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LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan

Joined May 2016

Book crazy, or just crazy? You decide. ----------Same screen name on Litsy, Twitter, GoodReads, LibraryThing, BookSirens
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4 ⭐ I am thoroughly entranced and swimming in the world building. Here human women lay eggs, and the wolves change gender every moon cycle until on their 18th birthday. They set their gender with an egg from the humans. Intrigued yet? The Child of the wolf king wants to set as a girl, but her father needs her to set as a boy to take over ruling the kingdom.

LibrarianRyan She set off with her boyfriend, a human, to make her own life, or to at least wait out her 18th birthday and make the choice for herself. Meanwhile in the land of humans, egg laying goes on, but if you do something against one of their laws, they kill you, then bring you back as a type of zombie called Immortui. They make great pack beasts, but die if they get to far from the swamp. 2w
LibrarianRyan This book was way too short. It just wet my whistle of a grand adventure. For some reason it gives me vibes of Jim Hensen with Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, but that could just be the enormous bugs everyone rides. I want more of this story, and I really want this turned into a cartoon that I can watch. It could be the Last Unicorn of this generation. 2w
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My Butt is SO SILLY! | Ross Kinnaird, Dawn McMillan
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4 ⭐ This book was so silly and so much fun. I know there are a few of these books, and I have never wanted to read them before. However, in Ohio, a teacher or principle was fired for reading one of these books aloud to the school during assembly. So I had to read it. This book was so much fun. Is it potty humor, absolutely? But that is what makes it approachable.

Bookish_Gal Read it in a bookstore and thought it was hilarious. This book is great for those butt obsessed children - I know some at the daycare 2w
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4⭐This book was really interesting and informative. It starts by talking about animals who cannot live their lives without humans and our roads interfering with their patterns of survival. Then it goes on to talk about the various real projects across the world that help mitigate these roads and highways. I also love at the end when they show real pictures of existing solutions. this book was a joy to read, and kids will find it fascinating.

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2.5 ⭐ This book needs to find itself. There seems to be too many ideas thrown on the page with a thought to see what sticks. The reader is in a land where time has stood still. There was a crystal that keep the moon and time from moving on. However the crystal has broken and a shard is missing. Sound familiar? Yeah I thought so too. I wish this was a homage to the Dark Crystal, but except for the basic concept it is nothing like it.

LibrarianRyan Half way through group of children are sent on a quest to find the shard. They are excited to finally grow up, but at the same time, they have been cautioned to not grow up too fast. It‘s a slough to keep track of this story. It‘s not even saved by the art. It‘s nice but seems old. Makes one think of Prince Valliant meets Kirby. 2w
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The Harbinger (2021) Book 1 | Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
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3 ⭐ A man wakes up and has no idea who he is but there‘s two people talking. It‘s almost as if one is in his mind and one is himself. He is known as the harbinger, he is a superhero, but also a super villain, depending on which side of the coin you look at. With no memories all he knows is he wants to be better and make the world a safe place even if it‘s him people need to be saved from. I liked this story but I don‘t care if I come read more

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3 ⭐I had such a hard time getting into this book. Rutabaga is a chef, and they love to cook. But their love of cooking gets them mixed up in all sorts of adventures. Like plucking mushrooms off a long lost enchanted sword. Or following a Viking like clan as they defeat the creature that killed their queen. Overall this book was OK I just didn‘t care about it or the characters. I do have book 2 however I doubt I read it.

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3.5 ⭐Book two was not a letdown. The kids know that monsters are going to eat them if they don‘t escape the house now they just have to plan and figure out how to take everyone with them. But there is a traitor in their midst. This traitor reports back to mom and we don‘t know why. Plus mom has brought on a new assistant, that doesn‘t always listen to mom. This series is a lot of fun, it‘s a lot of heart, lots of adventure, and a tad bit horror.

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Bitter Root Vol. 1: Family Business | David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
This book was simply amazing. It is an extremely alternative history of the Harlem Renascence. In this world, people with a corrupted soul become these monsters that must be killed or must be cured. And being it‘s the 1920‘s and his is Harlem and most of the monsters were people who believed in lynching and segregation. But there is one family that is the best at making their bitter root brew that can save someone from this life.

