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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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Mehso-so

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 2d
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#BlueBooks make for some of the prettiest covers.

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

Erofan 😍 1w
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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! 2w
Amor4Libros I finished “When they see us” last night 😭😭😭 2w
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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 😁 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great image and review! ✔️👊🏻📚 2w
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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! 2w
Victoriahoperose ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
GripLitGrl 😍😍😍 2w
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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! 2w
Karisa @TheBookStacker I'm liking it so far too. Cool world that feels so original and fresh. 😊 2w
Clwojick 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 2w
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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 😉 2w
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. 2w
Cinfhen Now I‘m really pumped xx thanks 2w
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Susannah I‘ve never seen #pagecountphobia, but I know I have it, @Cinfhen, and will be using it again. 😉 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Ha!! @Susannah it‘s REAL!!! And I‘m a long term sufferer 😂 2w
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) 2w
Cinfhen There‘s something really appealing about a 265 page book @BarbaraTheBibliophage 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I agree 💯— done in a day or two max! 2w
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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! 2w
mabell Ha! Nice!! 2w
Kaye Great job ! 2w
BiblioLitten That‘s great! 2w
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

📘 Night Tiger, Priory of the Orange Tree

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

📗 Discovery of Witches

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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 😀 2w
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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! 2w
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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. 😕 3w
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! 😬😂 3w
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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! 3w
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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! 3w
suzisteffen I would watch SEVERAL Ms. Marvel movies, several times! 3w
ProfReader Absolutely!!!!! 3w
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#ListyDown #DownPhoto @Litsy

Can you tell I work at a middle school? 😂

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#30JuneBooks @howjessreads#Shelves

My favorite bookshelf. Disclaimer: I do not organize my books at all, many are just in random piles around the house, and the majority of my books are on my Kindle. 😘

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Art + Feminism... Heck ya! I immediately saw this Twitter thread and thought of my Litten friend @TheBookHippie.

If this is your kind of humor too, here's a link to it: https://twitter.com/nicsigni/status/1125786676016685056?s=19

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Hiya, @HowJessReads!

Loving both of my #CurrentRead novels! I had to take a break from Night Tiger to not get ahead for our #BOTMbuddyread chat tomorrow, so I switched over to The Priory of the Orange Tree. One is set in the past and the other in a fantasy realm; both are wonderful and have strong female characters.
#30JuneBooks

BooknerdsLife Ah! Both books are on my TBR this month too 😍🤗 Happy reading 🙌🏼📚💖 3w
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Mindships, alternate futures, deep space travel, and a whole new spin on Sherlock Holmes are featured here. Aliette de Bodard's writing manages to be expansive, beautiful, and compact. Not a word is wasted in her novella The Tea Master and The Detective (which recently won a Nebula) yet a whole universe is captured.

Karisa It led me searching online for more. I was not disappointed. The Waiting Stars, a short story, is outstanding as well. Check it out free here: http://aliettedebodard.com/short-stories/the-waiting-stars/ 1mo
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Specimen Days: A Novel | Michael Cunningham
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So these characters keep coming back through different times and places. Sometimes they are factory workers, sometimes androids.

But it all works beautifully with Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I loved this book! 1mo
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Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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? Books just find me. I'm a book ?!

? Nope, I'm the driver ("mom's taxi service")

? Working/mothering

? Dark chocolate, coffee or tea ??☕

Hiya, @Guin33 @Chab256 ?

Thanks, @Eggs ! Ready for #WondrousWednesday

Itchyfeetreader 😂😂😂 at the book magnet 1mo
Eggs All your responses sound like me 💗👏🏻🥰🌸 1mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Absolutely devoured this new one by Angie Thomas!

It's set on the same neighborhood as THUG (The Hate U Give) but this character and Star are very different. On the Come Up focuses on Bri, an aspiring rapper with amazing talent, who is balancing her dreams with staying true to herself. This book has so much heart! 💗💗💗

#Booked2019 #Musician

Cinfhen Oooooops, almost missed this post. Great job 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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Dial "M" for Murder | Frederick Knott
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📔 Dial M for Murder (but never read it)

🎬 Phonebooth (but never saw it)

🎵 Call Me! (Now Blondie will be stuck in my head all week!) 😂

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho ❤️☎️❤️ 1mo
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The Little Library | Kim Fielding
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One of the high school seniors at our school took this on as her senior project recently. She installed two little libraries, and they are always packed (partially thanks to our librarians clearing out some items from their shelves). Every student who wants one has access to free books. So thankful for our vibrant, book loving school community!

