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MaggieCarr

MaggieCarr

Joined January 2018

I buy, barter, and borrow all genres for all ages. I read cross format, both released and pre-released. Librarian by day and avid reader by night.♡
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Behind You | Jacqueline Woodson
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Books about death are never elegant. This one was.
Books can never get the spectrum of emotion down correctly on the page. This one did.
Books are often one dimensional, from one perspective. Neither was the case here.
Raw with emotion from every person left reeling after the accidental shooting death of Miah. The year after follows Miah witnessing the awe encompassing grief of his girlfriend, parents, family & friends. The healing...

MaggieCarr ...the closure, the new bonds are never complete but what bereavement journey is- Jacqueline Woodson has never had a lack of pouring emotion out on the page and this was both an experience and a raw process of grief that has, and continues to be, current events in police wrong doing and racial profiling. 3d
Jas16 Lovely review. 3d
Kdgordon88 Wonderful review! Woodson gets it right every time.💜 3d
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Sorry for Your Loss | Jessie Ann Foley
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Wow. This gem is hidden in a YA book and flying way under the radar. Pup is 27 years younger than his oldest sister, there are 8 siblings all together. 3 boys and 5 girls, when the middle son contracts and dies of meningitis in college the rest of the family tailspins replacing his high school graduation photo on the stairway, never speaking on his name, and never grieving together. All 30 family members live super close together and their...

MaggieCarr ...togetherness should offer healing but instead it's severely disjointed. As Pup tries mourning on his own close friends distance themselves, new friends appear and an art class changes everything. Written in parts about focus, light, framing, background, color and more the theme shines in this book and you are instantly connected to Pup and his family, in spirit, motivation, and emotion! 4d
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Long winded in parts but such a fun story about a forced change of plans and reconciling who you always thought you'd be with a chance to have so much more. Absolutely adored the side characters (best friends).

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In search of the best books to take with me camping this summer?

ChaoticMissAdventures What feeling are you going for? I went glamping in Washington and read this which is with a fantastic or terrible idea - 5d
BennettBookworm Yay camping!! Where to? If you haven‘t read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, that feels like good camping energy! Also the new Christina Lauren book Something Wilder which will probably rock. 5d
Tamra I‘m such a mood reader I have to take my Kindle loaded up. 😬 I recommend having variety! I love the No. 1 Ladies Detective series as light & fun reading with personable characters. (edited) 5d
jlhammar Yes, I second @ChaoticMissAdventures - Devolution is so much fun! Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl if you want nature-y bites. Has some lovely illustrations in it as well. Oh, and this one was good - a crazy true story that had me hooked. 5d
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The Book Woman's Daughter | Kim Michele Richardson
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Written as a sequel and as a standalone, with that confirmed it is just that, but I desperately wanted more of Cussy and Jackson. The strong bonds of young women entering a workforce in a time when they are only expected only to wed, birth and obey Instead they showcase a lifestyles of triumph, failure and redemption as they forge their own paths pathing way to the success of women for years to come.

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My daughter is #fangirling over an author comment

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Rereading a book 20+ years later with the next generation is so fun. I remembered so much but forgot little details that kept me captivated even all these years later.

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The Stranger in the Mirror | Liv Constantine
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Holy twisty-turning. Not gonna lie, I had to reread sections due to zoning out at how morally and unethical (a certain character) becomes. My mind started problem solving ways to help the fictional characters escape their situation. Only truly great authors, like this duo, can get me to pick up suspense and become so emotionally invested in a few hundred pages. My only regret is reading it during Mental Health Appreciation Month when this book...

MaggieCarr ... was so far from that theme. 1w
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Circus of Wonders | Elizabeth Macneal
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Multiple POV and while I was instantly gripped by Nell for being sold to the circus by her father for twenty pounds due to her notable birthmarks, I didn't feel like I connected to any of the other characters in a meaningful way. I honestly was mad, really mad, or downright furious with each of them except Pearl and she was only four years old and in the last third of the book...

