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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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Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! | Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin
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Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?

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Her Turn | Katherine Ashenburg
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Abandoned me at page 40. I really didn't like the protagonist and looked up a quick few reviews hoping to find the reason this one made it to my TBR shelf. Instead reader after reader said it doesn't get better. 😬 Ain't nobody got time for that with end of year goals looming.

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#accurate outcome

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#WrappedReading bedtime story "The Great Santa Stakeout" by Betsy Bird

Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?

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I had no idea the trial was going on when this title made it to the top of my TBR list. I'm emotionally invested in seeing Elizabeth be prosecuted for her narcissistic approach to business.

"Hyping your product to get funding while concealing your true progress and hoping that reality will eventually catch up to the hype..." ?

"Like her idol Steve Jobs, she emitted a reality distortion field that forced people to momentarily suspend belief."?

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Our 7th annual #WrappedReading started tonight. Each evening in December our bedtime story will be opened by the kids. "It's the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature is stirring.... Then a mysterious noise wakes Olaf."

Olaf's Night Before Christmas by Jessica Julius

SayersLover I love this idea! @MaggieCarr 2d
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Untitled | Anonymous
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November #2021SpineStack
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Everything After | Jill Santopolo
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I enjoyed this one much more than The Light We Lost... maybe because I could relate to some of the feelings Emily went through. Marriage is hard! Fighting for it is hard and I think it was accurately depicted in these pages, it's easy to find solstice in someone other than your partner when the other person validates feelings and makes you feel seen/heard again.

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Faith: Greater Heights | Julie Murphy
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An exact secondary novel for this series. Just okay, but I didn't overly love or hate it. I was thankful for all the subtle refreshers to help me recall moments that didn't last in my memory from the first book. Guess that's a sobering realization that Taking Flight also didn't leave a lasting impression other than the freak out the first few chapters gave me.

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Bailedbailed

Too scary for me.

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Shipped | Angie Hockman
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Every once in awhile I stumbled on a romance with tough-as-nail characters with very real, powerful voices that are muted by other characters. These stories keep me reading long into the night championing battles that are not my own; supporting fictional endeavors chapter to chapter as if my reading/"hearing" their struggle gives them the power to break through. Alas, I'm a simple reader but I hope I've convinced you to read and root for Henley,

MaggieCarr ...embrace Walsh, and comfort Graeme. Swoon. And yes, yes, I did Google sneezing Galapagos marine iguanas during dinner to show my kids LOL 7d
EvieBee I really loved this one too, and I don't read romance novels very often. It was perfect in every way. 6d
MaggieCarr @EvieBee another author who can draw me in with substantial characters is Abby Jimenez. Start with 6d
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Gah. I read graphic novels way too fast. Note to self: don't snag them until a series is complete. Glad to have read the original first so the cliffhanger 911 doesn't bother me quite so much but still. Hmmm.... Do I dare start a third book today? 40 minutes until midnight and still a big TBR stack--- yup, think I will.

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Three generations of mothers and daughters, of choices and learning, of love. Sigh. Just love me some inspirational time-slip narratives. This one read like a Rachel Hauck if you are familiar with her work. Very sweet, thought provoking and memorable.

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EvieBee Wow! 1w
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Mehso-so

It was what the title says but guess I was hoping for more. The initial kidnapping happens and is over in just a few pages but the remainder of the book is the fallout of the domino effect of that deadly interaction. Just not what I expected I guess.

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Reading Books via Vietnam
Whatcha reading?

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Avoiding the monstrosity that is 'Mount Unmatched Socks' with a viable excuse--- my book is due tomorrow.

I reread the first book because I forgot the emotions right at the end and since this title literally picks up where the other stops I knew I needed to read them in tandem. Both take place in the 80s but the decades don't erase the intolerance of so many. The complete acceptance of both Aristotle and Dante a parents is amazing. 5⭐

fredamans I'm reading this one now and was immediately pulled back into Ari and Dante's love story! 😊 2w
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(reread) I didn't specifically remember being wowed by the composure and support Ari and Dante's parents shared. Told without their perspectives, but noting the current event aids topics of the setting- they weren't oblivious about the obstacles their boys would face in the wake of a friendship turned romance, we (as readers) just don't get to feel the emotions encompassing what was likely a part of their wake and asleep.

