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Kaylamburson

Kaylamburson

Joined May 2016

Reader, Writer, Thinker, Creator. Sales Manager at Workman Publishing.
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Started this book right on this beach and just finished it on my plane/train/subway ride home. I liked The Wedding Date a ton more as there were a lot more laugh-out-loud moments in that one, but this was still a cute and sexy romance. Powerful female characters is always great to see, too!

ephemeralwaltz 😍 great reading spot! 2d
Aswenson So jealous of that sunshine! Our whole weekend forecast is cloudy and rainy. 😕 2d
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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This beautiful view doesn't evoke the book's contents, unfortunately. It's a tough read filled with signs of abuse, drugs, alcohol, and violence--nothing too explicitly described. However, it's a fast-paced journey with a sad mystery. Well-written, & I enjoyed the podcast transcripts. I saw that you can listen to the actual podcasts on Macmillan's website, so I'll have to check that out. Definitely recommend if you can handle all the triggers.

Crazeedi What a gorgeous view!❤ 3d
Kaylamburson It's the balcony off our hotel room! 😍 @Crazeedi 3d
TheLibrarian Gorgeous view! 3d
Crazeedi @Kaylamburson lucky you!!😍 2d
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Yesterday marks my third #litsyversary!! I love you all so much, and I'm excited to see the ways in which @TimSpalding is growing this wonderful community.

BookwormAHN 🥂 3d
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Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 3d
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Kalalalatja Woohoo! 3d
julesG Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊 3d
TimSpalding @Kaylamburson Happy Litsyversary! 3d
Kaylamburson Thank you so much, and thanks for all you've been doing, @TimSpalding! 3d
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Another vacation reading spot! Wonderfully secluded in this hammock.

BookishTrish This looks heavenly 5d
Djspens Lovely view 😍 5d
Drocchio03 What a dream! 5d
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FantasyChick Jealous! 5d
silentrequiem I love hammock reading! 5d
Kaylamburson Thanks all!! It was such a good spot, and my first time hammock reading!! @BookishTrish @Djspens @Drocchio03 @FantasyChick @silentrequiem 4d
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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A mudslide, a book, and the beach!! This morning I ran on this beach and started listening to Where the Crawdads Sing on audio, too!

TheLudicReader First of all I‘m jealous of your reading location and secondly...Sadie! Soooo good. 6d
Kaylamburson Thanks!! I'm a little burnt now, but so worth it for the location 😂. I can't wait to get further into it as I've heard so many good things. @TheLudicReader 6d
Daisey This looks amazing! 5d
Kaylamburson I love reading on the beach! @Daisey 4d
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Killer by Nature | Jan Smith
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This is an Audible original, and as far as production value, it was the coolest, most immersive audiobook I've ever listened to. It's a great cast of voice actors, and it felt like watching a TV drama with sound effects like footsteps, heavy breathing, and even music.
However, I really struggled to get into the story as there was a lot of character jumping, and a couple things I just didn't understand.

5/5 for performance; 3/5 storyline

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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel | Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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I had no idea there was a graphic novel for To Kill a Mockingbird until I came across it in an indie bookstore, and I'm so glad I did! This format makes the book come alive even more. I hadn't read it completely since high school and partly in college, and it really holds up. There's a reason it's a classic, and I know this format will allow it to appeal to more audiences and a larger age range.

MrBook Nice review! 2w
GypsyKat That‘s awesome! 2w
kspenmoll We use this book in the high school for students who prefer/read with graphic novels. True the novel. 2w
Kaylamburson That's so great! I'm sure it gets those kids more excited about it and provides a clearer understanding. @kspenmoll 2w
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Down and Across | Arvin Ahmadi
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Cute coming-of-age YA novel. Scott is trying to figure out his own future without the influence of overbearing parents with specific expectations, so he rebels (if you can call refusing to give up on a different internship rebelling) down in DC, and meets new friends who help shape him. Diverse characters from all different backgrounds coming together. The book isn't mindblowing, but it's cute and enjoyable.

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Clue | Paul Allor
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This is my favorite art page in this book. So reminiscent of the game in the best way!

