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Mem_ugh

Joined February 2018

YA librarian at an Oregon public library. Books>everything else 🖤🌈 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7950010-mema-martinez
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Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi
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Permanent Record | Mary H. K. Choi
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I LOVED Emergency Contact so I couldn‘t wait to start Permanent Record. It‘s made for a great before bed read, being away from life and responsibilities has made getting some reading done a lot easier than usual. Pablo and Leanna are the cutest couple and I find myself rooting for them and their relationship. Might we get a happy ending? 💖

readordierachel I loved Emergency Contact too 💕 2w
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High School | Tegan Quin
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Trying to catch up; I have loved Tegan and Sara since high school, they raised me from a sweet baby queer to who I am now. I‘ve seen them live 6 times, including the tour for this book, and they‘ve never disappointed. I listened to this one on audio and it‘s so good, the inclusion of actual audio from their early days made the book so much better.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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I put in a full day of travel from Portland to Chicago, Chicago to Memphis and this book accompanied me from plane to plane. It‘s a heavy subject matter but an important one, the author is insightful and challenging. He doesn‘t shy away from asking the uncomfortable questions, people should be uncomfortable. I‘m excited to finish it on my return trip.

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Celebrations | Delicious Magazine
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I‘m at YALSA in Memphis for work and it‘s been so much fun! Got to meet a few of my fave authors, walked away with some signed copies of books and a few galleys, geeked out at Gabby Rivera, ate some great barbecue. Who knew Memphis was so fun?!

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I‘ve been reading/listening to the much anticipated new Margaret Atwood and holy crap is it amazing. I‘m about halfway through and I‘m trying to savor the last half. Even if you‘ve not become obsessed with the show, read this excellent book.

Jillybeane I‘m tryna “sip” it, too 😭 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I‘ve been doing a lot of 3 hour round trip car journeys the last couple of months. Audiobooks have been helping me to pass the time and stay sane. I‘m about 3/4 of the way through and really enjoying this one surprisingly, it wasn‘t one I was dying to read but it was available and relatively new. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I switched jobs a year ago and went from a library with 6 poc out of a staff of 10 to a library where I am the only person of color in our staff of 12. Needless to say it‘s been a huge adjustment, I definitely took my previous colleagues and our shared experiences for granted. This book is putting some things into perspective and helping me to remember that I‘m not being overly sensitive. Also, micro aggressions are a thing.

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This book! This book, this book, this book!! I read this one as a #lmpbc pick and I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I‘m leery of books that are super popular so I more than likely wouldn‘t have given this one a shot but I‘m glad I did.

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Because my beach read was disappointing I needed a palate cleanser. What better than a YA love story centered around food?! I really enjoyed this one, it was totally unpretentious and didn‘t try to be something that it wasn‘t. It‘s one I‘d been meaning to get around to reading but just hadn‘t had the time, glad I finally did.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This was my beach read last week and I was sorely disappointed by it. I felt it had a lot of promise and the stories were interesting but they didn‘t delve in deep enough. I found it lacking overall.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Jumped on the bandwagon, come be my friend if you want. Though I make no guarantees that I‘ll be any good at this game.

LionHeartLeo I curse my friend who dragged me into this as well!!! LOL! I do love it though! Bummed today because I ran out of Spell Energy!!😫 4mo
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Which brings me to my current read! Um, hi, I‘m in love with this graphic novel and I‘m mayyybe 10 pages in 😍😍

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Witches? Yes! Sapphic witches? YES!! Sapphic witches with ex drama? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! 😂 I think I‘m in the minority but I actually really liked this one, it was slow in parts and kind of lost its way a few times but I‘m into it! I‘ll definitely pick up the sequel.

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The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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I decided to only read books with queer characters/by queer authors/both, for the month of June, cause Pride month y‘all. 🌈 Firstly was this gorgeous, tender, sad but hopeful YA novel about 2 high school girls who are quite clearly in love. When one dies the other isn‘t sure she‘ll be able to continue on. Loved it, but tired of the troupe of queer people dying as a major plot point, can we just not die.

BookHoarder32 I agree! No more dying! 5mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Elizabeth Acevedo is everything! Little known fact, I worked as a chef for awhile before I decided to go into libraries, so this book slammed all my worlds together into an awesome little package. Books like this one solidify why YA is such a great genre.

marleed I really liked this book, too. For me a YA looses a star when I have to think about that dang mom hat upon my head. This story did not do that, I was engaged in the characters without need to ‘mom‘ them! 5mo
BennettBookworm Loved this one!!! 3mo
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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Picked up this sweet little graphic novel from work today. I wanted something fun and fairly easy to read because I‘ve been stressed the heck out lately. It delivered! A very cute sci-fi, lgbtq, boarding school plot line with a very diverse set of characters. Will definitely read again.