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Wow. Just wow.

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Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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"...I'll tell these young women my story. They'll hear me, take my words, and work them into their souls. They'll know all my truth, that we weren't just lucky, but beauties and dreamers and survivors, most of all." - (1810, London) page 502.

A historical novel based on the true-life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

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Been awhile since I introduced myself. I'm Maggie, youth services library assistant by day, wife & mom in the evening and restless sleeper/reader by night. I read all formats for all ages and enjoy ARCs/ALCs though so many of my recent shipments are already published by the time I get them so not sure if people are just cleaning out their offices or what's up but... I'm on here and over on Goodreads. Nice to meet you!

julesG Hello Maggie! That's a lovely family picture. 3w
IuliaC Hi Maggie! What a wonderful family! 3w
TrishB Hi 👋 3w
AmyG Hi Maggie! What a beautiful family. 3w
DivineDiana Hello! Nice to meet you and your family! 2w
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Forever, Interrupted: A Novel | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Not like TJR's current writing style but definitely still very emotional and thought provoking. Granted this was written well before these two comparison books but felt like a mix between the backstory from The Last Goodbye (Fiona Lucas) and From Scratch (Tembi Locke). Told from a modern day and six month through more recent flashbacks, readers are all in for a whirlwind romance that ends as quickly as it begins.

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Kendallville Public Library | Kendallville, IN (Library)
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Is there a hashtag on Litsy for sharing photos when you visit other libraries? If so what is it? My coworkers and I can't be the only ones who seek out the local library when we are on road trips and away at conferences (and who am I kidding... even on family vacations LOL)

#LibraryPursuit

slategreyskies I‘m not sure there‘s a tag for that, but I do know that lots of libraries have their own tags. Do a quick search for the name of the library under the book search tab, and you‘ll likely be able to make your post under that library‘s name. Some bookstores are included in the database too. :) 4w
MaggieCarr @slategreyskies yes! That's the one! I didn't know we could do that! 4w
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SayersLover Ooh! I just looked up my local library and it‘s there. Looks like it works based on location. So cool. Good to know! @MaggieCarr 4w
MaggieCarr Going to go back in my profile at add #LibraryPursuit to photos taken while visiting other libraries 4w
BittersweetBooks Same here, love this! 3w
Chelsea.Poole I do the same thing! 3w
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Riverbend Gap | Denise Hunter
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Gaaa. Wish I wouldn't read these so fast. Easy to get draw in and absorbed among a new wonderful set of characters. Eager for Avery's story to come next. Thanks Denise for the wonderful character development and emotions around foster care, blended families, addiction diseases, and extreme loss/grief. It made for authentic storylines and relationship building.

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"Zara is a little bit older than me. Three years older. While trying to break a hula hooping record she made it to one hour before her brother ran into her with his bike while trying to dry off from swimming. It was kinda okay though because she didn't know about all the papers she had to fill out to break a record officially for the Guinness Book of World Records. Kids in my grade would like this book because it reminds us to read...

MaggieCarr ...through the instructions, try and try again, and forgive our annoying brothers." -Cadee, age 9.

(April 2022 release. Thanks to SLJ for the copy they sent my mom)
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So, so relatable. Never stop fighting for your marriage, for your family, for yourself. I love that despite giving up sleep to work on herself, physically and by starting photography, Lanie found healing in her new circumstances. I really enjoyed all the little quirks of parenthood and the nods to the never-ending ponderings of why we do what we do in response to our kids.

