra time to warm up to it. I hope you enjoy. 2mo
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Now that Aprils there | DAISY NEUMANN
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April #Bookspin & #Doublespin list…April?!

I gotta get cracking on my MARCH spin selections!!! Too much basketball, not enough books! #MarchMadness2022 🏀 📚🏀📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘ll take it. Happy Weekend, everyone!
#CoffeeandBooks

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a wonderful read. So many of her essays resonated with me. There is a special blend of humor and reflection, vulnerability and honesty. I‘m so glad to have finally read this for my #Roll100 pick.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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I‘m looking forward to this #Roll100 pick (#5) for March! This book was shared with me by my dear pen pal, @BekahPat and came highly recommended. It‘s a long overdue read, so I‘m excited to jump in! (And I‘ll be sure to get it back to you after holding it hostage for 3 years!!! I‘m so sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️)

JackOBotts @BekahPat - LOL and I‘m so confused…I may have your copy…or I may have sent it back and picked up my own copy?! What is going on with me?! 😆😉HELP! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
PuddleJumper Awesome! 2mo
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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This Breaking Bad quote hits for this #LMPBC selection. This was borderline my so-so/pick, and I bumped it up to “pick” given its resolution. It‘s a novel about family, relationships, and understanding (others and ourselves).

I‘ll be putting this in the mail to you soon, @kellyann28 👍🏼

kellyann28 Sounds good, thank you! 2mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - the book went out with today‘s mail; should arrive by 4/1! 🌈 2mo
kellyann28 Thanks! Can't wait! 🎉 2mo
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Finished this in about 36 hours…with pleeeeeenty of time before my book club meets at the end of the month! I enjoyed the formatting with Pip‘s research notes and files interspersed in the narrative. 3.5 ⭐️

Also, I just love it when libraries tell you how much you saved by using their services! 💰

EvieBee I love that library feature, too! 2mo
SassyPants617 I just finished the 3rd book in this trilogy! This one definitely got me hooked. I also love the library feature! 2mo
JackOBotts @SassyPants617 - I‘m hooked, as well. BUT I‘m making myself wait until after my book club meets before diving into the others. I know I‘ll somehow mix up plots! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😆 2mo
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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1. Chemistry & A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder
2. Waiting on my Maus hold to come in
3. A Good Girl‘s Guide… & an “I Survived” book for my son (about the American Revolution)
#WeekendReads

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The people you love weren‘t calculated, subtracted, or held at arm‘s length across a decimal point.

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If February were just a few days longer my #DoubleSpin would have happened in the selected month! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3.5 ⭐️ I enjoyed this dive into E.O. Heinrich‘s legacy and contributions to criminal investigations. Amazing to think about the way this man‘s mind worked & the legacy of his efforts. I like Dawson‘s writing style, and look forward to reading her next publication (research from Season 1 of her podcast “Tenfold More Wicked”).

EvieBee I really enjoyed this one, too! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
JackOBotts @EvieBee -yes! I was lucky to have both her books picked in this year‘s book spins(!)…now I have to wait patiently for #3 to hit stores… 😳 3mo
EvieBee I didn‘t realize she has one coming out in October! Just preordered. (edited) 3mo
JackOBotts @EvieBee 🙌🏼 - do you listen to her podcast? She‘s such a great storyteller. I‘ve enjoyed her 1st two seasons very much and def. recommend! 3mo
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My March #bookspin & #doublespin list!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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Happily moving on to my #doublespin pick for February.

EvieBee I really liked this one! 3mo
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Not a love connection on this #BlindDate from my library…and there was so much promise, as the genre is 100% in my wheelhouse! Too many secondary/tertiary characters that cluttered my reading experience…and too many typos and odd editorial issues…one character‘s name was spelled wrong mere lines from another (correct) instance. All the same, this author has talent, has published other titles. I just won‘t be reading them. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2.5⭐️

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Paper Girls | Cliff Chiang, Brian K Vaughan
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A responsible #bookhaul from a weekend getaway. Not pictured are a few more comics, but I‘m very excited to have the complete Paper Girls, which I‘ve seen such good things about here. Kindred was on my #NYWD21 list, and my hubs picked up The Memory Police, which I‘m also interested in reading.

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Starting my Blind Date with a Book pick from my local library…it would only be right. Will there be “No chemistry” or will it be “True Love!”?!

Slajaunie Let us know how it goes! 3mo
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Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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#LMPBC #GroupE here are 6 throwbacks on my #BOTM back list … let me know if you have any preferences.