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Clue | Paul Allor
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This graphic novel has been on my TBR ever since I discovered its existence from a Litsy post--I wish I remembered whose. I haven't done many graphic novels, and this was my first for adults, but I loved it! So much fun seeing the characters from my favorite game come to life, but also get a makeover and have high-powered and diverse characters. Different plot than the movie, and there was a cheesy narrator who breaks the 4th wall, but it works.

Kaylamburson I scrolled far enough down on the book page to discover @MidnightBookGirl brought my attention to this gem. Thank you!! 2w
RealLifeReading Sounds fun! 2w
Kaylamburson So much fun!! I'm on a graphic novel kick now and just discovered TKaM and got Speak The Graphic Novel, too! @RealLifeReading 2w
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MidnightBookGirl Haha! I love that I recommended it, and I own it... still unread because I'm a hoarder! 2w
Kaylamburson Hahaha that's too funny!! It's a quick read! Only a few hours! 2w
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This is an amazing YA novel. I was hesitant going into a story that sounded so depressing, but a friend highly recommended it, and I'm so glad I dove in. Although there were moments I wanted to throw the book across the room as characters did horrific and unthinkable things, it was also so sweet and funny. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2019, and it just feels so real from page one through the end.

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 3w
akckitty I read this in one day!!! I absolutely enjoyed it and recommended it to all of my friends!!! Glad to see it was enjoyed by another litten :) 3w
Kaylamburson I would have loved to read it in one day! I was forced to stop to to go to work in the middle 😂. I rarely take lunch anymore and I just had to take it so I could finish the book uninterrupted! @akckitty 3w
Kaylamburson And the cover is so pretty! @RadicalReader 3w
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I really loved this one and read it every second I could. The first person narrative in the form of letters to Adam's therapist made him a real and vulnerable character. Walton's descriptions of Adam's schizophrenic hallucinations were vivid and vibrant, and although this was a serious subject, there were several laugh-out-loud moments. I also appreciated that the love interest, Maya, wasn't a caricature and was more than just "nerdy" or "pretty".

TheBookKeepers I‘ve been considering reading this with my book club. Do you think it‘d make a good book club pick? Or a better “read alone” type book? 3w
Kaylamburson Hmm good question. I think you'll have a lot to discuss regarding mental health & our system today, in addition to how those afflicted are viewed by society. There's a slight religious aspect (attends a Catholic school), but there might be some moments that could be viewed offensively by a strong catholic. At the end, I didn't feel a strong need to discuss it like I do with some books, but it'd be easy to have a full conversation. @TheBookKeepers 3w
TheBookKeepers Thanks, that‘s very helpful! 3w
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!! Just visited Roebling Point Bookstore in Covington, Kentucky, and it's so quaint! Lots of reading nooks, including in front of this cozy fireplace.

Karkar I drive by this bookstore all the time but always forgot about it when I am out shopping 3w
wanderinglynn How lovely! ❤️ 3w
Kaylamburson I am so glad I stopped by before heading to the airport. Really great Chai Tea Latte, too!! @Karkar @wanderinglynn 3w
Sharpeipup Love that display! 3w
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On a reading marathon this week! Now starting Words on Bathroom Walls which features a main character that struggles with schizophrenia, but is trying not to be defined by the mental illness.

suzie.reads I loved this! 😍 3w
Kaylamburson Oh good! I had never heard of it, but came across it when browsing aimlessly, and I was just talking to my roommate about schizophrenic characters. @suzie.reads 3w
Kaylamburson I just finished it and loved it, too! @suzie.reads 3w
suzie.reads Glad you enjoyed it 😊 3w
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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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I read this 400 page book in two days, and even though so much of it made me angry, disgusted, sad, and sick, I needed to know what happened. It did shed light on the opioid crisis and how easy it is for the right person to fall ill to addiction, even if they're a good person and never did drugs before in their lives. However, I struggled to sympathize with the character when it unsurprisingly got her into trouble.

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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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So exhausted after a day of walking the homeschooling show, that I'm making it an early night. Already in my pjs in this luxurious hotel room with an ice cream sundae and my library book.

