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Karisa

Karisa

Joined December 2018

☮ ❤ 📚 ♾ * I am a teacher and mom who loves Scifi/Fantasy (but reads widely). Goodreads me at www.goodreads.com/KBibayoff
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book... 😬

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Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Too cute not to play this one (plus, I have work to put off)! 😜 #ManicMonday @JoScho

👻 Raven Boys
👻 Casper the Friendly Ghost
👻 Walking with a Ghost https://youtu.be/jtCGODjuRq0

JoScho Glad you joined in 💕👻 14h
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#Booked2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

I've been forgetting to add my tags for the #Booked2019 challenge! Here's what I've got for fall so far:

#19. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Evelyn is addicted to fame! 🎥)

#21. The Testaments (So freaking good!)

Question... Would the whistleblower's account work for #23/#24 possibly? 😬

#22. Wayward Son (Penelope is one of the POV characters.)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hah. That‘s a good question. I found a book with the account in Scribd, even though I downloaded the account I read from a Congressional site. I‘d say sure ... but I‘d be more inclined to call it political intrigue than public domain. What do you think co-hosts? 3w
Cinfhen I think it works for both categories 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

📚 Current Reads: Wayward Son (Rainbow Rowell) and a few others 😬

📚 The Testaments (Margaret Atwood is a goddess.)

📚 Reading Artemis Fowl with my son. 😊

Julsmarshall Me too! 3w
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Evelyn is reminiscent of Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor. She's larger than life and completely unrepentant of any sins it took to get to the top of Hollywood. A fun read that touches on fame, glamour, and confidence. We all need a little Evelyn in our lives sometimes!

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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Squee! Look what showed up on my Kindle! 💗💗💗 Going to be so tired tomorrow!

Jesstifies It's out!!?! YAS. 1mo
readordierachel 🎉🎉🎉 4w
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Sooo good! The perfect sequel. Maybe the only criticism is that it gives us fans pretty much everything we'd want. I'm not complaining! I loved it!

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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If Kafka had written about the modern, global refugee crisis, I imagine it would read something like Exit West. Not feel-good or tear-jerking, this book is thought-provoking and strange. What would happen if there were no borders and all could travel freely?

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Out of The Easy | Ruta Sepetys
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Look what was delivered today! Hip, hip, hooray! Thank you, @Crazeedi for all the fun goodies!

My son is sure the bookmark is for him and gives him permission to stay up past bedtime. 🤣 The book looks very juicy too! Can't wait to read it. I love the journal and pen too. So perfect!

#LitsyGiveaways #50KforCrazeedi

JulietBooks Nice! 2mo
Crazeedi Glad it got there! Enjoy, thanks for joining my giveaway! Tell you son he still has to listen to his mum!!😉❤ 2mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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I loved Eleanor Oliphant and really wanted to love Susan Green of this book too. However, her meanness and vanity made it hard for me to root for this character. It was more about rooting against the book's "villian" for me.

All in all, it mostly kept my attention to the end (found myself skimming some parts). If you loved Eleanor and Ove, give it a try.

Crazeedi Did you get your package yet? I emailed you when I sent 2mo
Karisa I haven't received it yet. 😬 2mo
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This novel is so juicy! I am loving this book so far. I don't know how I'm going to keep from not devouring it!

Can't wait for this Sunday's first #BOTMbuddyread discussion on Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! Love Evelyn 💚💚🙌🏻🙌🏻 Can‘t wait!! 2mo
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#BookwormProblem

14 week wait! Probably going to have to buy this one for September's #BOTMbuddyread 🤣 Thankfully, it looks worth it! 💗

Lovesbooks87 I LOVED this book. Still think about Evelyn and I read this book when it first came out! 💚💚💚 2mo
Crazeedi Great book! 2mo
Sargar114 So worth it! Looking forward to the discussion. 2mo
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Great libraries | Anthony Hobson
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Libraries rock! Makes me want to use the library even more!

Link to artucle: http://www.openculture.com/2019/08/public-library-receipt.html

(Posted by Book Riot on FB)

Ruthiella My library does that too! I love it! 💕 2mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

🕐 The Luminaries and Illuminae
🕑 Handmaid's Tale & American Gods
🕒 Scary-sized amounts of books
🕓 All Learning is Social and Emotional (Excellent!)
🕔 Tag! You're it. NoTagBacks!

Thanks, @Crazeedi for the tag. 😊

Crazeedi ❤😍 2mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌺🌺 2mo
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☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚

Gearing up for next month's #BOTMbuddyread! I took this month off and have missed the weekly book chats so much. Discussions are here on Litsy on Sundays at 11am PST. All are welcome. I'll bring the virtual cookies.

☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚 ☮ ❤ 📚

TheBookHippie I have the virtual coffee !!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

📕 Strange the Dreamer because Laini Taylor is a goddess
🦸🏽‍♀️ Pause time, please.
🦀 Cancer ☮❤😃
⚽️ Soccer, but not by choice *sigh*
💗 Tagging @kindergartenkat because I'm missing my Litsy doppelganger. 😊

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Wow! I can't believe we both picked Japan for inspiration! Such an amazing box with Japanese treats, books, tea, bookmarks, and a gorgeous cup. 😍 My son is trying to convince me to let him read the tagged book first and eat the Pocky sticks. 😂 @kindergartenkat #SITS #StaycationInTimeSwap #MyLitsyDoppelganger 😃😃

@Chrissyreadit Thanks again for hosting such a fun swap!

kindergartenkat You'll have to let me know about the tagged book when you read it. I just looked up Japanese fantasy and that one seemed cool and you could travel through all kinds of time! We even chose mugs almost the same color! 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🥰❤️🥰love it! 2mo
Karisa @kindergartenkat We were definitely on the same page! Both books look great! I was just telling my husband the same thing about the mugs. Love it! The bookmarks are so pretty too. So much fun, @ChrissyReadit! 2mo
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#50kcelebration#giveaway50k @Crazeedi

Wow! 50K is amazing, @Crazeedi!

My favorite childhood memories center around water (probably because summers reach the 100s frequently here)... Swimming and floating on rafts in grandma's pool, followed up by cool aloe vera slices pressed to sunburns cut straight off the plant. Also, camping by creeks and the ocean. Family, outdoors, and relaxation are the best summer memories for me.

Crazeedi 100's are rare where I live, can't imagine, youd have to have a pool or live near water! Great times, but sorry you had sunburns! 2mo
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@Chrissyreadit#StaycationInTimeSwap (#SITS)

My box came in today from @kindergartenkat! August 14th is going to be so much fun on Litsy!

Chrissyreadit ❤️👏🥰🎉🙌😍 3mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

🎶 There was a time when I listened to the Trainspotting soundtrack on repeat.

📱Too many to count. 😳

🍬 Candy Crush Friends (hey, it's summer--no judgment 🤣)

🕉 Meditation app and Litsy and Kindle

Eggs Meditation app...I‘m intrigued 3mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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#StaycationInTimeSwap#SITS @Chrissyreadit

Aaaand it's off! Feeling great about my first #LitsySwap. Hope you enjoy your books and goodies even half as much as I enjoyed putting it together this summer, @kindergartenkat! 🤗

Chrissyreadit 👏🙌🥰🎉🥰🙌👏 3mo
kindergartenkat @karisa Your package should be there tomorrow! 3mo
Karisa @kindergartenkat Hurray! It came in this morning. (Our handwriting is as similar as our names! 😱) 3mo
kindergartenkat I know! It's crazy! I think we've found our doppelganger. You know I'm also a vegetarian teacher 😂 3mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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☆☆☆1/2

Fast, fun thriller that keeps you wondering what's real. It had an interesting premise and lots of eerie scenes. Ideal summer read!

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Spooky but not too spooky. It's a ghost story with a fun twist and set mostly in Scotland. Characters from different backgrounds are included but book does not made a big deal of it. This one's going to be a nice addition to my middleschool classroom library.

#Middleschool#Booked2019
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen 👻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job! 3mo
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Not a typical summer read. . . I went into this book knowing next to nothing about this place (the island of Jeju, Korea) or its matriarchal culture. It's a fascinating place that is so different than any other. Themes of friendship, overcoming tragedy, and preserving culture in the face of modernity dominate in this well researched historical fiction. The story is sad and achingly beautiful.

BooknerdsLife Beautiful review! 🤗💖 I love the Japanese & Korean culture and cannot Wait to read this too! 3mo
Karisa @BooknerdsLife Hope you like it too. The author makes research notes and thanks her sources at the end. Seems like she really did her homework to keep it true to their culture. 3mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed these first two books in The Kiss Quotient series. The characters are lovable and quirky. Light, fast (and yes, steamy) reads--perfect for summer. I devoured them both over two days. 🤣

