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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Teen librarian, reader, cat lady, mom *Litsy user since Spring ‘16*
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The The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
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And here‘s the note he sent to my boys - I am so excited to show them!

squirrelbrain That‘s so thoughtful! ❤️ 11h
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I finished reading Cosmic to my 6th grade book club today and the LOVED it! It was definitely their favorite this year. I tweeted a picture of them, tagged the author, and he responded right away. They are going to be so excited!

#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

akckitty Awesome! 13h
LeahBergen Aww! 😍😍 13h
rabbitprincess That's awesome! 10h
Chrissyreadit I love when authors respond ❤️👏 10h
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Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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I led discussion for our public library‘s Books ‘n Brews book club tonight and it went so, so well! A sorely needed bright spot in my week. A few members admitted that they were really hesitant to read a middle grade book but ended up loving it - it makes me so happy when people realize how good young peoples‘ Lit is these days! Our discussions were fantastic 😊😊😊

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Elementals: Ice Wolves | Amie Kaufman
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And cause I know you‘re all dying for a look at the spines... 😉
Here‘s my big #bookhaul take 2!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I got a big shipment of books in today, which always makes for a happy day 😊😊😊

I ordered these months ago (our business office is terribly slow) so I had completely forgotten about some of them- happy surprises!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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These Vicious Masks | Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
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Hiding in the back of the library with my book and iced coffee as its being used for testing all day. I think I‘ll finish this today or tomorrow and then pass it along. I‘m enjoying it! @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @Shadowfat #lmpbc

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May has been the month of doctor visits... first Nina got cleaning product in her eyes and we were going to specialists to make sure they weren‘t damaged (she‘s fine), then We found out Lane needs to have surgery to remove a small mass in his ear, and today I learned that my thyroid is barely functioning... guess that explains the exhaustion! 🤦‍♀️
Anyways, I started this at the doctors office today and it made me cry in the first 50 pages.

Tamra That‘s a lot going on! 2d
Soubhiville That does sound like a lot. Hugs 💕 2d
CouronneDhiver Oh dear... that‘s a lot on your shoulders. I hope you find some rest with your books and Litsy family 😘😘 2d
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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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I have this habit at work of setting books aside as they get returned so I can read them. Then they pile up for a couple weeks, I realize I don‘t have time to read any of them, and I eventually put them back on the shelf. Why can‘t I just read ALL the books?! 😭😭😭😭
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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Furthermore | Tahereh Mafi
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I‘m giving this a Pick because I think I would have loved it at a kid. It was really quirky and fun, but a little too much so for adult me. I‘m definitely going to be adding it to the list of books I push at school.
Despite the paper copy in the picture, this was 100% and #audiobook read for me and I liked the narrator. #audiocrochet

VanChocStrawberry Love that crochet pattern!! Beautiful. 5d
Allylu So glad someone else who does #audiocrochet! And the book matches so well! (edited) 5d
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Big brother is having a play date with my dad and this sweetheart fell asleep on our walk (mission accomplished!) so you can bet your ass I‘m taking advantage of the situation! Time to catch up on my Ilona Andrews and enjoy a cold beer

Nessavamusic Great book! 6d
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I was thoroughly charmed by this royal rom com and stayed up waaaaaay too late last night to finish it. Definitely regretting that, but I couldn‘t put it down!

akckitty I've been wanting to read this one! Glad to hear you enjoyed it 😊 7d
Johanna414 @akckitty it was the cutest! 6d
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Mehso-so

I have really mixed feelings about this book... I really liked the main storyline, the author had some great ideas. But there was this whole story within a story that I felt was unnecessary- I wish the author had used those pages to develop the main plot a little more.

gradcat Good review! 1w
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Fence Vol. 2 | C S Pacat
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Loving this series so far - need Volume 3 to be released ASAP! I love that all the characters are LGBTQ and it‘s just no big thing. And the artwork is great (not just because the artist has my name 😍)

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These Vicious Masks | Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
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Annoyed with my husband for falling asleep on the couch while I put the kids to bed on literally his only night off this week. I keep trying to tell myself that it‘s extra reading time for me, but I‘m still annoyed. So I‘m going to sit here, eat candy, read, and pout.

Rachel.Rencher Toss skittles at him until he wakes up. He can't be mad because there will be candy waiting for him. 😜 1w
Johanna414 @Rachel.Rencher haha I like the way you think! Don‘t think it would work though- he‘s one of those weird people who falls asleep the minute he lays down and is pretty much dead to the world. 1w
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Well, if that‘s not the most relatable thing I‘ve ever read in a middle grade novel...

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Fence | C S Pacat
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The library director added this to my pile as she was checking out our books at the library the other day and I‘m so glad she did! I‘m just mad I didn‘t also grab Volume 2...

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I‘ve basically lost all self control when it comes to yarn shopping... good thing I started a new #audiobook today! #audiocrochet

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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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I absolutely loved this one! Iris was such a fun character and it was s beautiful story.

monalyisha I've got this one checked-out, too! Haven't started it, though. Encouraging to see you loved it! 2w
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Furthermore | Tahereh Mafi
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I‘m not sure about this one yet, but it is pretty...

