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Joined August 2016

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Here is my May wrap-up. Being out of school, I expected to read more, but to be fair, most of these were pretty lengthy.

Shout, Uprooted and A Gentleman in Moscow were definitely five star reads.

Deep Creek, Under the Dome and the Harry Potter books (re-reads for me) were four or even four and a half.

Signature, Transcription and Found Things were all clever (albeit for different reasons) and while I didn‘t love them, I appreciated them.

LikelyLibrarian Just realized that I forgot to add Under the Dome to the pic above, so here‘s a link to that one. 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 2w
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I‘m not an outdoorsy person. I respect the environment and I loved nature, but mostly from afar. But it‘s just too beautiful a day not to be out in it.

TheLibrarian The only thing I love doing outside is sitting in the sun reading but I hate bugs so it normally doesn‘t last long. 4w
LikelyLibrarian @TheLibrarian I‘m pretty much the same. Mosquitoes love me. My blood must be a delicacy 🙄 4w
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Library haul 😁

Emiller Deep Creek is SO good!!! Enjoy! 😊 1mo
LikelyLibrarian @Emiller Thanks! Looking forward to it! 1mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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New mug. New kindle. New book.
Let summer break begin!

BookFrog Love that mug! 1mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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So I‘m a little late to the party, but here‘s my April wrap up. The books are listed in order from most (Hibiscus) to least favorite (Bury). I‘ve been re-reading (listening) to the HP series, and I still think they‘re absolutely fabulous, but as I‘ve read them before, they didn‘t have the same impact on me as the top row of books did.
While I didn‘t love them, I appreciated the books on the bottom row; there were no “losers” this month.

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“When do we speak out, eh? When soldiers are appointed lecturers and students attend lectures with guns to their heads? When do we speak out?" ~ Chimamanda Adichie

JanuarieTimewalker13 This is a very sad commentary. Our teachers are armed, and in Britain, even the police aren‘t. What is wrong with America? Why is our society so violent? I don‘t think we are the most violent on a per capital basis, but I think this is so sad. Can someone shed light on this? I‘m baffled by this. All these guns don‘t make anything better. 2mo
Reggie So I read this book Arcadia and in it the Amish live next to the commune that has big bright ideas but ultimately fails. Later on in the book an Amish character tells one of the ex-commune people “you guys were weak, we knew you wouldn‘t last, when you do something like this you either choose community or freedom and you guys always chose freedom.” I think about that a lot. @JanuarieTimewalker13 and also Jurassic Park. Just cause we can 2mo
Reggie Doesn‘t mean we should. 2mo
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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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A fur baby, a fluffy blanket and a cup of tea...

“Now you know everything you need to know, the story can begin.”

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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I was feeling a little nostalgic, so I stopped by the library and picked up a few copies of Nancy Drew. I read book one yesterday. On the menu today - Book two, The Hidden Staircase.

BookFrog I never read them but I probably would have if I had tried. 5mo
LikelyLibrarian @Slajaunie They‘re great! For our generation, Nancy Drew was one of the only female literary characters we could look up to. 5mo
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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@Kmmsellers gave me this beautiful Anne of Green Gables journal and blanket for Christmas. The lines of the journal are made up of micro lines of the novel. It‘s amazing! 💕

Kmmsellers I‘m so glad you like it 😊 5mo
LikelyLibrarian @Kmmsellers It‘s beautiful ❤️ 5mo
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Just returned from a cruise with my grandson. We went to a Dr Seuss parade and listened to a reading of Horton Heard a Who! Does this count as my first read of the year? 😉

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90 books is a personal best for me (as an adult at least). And I read some great books this year. Here are my top five:

Circe by Madeline Miller
Educated by Tara Westover
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak
Us Against You by Fredrick Backman
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

BookNerd9906 👏👏👏 5mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Saying Merry Christmas with homemade butterbeer 😋

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Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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While I don‘t read Christmas-themed books, I do like a (creepy) wintery fairytale at this time of the year. Starting this today ❄️

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë
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I finished reading one of my all time favorite books, and now I‘m watching my favorite film version. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the best Jane Eyre 💕

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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“Books were her salvation. As a child, she‘d had a shelf of childhood favorites that she loved enough to read over and over again. But after ... books became more than mere stories. They were her lifeline, the pages as essential to her as breathing.”

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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If you want to do something for us,
Put a weapon down for me,
Close the maw of hell for me,
Be a friend to me,
Try to be good men for me.

You boast about all you‘re going to do for me.
So when are you going to stop ruining things for me?
Do you want to know what you can do for me?
Start by hearing me.

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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This was a quick and fascinating read. There were a tad too many subplots and it ended a bit too neatly, but the characters were complex and interesting and there was a steady build up of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. A solid four stars.

