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Melwilk

Joined June 2016

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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This is definitely a book for book lovers. The descriptions of books and reading and the importance of both are lovely. The story is a wonderful example of gothic fiction. It has many delicious gothic elements that are reminiscent of other classics but with a modern lens. It has been in my #TBR for quite some time, and I am glad I finally got around to reading it.

mcipher This is one I have been meaning to re-read. Someday... too many books and not enough time!! 2d
Melwilk @mcipher So True!! 2d
Cathythoughts Nice review! I started this recently but couldn‘t get into it .. but I‘m going to give it another go after the summer 👍🏻 2d
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This is a book that looks cute on the outside, but is actually full of wisdom. It has references to great works that would be on Belle from Beauty and the Beast‘s Reading list. If, like me, you fell in love with Belle for her love of books, then you will enjoy this one.

Caroline2 What a lovely book! 😍 7d
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Inferno: A Novel | Dan Brown
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This has been sitting in my #TBR for a very long time. I‘m glad I finally got around to reading it. I have been on a Robert Langdon kick recently. This was another solid entry in the series. At first, I didn‘t think I liked it quite as much. As I continued to read, I was drawn into the story.

ReadingOver50 Love these books 😄 7d
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Trapped | Kevin Hearne
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It‘s Friday night, and I am happily trapped under this precious kitty. My book is good and my wine glass is full. It may not sound exciting to some, but it‘s good for me. 💕

DebinHawaii Sounds perfect! 😻📚🍷 2w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This is my final #BOTM pick for June, and I went 3/3 for picks. I think I saved the best for last, because I devoured this book. Right from the start, the characters pulled me right in. I could hardly put the book down. It follows two families and their interactions over decades. These interactions include friendship, love, tension, and tragedy. It examines how actions affect others in a ripple effect, how people respond, and resiliency.

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Golden Hour | Beatriz Williams
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This is another of my #BOTM picks for June, and once again BOTM has totally delivered. I have loved every pick this year. I‘m so happy. This book wonderfully jumps between different characters, places, and eras. It‘s a method that Williams does so well. The settings and people are glamorous and still relatable. I don‘t normally enjoy romance, but when Williams writes it, I do.

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The Neighborhood | Kelly Magee
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My neighborhood is a transition from suburbia into a rural area of NE Ohio. I really like where I live. It feels rural, but I am only a few minutes from everything the city has to offer. With all of the rain we have had, everything is particularly green and lush this year. #litsyneighborhood @MrBook

MrBook Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful! 😍😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
RealLifeReading That's so lovely and green! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm So charming! Love it! 2w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This is one of my #BOTM selections for June, and I really enjoyed it. This science fiction story was interesting and kept me fully engaged. The entire premise was mind-boggling, and as the story went on the reader got a real sense of just how convoluted the mess could get. Overall, I was intrigued and wanted to keep turning the pages to see how everything would turn out. Definitely an engaging story.

LiterRohde I have this one on hold with such a long wait that hold time is unknown. I read Dark Matter and loved it. If you haven‘t read it, check out my review and give it a try! 3w
Melwilk I loved Dark Matter. I wish we were close; you could have my copy 😊 3w
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Emory's Gift: A Novel | W. Bruce Cameron
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This was a good YA coming of age story. In it, a boy who has recently lost his mother and has a difficult relationship with his father has a unique experience with a grizzly bear. The story has religious undertones, so if that isn‘t your thing you should shy away from this one. Overall, I enjoyed this one.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Wow, my #BOTM picks arrived so quickly! I am very excited about the selections this month. That is why I had to go with three. So far this year, I have loved every selection I have chosen. Let‘s hope this month is no different.

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I just finished my #BOTM pick from May. This was so good! It is historical fiction that takes place at the beginnings of WWII in France, prior to the US entering the war. It is different from other WWII books I have read. It is about an American organization trying to get refugee artists out of France. The book deals with issues of class, sexuality, and race. There is a lot to think about while reading this book.