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Soubhiville Great quote! 4w
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The Husbands | Chandler Baker
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I kept thinking Nora has to be having a vivid pregnancy dream or something, she's too normal, smart for this. This being recruited into the Dynasty Ranch Community: where women are in charge, succeed in their careers and the men are home brainwashed? into domestic life. Fiction, yes, but if we have to add more labels: fantasy, cozy physiological thriller, fractured realities to name a few. Very reverse Stepford Wives that leaves me feeling like I

MaggieCarr was on a psychedelic trip as I finished reading; leaving only the epilogue (which I LOVED!) as a faint glimpse of the bridge to make it back to reality. So much to disect and would make an excellent book club book with so much that could be discussed. 1mo
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Can't tag Ultrarunning Magazine but need to pay homage to my Sister-In-Law. She is a beast! Homeschooling, military wife, mom to 8, and has fallen in love with distance running in her late 30s. With over a dozen 100+ mile races under her belt, making the cover of The November issue only solidifies the pedestal she belongs on. So proud of her!

monalyisha 😵🎉💯 1mo
SayersLover Sounds like an awesome person! Thanks for sharing that inspiration! @MaggieCarr 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! 1mo
Bklover That‘s amazing! 1mo
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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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Loved these snippets into his history and current way of life. The book style is definitely unique, almost like a mashup of memories while also interrupting himself and these stories with blurbs, poems, thoughts and declarations. Many of which resonated with me in some way. Kinda bummed it wasn't a longer read.

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October #2021SpineStack
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So I'll preface in saying that the mentioned book There She Is: The Life & Times of Miss America (1971 Frank Deford) chronicles the earliest years, I'm glad that was reference otherwise it would have felt like there were large gaps of time missing despite the back and forth from modern day to previous years. While I do have memories of watching the broadcasts on tv growing up I never sought out any additional content that may have been ↩️

MaggieCarr circulating so the explanations helped me understand many traditions and expectations. I was overjoyed to learn of Heather Whitestone (1995) a Deaf/HoH winner. I instantly dropped my book to grab my phone for YouTube footage. I found it and with tears played it twice more. Representation is so, so valuable that I can only imagine the then current viewers seeing a beautiful woman with assisted hearing aids win Miss America.↩️ 1mo
MaggieCarr We opt to not have tv on in our home most of the time and I was unaware of the financial woes and leadership changes that they have suffered these last few years, let alone the connections to the #MeToo movement, though I'm not surprised. 1mo
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All my holds came in at once...
Can I cancel all my weekend plans to read?

ravenlee “Sorry, something came up that can‘t be delayed…” 1mo
Aims42 Looks like a fun weekend 😁 Happy Reading!!! 1mo
BittersweetBooks Doooooo it 🤣 1mo
Johanna414 Lol you won't get any arguments here! My question is always, "How do I convince someone else to watch the kids all weekend so I can read?!" ? 1mo
Crazeedi That's happened to me before, lol 1mo
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Stayed up way too late finishing this book because
1. I loved so many of the characters
2. The characters I hated, I grew to love
3. The humor flawlessly comes off of the page and that is often hard for writers to achieve.

Problem, not a series but I still need more!

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@ARSLpage @RuralLibAssoc #ARSL2021
Took a bomb shelter tour under the downtown Reno (Nevada, USA) Public Library tonight after our American Rural Small Library Conference sessions ended for the day.
#LibraryPursuit

Freespirit Wow that would be fascinating!! 1mo
ElizaMarie Ooo looks like so much fun! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Neat! 1mo
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Maps for the Getaway: A Novel | Annie England Noblin
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This was such a fun read. I finished 3/4 of it on my flights yesterday. Kate, CiCi & Genie reminded me so much of the friendships I share with my own h.s. group. This book would make a great movie, so vivid in emotions, adventure and characters.

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Long time fan of Anna & Felty's shenanigans. In this tenth book they share their own meet-cute and all the eccentricities that we know and love form and develop as they share their story with family gathered at Christmas on Huckleberry Hill. They still have many family members to matchmake for so I hope this series continues.

Side blurb- hate the covers! Felty is supposed to be a foot taller than his Annie-Bananie and Anna's eyes are deep blue!

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The Addams Family: An Evilution | Charles Addams, H. Kevin Miserocchi
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rachelk 🤣 1mo
Nute 😂 1mo
Tera66 🤣 1mo
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As Retta says, “When a woman marries and takes her husband‘s name she is forever bound by his action and not her own. It ain‘t right, but that‘s the way it is.”