RadicalReader Ice cream sundaes are always delicious I like mine with brownies and hot fudge so delicious 3w
Kaylamburson This one did have brownies and hot fudge!! First time eating at a Big Boy chain, and it was really good. Super friendly staff, too! @RadicalReader 3w
RadicalReader @Kaylamburson I‘ve heard Big Boy is good remember seeing it in the Austin Powers movies 3w
Bookwormjillk That sounds like heaven! 3w
Kaylamburson I didn't even realize it was still a chain! Delicious and heavenly. @RadicalReader @Bookwormjillk 3w
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I'm at a homeschooling conference in Cincinnati, and there are so many beautiful and wonderful books!! Love Julia Rothman!

MarriedtoMrT Welcome to Cincinnati! 3w
Kaylamburson Do you live here?? @MarriedtoMrT 3w
MarriedtoMrT @Kaylamburson Yes! (Well, the western suburbs.) 3w
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Kaylamburson Oh that's awesome! I wish we could have made a plan! I think I'm going to check out one of the local bookstores now, but done working for the day and just chilling the rest of the night. Flight home tomorrow. @MarriedtoMrT 3w
fleeting Aww the Food Anatomy looks awesome! 3w
Kaylamburson It's so pretty! @fleeting 3w
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Lucky Suit | Lauren Blakely
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Super cute and feel-good chick-lit! It's short enough to entertain in one sitting, but still feels like a complete story and ends perfectly tied in a bow.

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Finally!! I feel like I've been waiting so long for this number, but I've finally reached 50k Litfluence!! I love this community so much. Even when you take a break from it, it's always here waiting with all my favorite books, littens, and so much love and support. Here's to all of you for making this the best literary home! 🥂📖📚

AsYouWish Congrats!!!!📚🎉📖🎊 4w
mklong Such a sweet sentiment! Congratulations!!! 4w
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tournevis 🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃 4w
Jas16 🎉👏📚 4w
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Erofan Congratulations 🎉 4w
BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 4w
JoScho 🥳💙🥳💙🥳 4w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4w
Mollyanna Congrats 🎉🍾🎉 4w
TheSpineView Congrats! 4w
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations, Kayla! 😀🙌🎉 4w
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Atomic Marriage | Curtis Sittenfeld
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This was one of my two free Audible originals from January, and it was much better than I expected considering the reviews. Super quick story that's only about an hour (less for me since I always turn it up to at least 1.5 speed). Like many short stories, it didn't have a full feeling of a beginning, middle, and end, but entertaining and smart, like all of Sittenfeld's works.

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Lies | TM Logan
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This audiobook had me hooked from Chapter One. There aren't any POV switching or flashback gimmicks or a need to rely on a spooky setting--it's a straightforward story told from beginning to end and that made it all the stronger. I was thrown by the twist as I thought this may have been more of a thriller of "how" instead of "who" (and the truth seemed slightly out of character), but I was addicted the last two days! 4.5 Stars!

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All This I Will Give to You | Dolores Redondo
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Just added nine (FREE!) books to my Kindle TBR stack thanks to Amazon's promotion for World Book Dsy. Features nine books of various genres taking place in countries around the world that you can download and keep!

KathyWheeler Thanks! 4w
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Descent: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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It took me some time to get into this one on audio. It has a literary feel and there are character and timeline shifts that make it a bit confusing. However, it really picked up, and I especially appreciated how Johnston handled the end. It's much more than a book about a girl that goes missing-- the character development of the entire family is really well done.

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This is a book about the deepest connections, friendships, and rivalries. What is the ultimate prize of joining the corps de ballet worth?
A lot of trigger warnings in this one from eating disorders, drug use, abortion, and suicide.

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In the Neighborhood of True | Susan Kaplan Carlton
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This was a quick read with an enjoyable look at the debutante life of the 1950s. However, with that comes racism, segregation, and anti-semitism. You're never too young to make a difference and fight for justice, although it can be difficult when that will push you out of the "in" crowd. I wish the ending was stretched out a bit more as it wasn't given as much time as it deserved, but still a powerful read.