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The Evenings | Gerard Reve
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My view while reading this evening. It‘s lovely and relaxing. I‘ll take it.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good to see you here—and reading quite a bit. ♥️ 4w
Melwilk @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you. It has been a struggle, but I am trying to rediscover the things I love. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Melwilk I don‘t know if I can even fully grasp the struggle. It must just be that immense. I‘m glad you can reach out again to things you love. Enjoy your view and the summer! 4w
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Gwendy's Button Box | Stephen King
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I really enjoyed this quick novella from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The story was very intriguing. It was easy to put myself in the story and try to imagine how I would have responded to the choices Gwendolyn faced. Very interesting, and a perfect way to begin my summer of reading.

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Tex | S. E. Hinton
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I am not sure how I made it through my teenage years in the eighties without reading this book, but I did. That‘s a shame, because it‘s really good. I like YA books that have some meat to them, and the characters in this book face real-world problems.

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The Lost Symbol | Dan Brown
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This is another book that has been sitting on my #TBR for far too long. I have a student who has been encouraging me to finish reading the Robert Langdon books, and he is not wrong. This is another solid book. I enjoy having to think to try and solve the riddles while I read. I will go on to the next one now that I have more time to read (it‘s summer!)

Tadams4 Enjoy your summer! 1mo
Melwilk @Tadams4 Thank you! 1mo
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The Lost Symbol | Dan Brown
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I found this paragraph fitting for the current state of things.

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I really enjoyed my April #BOTM pick. It was interesting in that all of the characters were flawed, and it showed how small actions can add up to something big. This is the first novel from this author, and I hope to read more from her in the future.

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Hello @peaknit I am mailing the #24HRR package today. I am sorry it is a few days late. I lost track of time 😊

peaknit Well, I‘m late too:) thank you!! 2mo
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Friday Nights | Joanna Trollope
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My Friday night dates are pretty cute, and they both like to cuddle ❤️❤️

Mitch The best! 🤗 2mo
Clwojick My two 🐱🐱just put me to sleep with their snuggles. Hahaha 2mo
UwannaPublishme 💕💕💕 2mo
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Indigo | Alice Hoffman
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This was a quick young adult story to read. I don‘t believe it will really stick with me, but I enjoyed it while I was reading it.

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True Stories | Margaret Atwood
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I had the honor this evening of attending the Schooler Lecture at The University of Mount Union. The speaker was Margaret Atwood. I am so excited that I was able to attend and hear her speak. Her comments were so intelligent and relevant, and she is quick with a joke. Overall, it was a wonderful event.

britt_brooke So cool! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! How cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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I finished this book this week with my freshman English students. I find it fulfilling that the majority of the students end up enjoying the story. When we begin, many of them (especially the boys) are convinced they will hate it. Then they realize how much fun it is to read and act out. I love it!

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The Riverman | Aaron Starmer
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This was a very interesting book. I will definitely recommend it to my middle grade students. I was completely captivated by the story. While reading I was not quite sure what to believe, but I enjoyed speculating on possibilities. The ending did not really clear it up for me; it was ambiguous. I will need to go on and read the other books in the trilogy.

merelybookish I really liked this when I read it and keep meaning to finish the trilogy. 3mo
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Creature | John Saul
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This was exactly what I wanted for a quick, vacation book. It was campy and fun, and I didn‘t have to think too much while reading it. If you like John Saul books, you will like this one too. Added bonus...This came off of my huge #TBR pile.

Karkar I am not sure why but this is one of my favorite John Saul books. 3mo
Reagan-reads I‘m planning to read all the old Dean Koontz and John Saul books. I read a ton when I was much younger and need to revisit. 3mo
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I see everyone posting #90sspringfling, so I had to jump in. I started the 90s by walking down the aisle with the man of my dreams. We spent the 90s building a life, having our two kids, and being poor, happy, and in love. It was the time of my life. I miss this man every day, yet I feel fortunate to have had the love we shared.