MaggieCarr ...Kinda sorta a love story in a Shel Silverstein's "Giving Tree" sort of way × Gustafson of Jingle Jangle. Wow, I don't think I've ever compared that reference to another book before... it's fitting though. I haven't read all the library books on circus/side shows/carnivals yet but so far this was my least favorite. 2w
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Weather Girl | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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More and more rom coms feature plus sized females in a positive light but this was my first experience with a lead male in a plus sized positive character. It really worked and the over arching theme of taking care of multi-generational mental health was refreshing instead of hush hush. Women in STEM occupations also present ❤️ open door romance.

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Absolutely eye opening for me to experience life as a refugee in a world of war when becoming a child soldier is just as normal as hiding among dead bodies as a means to escape rebels. Mondiant shares so many memories of life on the run at 5 years old on, from decades in a refugee camp and his continued fight for education and the ability to return to the homeland from which his community fled 20 years prior. It struck me that the humbleness of...

MaggieCarr ...his people would rather lie and justify a death by any other means than hunger when starvation is so clearly to blame. I struggled with so many names and phrases that I know I didn't do pronunciation justice but his story still grabbed at my heart in a way that stay with me. 2w
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Read #3 before #2 and need to backtrack. Love seeing how the three girls friendships trump all and they each find their guy. Easy to envision all the smart characters in these open door S.T.E.M. novellas.

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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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I fell for it again... expecting a feral character from the "...until a mysterious, pregnant 16-year-old girl emerges out of the woods and into their lives..." book jacket. ? Don't get me wrong, it was okay just not what I expected though I did learn more about the Quaker community than I did before. I could wholeheartedly feel from the POV of each character and what drove them so the writing was good and immersive, just not what I was expecting.

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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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This third book is definitely my favorite from this series so far. Open door romance fake dating trope with characters a little closer to my own age. Maybe that is why I connected with them more. Never wanted to visit a Renaissance Faire before reading The Well Met series.

rachelm This was my favorite too 3w
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It's Cinco de Mayo!
You can have your tacos and eat them too....
Just don't use them as bookmarks

AmyG That‘s disgusting. 😬 3w
Librarybelle Sadly, I‘ve seen similar in returned library books… ☹️ 3w
julesG Why? Just why? 😢 3w
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Prairiegirl_reading Oh my god that‘s disgusting!! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
Tamra What? 😜 3w
BookDragonNotWorm I love books and I love tacos but these are things best kept separate! 😂. 🌮📚 3w
DogMomIrene That‘s just gross🤢 3w
Megabooks Oh no!!‘ 3w
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The Sun Is a Compass: A Memoir | Caroline Van Hemert
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I can have goosebumps mid Indiana summer and opt to be warmer no matter what and yet their journey, Caroline's words, their drive, organization, and acknowledged euphoria of the Arctic wild almost makes me want to ditch civilization life and at least visit Alaska (something I'd never have considered before). At its core, this is a love letter to nature.

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The Book Woman's Daughter | Kim Michele Richardson
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Virtual event with Kim Michele Richardson!

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KateReadsYA I scored 5 😆🙈 4w
rwmg 2 4w
AmyG Ha! 4 4w
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Lots of rom-coms are retellings of some sort but I'm enjoying this Meant To Be series by various authors. This one imitates Beauty & The Beast in an writers/editors POV in a one sided enemies to lovers trope. Closed door romance with a lovable assistant and best friend. Need to go scout out what the third book will be about and who is writing it.

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Under One Roof | Ali Hazelwood
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Quick open door romance enemies to lovers audiobook while catching up on laundry and dishes.

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Mulberry Hollow | Denise Hunter
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I want to live in a Denise Hunter book/series and be friends with the characters, play cards and pool, watch movies and dance, banter with them.

