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MelissaSue81

MelissaSue81

Joined May 2016

Mom. Academic Librarian. WNY
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Pickpick

This was really good! I like when YA books feel real, and this one did. I am not sure I loved the novel in verse format (some of the verses seemed not that poetic.. just telling a story) but it made for a quick read. My only other complaint is that the resolution felt unnaturally rushed. The major conflict happened only about 40 (short) pages from the end of the book and then everything just got tied up nicely.

Stacy_31 I loved this one!! My only complaint is the same as yours. It seems like the build took most of the book, and then it peaked and resolved very nicely in the last few pages. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 20h
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Mehso-so

Huh. I had heard such good things about Barbara Kingsolver but this story did nothing for me. I felt it was over written and preachy.. The premise was interesting, I loved the idea of connection to your house‘s history.. and the story started out interesting but then went nowhere.

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Mankato | Mankato, MN (Bookstore)
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Been reading this series with my daughter this past year. This one was a bit of a slog to get through. Mostly focused on the family of the town minister and not much on Anne‘s own family.. and I have a feeling they will not vanish never to be heard from again. Part were cute, but I don‘t think it adds much to the series.

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The River | Peter Heller
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Lightning quick, fast paced adventure read. Not the type of book I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. Read it in a few hours. Glad I picked it up.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Mehso-so

This had potential to be such a nice story.. if the author had just focused on the grief and healing and relationships.. but there was sooo much writing about writing and writers and i got pretty bored of it.

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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So I‘m on chapter 11 of this book... WHY are there so many characters?! I have no idea who is married to who and who has what kids.. Also.. goodreads says this book is 304 pages but it seems much longer based on my estimated reading time on my kindle.. I‘m taking a break from this for now..

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Thank you Littens, for your kind words last night. I think the interview went okay, but It‘s sounding like I might not know the results for awhile. Another part of my reading slump is feeling overwhelmed by this #netgalley queue that I‘m trying read down. I‘ve started a couple but couldn‘t get into them. Any that I should read Right this minute? Or should I find something lovely from my bookshelf instead?

WanderingBookaneer Recursion 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hearing great things about 1w
LiteraryinLititz I think you have to let yourself off the hook about the things you *should* read, like your list on Netgalley. Maybe try to just let yourself decide based on your mood what you‘re most excited to read? Sometimes I pull 4 or 5 unread books off the shelf and read just the first couple pages of each to see what grabs me! 1w
FantasyChick Recursion!! I couldn't put it down 1w
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Panpan

This book was not what I was expecting at all. Once I realized the premise, I basically just skimmed through it til the end to see what happens (which is nothing surprising). Not for me!!

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. I think A Nearly Normal Family
2. No.. I just don‘t have the time at the moment
3. I don‘t.. if I do I usually just walk.
4. This is my Brodie. I have two other kitties too
I am so glad #humpdaypost is back!!
@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

BookwormAHN Cute 😻 1w
DebbieGrillo 💕🐈 1w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Oh my. This was excellent but absolutely heartbreaking. The college I work for selected this as the first year common read this year, and while it is very good, and very important.. it is HEAVY. My heart hurts..

Freespirit I loved Underground Railroad. Must put this on my reading list! 1w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Littens, I have another interview tomorrow.. if I got this job it would be amazing, but my hopes are not high.. I really need to find something full time soon though. So send good thoughts. My free time has mostly been consumed with interview prep/stress.. so I haven‘t been able to focus on reading. I am just really feeling crappy about everything.