mcipher Awww! You guys look so 90s! I love it and I love your sweet post. 💜💜 3mo
CouronneDhiver Awww 🥰 Lovely 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage ♥️♥️ 3mo
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Centique You guys look so gorgeous together. 😍 I‘m supporting a friend at the moment who just lost her husband. Fragility of life very much on my mind so best wishes from me to you 💕 3mo
Lauram You both look so happy. 💕 3mo
batsy 💕 3mo
Crazeedi 💖💖💖 3mo
merelybookish Lovely tribute ❣️ 3mo
EllieDottie ❤️ 💕 ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Awww, such a beautiful post but I‘m sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing💞 3mo
UwannaPublishme 💕💕💕 3mo
LeahBergen So beautiful. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB So sorry for your loss. You both look so happy ❤️ 3mo
peaknit What a beautiful photo! ❤️ 3mo
Megabooks 💕💕💕 3mo
kspenmoll So so sorry you lost your soul mate so young. Love to you, ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth I‘m so sorry to hear that ❤️❤️ 3mo
Nute A lovely photo! A heartfelt testimony of enduring love!💞 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I am so very sorry to see this news about your husband 💔. I have not been on Litsy that much in the last few months, so am just finding out. I know it has to be very hard — hugs. 1mo
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I have been trying to get into this thick behemoth, and I just can‘t. I don‘t know what‘s going on, and I finally had to admit that I just don‘t care. I normally like fantasy. I love Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. For some reason, this one isn‘t cutting it for me.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Sometimes you just got to Bail. 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Maybe when the tv show comes it will be more to your liking? 🤷‍♂️ 3mo
Melwilk @GrilledCheeseSamurai When I looked back through previous posts for this book, I saw that you really like the series. Maybe I will revisit at after I watch the show. I was not aware a TV series was coming. 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Melwilk Yeah, I'm a big fan. Books are different for different people. People like what they like. Time is short enough to try and force something that isn't clicking. The tv show starts filming this fall so will probably come next year. 🤗 3mo
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Wonder | R J Palacio
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Here is another book from my #TBR that my students have been telling me to read. I can definitely see why they all enjoy it so much. This is a real feel-good story. I like that the book portrayed kids honestly. They often aren‘t all bad or good, but they do often strive to be better. My kids amaze me with their acts of kindness and their ability to be better...just like the kids in this book.

Bren912 I loved this book!! 3mo
LibrarianRyan I have reads 100s of letters about this book in the last few days. Hundreds. 🤓 3mo
BookNAround We read this for book club. It was so good. 3mo
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Angels & Demons | Dan Brown
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This book has been sitting in my #TBR for a very long time. I probably got it right after I read The DaVinci Code when it came out. Flash forward, and one of my students this year is a huge Dan Brown fan. He encouraged me to read this book. I am so glad I took his advice. This was every bit as interesting as The DaVinci Code. I suppose I will now go on and read more of Brown‘s books.

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Hello @peaknit The next #24HRR will go out in the mail tomorrow. I hope everything is going well 😊

peaknit All is well! I hope you are doing ok too! I‘m excited to see what book us next. I know they were revealed but I forgot😳😂 3mo
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For the record, I love memoirs. Memoirs are the only nonfiction I really enjoy. In addition to that, I grew up on Norman Lear. All in the Family, Good Times, and The Jeffersons are all part of the fabric of my childhood. With all of that, I loved this book. The man is in his nineties, and he lived through and participated in so much television history. I found his recollections very interesting.

Tamra I think we could use some Norman Lear in Tv today. Even though I was very young, I got the social significance of the themes. 3mo
GypsyKat I love memoirs too. There‘s just something great about listening to someone‘s story. ❤️ 3mo
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I actually have everything done for school, so I am spending my Saturday reading guilt-free. The grading period ended yesterday, so I was forced to get everything done. I lucked out in the new kitten department, because JB is adorable and loves to snuggle with me when I read. When he sees me get a book, he comes running to sit with me. I hope he never grows out of that 😻

Soubhiville Awwww! 🥰 3mo
Beatlefan129 What a cutie! ❤️🐱 3mo
merelybookish Hard to resist a snuggly kitten 😍 3mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3mo
Crazeedi Awwww! I love your fur baby !!! 3mo
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As a teacher, I found this book to be a very accurate portrayal of the life of a public school teacher over the course of a school year. There were things that made me laugh, things that made me groan in solidarity, and things that made me sad. I am not sure if those who aren‘t teachers would be able to make that connection, but the story is an intriguing look at a cross-section of people that I thought was pretty good.

