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MelissaSue81

MelissaSue81

Joined May 2016

Mom. Academic Librarian. WNY
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Les Miserables | Marcia Williams
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Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 14h
AmyG How sweet! 14h
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Les Miserables | Marcia Williams
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Got this for my daughters. 8 y/o decided to try it, because she got a kick out of the thought of writing it on her reading log for her teacher. 😂. Went up to check on her, to see if any comprehension was happening..
Me: “so what‘s happening?”
8: “well there‘s a bunch of people, and there‘s a bunch of different things happening in every chapter. “
Me: Ok, what‘s happening right now?
8: “someone is trying to make someone else go to jail.”
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Clare-Dragonfly She‘s doing very well! 18h
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Let my 8 year old go nuts filling the bag at the $5/bag book sale yesterday. So only the stack on the far right were my picks, and she most definitely selected some books we already own, and who know is she will ever actually read most of these. But 47 books for $5 is never a bad deal. #bookhaul

ravenlee Sounds fantastic! What a great experience for her. 2d
Bookishthoughts That is amazing!😍 2d
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#Readingwomenchallenge COMPLETE! (26/26). This is my first completed annual challenge for the year!! 2 left for #readharder (22/24), 4 for #booked2019 (20/24) and only 3 left to my Goodreads challenge Goal (197/200).

Eyelit Awesome! 👏🎉📚 5d
MelissaSue81 I lied. This was not my first completed Challenge. I completed #MMDChallenge in September I think. 5d
Jas16 🙌🏽 5d
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Mehso-so

I think this would be incredible on stage. Some of the stories were really powerful. But I struggled with reading the “script”. #readingwomenchallenge #play

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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this. These families sucked me right in from moment one and I never wanted to stop listening. This is a sad but beautiful story. I want to read more Baldwin now. Also, this was narrated by Bahni Turpin, and I have listened to a bunch of her books now, but she did a particularly wonderful job of bringing these characters to life with her narration.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same about both the book and the narrator. She‘s probably one of the best audiobook readers out there💖 5d
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This book sounded fascinating from the description. The characters go back and forth from Post 9/11 College/early adult years to post 2016 election middle age years. They are just about exactly my age so much was relatable. I definitely invested in the characters and the story and really enjoyed it. I thought it might be a five star read but the ending didn‘t really bring it all together for me.

Cinfhen Sounds really good👍🏻 thanks for sharing 6d
ephemeralwaltz Very interesting! Thanks 6d
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t as good as Untangled. My girl is approaching 11, and while she doesn‘t necessarily have unhealthy anxiety, she definitely has a personality that lends to stress. I feel like this book sort of diminished the levels of stress and anxiety many girls deal with. A lot of stress is good and helps us grow stronger.. which sure.. but it can also feel really bad! Nonetheless there were good bits here that I will definitely keep in mind.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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Mehso-so

So.. I was never a huge carry on fan, but I am a solid enough RR fan that I will read the rest of the Simon Snow series. This book started out pretty good. The struggle in the relationship between Baz and Simon, the first part of the trip with the renaissance fair was hilarious.. but then it lost me. Too many changing points of view.. And I really didn‘t “get” what happened, which is my own struggle with fantasy, but also no real resolution.

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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This book filled #translatedbookpublishedbefore1945 for #readingwomenchallenge and #publicdomain for #booked2019. My daughter loved the Netflix series based on this book a few years ago but I‘d never read the whole story. Absolutely charming characters and a sweet, happy story about the power of kindness and forgiveness. Loved it.

bookaholic1 Shirley Temple did great in the movie Heidi 2w
Cinfhen Such a sweet choice 🧡 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice double dip! 📚♥️👊🏻 2w
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My Kitten Bag | Annie Auerbach
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Not entirely book related but I‘d been saying I wanted to switch to a backpack for work for like a year. This cat backpack was on clearance at target today for $20, so it became mine! It holds so much stuff!

StayCurious It can hold books - therefore book related 🤗 2w
Julsmarshall I recently made the switch to a backpack too! 2w
Tamra Adorbs! What a find! 2w
Stacypatrice Cute! 2w
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 2w
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Guts | Scholastic
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My girls have read all of Telgemeier‘s graphic novels. This was my first. Based on the NYT book review on this and the hype around all her books I was expecting a bit more. Especially on the anxiety topic.. But it was her personal story and told in an honest and entertaining way.