DaveGreen7777 Sending best wishes your way! Hope things work out for you soon! 1w
Branwen 💕You got this, friend! 😎 1w
wanderinglynn Sending good thoughts & positive vibes your way. 💜 Hang in there! It‘ll work out. 💜 1w
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JennyM I‘m sending you lots of ‘you-are-awesome‘ wishes. Sorry this is taking its toll on you - hang in there! Good luck 😘 🤞 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sending “you got this” vibes!! 💫✨💗💯🌀 1w
JoScho Sending you lots of luck! 💙 1w
Librarybelle Good luck! 1w
KathyWheeler Good luck! 1w
TheSpineView Best of luck! 🤞 1w
Kappadeemom 🤞🤞 1w
Theaelizabet Go get 'em! 1w
That-Bookish-Hiker Good luck!! 1w
Megabooks You can do it!! 1w
umbrellagirl Fingers crossed for good news! 1w
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts! 1w
Seekingtardis You can do this love!! You got this and you will find something soon!! 1w
Jas16 Sending lots of luck your way 🍀🍀🍀 1w
Redwritinghood 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1w
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For a 20 hour long audiobook about a scientifically complex topic, this was really fascinating. There was a lot of different areas covered, and I can‘t say I fully understood all of it, but basically we don‘t know what we think we know about Genetics, ancestry, and heredity.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just put it on library hold—thanks! 1w
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Panpan

This started out good but it lost my interest pretty quickly. And then the ending just got weird!

booksaremyfavorite Bummer! I just got my copy from the library. I‘ll give it a try. 2w
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Mehso-so

While Joe Biden‘s personal story is compelling, his political life has been nothing but boring. This book actually made me like him less, especially in light of the recent news of him flip flopping on the Hyde amendment. This may be my last #readthecandidates book. (This was #13) I am hoping the ones I haven‘t gotten to drop out soon. 🤣

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 2w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Mehso-so

Right on the edge of pick and so so.. the characters were Well developed and interesting.. but there just wasn‘t a whole lot happening in the way of plot. Things happen.. but it didn‘t seem that the events built upon one another. I just felt like something was missing. Most of the meat of the story didn‘t happen until the last 1/4 of the book leaving the earlier parts to feel insignificant.

marleed I heard her interview with Oprah Winfrey this morning and she explained why she wrote this story. It was interesting and will be available on Oprah‘s podcast tomorrow. 2w
MelissaSue81 @marleed - interesting. I will have to look for it. 2w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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It‘s cool Brodie, I didn‘t want to use that kindle #catsoflitsy.

Crazeedi Lol😍😻 3w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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It‘s pool season and finally a gorgeous day. I‘m in a bit of a reading slump but trying to get some in today.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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#thursdaysurvey
1)A Place for Us, with Ask Again, Yes a close second
2)The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.
3)I‘ve got quite a list of new releases I‘m excited about.. City of Girls, Giver of Stars..
4) 200 books is my goal but I‘m on pace for around 250
5) all the friends!! @laurenslibrary

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My Nerves | Stephen Shelgren
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Interview tomorrow morning for a full time position.. Cross all your fingers and toes for me, littens!!

Sharpeipup You got this! 3w
Geeklet Good luck!! 3w
QuietlyLaura 🤞☺️ 3w
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Librarybelle Good luck! 3w
Theaelizabet 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 3w
DaveGreen7777 Sending positive energy and good vibes your way! Hope you get the job! 😊 3w
Amiable Break a leg! (But not literally. 😬) 3w
CouronneDhiver Yay! You‘ve got this 3w
TheSpineView 🤞🤞🤞 Good luck! 3w
LiteraryinLititz You are going to nail it! 3w
JoScho You will be amazing! 3w
BookwormAHN 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🍀🍀🍀 3w
mcipher Good luck! You got this!! 👊 3w
Jas16 🍀 3w
BethM Good luck you‘ve got this! 3w
ravenlee 🤞🏻 3w
Branwen You got this! 💕 3w
Avanders Good luck!!🍀 3w
Kalalalatja Best of luck! 3w
Sarah83 Good luck 3w
CarolynM Good luck🍀 3w
Priya2012 All the best...:)))) 3w
marleed Good luck! 3w
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Mehso-so

Just a meh kind of book. I didn‘t find it particularly gripping. I will say that I thought it was building toward a big annoying twist.. which didn‘t happen.. which I think is a good thing because it would have been a big 🙄🙄🙄, but it was just kind of boring instead.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Irving Washington
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My mom and I went to Tarrytown/sleepy hollow this weekend and listened to this story on the way home. I actually really enjoyed it. The story was creepy, but also funny at parts. It was fun to see the headless horseman bridge and the graveyard.