ReadingRover It‘s a bit long winded at times but I enjoyed the audiobook for the most part. 2w
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Never Touch a Monster | Rosie Greening
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My heart is happy watching them read books in their pillow nest 😍😍😍 #raisingreaders

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2w
kellyann28 Love this! 2w
Crazeedi ❣❣❣ 2w
rretzler 💕 2w
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Mehso-so

While I did ultimately end up enjoying this, it took me a really long time to get into it. Maybe it just wasn‘t the right time for me to read this one...
I did like the audiobook narrator.

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This was a reread, but just as much fun as I remembered.

Emilymdxn Yay buffy! 2w
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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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Thing One is playing in the yard, Thing Two fell asleep on our walk... maybe I can sneak in a few pages?

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Sat in silence and crocheted while the little man fell asleep in the next room. He‘s finally out so I can turn on my book and #audiocrochet
I‘m finally making some progress on this blanket after having to rip the whole thing out once. I‘m a few inches further than this picture and loving the colors!

Allylu What pattern is that? It‘s very pretty. I also love to crochet while I listen to audiobooks! 2w
Johanna414 @Allylu it‘s called the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket, basically just a 12 point star. It‘s super easy and fun - I‘ll post a link to the pattern on Ravelry! 2w
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I had a less than stellar start to my work day, but then some 6th graders were passing out pie for teacher appreciation week. Things are looking up 😉
I am enjoying this book, but not totally loving it like I thought I would.

alexs.book.club That book was so creative! Loved it!!! 2w
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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur | Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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I was in a comic book mood at the library the other day and this made it home with me... it was adorable! Lunella telling of the Hulk was priceless.

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Chomp | Carl Hiaasen
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This was super fun! I really wish I had read it earlier on in the school year because my Lit Lunch book club would have looooooved it! It‘s top of the list for next year.

LibrarianRyan This is my fav Hiassen book. 2w
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Don‘t forget to download your two free audiobooks today!
www.audiobooksync.com

rretzler Thanks for the reminder! 2w
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Another night of #audiocrochet (I had to rip out my previous blanket after 13” because I had made a mistake early on... 🤦‍♀️)
I‘ve been wanting to read this book since it was published- it‘s pretty good so far!

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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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What to read next.... decisions, decisions...

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I adore this series! Mo and Dale are plucky and adorable and the writing makes me laugh. I look forward to the next book!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Someday my babies will both be teenagers and I‘ll be annoyed with them for wanting to sleep all day... but at this point in our lives, I‘ll continue to spend hours trying to get my “non-sleeper” to sleep. Then sit in my bed too burnt out to do anything enjoyable... I‘d like to pick up that kindle or even the crochet but I probably will just go to bed and do it all again tomorrow.
Happy Monday! 😬😬😬

Clare-Dragonfly I feel you. Solidarity. It won‘t go on forever! 3w
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These Vicious Masks | Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
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I forgot to post when this got delivered a few days ago... sorry! I‘ve for a few minutes before I have to pick up the kids so I‘m going to start it now. @Shadowfat @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

Johanna414 Also, @TheBookKeepers I finally got your book in the mail today 3w
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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I am so glad I picked this upon a whim the other day! I absolutely loved Bett and Avery as they learned to deal with the possibility of their families merging. The epistolary format was a lot of fun - it‘s been awhile since I‘ve read anything like that.

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Today was a long day of #audiocleaning - my husband and I started a top to bottom spring cleaning of our house. I listened to a fun middle grade mystery and he listened of boring political stuff 🤷‍♀️
Now that the kids are sleeping and he‘s at work, I get to reward myself with some #audiocrochet. I started another blanket, despite already being in the middle of three...

RealLifeReading The yarn cake has some great colors! 3w
Johanna414 @RealLifeReading I got a bunch of the Caron Cupcakes on clearance! (edited) 3w
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Starting this today while processing some new books. I loved the first in this series!

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Nina just reached out in her sleep, grabbed my kindle and pulled it in for a cuddle. Future reader? #raisingreaders

Tamra Yay! 💜 3w
Chrissyreadit So sweet. 3w
LibrarianRyan I‘m glad she‘s dong better. 3w
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan thanks! We saw a specialist yesterday just as a precaution and he gave her the ok - no abrasions or chemical burn. She just needs a few days of eye drops and antibiotic ointment 3w
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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While I didn‘t love this as much as the Cinder series, it was a fun listen with a great narrator. I finished it up last night with a little #audiocrochet - I‘m on a bit of a dishcloth kick this week.

