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LibrarianErn

LibrarianErn

Joined September 2016

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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My #bookhaul after raiding bookstores, used and indie, on Mass St. in Lawrence, Kansas.

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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1.5/5 stars. This has a lot of potential, but sadly falls short of the praise surrounding it. To say, "Every poem in this stunningly addictive and deliciously rhythmic verse novel begs to be read aloud," as the J. Ireland quote declares on the back cover is terribly misleading. This book has important themes and a powerful message, but the execution is poor. The 1.5 stars is for the handful of lines that moved me enough to finish it. #ya #poetry

Chelleo Wow. Good to know! Thanks for sharing! 9mo
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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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4.5/5 stars. I read this immediately after finishing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I loved them both. I found it hard to get past the "realistic" writing style, but the plot made me never want to put it down. Overall, it's a sweet story that perfectly captures the drama and fun of high school. It's in classic YA form, reminding me why I love this genre to begin with.
#ya #youngadult #lgbtq #love #highschool #drama #funny

LibrarianErn I get that people actually talk and think like it's written here, but it got overwhelming at times and I felt like rolling my eyes a lot. And I felt the author over-used the same phrases. 2y
KateFulfordAuthor Nice review, thanks! 1y
forestofwords This is still on my reading list. I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I‘ve heard that this book is not as good as Simon though, do you agree on that? 11mo
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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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2/5 stars. Hooo boy. I went in thinking I'd love this book because I love Krysten Ritter. Unfortunately, I could not get into the story. The plot is shakey, the protagonist's actions are questionable, and it goes in so many directions that by the end I don't even care about what happened. I felt the story of a small town girl coming home after a decade of running from her past is so overdone, especially when it's not executed well.

Texreader Excellent review 2y
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Helium | Rudy Francisco
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I've got a hamper of really loud mistakes
and a graveyard in my closet.
I'm afraid if I let you see my skeletons,

you'll grind the bones into powder
and get high on my fault lines.

#poetry #RudyFrancisco #buttonpoetry #feels #inspiring #writing

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The public librarian has been typecast. We're supposed to whisper and shush, demand silence, when in reality we work our asses off trying to help people speak up. Maybe it seems safer for us to whisper. Because maybe if we could shout, it would shake the walls down.

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4/5 stars. I know some people aren't big on Jenny's sense of humor and/or writing style. However, I love her because I can relate to her. She explores her unorthodox childhood, dealing with multiple mental/physical health problems, and finding a person who loves her as much as being infuriated with her at times. She is, as a person and a writer, someone I look up to with grateful admiration.

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Forever Friday: A Novel | Timothy Lewis
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Never done this before, so here goes:

1. Almond Joy/Mounds. Coconut is gross.
2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
3. Italian.
4. I think it's around 21? Maybe more. I don't talk to most of them.
5. #FriYay

@Redwritinghood @Graciouswarriorprincess @BookishMarginalia

DGRachel I agree - coconut is gross! 2y
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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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4.5/5 stars. It's refreshing to read something completely different than what I've been picking up recently. The story is compelling and complex, and the glamour aspect is marvelous yet insightful to what it took to be a star back then. The only thing that holds it back from a perfect rating is the writing can get tedious. I felt she over-described moments that weren't pertinent to the narrative. But this is still a new favorite of mine.

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces | Isabel Quintero
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2/5 stars. The author includes so many intense topics that she wasn't able to go into depth about any of them. The narrator didn't sound like a senior in high school, but rather a middle schooler or freshman. I don't know if it was just because of the diary format, but all of the other characters felt flat. It was a struggle to get to the end. #ya #youngadult #mexicanamerican #diversity #teenpregnancy #addict #abortion #rape #lgbtq+

Leelee.reads I really liked this one. I laughed out loud (literally) at some of the Spanish-English jokes and descriptions. To me it felt pretty authentic. Different strokes for different folks! 2y
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5/5 stars. I have so much respect for this woman amd all her nerdy wonderfulness. #nonfiction #memoir #FeliciaDay #gamer #nerd #geek #internet #mentalhealth #depression

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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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4/5 stars. The narrative may have gone off on tangents a bunch, but the heart of the story is a keeper. What a wonderful way to kick off fall. #fallintoreading #autumnfavorites #magicalrealism #fiction #alicehoffman

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1/5 stars. The only reason this gets 1 star is because out of 200 pages, about 3 "poems" made me feel something other than annoyance. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't spend money on this and checked it out from the library. Yes, poetry is broad and encompasses a lot of things, but honestly, this book is just a rambling Tumblr blog, not really poetry. Her story is tragic. I get that. I just don't want to read about it in such an amateur way.

