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JenaJenkins

JenaJenkins

Joined June 2017

Find me on GoodReads - same name :)
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally made it to the top of the holds list! #grishaverse #leighbardugo

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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Wow! Loved this. (Several students told me I would.) The character Melody comes across as very real - never precious or perfect. Her story was inspirational without being cheesy. This would be a good one for fans of Wonder.

#middlegrade #outofmymind #sharondraper

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Audiobooks save the day! My 7th grade daughter was getting anxious and cranky on the way to her lacrosse practice today. So I turned on my current audiobook to distract us. Fortunately we tuned in just as the kids magically fall into their story book. Turned our frowns right upside down!

And I can already see why this series is so popular in my school. Chris Colfer has many talents!

#bookwin #landofstories #middlegrade #chriscolfer

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Watch Hollow | Gregory Funaro
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Pretty good middle grade novel with nice narration. The creepy old mansion and spooky woods atmosphere was a lot of fun. I also enjoyed the clock mystery mixed with a dash of alchemy. The ending churns up a bunch of new variables which felt kind of forced as a way to leave room for sequels. Still it‘s a fun read for kids who like creepy, but not too scary.

#watchhollow #gregoryfunaro #spookywoods #shadowwoods #clockmystery #middlegrade

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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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Based on the overall concept of Neal Shusterman‘s future society structure — all-knowing repository of human knowledge given full authority to govern the entire globe — you‘d expect to detest such an entity. And yet I kind of love the Thunderhead‘s cleverness, and I am rooting for this dystopia (utopia?) to succeed.

#dystopia #thunderhead #scythe

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Surface Tension | Mike Mullin
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Happy un-birthday to me!

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I‘m always stunned by how different my reading habits are over the summer. I have no focus whatsoever! I expect to read more... but it turns out the opposite. But I am excited to dig into this and get my groove back!

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Paper and Fire | Rachel Caine
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I‘m finally getting into book 2 in The Great Library series! My reading time has been very sporadic so far this summer, and I‘m finding that these books require some focus, so it‘s been slow going. I‘m glad to be spending time in this world when I can!

#TheGreatLibrary #TheGreatLibraryChapteraDay

@MinDea @GarthRanzz

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As I‘m nearing the end of A Closed and Common Orbit - I‘m thrilled to see that Becky Chambers has another book coming in July! Thanks for recommending these, @VanChocStrawberry !

#wayfarers

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I love finding random little things like this in a library book. It‘s like a tiny connection with someone else who held this book before me.

#readreadread #catchingup #TheGreatLibraryChapterADay

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This made me laugh out loud today!

#harrypotterforever

CoffeeNBooks 🤣🤣🤣 That's great! 2y
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Nooooo! When your library loan runs out before the end of the book. 😭😱 If this were a physical book, I‘d rack up a day or two of fines to power through it - but the audio file just returns itself whether I like it or not. Back on hold, I go.

Traci1 Oh no! I hate when that happens. 2y
GarthRanzz If you have a Kindle they‘re having a sale on it today for $2.99. 2y
JenaJenkins @GarthRanzz Awesome! 😎 2y
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VanChocStrawberry It‘s 2.99 on kindle today!! 2y
VanChocStrawberry I was so excited to tell you I didn‘t read the rest of the messages. 2y
JenaJenkins Thanks for looking out for me! @VanChocStrawberry 2y
VanChocStrawberry @JenaJenkins I bought the second one too. 2y
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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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This week has zipped by! Time to dive into this toady. TGIF!
#litsybuddyread

Jess7 🤗🤗 2y
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Excitement level: Maximum!!! So excited for this duology about one of my favorite characters in Leigh Bardugo‘s Grishaverse!

#grishaverse #nikolaiduology

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. Last few pages of Beartown
2. Our town is getting a Portillos restaurant soon very close to my house. Yum!
3. I‘m intrigued, but not this time.
4. Why didn‘t the seagull fly over the bay? Because then it would be a bagel.

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Bklover 4. 😂😂 2y
LitsyBuddyRead Final discussion post is up. 2y
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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1. The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Thirteenth Tale, several of L‘Engle‘s books

2. Pizza and movie theater popcorn

3. Orphan Black, Outlander, Nurse Jackie

4. @GarthRanzz @VanChocStrawberry

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All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
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Happy birthday to me!!! So excited to explore the *awesome* Owl Crate box today. It couldn‘t be more perfectly to my reading taste lately. Love!!! (I won‘t show the contents yet in case someone out there hasn‘t opened yet.)