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Piper's story stole my whole heart. #ownvoices that represent so many similarities to my own: hearing loss, learning to compensate, asking for help and yet set in the future that doesn't seem so far-fetched. This is my second Auslan title, the first being Impossible Music (Williams). I read many excerpts aloud to my family and they had epiphanies of their own Asphyxia/Piper could put words to things I've never been able to express eloquently.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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While I enjoyed it, my last impression was how simplistic all the words & dialog was. Weird right? Like as I'm reading it I know I could have handed it to my elementary aged kids and they would have had zero problems pronouncing the words, though the ending would have been a bit much for them. I am intrigued enough to go hunt down the songs now.

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Me today:
- complaining because I had to microwave my coffee
- commenting that gas prices dropped a few cents
- brushing my teeth with the faucet on
- video chatting with my husband who is across the country
Sobering thoughts:
- to not drink and die or to drink, get sick from the water and die
- 19 years away from family
- am I leaving a positive impact on my world, a legacy my family would be proud of
Deep, deep middle grade read for ALL AGES!

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I tend to deviate from books featuring war for personal preferences however my ongoing interest in feral children drew me to this book. I'll be completely honest in that our protagonist was far from feral, though residing in and eating from the woods her education was far from letting her be uncivilized in a feral respect. A few confessed liberties from the author to make the story flow doesn't take from the life well lived within these pages.

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Our story featured a potted aloe vera plant so book club met at a creative space tonight for our discussion and we painted while rehashing the second Glenbrooke 😍

LiteraryinLawrence I love everything about this! 1mo
MaggieCarr @LiteraryinLawrence we are in North Central Indiana if you are a Robin Jones Gunn reader. It's basically a fan girl club where we only read her books and watch movies based on them but we have soooo much fun! 1mo
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Second in Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn, taking place in both Glenbrooke, Oregon & Maui, Hawaii I was feeling like I should up and leave my digs for a beach vacation. Love falling into RJG titles for book club and the discussion that follows. So many highlighted portions. Can't wait to meet up with my gals tomorrow night to paint aloe vera pots ❤️ (evolution of the book cover fye)

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Let me confirm that Alka Joshi is a talented author. I was instantly transported back into the Henna Artist storyline as if I read these books back to back despite the time gap in the storylines. These characters remain so very real to me in their flaws, hopes, failed expectations, and goals. The vivid depiction of architecture, clothing, scents, and landscape just make it come alive in my head, like reading it is viewing it, a true treat.

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Hot Fudge Pickles | Marilyn D. Anderson
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Last night I read Hot Fudge Pickles by Marilyn D. Anderson to Daniel & the kids. This was a book that was read to my classmates and I by our elementary librarian, Mrs. Berkebile. Just like she did we had to test it 😜 🥒🍫
Expand Your Horizons 2022: reread a book from your childhood to task ✔️

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Hot Fudge Pickles | Marilyn D. Anderson
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Expand Your Horizons 2022: Reread a book from your childhood.

I have distinct memories of my elementary media center clerk reading this book aloud to our class and actually making and consuming Green Monsters with us. Rereading & comparing it to Munsch's Stephanie's Ponytail and Clements' Frindle with how things escalate quickly in the story. My face hurts from reading it while smiling and trying not to laugh ahead of the sentence as I spoke.

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The Roughest Draft | Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley
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This one just didn't work for me. The settings and not enough time displacing the split time-line, maybe? Or the alternating POV in both present day & 4 years previous made it complicated to follow without returning to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself who I was reading. Throw in the first book and book currently being written and bam it's a perfect mess. Maybe I was too distracted while reading or something, it just didn't work.

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Casey Township Library | Casey, IL (Library)
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Another day another #LibraryPursuit as we stumbled upon Casey, Illinois and their collection of Big Things. The library was closed (Easter Sunday) but their giant bookworm was still super fun to pose with.

https://www.bigthingssmalltown.com/

Sleepswithbooks So cute 😃 🐛 1mo
charl08 Love this! 🥰🤩 1mo
BittersweetBooks This is very cute!! 1mo
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#LibraryPursuit Unfortunately half of their lights were malfunctioning but we enjoyed exploring the beautiful main location of the St. Louis Public Library this afternoon. The staff were so friendly and we could have spent hours there looking at the architecture alone. Most of the high ceilings showcased sculptures and paintings. The mouldings were ornate and the perfect mix of historical and modern. Highly recommend it if you are in the area.