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I didn't find this book slow at all, even though many other readers did. I appreciated the beautiful prose and the descriptive gothic feel. However, I'm so confused. I am trying to piece it together, but it seems like there aren't any fan theories. The author doesn't have any interviews discussing the end (that I've found), and anything I think then has five reasons why it doesn't make sense. Any littens have thoughts on this one?

kellyann28 I really liked this one! 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Definitely sounds intriguing 1mo
Kaylamburson Do you have any insight about what happened @kellyann28 ? Haha 1mo
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Here's all the free books I got from #tla2019! Excited to read all of them, but Redwood Ponytail looks so cute and is told in verse!

cobwebmoth Nice! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, well done. Enjoy!📚😉 1mo
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Are any Litsy Librarians going to TLA next week?? I'm helping out in Workman Publishing's booth and with author signings for Nova Ren Suma and AK Small! I would love to meet any Littens if you're going to be there!

MrBook Wish I was! I‘ll see you at BEA 😁👍🏻👍🏻🤗! 1mo
Kaylamburson Yes, definitely at BEA!! @mrbook 1mo
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How to Raise a Reader | Pamela Paul, Maria Russo
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Happy #Recommendsday! I'm so excited for How to Raise a Reader to publish this fall. It has everything a book lover would want to know to make sure your kids will appreciate reading as much as you. I personally connect with Myth 2 because my parents tried so hard with Hooked on Phonics & I hated it & didn't start reading until 2nd grade. By middle school I was obsessed with books!
So many great recommendations in here and tips for infants-teens.

Shaneyney The picture is to small to read on my phone, do you have a link or something you could share? 1mo
MelissaSue81 Oh! I need this book. My kids are pretty eager readers, but there is always room for improvement. 1mo
emtobiasz Interesting! I‘m 100% in agreement with most of these, but I‘d love to read the full explanation of #1. 1mo
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Kaylamburson Myth 1: Reading aloud to children is the most important factor in making sure they grow up to be a real reader. 1mo
Kaylamburson Fact 1: Studies show that what correlates most with literacy is having lots of books in the house. Fill your shelves with temptation. 1mo
Kaylamburson Myth 2: Learning to read later than other children means my child will never be a good reader. Fact 2: Every child needs the freedom to learn at their own pace, and when you learn to read does not affect how well or how much you will eventually read. 1mo
Kaylamburson Myth 3: A child should always be reading something new in order to grow as a reader. Fact 3: Repetition is actually a good thing and rereading a favorite book has proven cognitive and emotional benefits for children of all ages. 1mo
Kaylamburson Myth 4: If my child reads only graphic novels or books with lots of pictures, this will hinder their reading skill. Fact 4: strongly visual books are important and enjoyable at all stages of development. Graphic novels are real books, too! 1mo
Kaylamburson Myth 5: As parents, it's our job to teach children how to read. Fact 5: Leave that job to your children's teachers--your job is to teach your child to LOVE reading! 1mo
Kaylamburson Hi @Shaneyney !! I don't have a link, but I just typed up the facts and myths in my comments above! 1mo
Kaylamburson @MelissaSue81 you're right, there's always room for improvement! The book is so accessible. Cute illustrations, too! 1mo
Kaylamburson Definitely! If I'm remembering correctly the gist was it's about how kids follow example, and it's one thing to read their books, but reading on your own and having a huge library shows that you enjoy it just as much. It opens them to explore the possibilities; there's more out there than just the picture books you read to them. @emtobiasz 1mo
Shaneyney @Kaylamburson thanks! I agree with all of them to a point, but nothing can promise that your kids will grow up living books. I did all of these things and non of my adult kids like to read 1mo
Kaylamburson Of course nothing is a guarantee. There's some kids that love to read and their parents did nothing to encourage it. Just a helpful guide! @Shaneyney 1mo
emtobiasz @Kaylamburson Thanks; that‘s great! It‘s so important to let kids see you reading as well as reading to them— the wording of the “fact” side just focuses on the books-as-objects idea and leaves out a lot of the socioeconomic aspects of how many books you can have around. As a children‘s librarian I‘m always looking for these early literacy tips, so forgive my nitpicking. 1mo
Kaylamburson Haha totally get that! I think it's also more their marketing poster. I don't believe they use "myth" or "fact" in the book. But I also think if you can't have books around, making those special trips to the library and letting kids see you get just as excited about what's there!! There are a lot of great tips in the full book. It's expanded from the NYTimes article of the same name. @emtobiasz 1mo
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I was home sick with the flu today so decided to try to ease my fever pains with a bath and a good book. Not the most relaxing read, but it's a page-turner!