LionHeartLeo I‘ve been wanting to try getting into graphic novels, & what a great way w/ an lgbtq storyline/characters! Thanks for the review! (edited) 4mo
Mem_ugh @LionHeartLeo it took me some time to get into graphic novels as well, but there are so many good ones out there, this one included! Now I‘m like, I don‘t know what I was waiting for. 4mo
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I don‘t know why I listen to books that piss me off but for some reason whenever I‘m working i find myself listening to things that are gonna make me angry.

Texreader Krakauer is a fantastic nonfiction author. I love his level of research and attention to detail. I‘ve read two of his books. Not this one yet. 5mo
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Done. Finally. I wanted to bail on this one so many times and had to take long breaks at times to make it through. Maybe I‘m missing something but I really didn‘t enjoy this book, I tried really hard to connect with it and it just wasn‘t me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ going in the mail tomorrow for #lmpbc

kstadt929 Oh no! It seems like we aren‘t doing so well this round with book choices!!! 6mo
LiteraryinLititz Well, at least my pick (this one) was a bust. Ugh. BUT I really loved Suzy‘s pick of Where the Crawdads Sing. 6mo
Linda906 I thought I was alone in not liking this book when I read all the hype a few years ago. Was just not for me! 6mo
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Mem_ugh @kstadt929 I know! Two not so great ones in a row, darn it 6mo
Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz my pick wasn‘t the best either. I‘m excited to start Crawdads today, hopefully I‘ll get it done before the end of the month 6mo
Mem_ugh @Linda906 not at all, one of my friends raved about it and I just don‘t get the hype 6mo
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Excellent! As someone who struggles with being alone vs being lonely it was nice to see that I‘m not the only one with ALL THE FEELINGS. While Moore could come off seeming to be kind of whiny at times I was completely with her the whole way. It was weirdly like reading my own story/history.

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THIS!!! 👆🏼👆🏼 i always tell people I was raised by wolves because my parents were pretty trash. More often than not though they‘ll say something like, well they must‘ve done something right because you‘re great, blah blah blah. No. I did something right, despite them. Me.

LauraJ Damn skippy! I know where you‘re coming from 🤜🏼 6mo
Weaponxgirl 👏👏 I know people who had similar situations whilst growing up and their parents deserve no credit for where they are now. You go! I‘ll be cheering for you all the way, you are obviously awesome. 6mo
Mem_ugh @LauraJ @Weaponxgirl thank you both! 6mo
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I received @LiteraryinLititz #lmpbc book in the mail right before I left for vacation in New Mexico! I brought it along but didn‘t even crack it open until my flight home, I‘ll speed through it though and move it along 😁

LiteraryinLititz Good luck! It was slow going for me, but hopefully it will be a faster read for you. Hope you had a great trip! 6mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Audiobooks are not usually my favorite but I‘ve been getting more into them since I changed jobs. After hearing a bit of daisy jones on audio I can‘t imagine experiencing it any other way. Having all the different voices playing all the different parts 👌🏼

WanderingBookaneer This book! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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I think I went into this book thinking it was something that it wasn‘t, that being said it was pretty great. It focused on expanding upon the commencement address Abby gave to Barnard College in 2018, and is broken up into rules, old and new. I love Abby Wambach and have been obsessed with soccer since I was little so I loved this.

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I started listening to this one while at work and had to turn it off after an hour, the stories told were heartbreaking and made me angry. Angry at the state of the world, angry at our patriarchal society, angry at people who think they can lay claim to our bodies. Just anger.

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A friend recommended this book to me and holy crap is it a good one!! I was for sure hesitant upon reading the synopsis but I‘m glad I went for it. Ling Ma‘s meandering style of writing is probably not for everyone but if that‘s something you can get past it‘s a very enjoyable story of a dystopian world.