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“Unpopular, controversial or just plain different views when voiced by a woman are taken as indications of her stupidity. It is not that you disagree, it is that she is stupid: ‘Sorry, love, you just don‘t understand.‘”

I read this short book in one sitting. It is a fascinating, eye opening discussion of power and the social, cultural and political efforts to keep it out of the hands of women. It should be required reading for all young people.

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Boy, Snow, Bird should be called Whoa, Yikes, Hmm. The novel is broken into three sections, and that was my reaction to each. I‘m not sure how to feel about this book, but I will say I couldn‘t NOT finish it. Others have called it a fairytale and like many fairytales, this is a story about women, particularly mothers and daughters. The message seems to be that we are all irreparably damaged - far too damaged to have children.

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Thursday Afternoons | Monica Dickens
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1. My son - He makes me want to be the best person I can be.

2. My dog (she‘s tiny)

3. It‘s the last day of my workweek. I‘m a teacher, so I always have work to do over the weekend, but at least I can do it in my PJs.

4. Sleepin‘ in!!

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for participating! ☺️💚 7mo
SamanthaMarie Working in PJs is definitely something. With hopefully a few breaks for reading. 😊 7mo
LikelyLibrarian @SamanthaMarie That‘s the plan 😉 7mo
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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I can‘t decide!! These are the top picks in my To-Read list. What should I read? 🤷‍♀️

candority No wonder you can‘t decide, you have so many awesome books on there! I‘m currently reading Us Against You and loving it! 7mo
Samplergal There are a ton of great books there. The Fruit of the Drunken Tree was wonderful and didn‘t get the press it deserves. 7mo
Kmmsellers Too many good options! 7mo
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LikelyLibrarian @candority I really enjoyed Beartown! 7mo
LikelyLibrarian @Samplergal It‘s definitely in the running! 7mo
LikelyLibrarian @Kmmsellers I know! I must stop adding books to the shelf!! 7mo
irre There There is great! Also liked The Female Persuasion and Fredrick Backman is one of my favorite authors. 7mo
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Tomorrow, I have to spend the day making lesson plans and grading early submission essays. So today, I‘m going to treat myself to a Harry Potter movie marathon and cross-stitching.

LiteraryinLititz Sounds like a great plan! 7mo
Lel2403 Great idea 7mo
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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😂😂

WhatThePuck 😂😂😂😂😂 7mo
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Here‘s what I believe: Romance is ridiculous. Happily ever after doesn‘t exist. But, man, this book has me questioning everything, (everything) I believe. It is, simply, beautiful. And heart wrenching. By the end, I was crying so hard, my poor pup got worried and came over to check on me. Definitely five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lovesbooks87 Loved this book! 8mo
AmyG Ooooo I just got this for my birthday. 👍🏻 8mo
alisonrose I‘m usually anti-instalove but I thought it was done well and made a little more sense in this story 8mo
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zzz It was fantastic👍 8mo
LiteraryinLititz Great review! 8mo
Reggie Aww, I loved this one, too. I stayed reading in my car after work one night just to finish reading it instead of going home. 8mo
LikelyLibrarian @Reggie I read it at work. 😏Couldn‘t put it down. 8mo
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Updated Harry Potter #shelfie complete with Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and a hand-drawn portrait of Hermione 💕

Kmmsellers It looks great! 8mo
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“I read...For the hour in which I am able to lose myself in someone else‘s thoughts is the greatest relief I can find from the burden of my own memories.”

Wife Really good book!🖤 8mo
LikelyLibrarian @Wife Beautiful! I also like her novel, People of the Book. And I want to read March; it won the Pulitzer. 8mo
Wife March was also very good, but People of the Book has never appealed to me. 8mo
LikelyLibrarian @Wife I listened to that one on audio. Maybe it‘s better that way 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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“Her one salvation was the novels she read. On nights when she thought it might be better not to be alive...she open the book and was therefore saved, discovering that a novel was as great an escape as any spell.”

Kmmsellers I loved that one! 8mo
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“I used to love this season. The wood stacked by the door, the tang of its sap still speaking of forest. The hay made, all golden in the low afternoon light. The rumble of the apples tumbling into the cellar bins. Smells and sights and sounds that said this year it would be all right.”

Delicious language!