BooknerdsLife That‘s so lovely 😊 1mo
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Though there were some great quotes like the one above, I found myself not fully invested in this book's characters. Ultimately it is about a middle aged professional who finds herself questioning her life after a close friend's sudden death. It felt more like a therapy session than a novel at times. Still, I was able to finish it. So not all bad.

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Ironheart | Eve L. Ewing
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Eve L. Ewing's powerful writing shines through in Ironheart comics. Also had references to Star Trek, alliterations being awesome, and poetry of Maya Angelou. Be still my heart!

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Ironheart | Eve L. Ewing
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💗💗 Hurray for #FreeComicBookDay! 💗💗

(Okay, maybe not so completely free when one can't resist buying other comics. . . 😂)

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Happy #MaytheFourthBeWithYou/#Caturday from my two furry book buddies, Han Solo and Chewbacca! The vet's office sure loves this duo's names when we bring them in! 😸😻

#StarWarsDay

JohannaRose Aww! I love their names! 😻😻 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
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Mueller Report | Department Of Justice
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#Booked2019 (Spring #SocialMedia Focus)

We waited a looooong time for this. Ultimately, it confirmed what many knew about the slimy underbelly of our social media's role in the U.S. 2016 election (and beyond) and other creepy U.S./Russia connections/deceptions. Unfortunately, not many clear conclusions drawn yet. *sigh*

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft Great pick for this prompt! And at the same time, I hate that this is the current state of affairs. 😬 This would also work well for the #politicalintrigue prompt. 2mo
Karisa @4thhouseontheleft So true! It reads like ideas draft for a political thriller of corruption. 😥 2mo
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This sweet Cinderella plot unexpectedly charmed me!

Bought this on sale for my cat/Manga/all things Japan-loving daughter, but she never tried it. 🤷‍♀️ Thought maybe my classroom library? However, I continued reading it even after I figured out it wasn't right for middleschool (14+ would work well). It's a fun, YA that made me feel like I'd taken my own mini dream trip to Tokyo. 😻

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I soooooo love it when authors see a tweet about their book on Twitter and take the time to respond! It's like celebrity sighting! 🤩 Somehow my fam just doesn't understand. So I thought I'd share with my fellow Littens. 😂

Thanks, @hermyknee, for this great book recommendation! I've been listening to it on Audible too. Memoirs go especially well with audiobooks, I think. 💗

JSW I‘m really enjoying this book right now. Also I live for these author moments!!! 😍🙌🏼 2mo
JennyM She responded to a comment of mine on twitter too. So lovely of her to take the time to connect. 😊 (edited) 2mo
DGRachel Those types of author moments absolutely light up my day! 2mo
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🌹are red,
🦋 are blue,
Sure hope to win,
Though Spring's almost through!

Oooh, cool book loot! Count me in for your #SpringHasSprungGiveaway, @Kayla.Adriena! 😀👍

Kayla.Adriena I like your poem! Thanks for entering!! 2mo
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#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

📕 Buffy the Vampire Slayer @BarbaraTheBibliophage

📘 Travel! Tokoyo trip...Visit Paris again... (need more days in the Louvre) @Melissa_J

📗 Litsy and other bookish friends @emtobiasz

📙 Crazy Rich Asians series @youneverarrived

📓 What book world would you happily live in for a year (or more)?

Addison_Reads Great question. I think of my recent reads, I'd pick Children of Blood and Bone. I want to see all the animals described in that book up close. 💚 2mo
Meaw_catlady Harry Potter world but only if I‘m a wizard not a muggle 2mo
AsYouWish Harry Potter 2mo
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paulfrankspencer The Great Divorce, preferably in heaven... 2mo
Karisa @Addison_Reads That is a cool world. Maybe just for a visit though. 😊 2mo
Karisa @Meaw_catlady @AsYouWish First thing that came to my mind too! Universal Studios is the closest I've come to feeling a little in it (besides reading the books, of course). 💗 2mo
Karisa @paulfrankspencer Not familiar with that one. I'll have to check it out. 🤗 2mo
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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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#Booked2019 - Spring - Food on the Cover
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

So many issues in parenting are unclear. Life comes at us in shades of gray more often than not. Yes, the novel features a character struggling with gender identity from a young age. However, this book is at its heart about a loving family doing their best. It is also filled with a quirky cast of characters which I just really crave sometimes. 💗

Cinfhen This was a great bookclub book!! Lots to discuss!! 2mo
Karisa @Cinfhen Agreed! I read it on my own but can see the potential. 2mo
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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#wondrouswednesday @eggs

📕 Yes, every couple of years or so.