Tamra She appeals to both my son and daughter! 2w
ephemeralwaltz What age range would you recommend these for? I work in the children's section in a bookstore but still struggling to get ages right! 2w
MelissaSue81 @ephemeralwaltz - my girls are 8 and 10. I would say 7-8 all the way up to 12-13? This one has some talk of puberty/periods.. but nothing inappropriate. 2w
ephemeralwaltz @MelissaSue81 thanks so much! 2w
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I‘m a first time middle school mom this year so I was interested in seeing what this was all about. It definitely has some solid tips and a lot of food for thought. I almost would like to own it to refer back to the tips as things come up. It‘s not as good of a how to guide as say “untangled.” It also added some worries that i had never thought of worrying about before! 😬😬😬

MelissaSue81 I am also using this for my #booked2019 #newin2019 2w
MeganAnn Great review! I may need to find a copy of this... my son will be a middle schooler next year 😬 2w
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#bookhaul . Realized unpacking that the “bag sale” definitely didn‘t make for a good deal this time. Paperbacks at 25 cents each or $3.00/bag (also had two paperbacks for 8 year old..) oh well! It‘s a good cause. :) definitely already own A Man Called Ove, but my copy is very tattered, so I am going to pass that one on and keep this new one.

Scochrane26 The song of Achilles ❤️❤️❤️❤️. Also, I love an abundance of katherines. 2w
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How to Read the Air | Dinaw Mengestu
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A son of dysfunctional immigrant parents grows up to be in a dysfunctional marriage in which he lies about everything. Why did I waste my time on this? Obama‘s list this year is really lacking.

Tamra Oh, shoot. 2w
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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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Our library took for.ev.er to get Guts in and processed and sent out to the holds. But someone is happy it‘s here!! She dropped what she was doing and picked it up immediately.

LibrarianRyan Ahhhh 3w
Susanita She spoke at the National Book Festival, and it was delightful. 3w
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

This is getting a pick from me but just barely. I would have liked to hear a lot more about her work and a lot less about random stories that happened along the way. Also, I get that she was trying to be both and writer and scientist, but the literary references and overly flowery prose cane off to me as trying way too hard. Parts were really interesting though. #readingwomenchallenge #womanwithamentalillness

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September, September | Shelby Foote
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I had a really rough reading month. 10 books total and 6 were audiobooks and one was a graphic novel. Nothing was really clicking. My favorite was The Golden State. Testaments was very good, as was Pumpkinheads. Hated Nineteen Minutes. Didn‘t like Manhattan Beach.
Hope next month is better.

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Cats on Instagram | @Cats_of_instagram
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This is just a post to show @CoffeeCatsBooks my cat. 🤣

Amiable 😻 3w
CoffeeCatsBooks They are although your cutie has a bit more white on her chin! 😻 #kittytwins 3w
CoffeeCatsBooks And thanks for posting the pic because I was totally scrolling through your feed to find pics of your kitty! 😹 3w
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QuietlyLaura No one ever needs an excuse to post kitty pics! 😻☺️ 3w
TheLibrarian What a beauty! 😻 3w
Clare-Dragonfly That is the face of a cat who knows she is a queen 😻😻😻 3w
MelissaSue81 @Clare-Dragonfly - she sure does. She is 13 and has two 3 year old car brothers and she knooows that she is the queen of the house 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I wish my cat would figure that out! She is 14 and we just adopted a kitten. She is mad about it but won‘t just bop him. She growls and he doesn‘t understand! 3w
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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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I saw mixed reviews on this, but I actually really enjoyed it. I think it is for a pretty specific audience (youngish working moms) and there isn‘t a huge story arc, but I thought Daphne‘s honesty and internal dialogue were very relatable, and I loved the relationship that developed with Alice. I was not a huge fan of the audio narrators delivery..

Ruthiella I‘m an oldish childless person and I loved it too! 😀 4w
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THINK GOOD THOUGHTS | J.P. (Pat) Lynch
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Littens.. I know I have asked for good job getting luck in the past. But I have an interview next week for a career making job. I applied for it back in July and had just about given up hope.. but I want this so badly! Send all your good thoughts.

