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JeannieReads

Joined July 2016

Librarian. 📚 Book Junkie. 📓 Story Peddler. Never trust someone who didn't bring a book.
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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"Trees fall with spectacular crashes. But planting is silent and growth is invisible."

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I can order #poetry like you can order Big Macs. I asked for something tree inspired to go with my current read. https://instagram.com/gios_typos?igshid=19x7v2hpa8gcw

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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"Humankind is deeply ill. The species won't last long. It was an aberrant experiment. Soon the world will be returned to the healthy intelligences, the collective ones. Colonies and hives." #pulitzerprize #ecolit #ecofiction

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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"What else is there to say, to a bear? 'Apologize! I tell him, people very stupid. They forget everything-- where they come from, where they go. I say: Don't worry. Human being leaving this world, very soon. Then the bear get top bunk to himself again.'" #ecolit #ecofiction #pulitzerprize

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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"That's the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere. Feeding and curing and sheltering more kinds of creatures than people know how to count. A chorus of living wood sings [...] If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we'd drown you in meaning."

readingjedi I loved this book 🌲🌳🌲🌳 1mo
kathedron Wonderful book, this. ❤ 1mo
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Overstory | Richard Powers
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@lkurgs Just finished Calypso this morning and look what came in the mail today!! Time to tear into this beauty. I love the cover so much that I want to frame it. #ecolit #ecofiction #pulitzerprize #ecology #greenreads

lkurgs I am currently reading Furious Hours and will read The Overstory next! I agree, the cover is beautiful. Can‘t wait to discuss! 1mo
WanderingBookaneer I loved this one. It has a slow build up and feels like a short story collection until the stories start coming together. 1mo
JeannieReads @WanderingBookaneer I'm glad to hear that you loved it because I'm expecting greatness 😉. I've been wanting to read it forever, but was waiting for it to come out in paperback! 1mo
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Enjoying some spicy #humor with this thai-mex panang mole in the perfect Florida weather while getting stoked to see David Sedaris on Wednesday! I love pairing a good belly laugh with a tasty dish.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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"I'm often misunderstood at my supermarket in Sussex, not because of my accent but because I tend to deviate from the script. Cashier: Hello, how are you this evening? Me: Has your house ever been burgled? Cashier: What? Me: Your house--has anyone ever broken into it and stolen things?"

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This was such a masterpiece. Holy cow. Everyone should read this. Thanks for the loan, @lkurgs ! #readwomen

lkurgs I am so happy that you loved it! It‘s one of my favorites, for sure! 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Well, I guess I need therapy now. Thanks, Tommy Orange. I feel like my heart has been ripped to shreds and fed to raccoons. #booktrauma #diversebooks #nativeamericanlit

JeannieReads Read “The State“ (excerpt from There There) in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/26/the-state 1mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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"If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don't know, the more innocent you can stay, which is good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger. Look no further than your last name. Follow it back and you might find your line paved with gold, or beset with traps."

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Although I got kind of impatient with the rambling narration, this touching novel about #grief, #loss, and the human-#animal bond had me hooked from beginning to end. It even jerked a few tears out of me. What I didn't appreciate is that it's full of random and disturbing facts that I didn't need to know and that don't seem to contribute to the story in any meaningful way. Even so, I loved the story and would recommend it. #dogs #nationalbookaward

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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"Most adults claim not to believe in magic, but Klara knows better. Why else would anyone play at permanence—
fall in love, have children, buy a house—in the face of all evidence there‘s no such thing? The trick is not to convert them. The trick is to get them to admit it." I was pretty slow to get into this book, but I have to admit that it really won me over. It's also full of great quotes.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I just realized that all of my library books from last week have #plants on the cover. My plant obsession is spilling over into my book obsession. 🌿🌵🌱

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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My perfect Saturday: a gorgeous day outside with delicious food from Golden Dinosaur Vegan Deli and a thought provoking novel about the nature of sentience and intelligence. This mind-bending sci-fi book is unlike anything I've ever read, and is giving me so much to think about. I'm a quarter of the way through and keep pausing to jot down my thoughts. I can't wait to discuss with book club! #scifi #ecolit #sciencefiction #ecology #greenreads

lkurgs I have one more book to finish and then I‘ll read this one. Looking forward to it! 4mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Whooooa. These #shortstories pack a punch. Dark. Bitter. Powerful. I'm having to take a moment of silence between each story to process and recover. Highly recommend. #readblack #blackauthors #diversebooks

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Started listening to this audiobook for my faculty book club. I hate the voice narration, so I'll definitely be switching to a print copy.

