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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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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Read cover to cover in one sitting... 4☆
Everything is cyclical. Yet, WW2 was not so long ago that we have forgotten. How are we in a situation of repetition so soon? Perfect book for older kids through adults.

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5☆☆☆☆☆

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I knew of their philanthropic work, but not nearly the extent of it nor the driving force behind it. Absolutely awe inspiring, backed with statistics that make me mad and leave me wanting to see and lead more change before my death.
Themes: Lifting each other up, empowering mothers, family planning, girls in school, unpaid work, child marriage, gender bias, new cultures, coming together.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Some books are just better on audio. A few of my favorites are...
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

What are your favorites and why does audio make it better?

Crazeedi Thanks for the audio recs! 1d
DHill I loved Ashley Bell, The Fireman and Wolf Hall. 1d
jillrhudy I loved The Woman In White on Blackstone Audio with Roger Rees as Walter Hartright. 11h
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Mehso-so

I recently learned that author Christina Lauren is actually a writing duo, rather than a single person. As far as rom coms go I have really enjoyed most of their stand alone titles, but this one just fell short for me.

Jas16 This wasn‘t one of my favorites either. 3d
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A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand
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Book 8 in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series...
So I live in a town 50% Amish. Many conservative authors don't write from an experience of total immersion. However, I literally wait to read these titles. Not due to accuracy but rather for the carry-over minor characters, the matchmaking great-grandparents who are laugh out loud witty and simply pull each story together. They may have only 2,000 words of dialog a story but it's worth it!

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Doesn't everyone grab their servers arms for a double-take? ♡♡♡

Soubhiville That‘s so cool!!! 6d
vivastory One of my favorite childhood books 6d
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Mehso-so

Hmmm. See previous post for mid-blurb. Final consensus 3☆. Didn't love the MC. Pacing felt off, slow but steady for 90% of the book and a rushed conclusion that felt nothing short of hitting a writing deadline. Maybe the first title I truly didn't enjoy from Hello Sunshine.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Finally got my hold on this title from an old Reese's Book Club pick. It's like Elenore Oliphant × Keiko Furukara × Stella Lane × Ove & Britt-Marie all smushed into one character. Only a third of the way through and I feel mediocre about it considering how long I've waited my turn.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Red At The Bone | Jacqueline Woodson | Pub 9/17/19

I stumbled upon Jacqueline Woodson by reading tasks for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge some years ago. Now, it's a simple decision to read each new book that she publishes. This one did not disappoint. When I read time slip, it's easy to get confused by multiple points in history and varying perspectives, especially when it's not chronological.

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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Middle Grade Novel | Author of Dumplin', Puddin', Tamona in Blue | Publishes today, October 1, 2019

"Let's recap. My parents are divorced. My dad is gay, and my mim has a new boyfriend. She's not calling him her boyfriend yet, but he's totally her boyfriend. I'm pretending to be the town advice columnist while the regular lady is MIA. My best friend is ticked off at me, and I've somehow mangaged to become friends with my once-sworn enemy."

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This will be a book I return to over and over. I was the daughter, now I'm the mother and have yet to learn to have confidence in myself in my daily life. I fake it well. So well, but know I lack it in every sense of the word. In order to be a living example to my daughter, I know I have a lot of work to do. Can't wait to delve deeper into a group study with this title. A 5☆ read that I'll return to over and over.

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Wow. So only one gripe, for a group of teens destined to go to Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, etc they sure use profanity in lieu are adjectives way more than I would think is believeable. However, it's been a long time since I was a teen and I know I'm not in the loop as much anymore. The rest of the book was amazing, I learned a lot about Korean/Korean-America culture. Distributed for YA but would be insightful to adults.

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We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler
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Time Slip × YA
"You can't just love a legacy. You can't let one thing - one talent, one person, one particular way of life - stop you from loving other things too." Pg 235

I really enjoyed this book and double narrative shared from both a current day teen and her great-grandmother who are both tight rope walkers.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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Still undecided if getting both of my new ARC shipments within the same week is a good thing or not. I could easily consider this the sign I need to hibernate for the winter and disappear with my spoils. I've already decided to quit reading all but one of my challenges for 2020 and simply read what I want for the year. #LibrarianLife #ARCS

Heatherfeather Whoa! (And I always agree you should read what you want 😁) 4w
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Very cute open-door romance. I enjoyed the banter and inside look at a Renaissance Fair, but I could definitely relate more to the love of reading and coffee shop verbiage. Reminded me a of Christina Lauren's books.

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Truth! "...to feel wired for others yet irrelevant; to need community but equally to be unable to find one; that cleaning, cooking, and caring for my family is a pleasure and a blessing, but it isn't the same as feeling connected to them; to do things for others isn't the same as being with them; that watching television...isn't always "spending an evening together." ...I wonder what within me is compelling enough that anyone would stay with me."

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No regrets for last place...