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⭐️Definitely. Witchy books in October. Wintery books in December ⭐️ The Bear and the Nightingale ⭐️ Morning person, by necessity ⭐️right handed

#SundaySurvey

alisonrose Thanks for playing! 9mo
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Birthday presents from my bestie. The one on the right is a drawing of Hermione Granger, and the one on the left says, “We read so we know we‘re not alone.” The girl in the pic is reading a copy of Anne of Green Gables. ❤️❤️❤️

BookishMe What fantastic choice! 😍💕😍 9mo
Kmmsellers I‘m so glad you like them! 9mo
LikelyLibrarian @BookishMe @Kmmsellers They‘re perfect. Two of my all-time favorite female characters 😊 9mo
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Just finished The Book of the Unnamed Midwife. So good. Must read book two of The Road to Nowhere series!

wtimblin Had this on my TBR pile for ages now. Need to get to it. Thanks for the reminder! 9mo
LikelyLibrarian @wtimblin The first book has been on my shelf for over a year. It‘s totally worth the read. 9mo
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I won this from a Goodreads Giveaway a year or two ago, and it‘s been languishing on my Kindle Bookshelf ever since. I think it‘s time to give it a shot 📖

TrishB It‘s a good read 👍🏻 9mo
LikelyLibrarian @TrishB I like it so far 🤞 9mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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A healthy breakfast and Practical Magic 😋

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I spent yesterday afternoon here, enjoying the weather, listening to the homemade wind chimes and re-reading a favorite childhood classic.

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1. Fall
2. Pumpkin Bread
3. Maze, definitely!
4. Nope, not a lot of apple orchards near me
5. I love pumpkin, but I HATE pumpkin spiced lattes 🤢

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wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🍎🍁🌻 9mo
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1. I graded all weekend, so I didn‘t go anywhere or do anything. But I did plan a trip to Natchez. This is the view from the hotel I booked.
2. I went to a Beach Boys concert with my husband.
3. Procrastinating - which is what I‘m doing right now
4. Season 2 of The 100
5. I‘m in the middle of “Grading Hell” right now, so I‘m not sure, but maybe, Force of Nature by Jane Harper?

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No Place for Me | Barthe DeClements
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Hi @MinDea and @Robothugs and thanks for hosting the #FavoriteBookGiveaway!

It‘s hard to choose just one book, but I chose No Place for Me. It‘s about a girl whose mom is an alcoholic, so she‘s sent to live with family members who don‘t want her.

I knew exactly what Copper felt like, living with people who didn‘t love her. This book taught me the value of being true to yourself. It also taught me that we‘re all powerful in our own way.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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Finally took this one down from the e-shelf and I‘m wondering what took me so long. I‘m only 50 pages in, but I already know I‘ll be adding this to the “best of 2018” list ❤️

Beatlefan129 That‘s pretty high praise! Definitely adding it to my TBR 9mo
LikelyLibrarian @Beatlefan129 I read another 50 pages after making that post, and it‘s still so good. You‘re gonna love it! 9mo
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The Crucible | Arthur Miller
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Reading this with my World Lit students, and I can‘t get the song from The Hunger Games out of my head...

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
They strung up a man
They say who murdered three
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

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The Tuscan Child | Rhys Bowen
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This is on sale at Audible. It has excellent Litsy reviews, but I‘m not sure. Have any of you read it?

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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“I keep reminding myself it isn‘t my fault. I didn‘t vote for Myers.
I didn‘t vote at all, actually.”

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Me, talking to author Nicola Yoon and holding my signed copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was a great day at the Mississippi Book Festival!

britt_brooke Fun!! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Ooooh, I‘d love to meet Yoon! 10mo
LikelyLibrarian @Reviewsbylola She‘s so nice and inspiring. 10mo
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Three Pines mugs!

CarolynM 😍😍😍 10mo
pgh.femme What?!? Where did that come from?!? 10mo
Caroline2 Ohhhhhh I love these!!! 😍 10mo
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LikelyLibrarian @pgh.femme You can buy them online, but I made these myself 😊 (edited) 10mo
Joysiam I am making these for my book club friends! 8mo
LikelyLibrarian @Joysiam Are you reading a Gamache book? I‘m sure they‘ll love them! 8mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Listening to Angie Thomas‘ Kidnote at the Mississippi Book Festival. She is a fabulous speaker!

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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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1. Don‘t go to the movies often, but I did take my grandson to see Christopher Robin last weekend, and it was really good.
2. My husband and I like playing pool.
3. Dunno, but if you find out, please let me know!
4. Ugh!!

#friyayintro

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My Mississippi | Willie Morris, David Rae Morris
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I‘m so excited to be attending this year‘s Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson. They have some amazing panels planned, featuring some of the best contemporary authors in the world.

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Free today to Audible members!

Whodunit85 Oooh, thanks! 10mo
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1. I don‘t know that I have a favorite, but I could listen to Nina Simone every day ❤️
2. My Goodreads goal was 52 books and I‘ve already met that, but I also created a “TBR in 2018” list - a list of 31 books that have been languishing in the shelf for some time - and I still have 19 left.
3. Almost none. Work, meetings, grocery shopping 😕
4. None. Mine is the only house on my street 🤣
5. I‘ve been to 5 different countries - 6 including the US

LibrarianJen Nina Simone 💖 10mo
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