MySharonaK 🤞🍀🤞 4w
BookNAround 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
Ruthiella Good Luck ! 🍀🍀💚🍀🍀 4w
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Melismatic Good luck! 🍀 4w
cobwebmoth Sending happy thoughts! 4w
BookwormAHN Good luck 🍀🍀🍀 4w
Jas16 Sending lots of 🍀 4w
Librarybelle Good luck! 4w
candc320 Sending all the luck!! 4w
ruskigurl16 Lots of luck!! 🍀 4w
TheSpineView 🤞 Good luck, break a leg, all the best, etc., etc. 🤩 4w
Skeebies05 Yay!!! Good luck!👍🏽 4w
GripLitGrl Good luck! 4w
CarolynM Good luck🍀 4w
MeganAnn All the luck and happy thoughts!! 🍀😊✨🤞🏻 4w
Kalalalatja Good luck! 4w
LouiseWalters Good luck and let us know how you get on 😀 4w
julesG Best of luck 🍀 4w
TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 4w
Birdsong28 Good luck 🤞 🍀 4w
Lynsey40 Good luck , you got this ! 4w
JoScho 🤞🤞🤞 4w
Megabooks Good luck!!! 🍀 4w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime good luck!!🙏 4w
LaurenELovesToRead Good luck! 4w
Redwritinghood 🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
DaveGreen7777 Sending all the best wishes and positive vibes your way! 😀🤞 4w
Ddzmini Sending great job vibes your way 🙏 4w
sprainedbrain Best of luck! 🤞🏻 4w
CoffeeCatsBooks Good luck on your interview! 🍀 3w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Mehso-so

Not bad, but not for me. The writing is beautiful, and the story is important, but the combination of the fantasy elements, and the vast number of different characters to keep straight, really made it difficult for me to follow this book. I also felt that the pacing was slow. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of this era historical fiction, and/or magical realism, this book is definitely for you. #booked2019 #POCParanormal

marleed I was on a 6 month library hold for this book yesterday but overnight they purchased 32 copies (the power of Oprah bookclub picks) so now it‘s available soon. I‘m not sure my head is in the right space for this right now so I suspended my hold for 90 days. 4w
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Les Miserables | Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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I was looking for some les Mis musical memes, but came across this one and couldn't help but think of our #LesMisBuddyRead last fall.

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4w
Clare-Dragonfly 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😂 4w
Kalalalatja Way too true 😂😂 4w
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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Since it‘s almost the last quarter of the year, I figured I should update my challenges on here:
#mmdchallenge - 12/12 ✅
#readingwomenchallenge: 23/26
#ReadHarderChallenge 21/24
#Booked2019 17/24 (I‘ve been sticking to the schedule so all but one I won‘t start til October).
I was wondering if we think Next Year In Havana counts for Historical Romance by AOC for #readharder, because if so, That one is done too!

ReadingMeagan I think Next Year in Havana totally counts as a historical romance! Well done completing so many challenges! 1mo
ReadingMeagan Have you read any Louise Penny books? MMD says they are cozy mysteries. And the first one takes place in October. It will be a great read for this time of year 😊 1mo
MelissaSue81 @ReadingMeagan - I've not read any Louise Penny. I have one of those Cat Mystery books set aside for that challenge, but perhaps I'll check out Louise Penny too!
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ReadingMeagan @MelissaSue81 I‘ve only read the first two. But I REALLY enjoyed them. They really helped put me into a Fall/Winter mood and be okay with the cold weather coming back. Her writing is really lovely. And I‘m excited to have a new series to read! Good luck with whatever you choose! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Would you say The Water Dancer is paranormal? Based on the description it seems it might be and I was considering using it for #booked2019 if so. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @MicheleinPhilly - I am literally getting to the paranormal-ish part as we speak. So stay tuned. I'll let you know. 😄 I will say, I'm not an expert on the subtleties of differences between Paranormal, Magical Realism, etc..
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MicheleinPhilly Do you know how many times I have re-read the definition of paranormal in the Goodreads group in order to try to figure out what to read??? DOZENS. It‘s so not my genre. 1mo
Scochrane26 If you still need to do historical romance by aoc, you could use Alyssa cole‘s An Extraordinary Union. I used it last yr for same prompt. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Scochrane26 - Yeah that seems to be the one everyone uses! It doesn't sound that great to me, but maybe it would be a fast read at least.