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Say You'll Remember Me | Katie McGarry
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I was lucky enough to meet Katie last year and was a huge fan of her newest book at that time and felt honored to have that time with her. Since then I've read 5 more of her titles and each have characters and dialog that feel so real it's easy to think they were transcribed rather than fictional. Thank you, Katie, for breathing life into your characters so readers can see themselves and their feelings reflected in the books that you write.

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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Post catchup #2
Good but I liked Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts more. Compairing the two stories, this one just felt surface-y, lacking character development apart from the illness.

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Mehso-so

Post catchup #1

I really didn't like Piper, I can't pinpoint why exactly, something just seemed off.

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https://www.readitforward.com/tbr-time/

I need a year long solitary vacation.

TheSpineView Wouldn't that be nice! 1mo
jillrhudy I love the part about being 32 at the end. 1mo
MaggieCarr @jillrhudy what it doesn't account for is me continuously adding to my shelf LOL 1mo
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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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ARC due out 10/1/19 from Harper Collins
Review to come when finished.

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The Whale Rider | Witi Ihimaera
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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Say You'll Remember Me | Katie McGarry
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Nothing better than coming home to book mail from Katie!

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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While the probability of putting 3 kids up for adoption/release in such rapid succession baffles me, most of the huh-moments I had while reading are answered in the last chapter. I enjoyed the multi POV from the teens and the diversity and similarities that they shared. All around this was a fantastic book that can really shed light on what it feels like to be adopted, in foster care, and what it's like to be a teen parent.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Is #AChallengeMadeMeReadIt a real hashtag? I'm using it as one... Not even going to bother rating, finished only because it was tasked on a reading challenge. Mythology is not, nor will it ever be a genre I enjoy. Give me folklore and mermaids, but blah to the gods of mythology.

xxjenadanxx I loved this one! But we can't all like the same things I suppose. 2mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This was everything I didn't know I wanted in a book. I loved the history, the arsen investigation, the mini biographies of the library staff past & present, the book restoration... all of it.

Crazeedi I really enjoyed this one 2mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Inspired by the historical blue people and fierce and brave Kentucky Pack horse librarians,19 year-old Cussy Mary Carter dubbed Bluet is passionate about getting literature into the hands of those around her. Her loyalty puts her at risk, but that doesn't stop her. Cussy is the perfect protagonist for those of us who embrace the need for books, the healing they can bring and the future they can provide. Don't miss this book!

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Say what?!?!?! I was just informed that Daisy Jones and the Six is entirely made up! I'm in complete awe! Based on the storytelling, I thought it was real!

marleed TJRs research into this rock-n-roll era is so spot on, I can understand how you might think that way! 2mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I am not a rock music listener, I know very little about it but as a librarian, I kept hearing about this title and adding people to the hold request list so I decided there there must be something to it. I enjoyed the storytelling of Taylor Jenkins Reid's other book so it wasn't too hard to decide and read this book too. No regrets, the multi narrative was a unique way of getting the story from everyone in and relating to the band.

jillrhudy The big buzz about this is the audiobook, which has a full cast, and which I won't get until Christmas because as a librarian myself I refuse to pay Audible for it! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Like Sadie by Courtney Summers, some books are just better as audio, with a full cast. Took forever, but my hold finally came in. I feel like there should be actual music tracks dispursed throughout. Other than that I like what I've listened to so far.

jillrhudy On hold! I‘ll get it at Christmas! 2mo
MaggieCarr @jillrhudy for real! I believe it! Took me 27 weeks and there are still 9 people on hold behind me. 2mo
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In 27 Days | Alison Gervais
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What if Death and Havoc were physical beings capable of approaching you and carrying on conversations? What if you were tasked to stop a suicide? I really enjoyed this book and storyline, it was unique and thought provoking.

"There are things in this life that make all the other crap worth it... grab those moments, those people, and you run with them and you fight with everything you have to never lose them." [page 307]

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Entered a giveaway and answered a survey. My results are, well, 100% accurate LOL

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Accurate!

CoffeeNBooks I said this to my husband the entire time he was watching Bird Box, lol! 🤣 2mo
MaggieCarr @CoffeeNBooks the worst ones for me so far (hubby wont take me to the movies because I talk lol) were The Circle and Ready Player One 2mo
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In 27 Days | Alison Gervais
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"If you knew you had to do the right thing, but that something bad might happen to you because of it, would you do it anyway?"
"The right thing is always the right thing."

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Dynamic Discipline | Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
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At a library staff development day and spotted Vince Gill. Nice guy! 🥰🎶🤠🙌👀

Oh, and our speaker was pretty great too.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Tough career women. Redemption. Love. Loss. Family. Scapegoat. Survivor.
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All perfectly acceptable reasons to hug a good book.
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For those who read Katherine's first book 'How To Walk Away', Cassie is one of the firefighters from the plane crash and this is her story, but this title could totally be read as a standalone without consequence.