Slajaunie What is strange is that I don‘t want to read about my profession. I want to escape in books. I probably should read this though. 3mo
irre @Slajaunie I feel the same way. Do I really want to read about what I go through every day? 3mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved this book. It has been a long time since I sat and read a book in one setting, but I spent my Saturday doing that with this one. I felt like the format made the characters seem so realistic. While reading, I kept having to remind myself that this band never really existed. Honestly, that bums me out, because the music sounds like it would be incredible. I am so happy with my current #BOTM selection.

Verity I started this the other day. I loved ...Evelyn Hugo and I‘m hoping this doesn‘t disappoint. 4mo
whatshesreadingnow Happy you enjoyed it! I‘m excited to start on this one after seeing all the high reviews. 💕 4mo
Soubhiville There is a playlist for the book. Is it listed in your copy? Http://bit.ly/daisyjonesmusic 4mo
allthingskayla I feel like this one goes fast. I‘m about 60 pages in and started it last night after I finished Queenie. 4mo
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I grabbed this book from my #TBR shelf. I didn‘t know anything about it and am not sure how I acquired it. I must have picked it up at a book sale. This is a story about two adults finding love late in life over the objections of friends and family. The two people are very different. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

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I just finished my current #BOTM pick, and it was fabulous. This is a haunting story. The powerlessness of the women portrayed in this novel is just tragic. I wish people who are so quick to judge women could read and absorb this novel to see that things are not always so simple, so black and white. Reading the novel and seeing the tragedy unfold for the character Isra was particularly heart-breaking, and the ending...

candority Sounds good! And I love that cover 😊 4mo
felinesandfiction I just finished this book too and loved it so much! 4mo
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Pygmalion | George Bernard Shaw
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This isn‘t really book related. I went to see My Fair Lady last night. (Fathom Events) Somehow, I have lived 49 years and never seen it. Most of it, I loved. The music was delightful, and Audrey Hepburn was beautiful. However...the ending killed me! Professor Higgins was such an ass! He was so mean to Eliza - and she CAME BACK TO HIM! NO APOLOGY! I was so disappointed! Ugh...maybe it‘s me

Amandajoy I love that movie, but the ending does bug me. I think that‘s just a product of its day & can‘t be looked at with modern lenses. We can have issues with it & still enjoy it. 4mo
esurient I heartily agree with your comments. I first saw the film as a teen, and then read the original Pigmalion playscript and boggled at the differences between them. Teen!me was outright confounded at how Shaw did not romantically match the lead characters; it hadn't dawned on me that was even an option. It makes me wonder how current or future sensibilities would tweak a remake. 3mo
Melwilk @esurient I absolutely need to read the play script and see what I think. I know we can‘t always judge at older pieces with modern sensibilities, but the actions of the characters really bothered me. 3mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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This was my second try at this book, and I am glad I came back and tried again. The first time I tried, I was listening to audio. That just didn‘t work for me, as I was lost. I often have trouble comprehending audio books that are not pretty basic. Even reading in print, this took me a good 1/3 of the book to get into it. Once I did, I was hooked and enjoyed this magical world.

Suzze One of my all-time favorites. 4mo
Crazeedi Yes it took me a bit to get into it too 4mo
mcipher I‘ve heard the audio is really confusing because of how the story jumps around. Glad to hear you enjoyed it this time. I love this book!! 4mo
Nute A favorite book! 2mo
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My seventh grade students finished this book this week. We had a discussion today over the ending and the book. I love teaching English and having the opportunity to listen to kids discuss a great book that they have embraced. Their comments were incredibly salient and on point. This book leads to great discussion and is relevant with many current topics. I had a good day with my students.