LibrarianRyan They work with the police and everything, because they want a better world. On its own, the story is amazing, and the artwork is so detailed. But add historical reference I knew nothing about, and I was googling “red summer”, 1919 deaths etc. This book, a historical fantasy about monster killing, read this reader down a research hole to learn about things not taught in schools. It makes the reader curious, and eager to learn more and only the 2w
LibrarianRyan the best books can do that.

If you liked the novel Ring Shout, then check out this graphic novel.
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Addison_Reads I love this series! 2w
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LibrarianRyan @Addison_Reads yes. I already asked ILL to get me the next book 2w
TieDyeDude Agree with all this! Excellent series. 2w
TracyReadsBooks So good! Love this series. 2w
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Incredible Doom | Matthew Bogart, Jesse Holden
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4 ⭐ The description tells you it‘s the story of the beginning of the modern computer era. However it‘s really four students from different backgrounds that come together because of bulletin board servers in the early 90s. These kids are just learning about computers but actually learning more about themselves and who they can trust. This book was a super-fast read. TW: abuse of a child.

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Snapdragon | Kat Leyh
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@Allylu this is finally on it‘s way. I‘m so sorry it‘s late. It has this months and last months. I just had such a hard time with the book I picked. But snapdragon was fantastic. It was shipped at lunch (and will be in a Halloween enevelopes. #lmpbc

Allylu Thank you so much. I will keep an eye out for it. Halloween envelope? Cool! 3w
LibrarianRyan @Allylu Yeah. Out of season, but since I still have some, I still use them. Orange with bats, jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, etc. 3w
Allylu I can‘t wait! 3w
Allylu I got them today! 2w
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May Day | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Let‘s see if I have any better luck in May. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

@Gissy the stickers are perfect

keys_on_fire I ❤️ your layout!!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fabulous!! 3w
Gissy So pretty!😍 3w
bthegood love your april showers to may flowers - 🌞 3w
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April's Rainbow | Cathryn Hein
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I didn‘t get much done for Aprils Bookspin. Better luck next month. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month, and I really like your April showers!! 3w
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Hotel Magnifique | Emily J. Taylor
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4 ⭐ Not what I was expecting, but better than I hoped. The best way to describe Hotel Manifique is a cross between Caraval and Gunslinger Girl, however, it ends better, and doesn‘t leave you going, “that‘s it”. Jani is a big sister trying to make a better life for everyone. Upon seeing that the Hotel Manifique is hiring, she knows that is exactly where she and Zosa need to be. They can earn enough money in a year to live move back to the

LibrarianRyan homeland and live comfortable for a few year. But the hotel is more than Jani ever expected. While it is believed to be full of magic, and it is, it is not as wondrous as imagined, its dark and deadly. For some strange reason the hotel does not affect Jani like it does other worker. She get to keep her memories and other specialties others do not. Is it because Bel is helping, or is the handsome Bel who mans the door, hindering Jani and her 3w
LibrarianRyan quest to see her sister has a good life. This book was a lot of fun. Some of it was extremely predictable, others not so. It wraps up in a happy and satisfying end which one would expect. There is no need or want of a sequel. This book delivers what the cover, the title and description tell you it will. It whisks the reader to a land of magic where every day is different, and magic isn‘t always good. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Enchanted_Bibliophile I agree - Owlcrate changed the cover to reverse the colors so teal is the main color. I mean it is cool that it glows in the dark, but I don't like it as well as the original. 3w
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3 ⭐This book was humor perfect for elementary. As an adult I had a few too many eye rolls, but I know my nephews would love it. Felix finds his way into a new dimension and meets Calcite, this ball of fluff who is a bit reminiscent of Danny DeVito. He is super scared of trolls. Through this comic adventure to two team up to get Calcite home and learn that trolls may not be as bad as they seem.

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I am a big fan of graphic novels. When I say Stuart Gibbs bestselling series was going graphic I had to read it. I still love the story of a school that teaches kids to be spies and then sends them on missions. The graphic novel was decently done. The illustrations are fine, but there was something about the way it was colored that turned me off a bit. Please be aware I was reading a digital galley and that may be the reason why.