#owlcrate #ocshadows

Kaye Happy 🎂 🎁 birthday 😊 2y
VanChocStrawberry Thanks for my birthday gift, @JenaJenkins! I‘m going to post here using Owlcrate‘s insta prompts. ;) 2y
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1. 1-3 almost always used/thrifted
2. No new book. I‘m an avid library-goer, so I think I could cope
3. Gulf Shores, Alabama ☀️
4. I bought a mug, which is kind of my new standard souvenir. I used to obsessively buy those tilty pens with some little image that floats back and forth. You know the ones? They‘re hard to find anymore.
5. 🙌🏻
@jesshowbooks #friyayintro

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1. I‘m doing the Beartown buddy read. (So good!)
2. I like my name, and I almost like how it is spelled... but that‘s the part I would change slightly to make it easier for other people to get right.
3. I‘ve had Imagine Dragon‘s “Thunder” stuck in my brain lately.
@GarthRanzz #TrivialThursday

GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Jena! 2y
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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1. Don‘t let the green grass and blue sky fool you. It‘s cold outside in Indiana today.
2. WWII fiction
3. Our trips usually center around visiting family, but I would love a lazy beach vacation!
4. Beige with green shutters
5. The Thirteenth Tale - so bookish and also deeply weird. Love it!
#humpdaypost @MinDea

blithebuoyant I‘m reading The Thirteeth Tale right now for #freakyfriday ❤️ I love it! I‘ve never read gothic suspense before but I‘m totally digging it 2y
JenaJenkins @blithebuoyant Awesome! 👏 2y
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The Young Elites | Marie Lu
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Mehso-so

This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. I liked the world that Lu created, and I will never get tired of stories about a band of characters oppressed because of their secret powers.

Buuutt... I just never really connected with any particular character. I felt like I didn‘t know who to root for. I also found the changing perspectives was not very effective for this story. (The narration was not my fave either, unfortunately.)

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I‘m trying to stick with this, but I need someone to tell me that it gets better. I love Rebecca and many other gothic novels, so why am I not connecting with it? Does it switch from the neighbor‘s point of view to a flashback soon, I hope? So far, it‘s not what I expected.
#strugglebus

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1. Oldest
2. I‘ve wished for fewer siblings sometimes, but only when they are annoying me, lol.
3. 5
4. The Weasley kids, the Boxcar children
5. Well I know @VanChocStrawberry is a match!

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

VanChocStrawberry Woot! Yay! 2y
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Half price day at the library sale! I haven‘t made it to one of these for a long time. @VanChocStrawberry we found a lot of good stuff!

VanChocStrawberry We did! I‘m so excited to look through my books again later. Miriam was super excited about the tagged book, so I‘m glad I got it!! 2y
JenaJenkins @VanChocStrawberry Oh I‘m so glad! 2y
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Finished at last! I started this about a year ago and then misplaced my stitching bag until just recently. I love it!

#crossstitch #litsycrafts #harrypotter

Chellebearss That‘s great! 2y
Caroline2 Wow that‘s brilliant!! 😍 2y
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The Young Elites | Marie Lu
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I decided that I just couldn‘t wait until the end of the month for my next Audible credit. So I scoured Libby for something I could borrow and listen to immediately — score! So far, so good.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Still enjoying this book very much & I‘m almost at the discussion checkpoint for this week. Yay!

#litsybuddyread

LitsyBuddyRead Week 3 Discussion (through chapter 38, page 301 is now up). The final #litsybuddyread discussion for this book will be posted Sunday, April 29th. 2y
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What a fun book! I could get picky about the pacing and a few plot points... but basically I was having so much fun with this on audio that I don‘t even mind.

As this pic of my husband‘s Joust game from our living room shows, we are exactly the right audience for all of the 80s nostalgia. (Hubby read it years ago.)

I‘m looking forward to the movie, but I‘ve heard that Joust is not in it??? Say it isn‘t so! 😮

VanChocStrawberry It‘s really LOOSELY based on the book. Wish I‘d read that before I saw it. 2y
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I waited until the last minute to try to read this before seeing the movie in the theater! The audiobook has totally sucked me in. It‘s a fun adventure, and I just might finish it quickly after all. 🤗

Seekingtardis Wil Wheaton is the best!! Love him as a person and narrator!! (edited) 2y
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Journey to Appleville | Veronica Appleton
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1. Apple
2. A Nook that I never use. But I do read on my phone some.
3. Facebook, Audible & silly games
4. Desktop & phone
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Flags in my book for each of the discussion checkpoints. 👍
#litsybuddyread