Strong Themes: Women‘s friendship, mother-daughter relationships, Regret, Drunkenness, Abuse, Abuse of Power through Poverty

A story of strong women pushed to extremes succeeds with convincing characters and a vivid portrait of the rural South a century ago.

Crazeedi Sounds like one I want to read, thanks!💗 2mo
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If the Shoe Fits | Julie Murphy
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Haven't read a Julie Murphy yet that I didn't fall in swoon with. I do say this splash into the adult market is perfect for the readers who enjoyed Disney growing up and will see so many mixed Cinderella vibes in the novel. Assuming the series will be stand-alone titles (by varying authors?) but grouped as reimagined fairy tales, maybe. Anyway read 90% in one sitting and had I not had to be at work would have finished it, it's that good!

MaggieCarr Already recommended it to my sister who is equally a fan of The Selection and Disney so this one will definitely have a market for closed-door rom com readers. (Found and tagged the second book) 2mo
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Can I give a book five stars and be flustered as all get out at the opposition she had to face as a result of having a brain, common sense, and a desire to be heard just because she was a woman, wife & mother? Well, it seems I can. Hot dang if this didn't get me all sorts of riled up and she's long since been dead and buried but her legacy lives and her fight was not in vain. Can't wait to get my hands in Radium Girls.

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The Lucky List | Rachael Lippincott
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#AudioBikeRide and while at first I was like "eh" when I realized it was another reliving a loved ones left behind bucket list trope, the ending sets this one apart. I love how supportive the friends are.

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You know that quote that say "I love Jesus but I cuss a little" that's the exact way I would describe this book. Definitely coming of age while also exploring a secular world from a very sheltered upbringing lense. This book would be great for discussions with teens trying to figure out if their religion is their own or just assumed from their parents, really grasping what it means to be flawed and still love Jesus.↩️

MaggieCarr It won't be for everybody but will really resonate with many teens in my community. 2mo
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I loved the pieced together format of interviews, story, podcast excepts and missed the latter in this last book of the trilogy. It felt a bit slower in many places but the plot peeked well and kept me on my toes.

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Absolutely fantastic. Isn't it odd that we can be so intrigued by people long gone but whose legacy remains. Goodness, it's not even my family but the entire time I was reading could picture this or that and then view it though a lense of "...if that happened today..." Wow. Wow. Wow. The amount of money is something to behold. Very grateful that they often aquatinted it with currently inflation but still more than I could ever imagine.

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This Time Around: Three Sweet Romances | Denise Hunter, Kathleen Fuller, Melissa Ferguson
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Easy to read second chance romance novella trios. Just can't go wrong. 😍

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Starts with flavors carried through breast milk and covers a whole lot more from historical food discoveries to modern uses and trends. I didn't think I had an internal reading voice but totally read this hearing the comic wit of Mike Rowe as there is some opinions and snark within. I think my favorite chapter was about ice cream and it's ties to the war during sugar rationing but being so American as to get it to soldiers for moral boosting.

Aims42 I had this on hold at my library but didn‘t make it there in time to pick it up, so it‘s back in circulation 😆 Did I miss much? Should I request it again? 2mo
MaggieCarr @Aims42 you can totally read the chapters on only the foods that intrigue you and be fine. Think I read it in about 5 hours so skipping around can make it a quick read. 2mo
Aims42 @MaggieCarr Nice, good to know! Thank you 😊 2mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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3.5 rounded up. While this one felt much more classic Moriarty than Nine Perfect Strangers it wasn't my favorite of hers by far. So many portions are long and drawn out but it does all come together in the end and current even tie-ins will make it a timely read for post/maybe-not-quite-yet-post pandemic. The story bounces forwards and backwards much like Truly Madly Guilty though various lenses both main characters/family members and ↩️

MaggieCarr passerbys/waitresses/Uber drivers/etc giving a broad scope of the plot. I was perplexed over and over with the "who done it" and was ultimately wrong but won't spoil it for upcoming readers. 2mo
MelissaSue81 I felt much the same way. Gave it 3 stars.. soo much drawn out dialog and tennis! 2mo
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