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4.5/5 stars. I read this in less than a day and was pleasantly surprised. She dapples in a lot of different forms of poetry, and I enjoyed most of them. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it. I found her through the one and only Neil Hilborn, so you know she's good.
#depression #anxiety #poetry #spokenword #buttonpoetry #magic #tricks

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"I wish someone had told me this simple but confusing truth: Even when everything's going your way you can still be sad. Or anxious. Or uncomfortably numb. Because you can't always control your brain or your emotions even when things are perfect."
Jenny Lawson, thank you thank you thank you for understanding and putting this into words. #mentalillness #depression #anxiety #currentlyreading

Clwojick This is my favourite non-fiction book. 💕💕💕❤️💕💕💕 2y
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5/5 stars. What a touching read. The parallelism is heart-wrenching and Alan writes the narrative in a deeply intimate, beautiful way. Reading about his journey of exploring his family's history and its connection to mental health is relatable, and even better is the way he can still bring humor to his story. Not My Father's Son quickly became a nonfiction favorite of mine. #nonfiction #librarypick #childhood #memoir #fathers

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What an excellent book so far. I'm a sucker for memoirs, and Alan's story had me hooked from the first page. #currentlyreading #memoir #alancumming #nonfiction #librarypicks #litsyloveslibraries

Robothugs I loved this book, his story touched me. 💕 (edited) 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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The topic of this book is so, so important and this specific plot was very interesting. However, this being a debut novel for Thomas, there were issues with pacing and narrative. The time jumps felt disjointed and there were a lot of conversations about nothing that didn't move the plot along in any way. The book could've been a hundred pages shorter. And the ending was tied up in a nice bow that felt fake.

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Impossible Knife of Memory | Laurie Halse Anderson
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4/5 stars. I really liked the plot and pacing of this story, but I'm not so sure about Finn. He felt a little too flat. The descriptions of Hayley's panic attacks were spot on, though.

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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I love this book because it is so authentically Carrie. Can't wait to read more.

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Geekerela | Ashley Poston
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I just got this ten minutes ago from the library, but I'm already in love with the plot. I've heard good things, so the bar is set a little high! #newbook #library #YA #YAlit

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Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs
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5/5 stars. I loved the old fairytale feel of these stories while they were also able to convey messages about current issues. Well done, Riggs.

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Mehso-so

3.5/5 stars. I wanted so badly for this book to live up to the hype, but I can't give it a perfect rating. The format was intersting and the plot twist had me for a loop, but it wasn't completely surprising. Overall, I'd recommend it for a fun read, but to me it's just another YA story with sickness involved.

toric Urgh I wasn't impressed with this one at all. I could see right through the plot and the characters were so flat 2y
LibrarianErn @toric Same! I was like, why should I care about Olly or her mom at all? They're so boring. And really, Maddy was boring too. 2y
readinginthedark 😕I keep going back and forth on this one. 2y
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If you couldn't tell, I'm currently obsessed with YA novels. After I get through the ones checked out from the library, I think I'll get back in the groove of nonfiction. #YA #YAlit #nicolayoon #library #cantstopwontstop #kidatheart

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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I loved Jennifer Niven's first YA novel and I loved this one. It was thoughtfully written and wonderfully paced. With just the right amount of humor, love, and heartbreak, I was interested from cover to cover. #YA #YALit #Love #Teens #Heartbreak

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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New day, new book. So excited for this one. 😍
#bookworm #cantstopwontstop #newbook

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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3/5 stars. I'm glad I read it, but it moved too slowly for my taste. I felt myself glossing over huge chunks of text.