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Zathura: A Space Adventure | Chris Van Allsburg
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3 ⭐
Zathura is a spinoff of Jumanji The original Jumanji movie stays close to the original book. Zathura was also made into a pretty fun movie, but there connection to Jumanji was never made within its plot. And the movie is quite a bit different from the book. Two brothers are playing outside and discover the game Jumanji. However, it contains a second board with a trip to Zathura.

LibrarianRyan The boys begin to play, and just like Jumanji strange things start to happen. The house ends up in space, there is a meteor shower, and robots come to life to kill aliens. However, the moive goes about an hour longer than the book. In the book, the oldest brother is sent back in time 5 hours and the story ends with him NOT playing the game. While I did like the book, this is one time I can say for sure the movie was better. 4w
jessjess I remember that movie! 4w
Kenyazero I saw this movie and didn't realize it was connected to Jumanji in the book! Glad to know it wasn't just a wannabe Jumanji in space after all. 4w
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2 ⭐ I originally read this book over 2 years ago. At first I loved it. I thought it was so cute. Then I read someone else‘s review pointing out that it was stalking and grooming. And now upon a second read, they are correct. This reads like the song Stan from Eminem. The Ox is writing to his favorite celebrity Gazelle. He rights constantly, no matter how many times Gazelle asks him to stop. Yep, this is a playbook of a stalker or a groomer

LibrarianRyan And I am regretful of my original review. While I do not think libraries should remove this book from their collection, I do think it is a great example of what NOT to do. 4w
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4 ⭐ I have been a big fan of Little Critter all my life. I can remember listening to the original 8x8 book and reading along to the record. Now little critter has entered the world of easy readers and it does work. It isn‘t as impactful or as charming as I remember, but it was still a lot of fun seeing Little Critter help out dad.

#BBRC Hammer

BethM Little Critter is great! 4w
TNbookworm My daughter loved Little Critter 💕 4w
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Snapdragon | Kat Leyh
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
This book was amazing. Snapdragon is just a girl looking for her dog. She just knows the witch took them and will eat the dog if she doesn‘t get there fast enough. But Snap is not afraid of any witch. She actually befriends Jacks, and learns more about her own history. It has all sorts of representation and none of it feels pushed. It is so full of love and heart that you just want to hold it and dance around the room

jen_the_scribe My daughter introduced me to this one and we both loved it 😊 4w
LibrarianRyan @jen_the_scribe This was for #LMPBC and it was a great choice. I did her other book Thirsty Mermaids last round, and it was not as MG as this one. Still great though. 4w
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2 ⭐I am still trying to figure out what I just read. There were so many ideas in this book. Many that were started and dropped. The authors/artist even mentions it in the notes at the back. I wanted to like this, but still fell WTF did I just read.

phantomx I totally understand! I was thinking that this pick might not be everyone's cup of tea(wanted to give it a shot though😏). It did remind me of the cookiness of a Adult Swim series I watched years ago 1mo
LibrarianRyan @phantomx you know me I‘m always up to try new things. And there were parts I liked. And I see what you mean about adult swim. It would fit on Robot chicken quite well. 1mo
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Sing No Evil | JP Ahonen, KP Alare
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3 ⭐ . Most of the book is spent on Aksel coming to terms with not being the best lead singer for his band, and that the rock and roll lifestyle he so wants, is harder to attain while keeping your musical identity then he ever thought possible. This book spent way too much time exploring Axel and his goals for the band. It is quite drawn out and boring, even though the setting is anything but.

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Oddity | Eli Brown
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4.5 ⭐ Full Review: GR, LT, TSP

TW: parental death

Oddity is not only an apt title, but an apt description of this book. As I was listening to it, talking with a friend, I just kept describing it as odd.

This is historical magical realism that is done so well, the reader is just enveloped in the story and does not want to leave. Saying this book is odd, is a compliment. There is nothing else like it out there, it stands on its own two feet.