MommyOfTwo Oh no! Hope you feel better soon! 1mo
Dragon Hope you feel better soon! 💐 1mo
JennyM Feel better 😙 1mo
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Tamra It sure is making the rounds! 😑 1mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 1mo
Kshakal I had the stomach flu this week too... I hope you feel better soon!! 1mo
Kaylamburson Thank you so much!! @MommyOfTwo @Dragon @Jennym @cobwebmoth So many people have been getting it, but luckily it just seems to be a 24- hour thing because I'm feeling great today! @Tamra I hope you're 100% now, too, @Kshakal. 1mo
MrBook Oh no! 😕😔 1mo
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This was my book club pick, & this felt like the first time we had a substantial conversation all night. The essays are powerful & raw, but some are also humorous or inspirational. I appreciate the range of topics covered. Even if you don't struggle with mental health, it's likely you know someone that does, or some experiences will resonate. It's intended to get teens talking, but it's just as important to get adults talking, too.

MrBook Wonderful review! 1mo
Kaylamburson Thanks! It's a great book! @@MrBook 1mo
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First gorgeous spring day letting me read outside!!

Zelma Goodness, I loved this book so much. ❤️ 2mo
Kaylamburson I'm really loving it, too! I picked it for my book club since I figured there would be a lot of great discussion around it. If you have any great discussion questions, I'd love to hear them! @Zelma 2mo
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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
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After listening to this audiobook, I really want to see the show. The narrators were fantastic, and I wish they snuck in more songs from the show. I actually had no idea what the show was about before I read this, but it's a powerful story that I couldn't turn off. Plenty of funny moments, but a lot of emotion, too.

TrishB Going to see in November when it comes to London. 2mo
mklong Bring all the tissues when you go! I was totally unprepared! 2mo
Kaylamburson That's what I keep hearing! I'm listening to the soundtrack now, which I usually never do before a show, but I feel like the book already prepared me for what to expect! @mklong. I hope you enjoy it, @TrishB ! 2mo
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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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I struggled to get into this book on audio. It's possible I was just too distracted and couldn't give it a fair chance, but it wasn't until about halfway through I started getting interested when we finally found out the husband's secret. Before that it seemed like a lot of pointless, mundane information. Overall, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. The epilogue annoyed me though.

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How to Build a Heart | Maria Padian
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This YA novel dives into social classes & how that affects high school relationships. Izzy comes from a poor family, but her private school classmates have no idea since she's on scholarship and never invites anyone over. But she's scared everything will change when she starts falling for the brother of the classmate she took under her wing, and her family is selected for Habitat for Humanity which is being built in her crush's ritzy neighborhood.

Texreader This sounds like it might strike a little close to home. But stacked anyway 2mo
Kaylamburson There's definitely difficult and triggering moments (child abuse), but the support in this fictional community is wonderful. @Texreader 2mo
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The Dark Lord Clementine | Sarah Jean Horwitz
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This is a super cute middle grade fantasy releasing this fall. Clementine finds herself responsible for the Dark Lord Morcerous' (her father's) castle & his dastardly deeds when he is stricken by a curse from The Whittle Witch that is slowly transforming him into a wooden doll. But what if she isn't cut out to be a future dark lord?
It's a cute coming-of-age story where characters learn to believe in themselves, make friends, & follow dreams.

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Clue | Paul Allor
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A few friends and I solved a murder mystery through a CluedUpp event (basically like a live game of Clue where we ran around downtown NYC interrogating witnesses and gathering clues), and two of us chose to dress as #kidlit characters. Any guesses on who we are?