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I didn‘t die!!! I‘ve just been stupid busy and something had to give, unfortunately Litsy was it! Hopefully I‘m back at it! 🤞🏻

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Sink | Desiree Dallagiacomo
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Spending my lazy Sunday reading poetry written by someone I saw on YouTube a couple of years ago. Her poem, Thighs Say, moved me and I‘ve been following her ever since. #womensupportingwomen

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Sawkill Girls () | Claire Legrand
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I‘m allowed to listen to music or audiobooks or podcasts at work when I‘m not on desk shift so I chose this one. This cover just grabbed me, and it‘s been one that my teens have been reading and really enjoying. So far it‘s pretty darn good!

readordierachel It's a very cool cover! 9mo
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Started listening to this one yesterday at work, it‘s a bit long winded but I love Abbi Jacobson and I found myself nodding to a lot of what she has to say. If you‘re a fan of broad city you‘ll probably enjoy it.

FreeReadAndWrite Ah I love broad city! Gonna look into this one 9mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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SOOOO GOOD!!!! I love that this book takes place in the same neighborhoods as THUG! The characters that Angie Thomas writes are so well fleshed out and relatable. She can actually do no wrong. I‘ll be adding this book to my outreach selections.

hermyknee I loved this one, too!!! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz This ended up being the one book I bought at Powell‘s! 9mo
Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz it‘s such a good one! How great was Powell‘s and did you stick to your budget?? 9mo
LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh Powell‘s was huuuuuuuge! So cool! Yes, we surprisingly did stick to our budget. I think having to carry the books with us on the plane today was a factor. It was great meeting you! I‘m going to post about it when I get home. 9mo
Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz it was excellent meeting you as well! I figured having to carry them on the plane would be a pretty good way of limiting yourself. 9mo
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The Mailman | Bentley Little
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Okay #lmpbc friends @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm these are my ideas for our next round, any that you‘re obsessed with or that you absolutely don‘t want to read?

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kstadt929 Oh man! I would really like to read 9mo
BennettBookworm These sound so intriguing!! They‘re all going on my TBR 😂 Tops for me are Care & Feeding and More Than Words. But happy with any of them!! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Amazing choices!! My clear first choice is Care and Feeding!! My second choice is the Sophie Kinsella. I‘ve never read anything by her but I picture her stuff as light, charming reads. ☺️ 9mo
Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz Y‘all! That‘s not a clear consensus! 😂😂 it‘s either Care & Feeding or More Than Words 9mo
LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh Between those 2 I‘d vote for Care & Feeding. 😁 9mo
BennettBookworm Lol ditto, Care & Feeding if I had to pick 9mo
kstadt929 That isn‘t one i‘d normally pick, but I‘m looking forward to reading along with everyone‘s comments 😁 What order should we mail in this time @LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm @Mem_ugh ?? 9mo
LiteraryinLititz @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm @Mem_ugh My only preference in the order is that I‘d love to be directly after Suzy, if that‘s ok with people! This round I was directly before her so I only got to see her comments on half the books. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
kstadt929 Do you want to go backwards from what we just did then? I think that‘s Zulema -> Me -> Suzanne -> Allison ??? @Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLititz 9mo
Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm I‘m fine with that order, my book for this round was just delivered this morning! Super excited to start reading! 9mo
BennettBookworm Cool beans, works for me! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Works for me!! 9mo
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Valentines Day | Julie Murray
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Oh my word!! @vicgreentoriafield everything you sent is so beautiful and special! Thank you so much, you really went above and beyond! ❤️ #cupidgoespostal

hermyknee What a cute gift! 9mo
vicgreentoriafield I'm happy you like everything! Hope you enjoy the books 9mo
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Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Such cute wrapping and packaging @vicgreentoriafield !!!! I‘m hesitant to rip them open! #cupidgoespostal

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Processing new books and this little beauty is coming home with me

Lovesbooks87 I got my copy yesterday. Can't wait to dive into it! Enjoy! 9mo
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Cupid, Inc | Michele Bardsley
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Guess what was on my doorstep at lunch today...#cupidgoespostal #litsymail thanks @vicgreentoriafield I‘m excited for opening day!!! ❤️

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
vicgreentoriafield Yayay!! Happy it got there safely! 10mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Started this one while at work today, on the recommendation of @BookNerd9906 for #newyearwhodis I‘m only like an hour in but so far it‘s really good! Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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I Did It! | Anna Ross
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Um, I did it!!! I wasn‘t 100% sure I‘d get there but I made it! I read 4 entire books and got about halfway through 2 more, I‘m proud of me! #24in48

TrishB Well done 👍🏻 10mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks 🎉🎉🎉📚💕Good job! 10mo
Mem_ugh @TrishB @ValkyrieAndHerBooks thank you!! 🙌🏼 10mo
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LMJenkins Good job! 📚⭐️✔️ 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin Well done, congrats!🎉 10mo
RedxoHearts Woohoo congrats! 10mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 10mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I‘m so close I can taste it!! 😁😁 I think I‘m actually going to finish this time around!!