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The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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I picked this treasure up at a used book store. It's a bit slow moving, but powerful. I couldn't put it down. A fascinating #dystopian novel about authoritarianism and the manipulation of information and a must-read for fans of 1984, Station Eleven, and The Handmaid's Tale. #readwomen #egyptianauthors #africanauthors #diversebooks #middleeast #dystopia

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I am in love with Ken Liu's beautiful writing style. I have been forcing everyone to read the short story, "The Paper Menagerie," guaranteed to make you weep. #immigration #chineseauthors #shortstories #fantasy #scifi #diversebooks

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This book has left me breathless. Truly a masterpiece, though it definitely would not be appreciated by everyone. It's a book that needs the right reader, as it might seem downright weird to some. The novel tackles trauma, powerlessness, mental illness, gender nonconformity, body/mind disconnect, and multiple personality disorder through the lens of Igbo spirituality, myth, and folklore. Brilliant. #Nigerianauthors #readwomen #diversebooks

Suet624 You‘re so right- this book won‘t be appreciated by some. But wow. What a book. 11mo
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I normally don't post cookbooks on here, but this one is special. Whether you are #vegan or not, this is the best cookbook ever. If you have any doubts, check out Lauren Toyota's "Hot for Food" YouTube Channel and you too will be rushing out to get this. There isn't a bad recipe in here! Great for feeding your carnivorous friends amazing vegan food they won't be able to resist. #cookbooks #recipes #food #plantbased #cooking

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Eating Animals | Jonathan Safran Foer
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So cute I could just eat her up. #catsoflitsy

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Kitchen (Original) | Banana Yoshimoto
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I am officially obsessed with Banana Yoshimoto. This book was soooo good! It's one of those books that was sitting on my bookshelf forever, and I only just got around to reading it. It really touched my heart in a personal, profound way. #grief #loss #readwomen #japaneseauthors #bananamania #diversebooks

emilyhaldi Amazing!!! I just picked this up for $.50 at a book sale the other day knowing nothing about it. But I saw that it was a Japanese best seller and was intrigued! So happy to see a good review 👍🏻 12mo
JeannieReads @emilyhaldi I think you're going to love it! 12mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Just finished this intriguing #scifi novel that takes place in a (post-earth) space ship traveling in search of a "Promised Land." The ship is organized much like the antebellum South and governed by a cruel and ruthless sovereign. Recommended for fans of Octavia Butler, or anyone interested in examining perspectives on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity. #readblack #blackauthors #civilrights #slavery #genderstudies #civilwar

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Reading this #middlegrade collection of #fairytales tonight. The writing is pretty juvenile...I think my middle school students will be rolling their eyes, but I find myself laughing out loud and enjoying the fresh take on the fairy tale. #librarian #childrenslit #shortstories

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A very sweet stray cat has set up permanent camp on my doorstep. Anyone in the Tampa Bay area looking to adopt? His name is Oscar, after the character in the book, because he has so much love to give and just wants to be loved, but he can't catch a break. 😂 #catsoflitsy #tuxedocat

Mr.Okada Aww 2y
JeannieReads @Mr.Okada I can't adopt him because Maggie hates him. 2y
Mr.Okada @JeannieReads Oh really? lol was kind of hoping his charming white whiskars would melt her heart but no then.. Maggie! 2y
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JeannieReads @Mr.Okada He is sweet and charming to me, but actually really mean to her and attacks her. 😞 She won't even go outside anymore because he's always there. I'm trying to find him a home so I can be done with the kitty dramas. 2y
Mr.Okada @JeannieReads thats sad to hear though. :( 2y
JeannieReads @Mr.Okada Want a cat? You can take him back to Sweden with you! Lol 2y
Mr.Okada @JeannieReads Haha.. :) 2y
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Starting this one today.