RealLifeReading Harriet! ❤️ 2mo
Kaylamburson Yes, that's me!!! We also just discovered our team won best costumes!! @RealLifeReading 2mo
C.Perone That sounds like fun! 2mo
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Exbrarian You are Harriet, for sure, but I don‘t know who your friend is. 2mo
Exbrarian Is she Nancy Drew? 2mo
SW-T Great costumes! Gonna guess Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew (edited) 2mo
Kaylamburson Yes!! I'm Harriet and she's Nancy Drew!! @Exbrarian @SW-T. It was such a blast, @C.Perone ! 2mo
IamIamIam OMG, that's so awesome!!!! 2mo
DivineDiana What fun! You two deserve the costume win! 2mo
Kaylamburson Thank you so much!! @IamIamIam and @DivineDiana 2mo
mrp27 Fun! Great costumes. 2mo
mabell That sounds so fun!! 2mo
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I enjoyed it, but #unpopularopinion, it's not great. The timeline was long and choppy, & didn't allow us to feel real emotion for the relationships. I didn't care if Jack and Laurie ended up together. It's a fun concept, & I'll admit the plot point with Laurie's dad made me teary, & the ending was true epic love story. However, it was just on par with other romances. Recently in this genre I much preferred the Kiss Quotient and The Wedding Date.

BibliOphelia This was just so-so for me, too! Same reasons. 🙂 2mo
Kaylamburson Glad to hear it's not just me! @BibliOphelia 2mo
Zelma I like the idea and then quickly bailed on it. Really didn‘t enjoy this at all (nor the recent spate of contemporary romance. The Kiss Quotient has been the only exception.) 2mo
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Kaylamburson I feel like everyone tries to jump on the bandwagon when something is selling and it just doesn't work the same. @Zelma 2mo
MrBook Good to know since @BookBabe and I are thinking about making this a book club selection for December. 😁 Are you going to Book Expo this year?! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
Kaylamburson It's still a cute story, and so many people loved it, so you guys might, too!! And I am!! Lots of meetings again, but I'll be around all BookExpo days! @MrBook @BookBabe. Are we doing another meet-up this year? 2mo
MrBook @Kaylamburson Awesome 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Oh, heck yeah we‘ll be doing another one! 😁🙌🏻 2mo
Kaylamburson Can't wait!! @MrBook 2mo
ScientistSam Will you be at BookCon? 2mo
Kaylamburson I'll likely go for one of the days! We havent sorted the working schedule yet, but I'm sure I'll be there at some point. You?? @ScientistSam 2mo
ScientistSam I'll be there for at least some of it! 2mo
Kaylamburson Awesome!!! We will have to meet up! @ScientistSam 2mo
ScientistSam Looking forward to it! 2mo
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Did some audio coloring for the first time in many months! Felt so good to complete this and my book!!

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I often look at handcrafted goods and think that I could never create something so beautiful, but as Gorges astutely states in his book, "everyone has a day one."

This is the perfect book for anyone who feels stuck and needs inspiration to find their next path, or just needs a reminder that you can do anything if you go out and start trying.

Crazeedi Yes I agree with the title, doing something with my hands, cooking, sewing, crafting brings great satisfaction and pleasure 3mo
Kaylamburson Yes, it really does! And you feel so accomplished when you finish it, too. 3mo
Crazeedi @Kaylamburson exactly 👍💖 3mo
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A perfect quote for those of us who are afraid to fail or are struggling to bounce-back after a failure.

"You only know how to fix things from messing then up in the first place. If you're afraid to fail, then you'll never get anywhere."

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There are so many powerful quotes in this ARC of A Craftman's Legacy where Gorges talks about his own journey as well as the journey of many craftsmen from jewelry-makers, to calligraphy artists, welders, and more.

This quote talks about leaving behind a legacy.

"It's not a passive thing, like what is accidentally left behind. It's what you *choose* to share with the future. There's intention behind it and that intention matters."

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Pickpick

I'm usually not a big fan of historical fiction outside of WWII stories, but this was a delicious literary thriller with a serial killer, a policeman in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, and appearances from Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and more! Darwin's ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES is cause for much disruption in this Victorian-era story. There are a ton of characters and a lot of scene switches, but the last half is electric.