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kellyann28 I haven't read any! My top choice would be Sing, Unburied, Sing 3mo
Catsandbooks Chemistry. Startup. Sing, unburied, sing. Or The summer wives. Would be my choices (edited) 3mo
sprainedbrain I‘ve read Startup and Sing Unburied Sing. I‘m happy with any of the others. 3mo
JackOBotts I think it‘s Chemistry for the win, @sprainedbrain @Catsandbooks @kellyann28 🤗! I‘ll claim green ink, unless it‘s already spoken for! 💚🖊📚 Looking forward to this round. 💚 3mo
kellyann28 Sounds good! ❤ 3mo
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3.5 ⭐️ - McWhorter‘s linguistic journey through the nine nasty words was rich in information and history, complete with touches of humor and context that helped this lay person keep up. (Bonus: he completed his undergrad at Rutgers! R-U-Rah-Rah)
February #bookspin

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The Spotty Dog Books & Ale | Hudson, NY (Bookstore)
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Books and beer on a beautiful Saturday in Hudson, NY. This would be a “go-to” hangout if I were a local. 🍺📚🍺📚

AmyG I‘ve been there. A lovely place. (edited) 3mo
Nikki_E I‘ve been there! One of a preCOVID prekids spontaneous road trip with my husband. 3mo
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#LMPBC #GroupE (Round 14!!) - so excited to be paired with @Catsandbooks @kellyann28 & @sprainedbrain as we tackle the #BOTM backlog!
I‘ll be checking my shelves on Sunday and sharing recommendations soon! Happy Friday, all. 📚💜

kellyann28 Woo hooo!! I'm so glad we have a group for this. I'll post (some of) my options soon. 3mo
sprainedbrain Very excited to be reading with the three of you! I will get some choices together soon as well for you. @JackOBotts @Catsandbooks @kellyann28 ❤️ (edited) 3mo
Catsandbooks Yay! I have a huge backlog so there's lots of options! 3mo
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Babe Ruth‘s parents had a rocky marriage.
#firstlinefridays

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The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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This wasn‘t a good “book fit” for me, but I‘m glad to have read it for my February #roll100 …now I can move it off my bookshelf! 2.5⭐️

PuddleJumper Freed up some space! 3mo
JackOBotts @PuddleJumper 100%! Already shared it with a fellow bookworm at my office! 3mo
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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would have finished this #NYWD22 selection from @MeganAnn in one sitting easily (but, you know…life). I would love to see what happens after the story ends. And I‘m definitely interested in exploring more of Gailey‘s novels. They‘re a voice we need more of! 💜

rabbitprincess I got this from the Tor ebook club and it looks good! Glad you liked it 😄 3mo
MeganAnn Yes to all of this! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I also loved Magic for Liars, but haven‘t gotten to her other works yet. 3mo
monalyisha I also loved Magic for Liars! 3mo
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The library was a short distance from my house, so I didn‘t have to wait to learn more about my blind date!

JackOBotts Also picked up a #NYWD22 selection from @MeganAnn 3mo
MeganAnn Fun! I look forward to seeing your thoughts on Upright Women Wanted. 3mo
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Metuchen Public Library | Metuchen, NJ (Library)
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My public library‘s “Friend of…” is doing a blind date with a book…for a mere $2 donation. We‘ll reveal this title once I‘m home. 💜

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The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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My February #Roll100 is up next! Another from the #BOTM backlog (April 2018, I think).

PuddleJumper Wahoo! 4mo
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Ronnie Spector lived one hell of a life. She chased her dreams, saw those dreams come true, and fought her way through the hell of Phil Spector. Her voice shines through this memoir; it‘s like a good friend telling you their journey.

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. There are so many…📚
2. Nope!
3. Be My Baby, by Ronnie Spector 💜

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #3 sounds great! 4mo
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This jumped onto my TBR after it was mentioned on #MyFavoriteMurder (a recent listen but an old episode)…so sad that we lost Ronnie in January 2022. My first exposure to The Ronettes was the opening credits of Dirty Dancing, with which 5-year-old me was *obsessed* (though clearly so much nuance of the plot flew right over my head). 💜 Rest easy, Ronnie. 💜

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2.5⭐️ - this was a quick read, but just not my cup of tea. I liked seeing how the stories overlapped with one another, but didn‘t feel overly invested. #doublespin for January - now I can delete it from my Kindle. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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February | Ellen Jackson
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February?! #bookspin & #doublespin list. Let‘s do this! 🤘🏼

TheAromaofBooks I'm also in disbelief LOL Good luck!!! 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate Winkler Dawson is a good story teller, and I enjoy this style of narrative non-fiction. She weaves together two threads from the same point in London history: the Great Smog of 1952 (responsible for the death of 12,000 citizens) and that of serial killer John Reginald “Reg” Christie (responsible for the death of - at least - 8 women).
My #bookspin for January 2022

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“It did seem ridiculous to many. Another committee?”

I get this vibe at work, too. A committee for the committee… 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra Ugh, yes. Then committees have to make up tasks to justify their existence. 4mo
JackOBotts @Tamra absolutely…anytime the suggestion for a committee comes up… 😳 4mo
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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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#WeekendReads

💙 Death in the Air
💙💙 Ban This Book and Becoming
💙💙💙 Wednesday is Indigo Blue