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4.5⭐This was a perfect freaky crazy WTF read. Based on the cover and the words Neverland I went in thinking it would be some type of Peter Pan retelling. In only the loosest way could it be considered that. Instead it‘s about a group of orphans who find out that there‘s more to the orphanage than child care. To say anymore gives away the story and I‘m not going to do that. You have to read this and go in as blind as possible because it is amazin

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The Rumor Game | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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3.5 ⭐
TW: SA

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Overall I really liked this book but I didn‘t love it. It was very real. It feels very much like over privileged teen agers let loose in a society where they see themselves as self-sufficient adults, but are really scared little kids looking for help and acceptance.

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So I have been collecting these all week from Interlibrary loan. You know what sucks? It‘s Friday, I have a long weekend, and I‘m missing book 2!!!

I can‘t even start since I already read book 1. Maybe ne t week.

Branwen I hate when this happens! 😂 1mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent I like how Vader and Yoda are peaking around your manga stack like they commiserate with you! 1mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent I like how Vader and Yoda are peaking around your manga stack like they commiserate with you! 1mo
Gissy Nooooo! 😱 1mo
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League of Liars | Astrid Scholte
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OMG @Gissy this box was amazing!!!!!! Absolutely amazing. Love it all! I also made a video of me opening it if you want to see it. @Avanders #speculativefictionswap

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Avanders 🤭🤭😂 You opened early! 😂 Love the video! And what a great package! ♥️ 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Avanders well shit! I put the 15th on my calendar and got up early to do it. I‘m so sorry!! Ugh. What a dufus!!! 1mo
Avanders 🤣🤣 no worries at all — I‘ve totally been there! And I know you‘d never do that intentionally 😘😘 1mo
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LibrarianRyan @Avanders I probably had it stuck in my head as tax day or so@etching when I put it in my calendar. I am so sorry. But I still love it. And thanks for the hard work. 1mo
Avanders Oooh that totally makes sense — and it‘s a big weekend — when I originally picked the 17th, I did not realize it was Easter! Agreed - It‘s a wonderful package - Gissy is always so thoughtful about what she sends 🤗🥰 1mo
Gissy I‘m so glad you liked it! I was so happy when I saw that you were my match. I‘m still waiting for a small item that I will send it to you as soon as I get it. Let me tell you that I love your book wish lists. I will add some of those amazing books to my wish list. Enjoy your reading. Well, you opened it a little early but after taxes, you deserve it☺️Enjoy your reading🥰 1mo
Gissy I saw the video! Awww! You looked so happy! I‘m happy that you are happy with the gifts📚❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Swapsies | Fiona Roberton
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@Avanders my spec fix swap went out and should be there Friday. Also the post office covered my name with their stupid sticker so if you get a box with little prince stickers on top it is probably mine.

. @BethM #LMPBC went out with last month and this month altogether. Should get it Friday.

Avanders Yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽🦠🔮🧬🧞♥️ 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I really miss 24in48, but @andrew65 helps fill the hole. This one starts saturday.

My goal - to finish a book that has more than 100 pages. Period. That's it. Seems easy, but it has not been lately.

#awesomeapril

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5 ⭐What an amazingly wonderful biography. This book is about Mary Sherman Morgan and how she helped get America‘s first satellite into space. She was just a country girl who loved chemistry and loved fuels. Without her hard work we could be very behind right now and maybe Neil Armstrong would not have been the first person to walk on the moon. One of my favorite things about this story is it is 100% about her.

LibrarianRyan Within the story component it never mentions her marriage or her kids because they are secondary to what she accomplished for science. There is a tad bit about Mary‘s husband and her son in the info bits in the back and it was just the right amount. Overall this is an excellent book and another great read from Suzanne Slade. 2mo
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3 ⭐This is about the true life adventure of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Over 100 years ago everyone was reading a book called around the World in 80 days. Nellie Bly looking for an amazing story says she can do it and do it faster and she did. She was not only the first woman but the first person to beat the famous 80 days around the world. This may seem like a small feat in our modern society, but at the time this was major.