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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Every single month, I think I have a really nice TBR set up. Then my Junior Library Guild box shows up... I want to read them all! To Night Owl from Dogfish is definitely going on the list - in fact, I might start it tonight.
#librarianproblems #schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

Sara_Planz Loved To Night Owl from Dogfish!!! 3w
LibrarianRyan Start it tonight. You‘ll finish it quickly 3w
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan ended up spending all evening in urgent care with the baby after her big brother sprayed a cleaning solution in her face... she‘s good, just some badly irritated eyes. But I think I‘ll still have time to start it once they‘re both asleep 3w
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 ohhhhhh nooooo. I‘m glad she is okay. Here is hoping for a peaceful evening. 3w
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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.
Seriously though, it made made my heart so happy 😍
#lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers @Shadowfat

kellyann28 Awww I'm glad you liked it! It's such a "feel good" read ? 3w
Johanna414 @kellyann28 I‘ve already recommended it to basically every coworker who has walked through the library today... whether they were looking for recs or not! 🤣 3w
kellyann28 @johanna414 ??? "Please read this, it is amazing." 3w
Johanna414 @kellyann28 Literally. 3w
TheBookKeepers Oh!!! So excited!!! 3w
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I‘ve been waiting all day to get home and get the kids to bed so I could lay in bed and watch Game of Thrones... apparently that‘s not going to happen. Stupid thunderstorm has the internet down...

I‘m a little late to the GoT party, but I‘m on season 5 and totally hooked. It‘s all I‘ve been able to think about this whole week!

kellyann28 Now is the time to start binging (when you actually can!) because you don't have to wait for multiple years in between all the seasons! 4w
Johanna414 @kellyann28 that‘s pretty much what I was thinking. I watch the 1st season with my husband years ago but stopped because I tend to lose interest if I have to wait too long for new episodes. I figure I‘ll be starting season 8 right about the time the show is ending 😊 4w
kellyann28 @johanna414 Perfect! It's been a labor of love to keep with it for all these years for sure. 4w
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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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This was fun, even if I did manage to guess the killer almost immediately. I was a little disappointed that it didn‘t totally live up to its hype.

In other news, I just spent an hour and a half laying in bed with a weepy, devastated toddler who left his blanket at Papa‘s house... it means I had time to finish this while I rubbed his back but probably won‘t be watching Game of Thrones like I had planned all day.

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Oh the possibilities of a new month...
I love deciding what to read each month, even though I usually end up reading a completely different set of books!

TheBookKeepers Right! I tried to make a yearly TBR this year and only stuck with the “plan” my first month 😂😂😂 4w
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I see a lot of #audiocrochet in my future... aka Michaels had some good clearance sales and I have no self control...

DGRachel I'm glad I didn't see this until today! 😱 4w
Johanna414 @DGRachel I‘m actually a little annoyed because two items were already cancelled from my order because they ran out of stock. Naturally it was the items I wanted most... 4w
DGRachel Oh, that would make me mad, too! 4w
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Working on a new blanket and working in getting caught up on Game of Thrones tonight. I‘m only on season 3...
#crochet

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Dropped the kids off at daycare and came straight to the coffee shop for a little personal time. I am LOVING this book - but haven‘t had a ton of time to read this month. Hoping to fly through it the next couple days. #lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers @Shadowfat

TheBookKeepers Yay! No need to rush on my behalf, I‘m behind too 😬 lol Enjoy! 1mo
BookFreakOut This is on my shelf, good to hear you're enjoying it! 1mo
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This is one of those books I would have read in a single sitting back in my pre-motherhood days... just pure, addictive fun. I saw a few of the twists coming, but there were still a couple surprises.

MelissaSue81 I liked her second book even better (this one was pretty predictable to me) 1mo
Johanna414 @MelissaSue81 I‘m definitely going to check it out! 1mo
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This was excellent. I learned a lot about South Africa and Apartheid- previously my knowledge was just the basics from high school global studies... my celebrity crush on Trevor Noah is intensifying.

ShyBookOwl 😍 1mo
Suet624 I love his mom. 1mo
xxjenadanxx I lost it during the 💩 part! 😂😂 1mo
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Settling in for an evening of #audiocrochet - hoping to finish up this book tonight or tomorrow morning. I really want to like this Bernat Blanket Yarn because the colors are pretty and it‘s quick, but I just don‘t... I need to finish this blanket quick so I can move on to something I like

ShyBookOwl I listened to this audiobook in a day and loved it! I find the bernard blanket yarn too tough to work with, but it feels so nice. It just doesn't pull through easily enough for me and my arthritis always flares up when I try to use it 😞 1mo
Johanna414 @ShyBookOwl that‘s pretty much exactly how I feel about it. My hands hurt after just a couple rows! 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Johanna414 good to know it's not just me! 1mo
rretzler I find the Bernat blanket yarn good for knitting. I‘ve been making blankets for my sons and now a couple of friends have requested them 1mo
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It‘s officially Spring Break! And with rain in the forecast literally all week, I‘m hoping for plenty of time to relax and read. The kids have run me ragged the last few weeks and I need some me time.

Top of my goals list is to finish these 2 book club titles - both of which I am totally loving! #lmpbc #booksnbrews

AmyG Enjoy! My daughter is a school counselor....and I just got the call with her yelling “spring break”! Good books! 1mo
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