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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This might be the most #unputdownable #science book that I have ever read. I am so fascinated! And horrified and disgusted. I bought it today and can't stop reading. #nonfiction #sciencejournalism #anthropology #neuroscience #nature #yuck #gross

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American Street | Ibi Zoboi
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Sooo good! Picked this up after attending a great author talk at a school #librarian conference. Teens and adults alike will appreciate this gritty #immigrant #ya novel with excellent dialogue and writing, complex characters, and spiritual-- indeed magical-- elements. Like Jason Reynolds' All American Boys, this is a book for building empathy and understanding. #Haitian #voodoo #teens #teenlibrarian #realistic #immigration #culture #diversebooks

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Wow. This book was beyond incredible. I have no words. Just read it. A flight carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashes in the Andes. Survivors of the crash struggle for their lives in the most brutal conditions imaginable with no hope for rescue. Recommended even if you don't normally go for nonfiction. (I usually don't). This book is thrilling, fast paced, and completely #unputdownable. #survival #nonfiction #memoir

BarbaraBB I know the story and what happens 😵. Seems like an intense read! 2y
JeannieReads So intense! I think I even had nightmares about it while reading. 2y
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Enjoying the first day that feels like Florida Fall by having lunch outside with a book. I'm on a #survival books kick. #nonfiction #memoir

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After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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After the hurricane, reading After the Quake for book club. My favorite story was Honey Pie, the last one in the book. The characters somehow seemed to have more dimension than the characters in the rest of his stories. #murakamicultmember #shortstories

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Hunkering down with my kitty and a book, trying not to think about Irma barreling toward us!

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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Just started this one.

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The Dovekeepers: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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Jerusalem, circa 70 C.E. The writing was beautiful, the characters very well developed. The Dovekeepers is a story told from the perspective of four different women. I really enjoyed it, but also found myself really wanting the plot to move along. I found it tiring that the same events were retold again and again from different perspectives. I look forward to reading more from Alice Hoffman. #historicalfiction #readwomen #bookssetinthemiddleeast

Jabberwocky This sounds really cool! 2y
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"Through reading, we can witness all that is noble, beautiful, or horrifying about other human beings. [...] Reading is a communal act that connects you to other readers, comrades who have traveled to the same remarkable places that you have and been changed by them too." #education #librarian #teaching #reading

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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I read this in a single day. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it. It's so artfully written, making you feel a steady drip, drip, drip of dread as you read. It's dark and tense and powerful, but in the most subtle of ways. I think I may need a mindless romcom or something to lighten the mood... possibly even therapy. I'll probably pick up a middle grade or young adult novel next to cleanse my palette. #manbookerprize #bookerprize

emilyhaldi Lol to therapy 😂 2y
JeannieReads @emilyhaldi There needs to be a support group for people who've been traumatized by their books! 2y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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That feeling when your library holds come in. 😍 #bookerprize #manbookerprize

RaimeyGallant Agreed:) 2y
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Noggin | John Corey Whaley
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16-year-old Travis is dying. Cancer has spread throughout his entire body, so doctors manage to remove his head, cryogenically freeze it, and eventually attach it to the healthy body of another boy who has died of a brain tumor. Travis wakes up 5 years later, as if from a nap, while the entire world has moved on without him. It is a story of loss, second chances, regret, and letting go. #ya #youngadult #teens #speculative #realistic #librarian

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Unwind | Neal Shusterman
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This is probably the best #youngadult novel I have read in a long time. Set in a #dystopian future, after a civil war has been fought over reproductive rights. It's frightening, #disturbing, #suspenseful, and fast-paced. Great for getting reluctant readers hooked on a book. #speculative #ya #teens #librarian #horror

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The Testing | Joelle Charbonneau
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I could not put down this action packed and suspenseful #dystopian #youngadult novel set in the future United Commonwealth (formerly the United States). Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games series, as it's quite similar. #adventure #survival #middlegrade #ya #librarian #suspense #action #teens

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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This was kind of like a #supernatural Sherlock Holmes type of mystery for #middlegrade to #youngadult readers. It was just okay for me... I really expected it to be better, given its popularity. #ya #mystery #librarian #teens

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Ugh. I tried, but I forgot how much I hate Tom Robbins books. Bail.

npbookgirl 😂I was on such a Tom Robbins kick a long time ago! Thanks for the reminder! 2y
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"How did humans manage to cross this critical threshold, eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds of millions? The secret was probably the appearance of fiction. Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths." #history #anthropology #humans