📗 Lighter reads to break up the heavier stuff helps (graphic novels or Sarah Addison Allen books, for example). It's ok to take a break. Reading should stay fun. 😊 One light read favorite: Garden Spells.

📘 I love when fantasy and realism bleed into each other. Ex: Carry On (Rainbow Rowell) and American Gods [Neil Gaiman).

📕 🤗 @the_book_hoarder @JulieSouo @conceptDawg

wanderinglynn I love Sarah Addison Allens‘s books. 💚👍🏻 2mo
BooknerdsLife Oh I love Carry On & Good Omens too 😻 Perfect example!! 🙌🏼😄💓 2mo
Eggs I too enjoy Sarah Addison Allen books! 2mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Wow... Betting this thriller will be a movie soon.

It's one of those unputdownable books full of dark twists. The characters keep you rooting for them, and the intensity keeps you waiting for the next shoe to drop. Great read!

AmyG That‘s whatI thought, too. It would sure be an action packed one. 2mo
Andrew65 Definitely! 2mo
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A loveable librarian mom takes a well-deserved break with her kids' full support! This fun, fast read was just what I needed for a mind break this Spring Break! (It would make terrific Summer read too.)

#momspringa

Plus, it was free from Amazon First Reads.

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I'm about half way through this fun, light read and loving it.

Think Bridget Jones if she were a single, middle aged librarian mom given a couple of months kid free in New York. So much fun (and free on Amazon April First reads right now)!

AND. . . There's a Litsy shout out! 💗

julesG Woohoo! 2mo
TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 2mo
MelissaSue81 How cool!! I have this book on my kindle. Maybe I‘ll start it today. 2mo
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Soubhiville Wow! 2mo
C.Perone That's so cool!! 2mo
Redwritinghood Very cool! But can we agree that 30 books is not a huge tbr shelf? 😂😂 2mo
Karisa @Redwritinghood Agreed! Maybe the truth would not sound possible to regular readers! 🤣 2mo
JulieSouo That‘s why I‘m here. Never heard of Litsy before. I‘m a big fan of GoodReads 2mo
Karisa Welcome to Litsy, @JulieSouo ! I just heard about it on Twitter in December from an author I follow. It's awesome! All books all the time, but a bit more interactive than Goodreads (or at least how I was using it). 🤗 2mo
JulieSouo Is there a way to sync my lists from good reads? 2mo
Karisa @JulieSouo Not that I know of but that would be an awesome feature. 😊 2mo
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A nice Sunday afternoon for me at our local comic book store/coffee shop. 💗

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

📘 Currently reading No Exit (so freakin' good)

📙 Lord of the Rings

📓 Goodreads 💯%

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Dear Book Club (#BOTMbuddyread),

This month's read, No Exit, is going to be very hard to not devour in one sitting! Can't wait to discuss on Sunday!

Must know what happens next. . . 😱

JaclynW Exactly! Maybe we should vote to finish it by next week. 😆😆😆 3mo
Karisa @JaclynW 🤣 I would actually be up for that! So suspenseful! 3mo
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Something about this book reminds me of T.S. Elliot. It's both melancholy and strong. Both impossible yet feels like it could be real. Beautifully written.

Set in an idyllic small town in the woods, things soon become scary as people simply don't wake up. Who will be next and what are they dreaming?

#Booked2019 (Night-Oriented Title).

Cinfhen Great review!! Fabulous choice 💕loved this book, too!!! 3mo
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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I feel this way too often! Enjoying this odd and beautifully written #Booked2019 read so far. Grabbed it to cover the category "Night-Oriented Title."

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I loved this book!!! Nice choice🙌🏻💕 3mo
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