Nute So cool! Thank you for being a teacher.🧡 4mo
JamieArc I read this in college for a young adult books class and I remember being surprised by how much I liked it (hadn‘t read much in that genre yet). Always glad to see people post about it! 4mo
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@peaknit I received your card today. Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I think we would make great neighbors as well. Losing my husband has been, and still is, the hardest thing I have ever faced. I am having trouble with basically everything. Having people reach out has been such great comfort, so thank you so much.

mcipher I didn‘t see your post in December, so sending late but heartfelt hugs and condolences. I‘m sure you are not “okay”, but I hope you are having little okay moments. ❤️❤️ 4mo
TrishB I have only just seen your initial post because of this one. Sending love and hugs. ❤️ 4mo
Gezemice This is the first time I have seen your post. I am so sorry. I wish you the fortitude to pull through. Sending love and hugs, too 🤗❤️ 4mo
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CouronneDhiver 🤗❤️ 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sending love. I can‘t imagine losing my husband, but I‘ve felt horrible loss before. It‘s a good sign that you can read again, even if nothing is really “right.” 💞 4mo
peaknit ❤️ 4mo
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Guardian | John Saul
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I have spent a lazy Sunday morning avoiding all of the things I need to do and finishing this book. It is exactly what one would expect from a John Saul book. If you are a person who finds his books fun, you will like this one too. It was a good escape that I could read without having to think too much.

Redwritinghood How are you doing these days? I hope it‘s getting easier. 4mo
Melwilk @Redwritinghood I take it day by day. Some days are better than others. Thank you 4mo
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@peaknit The 2/10 book for
24HRR will go out in the mail tomorrow. I hope everything is going well with you 😊

peaknit Thank you dear! I think of you often and hope you are taking care of yourself.❤️ 5mo
Melwilk @peaknit I am taking it day by day - thank you 5mo
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This book has been on my #TBR for a while. I enjoy the show, so I have wanted to read the book. It was a nice escape during this weekend where our weather is trying to get warmer. It is engaging enough that I plan to continue with the series.

Texreader There‘s a show? 5mo
Melwilk @texreader It‘s on Netflix. There are at least two seasons...maybe three. It‘s good. 5mo
Texreader @Melwilk what is it called? 5mo
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Melwilk @Texreader It‘s called The Last Kingdom. 5mo
Texreader @Melwilk Of course! Thanks!! I love this book series 5mo
MellieAntoinette I just started this one! Surprisingly bingeable! 5mo
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Black Cat | Edgar Allen Poe
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So, as you all know, I have been feeling very sad lately. My house is very quiet, so I decided to get a little brother for my cat and dog. This is JB, and he is pretty stinking cute. I went to the humane society, and I couldn‘t resist him. So far, he and my cat, Bandit, are good buds. JB still has some reservations about my dog, Daisy. Daisy, however, loves him. Her overbearing love makes him quite nervous, but they are getting better.

LeahBergen Ohhhh! Hello, JB! 😍😍 5mo
Eyelit 💙💙💙 5mo
megzlynn Those eyes. 😍 5mo
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CouronneDhiver Cute 🖤 5mo
Tamra 😻 He will will get used to it and they‘ll be good play buddies! 5mo
emilyhaldi Black cats for life 🖤 5mo
glitterkitty459 😻😻😻 5mo
merelybookish He's pretty cute! I hope he helps cheer you up. 😘 5mo
Puredragonstar Pretty freakin cute!!! Congratulations on the new family member! 🤗🎉🤩 5mo
Lauram Love this! You‘ve managed to help yourself and a very photogenic new family member. 😻 (edited) 5mo
saresmoore What a cutie! 5mo
BookNAround Awww. What a sweetie! 5mo
NatalieR JB is adorable! 🖤 I hope he helps your heart heal. 5mo
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This is the first book I have managed to read since I lost Rob. I just haven‘t been able to concentrate, nor have I had any desire to read. Finally getting into this book was a good escape. It was fitting to read about people who were struggling with grief and to overcome hardship.