LibrarianRyan All the newspapers followed her but she wasn‘t the only one. Unbeknownst to her for most of her journey she had another reporter doing the same thing in the opposite direction. Elizabeth Bisland was the complete opposite of Nelly Bly. However she took on this quest bound and determined to do her best. This was an interesting look at both women and I really enjoyed the quotes from various historical newspapers that are included. 2mo
LibrarianRyan It‘s a nice antidote about historical figures we don‘t normally hear about. However I find that the story with the quotes all together make it a bit convoluted and a little crazy. Overall I liked the book I just didn‘t love it. 2mo
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4 ⭐The Warriors code is: love, respect, care, responsibility, honor, and peace. The book explains each one of these aspects in a loving and gracious way. They all come together in a non-preachy way to help kids make the world a better place. This book is a little hard to read after what happened Sunday. As I read this I keep thinking that someone needs to mail this to Will Smith because he forgot his Warriors Way

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Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers | Uma Mishra-Newbery, Lina Al-Hathloul
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5 ⭐This book was amazing. Loujain has always wanted to see the sunflowers from her dad‘s picture. But she is not allowed to fly. Flying is for males only. But by questioning and saying why can‘t I fly, I would be a good flyer, let me fly, she convinces her dad or her Barba to let her wings take flight. The story is a tad bit long, however what makes it all worth it is the information on who inspired this book.

LibrarianRyan Loujain Alhathloul a leader in the Saudi Women‘s Rights movement. She went about driving when it was illegal for women to do so in her country. While still alive she has been restricted in what she can do because of both the law and her legal punishment. I think this woman needs her own real biography but until then, this wonderful story inspired her will have to do. 2mo
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The Path | Bob Staake
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3.5 ⭐This about the path you take in life. It will not always be a smooth easy walk on the beach, sometimes it‘ll be climbing over rocks and crossing rivers. At some point the path will diverge and you will have to choose a side. No matter what you choose it will be right because you make your own path. I absolutely love the artwork in this book. it is the best thing about it. I really enjoyed the story however it feels like it ends too soon.

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3 ⭐ This was a fun early graphic novel meant for those just beginning chapter books. Haley is child and Comet is a comet. Haylee‘s best friend left her when he moved to another location a while ago and he‘s coming back to visit. Comet is a little worried that Haley‘s new old friend might not like them and might get in the way of their friendship with Haley. But they all get along and have fabulous adventures together.

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I Am Thinking My Life | Allysun Atwater
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4 ⭐ Originally I thought this title was a little off. However within the pages of this book the words flow in a lyrical way that‘s a pleasure to read and a pleasure to see. An old fashioned mantra is I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. This book puts a spin on that mantra: I think I am, I see I am, I do I am. And it repeats it for various things like feelings, actions, and thoughts. This was a great read and a great new mantra for kids.

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Badger is Bored | Moritz Petz
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4⭐This book starts out with a very bored little badger. They try to do things they normally likes but they‘re still bored. Then a friend comes over and they try to do things the friend likes but they are still bored. Then they are joined by more friends and eventually more friends yet nothing can hold their attention. Until they find out a friend has a boo-bo but this boo-boo leads to a Lot of fun for everyone. This book was adorable if a bit long

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The Hair Book | LaTonya Yvette
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🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟5 🌟
This is a super simple book. It‘s being published as a picture book and a board book at the same time. It shows a very graphic style picture of a specific hairstyle, whether mustache, Afro, wavy, and even one I need to look up called kippah hair. It doesn‘t matter your hairstyle the only thing that matters is that you are welcome here.

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3 ⭐ This is a weird book. I‘m not sure I can really tell you what it‘s about. There are two women who live in a fantastical community where people are reborn as seeds to grow again. The book starts with an older woman passing on, returning to the land, and becoming a seed. That seed is taken out to the water, then comes back in a form of reincarnation. They have shapers and changers which are people with the type of magic that help the community.

LibrarianRyan The librarian though has no magical ability. And this couple will see hardship as they have to separate after something drastic happens at the library. While separated Preet grows a seed into a child, a secret child. The two will eventually come back together and learn from each other and learn that sometimes the old ways are not always best. You have to make new ways in life. As I said this book is weird. It‘s interesting and I think that‘s the 2mo
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4 ⭐This is book 13 in the series and it still feels as fresh as book number one. Johnny boo and squiggles are on their way to school but don‘t know what school is or what the point of it is. ? It‘s nice to see how the characters age and don‘t age and how the story moves forward while being a story for the earliest of graphic novel readers. Book was a lot of fun and I can‘t wait for the next one.