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Soooo.. I requested this and got approved from #netgalley... but it‘s just the first chapter?! I‘ve never had that happen from netgalley before. Is this a thing? How am I supposed to review it based on one chapter?

MelissaSue81 Well there‘s a note from the publisher on netgalley that I just found that says the full Galley will be uploaded in May.. but.. it‘s June.. soo. 4w
julesG Happened to me before. I reviewed the book on how likely I was to get it and read it based on the first chapter. 4w
julesG Oh, and mentioned in my review that it's based on the first chapter only. 4w
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May Day | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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May wrap up. 21 books total. 9 Audio, 12 print/kindle. I actually had 6 five star books this month! Also my first one star book of the year. Overall a great reading month though.

thebluestocking Awesome month!!! 💙 4w
TheSpineView That's awesome! 4w
BiblioLitten Amazing! Which were the five star ones? 4w
MelissaSue81 @BiblioLitten - Untangled, The Rosie Project, A Place for us, Ask Again, Yes, and Normal People. 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Holy moly! Amazing. 💖📚💖 4w
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#GIRLBOSS | Sophia Amoruso
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I went into this book not knowing a thing about the author or her company. For #readharder2019 #businessbook. I actually liked it more than I expected. I don‘t think any of her advice is life changing, nor do I agree with all of it but she does have an interesting and unique story. I liked that she featured other #girlboss women as well

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Naïve. Super | Erlend Loe
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Mehso-so

Just not sure about this one. I get the point of it, but I didn‘t really connect with it. Mostly the m/c reminded me of a cross between the kid from perks of being a wallflower and catcher in the rye (I know.. that‘s weird.) I liked the ending enough, but was hoping for more.

zezeki I've read Erlend Loe's Doppler and it was one of the funniest ,as well as insightful, books I've ever read. 4w
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Sir Thursday | Garth Nix
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1. My parents had a German Shepard when I was born. Named Fritz. After that they got me a dog named Mandy.
2. Yes. 3 cats. Ella, Brodie, and Banky.
3. I really only like Cats!
4. They‘re all weirdos. Brodie gets his tongue stuck out a lot or when he tastes/smells something bad sits there with his mouth hanging open.
5. 😺😸😸
@laurenslibrary #thursdaysurvey

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Naïve. Super | Erlend Loe
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My library stack was starting to look under control.. so I‘m bringing home these goodies from work.

Suet624 I can‘t begin to tell you how much I love The Poet X. 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Suet624 - good to hear! I just finished With the Fire in High and loved it so decided to check if we had The Poet X and we did! 1mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This was fantastic for a YA book. I didn‘t want to put it down. Emoni is such a great character, not self-centered and angsty like some other YA protagonists. And although the plot was a bit predictable, it wasn‘t all tied up in a perfect bow either.

la_rose_noire I ordered it two weeks ago! Can't wait to read it! 1mo
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The Parade | Dave Eggers
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t really do anything for me. This was a short book I used to fill in time til my next hold comes in. Was neither really bad nor good.. it just was.. I do love Dion Graham‘s voice though. 😍

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Is it just me or are the people in this particular challenge group a little... uhhh.. intense? I was reading through some of the threads trying to fill in my last few prompts.. (only 7 left!) and goodness gracious people are nasty to one another! That‘s why I love Litsy! Everyone here is so helpful and friendly!