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Scochrane26 @MelissaSue81 you could try one of her other books. I also like sherry Thomas (lady Sherlock series). I don‘t read many romance, but after reading lady Sherlock, I went back & read a few of hers. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @MicheleinPhilly - I am now 38% into it and I wasn't sure at first but now I am going to say absolutely yes! And I too, then, will count it for #booked2019 for the last quarter even though I will finish it this month!
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Here is my update for #20booksby2020 @megnews . 12 done, reading The Water Dancer now.
Not gonna lie though, some of these were for challenges that I ended up using other books for and I‘m not sure I will get to them (confessions and the Storyteller). After how strongly I disliked the last Jodi Picoult I read, I‘m not sure I can do it!

megnews I‘ve read two books by Picoult. I couldn‘t stand the first at all. Nineteen Minutes was good but I just don‘t like her writing style. I‘m always left scratching my head how she‘s so popular. But to each his own. Great progress on your 20! 1mo
MelissaSue81 @megnews - Ha! Nineteen Minutes was the one I HATED! I also really disliked House Rules. I read some of her stuff when I was younger and liked it (Plain Truth, My Sister's Keeper, Change of Heart.) but they all started to seem the same after awhile.. I did more recently read Small Great Things, and Spark of Light, which I thought were really good, so i decided to try her again.. and it wasn't great, lol)

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I stuck it out and finished it.. but I must say.. I really didn‘t get it. All the different storylines were all over the place. I liked Anna and Eddie but the rest of the characters were just ugh..... Why all the details about Dexters family? And all the details about diving?

litenthusiast This is how I felt. I bailed on this book half-way in. 1mo
allureofbeauty Oy. I have that to read still. 1mo
ReadingMeagan This was one of those books that after reading it (and not liking it) I wonder how it can be on so many “Must Read” lists 1mo
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I‘m now 56% into this book.. does it get better? I almost never bail books and have put enough time into this one where I feel it would be a waste, but man; this is going nowhere!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have it, but haven‘t started it yet because I keep seeing negative reviews and I have so many others to read!! 1mo
Ruthiella I liked it but if at 50% you aren‘t hooked, I say bail. 1mo
Megabooks I bailed on this one. 1mo
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Godpants I also really liked this one, but if it isn‘t hooking you yet it‘s probably not going to. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Godpants @Ruthiella , well i listened a little more and a couple biggish things happened, so it‘s a bit more interesting. I doubt it‘s gonna make a turn for “love it” but maybe it‘s worth finishing. 1mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s so frustrating when that happens. That‘s how Inland was for me. I kept waiting and waiting…and it really never got there. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Hooked_on_books - oh no!! That‘s the book I have with me right now to start in print!! 1mo
Sweettartlaura Finish it. It‘s not amazing, but it‘s worth it. I struggled - because I had expectations of Egan she refused to meet here - but for anyone else I‘d praise this with few qualms. 1mo
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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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I have two books on my netgalley shelf that were archived before I got a chance to download them (requested a year apart!) I guess they really were Well Kept Secrets!! Well played #netgalley!

Birdsong28 I have learnt that you should download them straight away as then you have access to them till you want to read them as theyw 1mo
Birdsong28 as they will be stored on your Kindle's cloud even if you don't put them into your Kindle. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Birdsong28 - I know! I usually do! The more recent one I only had for a couple days before it got archived. I just hadn‘t gotten the chance. It‘s okay though. I have too many netgalley books right now anyway. 1mo
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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This was very good. Very different from The Handmaids Tale. Very action packed and fast paced. I will say that I guessed pretty quickly who was who and how it would end, but still a really good read.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Finally finished an actual book. This is actually the first full book (not audiobook or graphic novel) that I finished in September.
This book was certainly creepy. There were a couple interesting twists as well.. The resolution of the book was a bit too tidy, maybe? But at enjoyable read.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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I haven‘t read much Stephen King. This was pretty good. I felt like I knew the story just from culturally absorbing it over the years.. so nothing was shocking, but it was well done. I did find it to be a bit dated. Some pretty icky sexist/racist bits.

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I haven‘t updated my #readthecandidates list in awhile, and I apologize! But I realized I successfully read books by all the candidates who qualified for tonight‘s debate (plus a couple who dropped out already). I‘m going to call it a success for now.

RaimeyGallant Wow! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good for you! I have Booker, Klobuchar, and Castro on my “next up” pile. They‘ve been there far too long! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Love it when my prepub hold actually come in in a timely manner! Only thing is, I think it‘s probably going to come in tomorrow and I don‘t know that I can get to the library before Saturday. 😭😭😭

Hooked_on_books Fake an injury! 😉😂 1mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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1. The whisper Man
2. I like both but I‘ll pick Pumpkin Spice
3. “It sounded like a place where we would be safe.”
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I saw this mug on one of those Target blogs about all the cute stuff they had in the “dollar section” and loved it. I was reading comments and everyone was saying their stores were all sold out but when I popped in to target yesterday (a fee days later) this was still there! I need another coffee mug like I need a hole in my head but it was a sign. 🤣🤣. Gonna try to break my reading slump now.