I‘m taking a small break though because I don‘t LOVE this book, but I‘m gonna trudge through.

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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Omg! Yes, so much yes! I devoured this book, Arthur and Ben are everything I wish relationships were at 17, hell even at 32 😂 The emphasis placed on the importance of friendships was great, and the friendships in this book were very well thought out. I loved it! #24in48

peachyandrew I am reading it right now! It is AWESOME 10mo
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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I‘ve owned this book since the day it came out and I somehow lost it in my piles of things, found it this morning so decided to dive in.

My ex used to call me pudding pop and now I‘m a well of weird emotions 😂 am I sad? Nostalgic? I don‘t know but that threw me for a beat too long 😂😂 am I gonna make my 24? Hopefully!! #24in48

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Calling it a night, almost made the 12 hour mark. Too tired. Tomorrow is another day. 📚 #24in48

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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This was on my stoop when I went out to get dinner, my #lmpbc from @kstadt929 Maybe this will be next up for #24in48 👍🏼👍🏼

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My apartment is a mess, Elio and Oliver are keeping me company while I clean. #24in48 #almost5hours

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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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I‘m so glad that the new cover of this book pulled me in! I‘m sad I hadn‘t gotten to this one earlier because it was great, probably my favorite by this author!

Got a bit of a late start this morning, my bed is way too comfy, but I did manage to get a book finished and put in a bit of time. #24in48

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I‘m getting my stack all ready for #24in48 can‘t wait to spend an entire weekend reading!! ☕️☕️📚📚

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gradcat I‘m am so not sure about this...that‘s a lot of hours in a short time!! Maybe I should just see how far I can get....😊 10mo
Mem_ugh @gradcat the first time I did one I only got like 18 hours in, I do them because they‘re fun, no shame in not doing the whole 24. I totally suggest you give it a try if you‘re interested. 😁 10mo
gradcat Thanks for that! I think I will! 😊 10mo
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One Zillion Valentines | Frank Modell
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Sent my #CupidGoesPostal #ValentinesBookExchange package out this morning to my Litten! Hope it reaches you in good time and that you enjoy all the goodies! ❤️❤️

BookishMarginalia Woohoo! 10mo
CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽 I‘m getting pretty excited to see everyone‘s gifts! 10mo
Mem_ugh @CouronneDhiver ME TOO!! I ❤️ exchanges, it‘s always so fun to see what others got and to see if your person likes their surprises! 10mo
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You Asked for Perfect | Laura Silverman
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I don‘t always request galleys, but when I do it‘s likely that I have 4 other books in progress and all my library holds have come in at the same time. 😂 🤷🏻‍♀️

RadicalReader @Mem_ugh what is your most highly recommend YA book? 10mo
Mem_ugh @RadicalReader that is such a hard one! It completely depends on the person honestly, I do a pretty in depth readers advisory interview before recommending. I have most recently recommended Sadie, The Hate U Give, I‘m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Tyler Johnson Was Here to several people though 10mo
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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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I thought I had read everything Nina LaCour had written, I somehow missed this one. This new cover sucked me in.

Kayla.Adriena 😍 10mo
LiteraryinLititz I liked this one a lot! 10mo
Mem_ugh @Kayla.Adriena right?! Total cover lust! @LiteraryinLititz Great! I‘m only a handful of pages in but I love this author so I have a good feeling about it 10mo
LiteraryinLititz I think this is my favorite of hers. Though I also love We Are Okay. 10mo
RadicalReader @Mem_ugh what is the most interesting question you‘ve ever been asked as a librarian? 10mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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😡😡 this one made me angry...and annoyed 😂 it had a strong beginning but lost me a bit in the end. However, it was a lot of fun to read along with @BennettBookworm and @kstadt929 for #lmpbc @LiteraryinLititz this is headed your way on Tuesday

BennettBookworm Ahhhh so excited to read all the comments in the end! 10mo
LiteraryinLititz I received the book! Can‘t wait to dive in. We went home early today due to snow, so my plan is to finish Song Remains the Same (I‘m close to the end!) and then move on to this one! @BennettBookworm @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh 10mo
Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz yay! I‘m glad it made it to you! I‘m excited to hear how you feel about it 10mo
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