wanderinglynn I sign up for these groups on GR and then never check them! Litsy is just so much more fun with better interaction. 1mo
ShyBookOwl Yikes! I'm with you, @wanderinglynn . I never check GR groups anymore. 1mo
sammisho Yes! @loveroflit and I did it one year and hated it! Really intense 1mo
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LoverofLit Yes! I'm so glad I had @sammisho doing it with me so I wasn't alone in realizing that particular reading challenge was not for me. Way too intense and nit picky! 1mo
audraelizabeth I do it but dont participate in discussions. 1mo
Tamra I just don‘t understand that kind of attitude. 😑 1mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ve not looked at the convos on there for ages didn‘t realise it had got like that! I do the challenge as I like that it makes me read outside my comfort zone but I‘ve also never completed it once! And I‘m ok with that 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Weaponxgirl - people are especially militant about what constitutes #ownvoices for those categories this year. They‘re also pissy about “author of color” 🙄🙄. I only read the threads for ideas of what to read. I don‘t take it so seriously. 1mo
Weaponxgirl @MelissaSue81 that‘s what I was doing before. And jeez, way to put people off reading diversely! But in the very occasional pissy person response I did see people on the reading women challenge just going for every prompt “I‘m gonna read this book by a man” they weren‘t even trolling just really not paying attention. 😆 (edited) 1mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Ooh! I am having a great reading week! Three 5-star books in a row. This book came out today and I think it‘s going to be HUGELY popular. A family drama that spans two generations. Fully formed and flawed characters. Fantastic.

Mitch I loved ‘Fever‘ and just saw this came today. So glad it‘s good...it‘s going on my TBR 1mo
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A Place for Us | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Wow!! I think this is my favorite book of the year so far. Just gorgeous and heart wrenching. I don‘t even have the words to describe it. #readingwomenchallenge #readingwomenshortlist

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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So I‘m really liking this book.. but the year they were in would have been 1990.. and they were discussing the 1988 election? 😕.

ShyBookOwl Lol oops. 1mo
KatieDid927 It doesn‘t seem outrageous to me that people would be discussing an election from two years ago. 1mo
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A Place for Us | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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It‘s gorgeous outside but I have sooo much housework and laundry to get done.. so hopefully this audiobook will help me power through some of it.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was just a lovely book. It gave me all the feels.. almost like a grown up (and quite a big darker) version of Eleanor and Park. The middle dragged just a tiny bit but overall I loved it.

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Kind of a “meh” #bookhaul from the library discard sale. Excited to own Fangirl..Haven‘t read the rest but have been wanting to.

gradcat Not so “meh,”—you‘ve got some really good ones here! ♥️ 📚 1mo
MelissaSue81 @gradcat - I did good quality wise.. just a tad disappointed at the quantity. It started Thursday and I couldn‘t make it until today. Usually I go on the first day and get a whole bag full. 1mo
gradcat Oh, now I understand...but you did get excellent books in terms of quality, at least, as you say! Happy reading, 📖! 1mo
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I have a smart but scattered kiddo. This book is about 10 years old, so I‘ve read/heard lots of this before, but it definitely has some good suggestions that I would like to put into action (note photocopied and highlighted pages). I also have a few notebook pages worth of notes from it.

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Guys.. I was so all in on this book in the first section... then the second section I was getting a little confused with the timelines, but it was still holding my interest.. and then I got to the third section and omg.. it was all going to get tied together and make sense.... but then.. it DIDN‘T. I have no idea what the point of this book was and I am so mad about it!

Redwritinghood This one, I think, you hate it or tolerate it. I thought what she was trying to do was clever, but definitely not a straightforward narrative. 1mo
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Mehso-so

I just didn‘t love this. It took me forever to get into at all, and then I feel like the story just veered and waned all over the place with no really pacing. It definitely grew on me a little toward the end, but it wasn‘t great. I am counting it for #readharder #ownvoicessetinmexico because parts of the book do happen in Mexico.

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I really liked this. The main characters were so well written. And the way it was told, a multi generational story via one narrator, (although sometimes 2?) was so unique. I got a little confused with some of the older generations without knowing a lot of the places and history.. maybe would have done better with print than with audio.. but I felt like I might have missed something there. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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I am really struggling to like this book and I have heard so many good things about it. The M/C and her mother are both just really annoying to me. I also don't love that I feel like i have to look up words on google translate every 5 minutses (But oddly, I'm listening to Oscar Wao on audio and that has even more spanish perhaps, but maybe because its audio, I don't feel the need to know exactly what they're saying).

Should I stick with this one?