BooknerdsLife Awww I‘ve been debating if I should get this one or not since it‘s not my favourite genre but seen so many good reviews! I might give it a try 🙌🏼😅 Thank you for the great review 💜 4mo
Karisa @BooknerdsLife It was spicier than I expected (especially book 1) but I found the characters/dilemma compelling. Hope you like them too. 😊 4mo
Karisa @BooknerdsLife Oh, and hearing that it was written by someone who has personally experienced ASD made me want to read it more. Her author blurb also said it was inspired by her own journey. 4mo
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BooknerdsLife @Karisa Hahaa that‘s why I‘m curious about book 1 too 😂 I mean how “spicy” can it get? 🧐 As long as it‘s written well with a good enough plot I won‘t mind it ... 🤗 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Karisa Ah yes, I‘ve read that about the author too 😊 but didn‘t know the book was inspired by her own journey! Was it the first book or both? 🤔 3mo
Karisa @BooknerdsLife Sounds like the first book is based on herself. The second is kind of a companion book more than a true sequel. 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Karisa Awww that's interesting! Thanks! 🤗💖 3mo
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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Fantasy novel set in a world once ruled by six magical Mothers. Following a tragedy and defeat of the Mothers, their kingdom is left broken. It's up to a new generation of heroes centered around the fierce Zafira also known as The Hunter to make things right. Lots of pro-feminism messages woven into Faizal's world.

(Image: Author's Website)

#Booked2019#MuslimAuthor

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Loved it! Rich wordbuilding with dynamic characters who face off from diverse kingdoms. Monarchs, stereotype busting warriors, dragons, wyrms, battling theologies... there's a reason why this book is so epically big. Perfect for those that love Game of Thrones and the Grishaverse.

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#30JuneBooks @howjessreads
#DNF & #Library

I checked this one out via Libby from my local library and love it. Nonfiction tends to take me (much) longer to read. I like to digest the information in little bits and drive my loved ones crazy rehashing what I learn. 😂 Time ran out on this one. It's about genetics/heredity--the history, key figures, and interesting implications. I think I might need to buy it. 😉

BiblioLitten I have it on my TBR. It looks so interesting! 4mo
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Night Tiger combines magical realism, historical fiction, and mystery genres. I loved the 1930s Malaysia setting and the folklore (weretigers-- hello!). Plot needed tweaks but kept my interest.

Sharing and discussing this book with #BOTMbuddyread Littens made it all the better.😘

#N @howjessreads#30JuneBooks
#Booked2019#Genrebusting @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen So many mixed opinions ~ I‘m going to #BorrowNotBuy 4mo
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#BlueBooks make for some of the prettiest covers.

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

Erofan 😍 4mo
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Lure of Oblivion | Suzanne Wright
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#BookSource @howjessreads#30JuneBooks

My two favorite book sources:

📚 Libby because free is a beautiful thing

📚 Oblivion: Comics + coffee + toast 😍

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Dragons, battling kingdoms/religions, and lots of secrets. . .

If anyone is going through Game of Thrones withdrawls, this book is for you. Thank goodness for Xray on Kindle! Really helps keep characters straight as a vast world is being constructed. 🐲

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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When I first saw the u in the title of this book, I cringed. As a middleschool teacher, I'm constantly asking my students to spell out "you" on papers and in class discussion posts. However, this book was inescapable, and I knew I'd have to read it.

I'm so glad I did. Now I understand the relevance of the title's spelling and have a great appreciation for Angie Thomas' perspective.

@howjessreads#30JuneBooks#U

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Crybaby | Karen Beaumont
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Outlander, "When They See Us," sweet end of the year board notes from my class, "Pose," and a young AGT violinist... Just some of the things that have made me cry in the past week. This might be a problem, @howjessreads ?! Anyone else burst into tears this often?

#30JuneBooks#MadeYouCry

mabell The violinist made my cry too! 😭 So sweet! 4mo
Amor4Libros I finished “When they see us” last night 😭😭😭 4mo
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Blueprint for a Battlestar
Eastern Sun, Winter Moon
Sundown Towns
City of Ghosts
My Almost Flawless
Tokyo Dream Life

I think it works, kinda.🤣

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads#SpinePoetry

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Giant Days, Volume 2 | John Allison
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#Booked2019#GraphicNovel

Such a fun, fast read. Gotta love graphic novels for a quick change of pace. I love Giant Days' freespirited, girl power vibe. Perfect for Summer (or really any season).

@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen There‘s something really pleasing about this post!!! I‘m not a big fan of GN/ comics yet this appeals to me 😁 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great image and review! ✔️👊🏻📚 4mo
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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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A teacher friend posted this on Facebook. I think I need a print of it for my classroom. 💗

cobwebmoth Love it! 4mo
Victoriahoperose ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
GripLitGrl 😍😍😍 4mo
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#30JuneBooks @howjessreads#Summer

Being a teacher, mom, lifelong learner, and nerdy bookworm, summer for me means signing up the whole family for the library's public summer reading program. Today was the first day of Summer break, and we've already completed the main goal earning us each a free book. Hurray! 🎉

(Tagged is one of my many current reads. Summer = book gluttony for me. 😂)

TheBookStacker I loved the book you tagged! Took me a bit to finish as I didn‘t have a lot of time but it was sooooo good! 4mo
Karisa @TheBookStacker I'm liking it so far too. Cool world that feels so original and fresh. 😊 4mo
Clwojick 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 4mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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#Booked2019 ¤ 104F=Summer? ¤ #BooktoMovie

Stretching a wee bit, @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage & @4thhouseontheleft, and using the challenge as an excuse to finally start watching Outlander adaptation. ?