JulietBooks Nice 1mo
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Nineteen Minutes | Jodi Picoult
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This book started out okay-ish.. and then dragged on forever. Reading reviews I was promised a “big shocking twist” which was really the only thing that kept me listening to find out. In reality it was a big pointless twist. There were also a whole bunch of pointless side plots. What was the point of the dead brother and the dads “happiness calculations?” The number of details that got taken straight from Columbine also really bugged me. 🙄🙄🙄

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Help Me | Rosina Davies
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It is September 8th and I have finished ONE book. And I don‘t even really have another in progress other than my audiobook. Yikes!! I need to find something good to read quick. I have tried starting a few but nothing has really sucked me in.

BarbaraBB Have you read this one? I read it recently and literally flew through it! 1mo
MelissaSue81 @BarbaraBB - yes. Read it last year. Super fun read! I think I‘m in the mood for something like that but most of my current TBR stack is more serious/literary. 1mo
charl08 I love that you have a chart for your books like this. Maybe I need to put mine in excel? 🤔 1mo
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charl08 Also love Lissa Evans who is really funny. 1mo
RenePenn This was a fun #RomCom if you are in the mood for something light 1mo
MelissaSue81 @charl08 - I am certain that I downloaded this sheet (its a google sheet but you could export it to excel, but I like that I can access it anywhere) from BookRiot at the beginning of the year, but I CANNOT for the life of me find the link to it anymore! Its driving me crazy! Maybe they'll post a new one for next year?

Its got tabs for the graphs and also tracking several challenges.
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MelissaSue81 @charl08 - So I even went back to where I had shared the link to it on my FB and the link says Page Not Found so they must have taken it down. Weird.
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charl08 Thanks for trying! 1mo
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1. Tagged one of my favorite public libraries
2. I work in libraries so nearly daily. But not for work.. probably 1-3 times a week depending..
3. Love downloading audiobooks through Libby. Used to check out DVDs constantly when my kids were small. #getlibrarycarded @nitalibrarian

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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So adorable. I wish Rainbow Rowell was writing books when I was a teen. Her stories always bring me right back to those times in my life. This was sweet and cute. I am not a huge graphic novel fan and would have loved to learn more about these characters and their internal motivations but I still LOVED it.

Liatrek I agree! I wish I had her books in high school ❤️ 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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I literally cannot recall the last time I purchased a NEW book for myself. I had been waiting for my library hold to come in and stalking it but when it still said “on order” (as in, not even received for processing), I decided I could wait no longer and purchased this for myself. I adore Rainbow Rowells YA stories and I needed this in my life

Ruthiella That happens to me too! I love using the library but sometimes you have to treat your shelf!😍 2mo
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I read a lot of good books this month! Loved: The Stationery Shop, Biased, Guns Down, Verity, The Female Persuasion, Red at The Bone and Maid.
Only ones I Really disliked strongly were How Not to Die Alone, Helpline, and Elevation

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I read this book because it was on Obama‘s list. I hadn‘t thought I really wanted to much. But I started it and couldn‘t put it down. While I‘ve never been a single mom, or homeless, and I‘d be a terrible maid, I definitely identify with the feeling that missing a day, or sometimes even an hour of work can make or break you. This book probably could have benefited from some editing but overall, excellent.

Jenken1998 I enjoyed that one also! 2mo
The_Real_Nani I just grabbed this from the Lucky Day shelf at my library. Can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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Uhhh.. what was that? It wasn‘t horror, it was barely paranormal.. it was just freaking weird. It sort of captured my attention because I thought there might be some big “ohhh” explanation for “why” at the end.. but there wasn‘t. I‘m guessing it‘s some sort of metaphor but it went over my head. 🤔

Reagan-reads I feel like this is one with really split opinions like The Colorado Kid, which I hated. Loved this one though 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Rotten Reviews | Bill Henderson
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Today is the last day of NetGalley's #reviewathon. How did you littens do? I started strong in late July, but then got a bit sidetracked by my library holds and life in general. I did 11 reviews.. I think there were 3 on my list at the beginning of #reviewathon that I didn't get to..
But then I kept requesting more, lol! So I still have 8 books on my #TBR for NetGalley! My Feedback percentage is at 83%, but I was hoping it would be better!