candority Thinking of you, Melanie ❤️ 5mo
Branwen We're here for you and love you very much 💕 Sending lots of love and positive thoughts your way 5mo
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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Erinreadsthebooks 🙏🏻💙 5mo
Lindy 🌻🌻🌻 5mo
Redwritinghood 💕💕 5mo
Christine Sending love your way, I hadn‘t seen the post about the loss of your husband. ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 5mo
erank58 Sending love ❤ I lost my grandmother on Christmas Eve, and I'm still struggling every day. May you find peace and comfort ❤ 5mo
Mommamanzi I‘m so sorry for your loss. I hope reading will bring you joy in this sad time. 5mo
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Hello Litsy friends. I have not posted for a long time. I have been facing unbelievable tragedy, and I am really not doing well. Two weeks before Christmas, I lost my best friend, my husband, Rob. We have been married for 27 years. My heart is broken, and I am not sure how to face this world without him. Every aspect of my life has been framed by my partnership with him. I am lost. I just miss him so much.

Wife Oh I am so very sorry for your loss. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I can only imagine the pain you must feel.🌹 6mo
Lovesbooks87 I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers your way! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I am so very sorry to hear of your staggering loss. I could not imagine and I'm so sorry for your pain. 6mo
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laurenbescoby I am so so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through but I am sending so much love to you and your family. Xx 6mo
CouronneDhiver Mel, I‘m so broken to hear that you‘ve suffered such an overwhelming loss. 😢 Please know that we are here in whatever capacity is needed. I‘m praying for you. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 There‘s no shame in a whole heap of days where you just “put one foot in front of the other”. Grief is hard. 6mo
SoniaC I am so sorry to hear of your loss. 6mo
squirrelbrain So terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love to you all. 6mo
Mitch Heartbroken for you...you‘re so brave and strong to break the news, reach out for whatever you need from us 😘 6mo
DarcysMom I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you. You are in my thoughts. I hope we can be here for you. 6mo
LazyDays Oh no sweetheart 💜🤗😘😘😘😘 Life just isnt fair sometimes. Im sorry 😘 we are here for you.xoxo 6mo
saresmoore So incredibly sorrowful for your loss. Sending love and prayers for peace and healing. I can‘t imagine how painful it must be. 6mo
Laru79 You poor love. Sending lots of love and good wishes. Just take it one day at a time xx 6mo
moarbookspleaze I‘m so sorry to hear this. I can‘t even imagine. Sending love. 6mo
Crazeedi I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I cant imagine a world without my husband, so I dont know your pain. Just know everyone here cares. Your loved ones surround you too. May God comfort you and may his hope be yours today 6mo
Well-ReadNeck Sending you much love. Take care of you. 💕 6mo
QuietlyLaura I'm so very sorry for your overwhelming loss. My heart aches for you and if I could I would hug you tight. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. We are all here for you. Make sure to take advantage of all the help and resources offered to you. 6mo
LeahBergen Oh no. I‘m so terribly sorry to hear this. Sending love and thinking of you. ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Kappadeemom I‘m so sorry. I lost my husband from sudden cardiac arrest when we were 29 and it was devastating. Because we were so young, (as you are) it was hard to find people to talk to that could relate to what I was going through. Try to find some support, whether through a group or even books. 🙏🙏 6mo
KarenUK My heart is breaking for you. I cannot imagine the profound loss you must be feeling. Sending so much love to you. 6mo
Zelma I am so horribly sorry for this. This is terrible thing and I know thing we say can make you feel better. But I will still say that we all care about you and wish you some peace. 6mo
Jerdencon I‘m so, so sorry for your loss - sending love and hugs 😢 (edited) 6mo
Redwritinghood So sorry you‘ve had such a terrible loss. Sending 💕💕. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole My heart hurts for you 💔 so so sorry 6mo
Erinreadsthebooks I am so sorry. That truly is unimaginable loss and heartbreak 🙏🏻 6mo
Yellowpigeon I'm so sorry. My heart breaks for you. We are all here for you so let us know what you need 6mo
Laura317 How devastating. I have no words, but I pray that the peace of God wrap around you and your family. We here care about you. Sending hugs as well. 😢 6mo
Karkar So incredibly sorry for loss. Hugs and all the thoughts to you. We are hear for you I‘d you need anything. I hope you find peace and a way to deal with the pain very soon. 6mo
monkeygirlsmama Oh, sweetie, I am so sorry. ((((Hugs)))) 6mo
tjwill So sorry for your loss. I hope you can feel some comfort and support during this difficult time. 💕 6mo
Thndrstd I‘m so sorry. 6mo
tpixie I‘m so sorry to hear of your tragedy. Thanks for sharing with us. Keep reaching out to others and take care of yourself. Hugs and prayers. ♥️🤗♥️ 6mo
LeeRHarry So sorry for your loss 💕 6mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 6mo
irre I am so sorry for your loss 💕💕 6mo
Amandajoy I‘m so sorry for your loss. It‘s hard to lose a loved one, more so when it‘s unexpected. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. 6mo
Notafraidofwords I am so absolutely sorry for your loss. Praying for you. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I am so sorry to hear this. Much love to you. I hope you‘ll find the support you need and comfort in books. 🙏 6mo
JoScho I am so sorry. Nothing I can say will make it any easier for you but I can say I am thinking of you and sending love. 6mo
Eggs Awww honey I'm so sorry... I've been through that, my hubs died when our youngest was 12. ❤️ and hugs and 🙏🏻 for you 6mo
sprainedbrain There are no words... I am so sorry. Love to you! ❤️ 6mo
quietjenn I am so very sorry. 6mo
Jess_Read_This There are no words. I‘m so sorry. I am sending love to you. 6mo
LibrarianRyan ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Hornsby78 😥😥😥 💔💔💔 6mo
Reggie I‘m so sorry. 6mo
HOTPock3tt Sending love , support and plenty of prayers ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
NatalieR I‘m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. 💔😥 5mo
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I was hesitant to make this my current #BOTM choice, but I decided to go for it after reading some reviews. It‘s definitely different. I can‘t say I loved it, but I did devour it. I will say that by the end, I was nervous for the main character, Candace. I think that‘s a sign of good writing, when the reader cares about the fate of the characters. Overall, I recommend the book. It‘s nice to read something that I normally wouldn‘t choose.