I've read the first three books and have heard glowing reviews of the adaptation being well cast. So much so that every time Jonathan Randall aka "Black Jack" comes on screen, I can hardly watch knowing what's ahead. ? #BookwormProblem ?

Cinfhen Ooohhhh, maybe I should watch adaptation since I‘m never going to read the series #PageCountPhobia 😉 4mo
Karisa @Cinfhen I hear ya! Definitely why I stopped after the third book. It was such a time commitment to start each one. 😂 Adaptation seems to be capturing the first book perfectly--not for the faint of heart. The author was heavily involved. 4mo
Cinfhen Now I‘m really pumped xx thanks 4mo
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Susannah I‘ve never seen #pagecountphobia, but I know I have it, @Cinfhen, and will be using it again. 😉 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Ha!! @Susannah it‘s REAL!!! And I‘m a long term sufferer 😂 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m okay with the stretch and I will add #pagecountexhaustion to @Cinfhen ‘s hashtag. Last month I read a couple of super long and intense books. Now I can‘t stomach anything over 300 pages. #needabreak 🤪 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen There‘s something really appealing about a 265 page book @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I agree 💯— done in a day or two max! 4mo
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Downsiders | Neal Shusterman
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☆ Litsy #DownPhoto

Just dying for one of those cute Listy mugs! 😜

Daisey Very creative! 4mo
mabell Ha! Nice!! 4mo
Kaye Great job ! 4mo
BiblioLitten That‘s great! 4mo
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

📘 Night Tiger, Priory of the Orange Tree

📓 Good Omens (just finished and it's amazing)

📗 Discovery of Witches

JaclynW We loved watching Good Omens too! 4mo
Karisa @JaclynW It's so good! 4mo
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Woo hoo, @Jerdencon! You are so close to 46K.🎉That's an amazing accomplisment and the timing is too cool not to celebrate! 👏 Happy early birthday! 🎂

#49BdayGiveaway

Jerdencon Thanks for joining 😀 4mo
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#OldFavorite @howjessreads#30JuneBooks

I devoured Choose Your Own Adventure books in elementary school and love that my own ten year old son has "discovered" them recently. His teacher even had the students try writing their own short stories in this style. Everything old becomes new again! ?

Soubhiville I loved these too! 4mo
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#AlphabetBookishQuiz

Thanks, @RealLifeReading ! Wow, the letter k is kinda hard! 😊

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

1. Great Expectations 💗
2. Black/white (that makes me sound like a prisoner🤔)
3. Good Omens 😈😇 | When They See Us 😥🤬
4. Time Lords ♥️♥️

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1. Tea Master and the Detective! Beautifully written scifi novella with a creative world.

2. Clockmaker's Daughter (but I loved dissecting it with my book club buddies)

3. 🦸🏾‍♀️ Next Ms. Marvel volume

4. 29 read out of 50 goal so far. 😊

Thanks, @laurenslibrary for the nice #ThursdaySurvey !

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Problems | Jade Sharma
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@howjessreads | #BookwormProblem

Floors are being redone this summer so all the bookcases in my classroom need emptying. 😱

Slajaunie Ours are waxed every summer so we have to pack up every year. 😕 5mo
Karisa @BookFrog Oh my! I can't imagine every year doing this. But then maybe I would have it more organized. I'm going to need to empty the desk I have used for 20 years too. Frightening days ahead! 😬😂 5mo
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B-I-N-G-O | Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand
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#BookwormBingo @EclecticReaders

😂 Only three left. Not too bad! Probably being too literal on one and should've marked it.

EclecticReaders Very nice! 5mo
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal | G. Willow Wilson
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#30JuneBooks#Underrated @howjessreads

Ms. Marvel is the best! She really deserves her own movie. 😊🦸🏽‍♀️

(Comic books are underrated as a genre too.)

ProfReader I agree! 5mo
suzisteffen I would watch SEVERAL Ms. Marvel movies, several times! 5mo
ProfReader Absolutely!!!!! 5mo
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#ListyDown #DownPhoto @Litsy

Can you tell I work at a middle school? 😂