jillrhudy LOL!!! Like a complete fool I signed up for NetGalley! As if I didn't have hundreds of books at home and work in a library and get ARCs from Librarything and have holds coming at me in analog and digital on a daily basis! 2mo
Well-ReadNeck I did pretty well. Reviewed more than my goal of 20, and got close to clearing my shelf, but I have one title left. It‘s a 2020 read, so I‘m fine with it remaining. 2mo
sprainedbrain I did horribly! Only 4 finished. 😞 2mo
IvoryLunatic I don‘t know right now how many I finished but dumb me just couldn‘t stop requesting more. There‘s just so many that sound so good. 2mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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This one is hard to put into words! I was actually just trying to find a short book on my netgalley list to read to squeeze one more in for #reviewathon and oh my goodness I am so glad I did. This was a relatively short book but had so much emotion packed into it. At its essence it is a story of families, but also tackles race, class and many other topics. At the end I was left wanting a little more, but it was a gorgeous story. 5 Stars!

KatieDid927 Nice! I have an ARC of this that I‘m starting soon, glad it‘s good! 2mo
Tamra I so love Woodson‘s writing! 💜 2mo
megnews I always want more of Woodson! 2mo
IvoryLunatic I‘ve listened to 3 of her books so far. I requested this galley but have not heard anything back yet sadly. 2mo
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1. Animal farm is my current audio listen. I read it in school and it stuck with me and I‘ve been wanting to reread it. I‘m between print books at this moment.
2. Daughter is having a friend sleep over tonight. We are going to movies in the park.
3. Bubble gum!
4. I used to be pretty good at clarinet but I think my music reading skills have fallen off quite a bit.
5. I will! #friyayintro @howjessreads

TamAnder I love bubble gum ice cream, but it‘s so hard to find. Reminds me of post-swim lesson treats as a kid. 2mo
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I really liked this! I didn‘t want to stop listening to it. I thought it might be a five star read but the middle meandered a bit too much to make it perfect. Solid four stars for sure though. I love coming of age stories, and the feminist angle was really good as well.

irre I loved this on audio as well. 2mo
Megabooks Totally agree with you! 2mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve had this on my tbr for a long time. I liked The Interestings. (edited) 2mo
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Panpan

Why is this book so popular? It is pure cheeseball hallmark movie fluff. Completely predictable down to each plot point. Also way too much dialogue. I don‘t get it!

cherinium I guess some people like the "cheeseball hallmark movie fluff." ??‍♀️ (I am not one of them, BTW.) 2mo
MelissaSue81 @cherinium - I know.. and I do occasionally like a fluffy book.. I wasn‘t expecting anything earth shattering from this one. but the way this one has been reviewed on goodreads and Litsy I was expecting something more. 2mo
MsLeah8417 There will always be an audience for this type of book. Folks love to escape and not have to worry about being challenged. 2mo
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LauraBeth So I gave this a book a pick only bc I can see a certain audience really enjoying it - but I‘m like you and really surprised this book got the traction that it did. I can only think it‘s due to the author‘s NPR connection. It was totally not my jam at all. 2mo
jillrhudy I thought it was really fun but I‘m sleep deprived and brain dead and want to get my groove back and want to read more books in which the awful husband dies halfway down page one —and I‘d love a movie! 🍿 2mo
marleed I thought they approached grief in an important way. So often when the spouse of someone we know passes, we assume the survivor has lost their truest love. That has to be hard when unbeknownst to everyone else that marriage was past its breaking point. On the other hand, I took issue with how life ins was handled. There is not a litmus test where only marriages in the throws of passion are deserving. 2mo
MelissaSue81 @marleed - I see your point on the not great spouse thing.. but I still think it was portrayed extremely one-dimensionally. The husband was a straight up villain, she no longer loved him (and was sure of it). It wasn't any mixed feelings type of thing.. just her guilt about it. I agree about the life insurance, she shouldn't have felt bad about it. Honestly I kind of skimmed the ending.. was that ever resolved? Did she use it for her new house?
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marleed @MelissaSue81 Haha - I better not say as it would be a spoiler! 2mo
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Wednesday's Wrath | Don Pendleton
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1. Oh..there are so many. Kristin Hannah's Magic Hour is one that pops into my head.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. I have 139 on goodreads. I'm sure there are many many more
4. Because Internet. 3 Stars.
5. I say everyone is tagged!
#wondrouswednesday
@eggs

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️ The Magic Hour 2mo
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It‘s actually freezing here today but the girls and I haven‘t made it to the beach all summer. So finally some reading time while they beach.

brit91 Beautiful reading spot!😍📚 2mo
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