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2.5 ⭐ When I look at this cover I thought it was going to be a kids or a mg gn. But within the pages it seems more of an adult novel with adult scenarios played out by a cat. There‘s nothing that really makes it adult compared to middle grade except it‘s a type of comedy I don‘t think kids will get. It very much reminds me of the Office. There‘s even a part where the cats are paying attention to a TV show called the Days of Our Nine Lives.

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4.5 ⭐ This covers the first three novels of Enola Holmes. At first I wasn‘t sure if I liked the artwork but it fits with the style and period of the story. It‘s bright and colorful like the character herself, while still seeming mysterious and intriguing. This was a successful transfer so whether you‘ve read the other Enola Holmes books or seen the Netflix movie, either way you‘re sure to enjoy this take on the master detective‘s sister.

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Okay I‘m ready for April‘s #bookspin.

UwannaPublishme How cool is your #BookSpin journal! 🙌🏻 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I always look forward to seeing how you are going to decorate your page!! 2mo
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If It Makes You Happy | Claire Kann
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2.5 ⭐ I am done. I have made it 65% of the way through this audiobook and cannot take it anymore. There are still 3 and a half hours to go, and I just cannot do it anymore. This book is a nothing but whinny drama. The reason I stuck with it for so long is that it has excellent fat representation. When Winnie goes to the doctor for a school blood test, a battle of wills ensues over her weight and standing on the scale.

LibrarianRyan . I have been that fat teenager, and I completely get this section of the book. I had to share it with friends it is so accurate. And it was these moments, like the grandmother who made her exercise and would only feed her “healthy” food while her siblings got what ever they liked that made me feel seen. However, our gal Winnie is dealing with more than her weight. Cara, her best friend, her “ungirlfriend” is not making the summer any easier. 2mo
LibrarianRyan Cara and Winnie have been best friends for years. They only see each other in the summers but they are bonded for “life”. The “ungirlfriend” think is a bit hard to wrap your head around. It is explained 3 different times, and the best short explanation given by Winnie herself is “queer platonic”. It‘s confusing, but I can roll with it, let me learn new things and ideas. Winnie also really likes Dallas, but Cara is in the middle of that too. 2mo
LibrarianRyan This book is a character study, which I rarely like, but to me what makes this one worse is the “whininess” of the two main characters. I cannot stand it. However, saying that, this book isn‘t without merit. I can see patrons liking and even loving this book. It being exactly what a young fat teen girl needs, that girl was just never me.

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ReadingOver50 Do you think this would be better as a physical book instead of an audio book? 2mo
LibrarianRyan @ReadingOver50 good ? Probably not for me. I didn‘t mind the reader. I actually think I kept with it longer because it was an audiobook. I would have DNFed it sooner if I had been reading it. 2mo
Trashcanman Where you at? What gives? 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Trashcanman It's been crazy and I have not been reading like I should. I have a new neice, work is driving me crazy, I just finished months of reading for work programs. Like I said Crazy. I'll be back. I have a bunch of stuff to post today. Plus, I have become addicted to Tiktok. (same screen name). You? How you doing? 2mo
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She Drives Me Crazy | Kelly Quindlen
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4.5 ⭐ This Sapphic rom com retelling of the movie Can‘t Buy Me Love, is so much fun. Scottie is on the basketball team but is not doing well. She cannot get over her ex Tally. It has become a complete mental block that is taking away from every aspect of her life. After the demo game against her school rival, where Tally is now going, she runs her car in to the car of the Head Cheerleader Irene. The same head cheerleader who had Scottie‘s car

LibrarianRyan towed last year at a party for no reason. This starts off an enemies to lovers‘ adventure that keeps readers smiling throughout. Scottie offers Irene the money she needs to repair the car if she pretends to be her girlfriend for 4 months. Scottie has two main reasons for this offer, one to make Tally jealous, and two to make her basketball team play better. After all, don‘t all teams play better when they have a cheering section? 2mo
LibrarianRyan While this book is quite typical for the genera, its written well and keeps the readers wanting to turn the page. This is a read in one sitting book. It‘s short and quick, but does not lack in emotion or problem management. Scottie has a dream family. They are so loyal and supportive in all things. Irene‘s parents are also supportive, but this book does a great job of showing how Irene does‘t always feel that support. 2mo
LibrarianRyan I think it also handles Scottie‘s mental anguish over her breakup really well. Her family talks things over, her friends let her take the time and do the things she needs to do to find herself again. This is not an “issue” book, it is instead a book filled with events that feel true life. They fell real, and youth could see themselves and their friends as different characters living these lives.