bookishluna I am glad you shared that, I personally have difficulty with slow moving books. 2y
tournevis @bookishluna Not my experience, but that's not the first time I heard that. I hear that a lot about Atwood in general. 2y
sweetpealsd I found it slow at first but after a while I adjusted. I think because I was also reading a faster paced book at the same time. I ended up really liking this book. 2y
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Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs
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While I'm slowly but surely getting through Hamdmaid's Tale, I found three more books to bring home. My eyes are starting to be bigger than my stomach. #libraryperks #librarywoes #bookhaul

BeyondtheBookends2 Some great picks you have there! 2y
LiteraryinLititz The Wonder is good but slow. Maybe if you're coming off of another slow read you might want a palate cleanser? If so, I recommend the Nicola Yoon. Much faster paced! 2y
Daizy Same here. Getting through the Handmaids Tale slowly as well. 2y
BooknerdsLife Hahaa Same 😂😂 reading three books and eyeing another six books from the library 😂🙈 2y
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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As if there was any way I belong in another house. #HarryPotter20 #HarryPotter #Ravenclaw #RavenclawPride 💙📚✨🎂⚡

DarcysBookBlog I got the same results! 2y
nicole_in_neverland I'm a Ravenclaw too! I did have some Slytherine in me as well though 🙈 lol 2y
AshOldfield I got Ravenclaw, too, as well as 0% Slytherin. Gryffindor and Hufflepuff were flipped for me, though. 2y
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Boneseasonofglass Where can I do this? 2y
Boneseasonofglass Thank you!! ☺️ 2y
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Happiest of birthdays to my favorite book series. Thank you, J.K. Rowling, for the most influential story of my childhood. #HarryPotter #20Years

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Bailedbailed

I pushed through 50 pages and just couldn't keep going. There was something about the tone and quality of writing that I couldn't get behind. I returned it to the library immediately.

blankpagesofmine That's a bummer! I heard good things about it, thanks for the heads up though. 2y
anovelglimpse I don't blame you. It wasn't my favorite. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I bailed on the movie too 😑 2y
Eryn2513 I bailed too! I thought I was the only one. I just couldn't get into it. 2y
ThatswhatCharlottesaid Hm I finished it, but it definitely was a funny style writing wise. A bit too self aware for first person I thought? 2y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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It's about time I read this.

Book_Bosomed95 I'm trying to read this currently and am having such a hard time 😭 2y
Chelleo I started and couldn't get into it at all 😣 2y
librarynthine I really loved this one 😢 Hope you enjoy! 2y
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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I've read a lot of YA, but never one that hits so close to home as a fan or speaks to the truth of the awkwardness of navigating college. Thank you for another amazing book, Rainbow Rowell.

nikkiebooks Fangirl is absolutely amazing. And Carry On is so great too. 2y
Chelleo I loved her roommate 😎 2y
Abrabookish I loved Fangirl. I wasn't a big fan of Eleanor and Park so I didn't have very high expectations, but I read it all in one sitting lol 2y
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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Loved this book. The style, the symbolism, all of it.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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When you start your shift with a new book waiting for you. Working in a library has perks. 💚📚

mirpoulson You'll have to let me know. That's on my list. 2y
Chelleo Yes. Library perks. Too bad I can't keep up with all the good books we buy!! 😩👩🏾‍🏫 2y
Jess_reads27 The only problem is when you want to read them and there are waiting lists!! 2y
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LibrarianErn @Jess_reads27 luckily our staff gets first pick. 😁 2y
Jess_reads27 @ChasingPages I'm a school librarian and I am always guilty of slightly hoarding the new books! Students know that if they can't find a new book it's probably because it's in my pile! Haha I turn them over when they ask 😂 2y
Suet624 I'm jealous!!! 2y
Natsinbookland Love this book. It's one of my favorites 😍 2y
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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Just started this one, but so far so good.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
MrBook Belatedly, welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay with us 😊👍🏻. We're the most positive, tight-knit, passionate bibliophile community you'll meet. Careful: this'll take over your life. 😂👏🏻🙌🏻
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PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy it here. 😉 2y
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