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This is another hit for John Green. He really has a gift for writing in such an approachable and honest way. It is no wonder to me that young readers love his books. He respects his readers enough to give them tough subjects and to write about them realistically. His descriptions of the struggles the main character, Aza, feels just dealing with daily life are very enlightening.

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Devil's Arithmetic | Jane Yolen
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Wow, this book really got to me. Books about the Holocaust are always so hard to read, but I found this one especially brutal. It was just such a good story, though. A modern-day Jewish girl is transported back in time to experience life during the time of the Holocaust. It gives her perspective on how her family members survived.

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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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This YA novel is about a young Native American girl named Omakayas. It covers the triumphs and tribulations of her family over the course of a calendar year. Omakayas is a very realistic character, and I grew more attached to her as I read. Overall, this is an engaging book that I will happily recommend to my students.

Cinfhen This title will work for #DiverseMiddleGrade and #IndigenousAuthor #Booked2019 🙌🏻❤️😃 glad to hear it‘s a pick 7mo
merelybookish Great review! I understand this a response/re-writing of Little House on the Prairie series. 7mo
Tamra I went to Erdrich‘s bookstore early in the year and picked up this book for my daughter and I. We haven‘t gotten to it yet. 😬 I‘m glad to read you‘ve enjoyed it! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Tamra My daughter just read it in October and really liked it. It was a nice companion to her 5th grade social studies curriculum, they spend the fall learning about North American indigenous history. 7mo
Melwilk @merelybookish I have heard that, and it certainly makes sense. Thanks! 7mo
Melwilk @Tamra That sounds like fun! I hope you and your daughter enjoy it too 😊 7mo
Melwilk @4thhouseontheleft I‘m so glad she liked it. That sounds like a good novel connection. 7mo
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The book I read isn‘t really the official Hidden Figures book. It is a Scholastic Young Readers‘ edition of the book. I have not read the original, so I can‘t say how they compare. Overall, it was quite fascinating. These women were trailblazers. They overcame obstacles in place to keep women, and especially African-American women, from living the true American Dream. I just love reading about smart women!

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