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LibrarianRyan One of the great things about this book is that the pop culture references are already dated so it keeps the book fresh. For example, Irene, actually says : is this a Can‘t Buy Me Love thing (classic Patrick Dempsey movie from the 80‘s). One of the main characters actually references the movie this book retells. The title come from the Fine Young Cannibals song of the same name, and Irene is called Regina George (from Mean Girls) more than once. 2mo
LibrarianRyan It is all tongue in cheek, but it all works together seamlessly. Nothing feels pushed or too cheesy.

Overall this book was a joy to read. If you are looking for more Sapphic rom-coms try: You Should See me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, or Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen. If you want more Can‘t Buy me Love retellings (fake relationships) in all sexualities try: Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan or Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao.
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WJCintron Great review! I really enjoyed this book! 😃 2mo
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Alice in Bishounen-Land, Volume 1 | Yushi Kawata, Yukito
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2.5 ⭐ What the heck did I just read. Alice in Bishounen (Beautiful Boy) Land is a graphic novel about being sucked into a video game. This is a role playing game where a real person becomes a producer and must get their Idol team to be number one to be get back out into the real world. This book is all over the place. The main character Alice even admits that the story is all over the place, as she is actually a player in the story and just

LibrarianRyan as clueless as the reader. Over all I am not impressed. This has been done better by Skeleton Knight in Another World and by Fairy Tale Battle Royal. I barely understand the idea of idol, in my head they are like a US boy band like Back Street Boys or NSync. Neither of which I was ever into. Can I see others liking this book and continuing the series, sure….just not me. No thank you. Interesting concept but lack luster completion. 2mo
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4.5 ⭐ If you have ever wondered what the zoo animals do at night, well they put on shows. They start off with Macbeth, the famous play by Willy Shakespeare. The play is presented and we the readers get to see not just the play, but the audience thoughts and participation. We find out why things like intermissions happen. This was the simplest but craziest retelling of Macbeth ever put to paper.

LibrarianRyan I loved every minute of it. Between the three witches trying to find the perfect witch laugh, and the queen dealing with her “spots”, kids will get a nice basis for the story, and have a better time than they would with a Great Illustrated Classic. 2mo
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Record of Ragnarok, Vol. 1 | Shinya Umemura,Takumi Fukui
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4 ⭐ I liked this more than I was expecting.The cover makes it look like a Mortal Kombat situation. Which in a way it is, as the humans have to fight the gods in order to ensure humanity survives for the next thousand years. There‘s more information about Norse mythology, particularly Thor ,then in other books and information on the human competitor Lu Bu.Overall this was a fun and exciting read and I cannot wait to see the other pair ups.

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3.5 ⭐ I‘ve lost which number in the series this is. It is exactly what we come to expect from Dana, Phoebe, and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. The book is a fun daily look at the life of a little girl and her not so imaginary unicorn. In this installment they go to unicorn family reunion and meet Marigold‘s parents for the first time ever. Interesting concept, great fun, though not as good as some other compilations in the series.

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The Sparkle Dragons (book 1) | Berne, Emma Carlson
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4 ⭐ This book is not quite a graphic novel not quite a chapter book, it falls comfortably someplace in between. The art work is all done and pink black and gray and is just a real joy to read. These three sparkle dragons are out to save the world, in particular their queendom. This queendom is run by a bratty princess. The mystery is simple enough but still interesting enough to keep your kids actively reading and wanting more.

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4 ⭐ Another find entry into the bad guys who really just want to be good guys. There are tons of zombies running around and they‘re trying to destroy the world. However the only way to save the world is to go to space. And space is going to be an interesting adventure for the bad guys. They‘ll be danger, they‘ll be action, and they‘ll be a lot of farting. But can a fart save the world? You‘ll only find out by checking it out.