Miss_Kim I did that too! Then I read the first week‘s chapters. It‘s really good! 2y
JenaJenkins @Miss_Kim Yes I am really liking it so far! 2y
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Oh happy #easterbasketbookswap day! Thank you so much, @OriginalCyn620 for the exciting books and sweet surprises! This whole experience has been so much fun!! Thanks for hosting, @JoeStalksBeck ! 🌷🐰📚

OriginalCyn620 Yay! I hope you enjoy everything! 🙂🐇🐣 2y
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Greenglass House | Kate Milford
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🌸Greenglass House - a middle grade Christmastime mystery that I really enjoyed.
🌸Yes! Family brunch today, church and Easter baskets tomorrow.
🌸Usually live plants.
🌸 You know, I often enjoy them - but I rarely pick them up to read. 🤔

#weekendchat @CSeydel

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Jump in and read with us! I am already enjoying my first #litsybuddyread. I just hope I can keep up!

Thanks, @Jess7 !

Jess7 🤗🤗 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Diving into Beartown even though I‘m also reading several other things. Which is beyond all reason for a slow reader like me, but here goes!

My first #litsybuddyread!

JenaJenkins Oh blast, I misspelled the author‘s name. Sorry, Fredrik. 2y
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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Totally enjoying this series all over again reading with my tween daughter. #HungerGames #RaisingReaders

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Loving Caraval! This has been the perfect vacation read. ☀️🦀🐳

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Poolside reading on Spring Break! ❤️☀️❤️☀️

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📖 I remember loving The Borrowers when my mother read it to me.
👖 I learned the word “khaki” from reading NancyDrew. I used to pronounce it “ka-ha-ki” in my head.
⏰ I‘ll read anytime.
☕️ I‘m generally an indoor girl, but I‘d love to get outside more.

#weekendchat @CSeydel

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Hmm. I‘m pretty skeptical of “diet books” but this looks interesting. I like the mindfulness angle. #healthychoices

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I had quite the exciting line-up of holds to pick up from the library today! #holdsapalooza

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1. “The Girl from Ipanema” My daughter was humming it for some reason.
2. So far it‘s really great!
3. The Fiery Cross from the Outlander series (1,440 pages)
4. @VanChocStrawberry

#TrivialThursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Another one for Gabaldon. 😊 She may beat King for longest read yet. Thanks for participating! 2y
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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1. When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
2. 374
3. Motionless
4. Prim
5. Black
6. YA Dystopian
7. One / has
8. Black
9. SC
10. No
11. 2008
12. None
13. No (although I have read it a couple of times before)
14. Hmm, there is no #14?
15. Yes! I also *love* her Gregor series
#thebookinyourhands

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@OriginalCyn620 Hey, I mailed a box out to you today, too! Hoppy Easter!

OriginalCyn620 Yay! It‘s too funny that we mailed our boxes on the same day! 😂 2y
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1. Apocalyptic (because my stress usually pales by comparison)
2. Camp Counselor
3. Photographer & substitute teacher
4. Novelist
5. Coffee ☕️

#manicmonday @JoScho

GarthRanzz Great genre choice! 2y
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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So many demons. (You get a demon, you get a demon, everybody gets a demon!) Lyra runs away from London because dust. Do not trust the golden monkey. Maybe the witches will help her. Or gypsies? The big scary bear should be the king, but first he needs to ride in a hot air balloon. Watch out for gobblers.

#explainabookplotbadly

😜In honor of the news I just read today about a new BBC mini series for His Dark Materials with Lin Manuel-Miranda! ❤️

RaimeyGallant Brilliant 2y
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This book was completely lovely. Not lovely in a small and boring way, but lovely in a neatly constructed, enchanting, and warm kind of way.

The title character is a broken-hearted bookstore owner who loves literary fiction, and short stories most of all. The story of A.J.‘s life as he figures out how to accept the love of friends, new family, and even new books had me completely under its spell.

SilversReviews Love the READ sign. 2y
VanChocStrawberry Love love love this book! 2y
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My sixth grader and I got a kick out of this mention of The Amber Spyglass in the book we‘re reading together. We just finished The Golden Compass, so this was a very timely reference.

Also I‘ve gotta love a sassy middle school character who is also well-read.

#middlegrade #kidlit #readaloud

Alfoster Love sassy well-read kids!!😍😍👏👏 2y
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Coffee Cake | Michaela Grey
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1. Print
2. Kitchen table with a cup of coffee
3. Cheeze-its
4. Multiple... but I always have one that is my main focus
5. Generally daytime - but I love it when a book is so good that I want to stay up late reading

#readingfavourites @thereadingowlvina