DebReads4fun I just started reading this book. Already loving it! 2mo
MaggieCarr @DebReads4fun I could've said the same yesterday lol. I read though it in two days. Enjoy! 2mo
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Bella Baxter Inn Trouble | Jane B. Mason, Sarah Hines-Stephens, John Shelley
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Raining reading days are awesome...
"Bella and her family live in a house hotel with lots of rooms. They had to fix it up. A new friend, Joe, helped with getting a skunk out of their basement with an old pancake found under a bush and then the skunk got in the cage. Bella's mom wasn't a good cook all the time. Sometimes the food has pieces of roof in it or other parts of the house. But in the end the food for the guests was good.?" -C, age 7

LibrarianRyan 💗💗🤓🤓😁😁💗💗 2mo
JennyM Fantastic review little book dragon! 2mo
MaggieCarr @JennyM I super proud of her. Start 'em young. 2mo
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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Not everyone's infertility journey is universal and I'm glad Abby made it a point to mention that in the author note at the end.

I was seeking a quick rom-com when I picked up The Friend Zone, but I fell in love with the characters and their personalities. Whit and sarcasm don't always translate well in books but this one was done flawflessly and had me feeling all the emojis. This one will stick with me awhile.

MrBook Nice review! 2mo
MaggieCarr Thanks! It's often hard to get all I want to say down to a qualifying character count while still being worthwhile to others seeing to read good books. 2mo
Lovesbooks87 I loved this one too! I can't Sloan's book to come out next year! 2mo
MaggieCarr @Lovesbooks87 agreed! Already added it to my watch list. Did you catch the cupcake reference in the hospital? 2mo
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The Perfect Date | Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz
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I think Jasmine Guillory ruined rom-coms for me. I fell in love with her characters and now these others don't even stand a chance. I finished but it just felt "meh".

bookandcat Guillory is great right??? Try Alyssa Cole Reluctant Royals or 2mo
Megabooks There‘s a rare adult video on TikTok where the guy who‘s 40ish says, “oh, you were born in 2000. What are you up to? ... Going to college?!? 🤯🤯” 🤣🤣 (Note, I am about to turn 40.) 2mo
MaggieCarr @bookandcat I've enjoyed Christina Lauren's stand alones! Started 'The Friend Zone' by Abby Jimenez this morning and I like it a lot more! 2mo
MaggieCarr @Megabooks yup! Feeling really old at work these days, I'm 31 but the crew I came on board with all are relocating or retiring and the high school and college kids replacing them seem so young and just don't have strong work ethics. :( 2mo
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The Silence Between Us | Alison Gervais
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I was in the spotlight on my library's social media accounts for #BookFeatureFriday this week.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Dumbest idea ever to stay up finishing this book before bed. Once Ayoola got stabbed, I though okay this is all wrapping up nicely, karma wise. I should have just gone to sleep then. Instead, I kept reading and continued to get more and more angry at our protagonist, Korede. I should have expected the ending considering the verbiage of the dust jacket. A classic example of a circle story for an adult.

Reviewsbylola I struggled with the ending too but it was still gratifying for me. 2mo
DGRachel I struggle with books where evil isn't punished, so I really didn't enjoy this one, either. 2mo
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MaggieCarr @DGRachel Yes! Yes! Yes! That is such a better way of explaining it. 2mo
CarolynM I don't get the fuss about this one. 2mo
MaggieCarr @CarolynM I read it to complete a reading challege, but don't think it would have called to me otherwise. I do enjoy books that make me think about things from a different perspective and this book definetly hit the nail on the head there but I would find it hard to recommend to someone. 2mo
ShelfRighteous It seems like Ayoola is the deceiving one, with all her charm to get her out of sticky situations. But turns out Korede is to blame too, she compulsively covers up for her sister no matter how wrong she is or what she does. I think the author succeeded in deceiving the readers with this one! 2mo
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For real though! I give full credit to my Dad, who never left home without a book.

Tera0707 🙌🏻 2mo
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While I couldn't relate to every poem: my kids have slept through the night since infants, and my husband is an equal helpmate and engaged father, I could embrace the emotions that accompany parenthood. These poems are short and sweet and to the point without being all philosophical and vague. Spend an hour with Bunmi, she gets it and can put all those feelings down on paper. ♡

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I think Nina is the closest fictional character, that I have found, that feels like me. I tend to put my foot in my mouth, enjoy working surrounded by books, oddly sarcastic and full of odd facts. Her odd paternal family and substories were fun and they reminded me of Joe Fox's family in You've Got Mail. I enjoyed the romance between Tom and Nina but feel they rushed to bed quicker than needed based on how little then know each other.

CoffeeAndABook About Tom & Nina - that‘s exactly how I felt! I could feel their initial attraction to each other but everything after that felt rushed & detached at the same time. I wasn‘t feeling it at all. Apart from that, the book was bliss. 💫 2mo
MaggieCarr @CoffeeAndABook yes! Yes! Yes! 2mo
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The Silence Between Us | Alison Gervais
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The font changes inside this book read accurately, text indicated in CAPS LOCK showing ASL usage in dialog verses what Maya is thinking in her head or other characters are verbally speaking-amazing! “No matter how hard you try to understand something, sometimes there‘s a personal connection to the cause that you‘re missing, something you may not ever reach, and that can make all the difference. That‘s why this is important to the real world.”[147]

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brit91 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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