Kaylamburson I also appreciate that even though it's character-driven, there is plenty of engrossing plot. You know the killer from the beginning, but it's unique in that it's not just a simple find him and stop his antics--there's so much more depth. You'll never anticipate his next move. 3mo
BookwormM Sounds intriguing 3mo
Kaylamburson It definitely is! @BookwormM 3mo
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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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This harrowing story made me so angry and feel helpless. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it, but I'm glad i read it as it's vulnerable, heartbreaking, and truthful. It truly puts your own privileges into perspective, and you want nothing more than to see some sort of happiness for Poormina and Savitha.

The author called it a "happy story" in an interview, and reading her perspective helped me appreciate this book and the fight these strong woman had.

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The Assistants | Camille Perri
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First, I adored the tagged book.
Second, I'm using it as an opportunity to share that my colleague and I are currently seeking a new assistant. It's entry-level, but we are hoping for someone with a bit of office experience, a strong interest in book publishing, and exceptional organizational skills.
In short, you get to talk about books all day long and convince others to buy said books. Please share with anyone that might be interested! (NYC)

Kaylamburson For more information: #specialsalesasst" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://www.workman.com/company/careers#specialsalesasst 3mo
BethM I wish I would‘ve chosen this as my career! 3mo
Kaylamburson It's definitely a fun career path! What did you choose, @bethm? 3mo
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mariaku21 I wish that a) I lived within NYC and b) that I had chosen this as a career. Good luck to any that send in resumes! 3mo
Kshakal This would be an amazing job!! 3mo
Kaylamburson It definitely is a career you have to be all in for, but those who are in it love it! @mariaku21 @Kshakal 3mo
mrozzz Oh boy that‘s tempting. 3mo
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Mehso-so

This is such a fast and easy read! Interesting story-line, but I didn't care about any of the characters. A bit forgettable, too. If I had rated this right after I finished it, it would have probably been a pick, but a week later and I don't remember much (even after a full book club discussion), and I don't really care to.

Zelma Yup, I rated as a pick because I read it quickly and was interested to see how it all turned out, but it doesn‘t have any staying power with me. I won‘t even remember in next year. 3mo
Kaylamburson Exactly the same thought! I liked it, but didn't love it, and likely wouldn't recommend it to anyone. @Zelma 3mo
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Pickpick

I loved this post-apocalyptic novel! It feels like it could be a real world in the not so distant future--no more power, a shortage of food and water, and how that makes people band together, rise in violence, or go searching for the light in the darkness. It's character- driven, but there are plenty of intense moments to keep the story moving. There's also the slightest hint of romance and hope that pushes the plot along. Highly recommend!

valeriegeary Yes please! 3mo
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You Asked for Perfect | Laura Silverman
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I got a personal note from the author of You Asked For Perfect thanking me for pre-ordering!! Plus this adorable bookmark of one of the characters!

TrishB Cute 💕 3mo
wanderinglynn Very cool! It‘s awesome when authors go the extra mile like that. 💜 3mo
Kaylamburson It is! Such a cool and kind way to connect with readers. @TrishB @wanderinglynn 3mo
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Had a successful weekend at a Toy Fair this past weekend in Reno! It was exhausting, but I got to hand-sell lots of books, which is my favorite type of sales! People just tell you what they're looking for, & you show them all around the booth & hand select the perfect fits. Indestructibles were the biggest hit at this show. I even got to demonstrate attempting to rip it on stage and then spraying it down with water to prove they're 100% washable!

AlaMich Sounds like a good time! 😊 4mo
ohyeahthatgirl Those were always a hit when I was a bookseller. I did have one parent chew on one to test it out. Gross, but it endured. 4mo
Kaylamburson Hahaha eww, I hope it was one they already bought lol. @ohyeahthatgirl 4mo
RadicalReader @Kaylamburson sounds like such a sensational time love helping people and especially when it involves books how can One not be over the moon 4mo
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After a very long day setting up a booth for a toy show this weekend, I'm so excited to climb into bed and read uninterrupted in my hotel room for a couple hours. I've heard many good things about this book, so I'm ready to crack open the ARC!

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