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Gahhhh! To think the Canadian government would take children from their parents for fear they might be exploited as the first set of Quintuplets is odd. To then watch the wedge between siblings and quints driven deeper as they are relocated across the street in a personal hospital/holding grounds with staff and literally put on display like animals in a zoo is disgusting. More tourism to see them than Niagara Falls and the greed just keeps growing

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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Not a true story BUT included many personal details that did take place in author's life made this a five star read. The family dynamics were extremely relatable. I desperately wanted this story to be based on history due to the profound racism, idealisms, misinformed law persons and so much more. However, reference to Venmo, Uber, cell phones, and other technology woven into the storyline keep the reader's frame of reference in the here and now.

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LoverOfLearning Perfect 🤣 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Same with ruining posture and eyesight. 2mo
SW-T Agreed. 😂 2mo
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Ramona Blue | Julie Murphy
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Julie Murphy's setting/scene building just makes the stories so easy to get lost in. Each character grows and shines and comes into their own in a world that often tides against the protagonist again and again. Ramona Blue is no different; but she's fierce, loyal, and determined to put her family first to the point of settling herself. I am certain I audibly whooped when she triumphed over this characteristic that's hardly a flaw.

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I'd feel the need to mention that this book/series is totally cliche, but the name tells you that's what you are picking up so no spoilers there. Closed door romances that work as a pallet cleanser between heavier reads.

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Abandoning at 1/3, starts off nearly relevant and believable (kinda like Handmaid's Tale did) but quickly escalates into the realm of weird where "wayward" parents are to use robotic children and stuff. I can see where it is so very, very different is a reason it's getting such high praise it's just not a good fit for me.

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While We Were Dating | Jasmine Guillory
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These could technically all be read as stand-alone books but I love finding previous characters in each new book and this one, #6, sets up a perfect opportunity for Dawn, the newly discovered half sister, to have her own story. We'll see if that happens. Open-door romance with a positive lens on mental health needs.

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Marry Me | Bobby Crosby
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I'm in the habit of checking into movie trailers that catch my interest to see if they are from books. Marry Me is based on a graphic novel. Guy Cooper is a 25 year old school counselor in the books yet played by Owen Wilson (age 53). Ana/Stasia is a 24 year old Caucasian pop star with blonde hair yet Jennifer Lopez's (age 52) plays the part. 🤷🤦

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Nappanee Public Library | Nappanee, IN (Library)
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This is me. Hello. #LibraryPursuit

ozma.of.oz Hello! That is a most excellent shirt! 2mo
KateReadsYA Hi Maggie 👋 love the shirt 2mo
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Belly is in college and the love triangle continues. Loving brothers but marrying only one. This third/final book gives voice to Conrad as well as Belly while she and Jeremiah are in the midst of wedding planning. Still emotional but not as much as with the second book. Lots of twists and turns and which boy will get her heart. Many times I didn't want it to be either and for her to just date someone new altogether.

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Raw grief and emotion are not often so vivid in YA due to the loss of Joanna. Second in the trilogy picks up right where the first ends, the only difference is it has a double POV from Jeremiah as well as Belly.

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I'm so thankful to be past the angst of being a teenager. Feeling like you have it all figured out when the truth is far from it. The back and forth storytelling made the friendships and relationships between characters very real and you want to celebrate them, scold them, and console them during all the emotions.

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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A few years back I devoured David Oshinsky's Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital for the way it made me think about the history of cleanliness and ethical practices in an ever changing world of medical advances. This YA book transported me back into those feelings and across the ocean through time to spin a story both gothic yet stitched together with real historical events and other figments....

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