TracyReadsBooks I really liked this book as did our parent book club. It‘s also very popular with our middle school students. I would stick with it unless it‘s really just too annoying. If that‘s the case maybe put it down & come back to it?!? 1mo
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1. Furiously Happy is hilarious.
2. I got an offer for an in person interview for a full time job.
3. Tacos, lol.
4. I think 15. It‘s a lot..
5. Love to! Best part of the Litsy week! @howjessreads #friyayintro

Sharpeipup Congrats on the job offer! 1mo
Bookjunkie57 I picked this book too. I describe it to my friends as the entertaining rantings of a mad woman. 1mo
wanderinglynn I also loved her first book, 1mo
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Finally got my hands on this book. It is so cute!! Definitely recommend. It‘s a picture book, but a long one, so it could work for both early readers and middle grade. Bringing it home for my kiddos to read before I return it.

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t like this nearly as much as the first book. Still cute but It didn‘t feel realistic to me. I think that if Rosie knew Don as well as she did, she would have realized all of his good intentions and not gotten so upset with him. Also, while the comedy of errors is part of the charm of these books, this seemed a bit much.. and this audio narrator‘s “American” accent was... 😬.

Melissa_J I agree with this review. I loved the first book, but this one was only ok. There were a couple of really funny moments though. I‘ll still read the third book. 1mo
Schnoebs I‘m thinking of picking up the first one today but I‘m having a fantasy itch. How did you like the first one? 1mo
MelissaSue81 @Schnoebs - I liked it a lot. Super cute and charming characters. 1mo
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I don‘t know why this made me laugh so hard. #librariansoflitsy

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Librarybelle 😂😂😂 1mo
Tamra Very funny! 1mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Truth! 😂😂 1mo
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Mothers' Day | Fiona McArthur
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Happy Mother‘s Day. Here are my two little‘s and I.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook So gorgeous! 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings Very beautiful ladies! 🌺🌸 2mo
Tamra That‘s adorable! 1mo
CrowCAH Matching outfits, so adorable! 1mo
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Mehso-so

A friend of mine highly recommended this, calling it things like life changing. maybe I‘m just not in the mental space to accept it right now, but it‘s not something I am ready to try. I see the basis behind it and can accept that, but I have not always been overweight, so it‘s hard for me to buy into the idea that my body just naturally wants to weigh 70lbs more than it did 10 years ago. I also think her “research” is highly cherry picked.

OrangeMooseReads I‘ve always been larger and/or over weight for the most part, the idea that my body naturally wants to be like that seems a bit odd to me. If my body wanted to be over weight it wouldn‘t be uncomfortable with the added pounds. 2mo
QueenJen I've always been larger or over weight. I quit worrying about dieting when I realized I like chips and chocolate cake to much to say no. I am what I am regardless of what I weigh. I feel good, I'm confident and I try to be a kind person. Food isn't my issue. My soul is. 2mo
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The Rosie Project | Graeme Stinson
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I‘m so glad that I finally listened to this book! My mom raved about it to me years ago (so I‘m using as #mmdchallenge #recommendedbysomeonewithgreattaste) but I never got around to picking it up. What a charming story with the most lovely characters. It made my heart feel happy.

LauraBeth I bailed on this a few years ago but think I‘d like to re-visit it. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love that your mom is your person with great taste! ❤️ 2mo
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1. 💗🤣😭
2. Not this month I don‘t think but my oldest is moving up from elementary to middle next month.
3. I don‘t really have any! Gotta get some Mother‘s Day gifts.
4. I‘m the youngest. I have a half sister 13 years older.
5. Okay!! #friyayintro @howjessreads

madamereadsalot1 Congrats on the advancement of your kiddo! My daughter went into middle school this school year, and she loves it! Which is so weird because junior high is known for being awful and awkward! 😆 2mo
MelissaSue81 @madamereadsalot1 - glad she loves it. I think my daughter is excited about it. I think she will do well. 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @MelissaSue81 mine was terrified initially! But she found her groove there with the school library! And then made a couple of little gal pals who also appreciate books and art and the such. She's enjoyed coming more into her own. 2mo
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