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Children's Minds | Margaret Donaldson
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Donaldson proposes that most preschool children are capable of solving problems associated with operational thought. Critical of Piaget's experiments, she recreated them using what she considered appropriate methodology. Her findings (& through the work of others, like maybe Jerome Harste) indicate that young children are cognitively ready for emotionally tough topics, though they may lack experience. BTW, I haven't read this book.

RebL @emtobiasz I apologize for not posting sooner. I immediately asked, but then I got hung up. You likely moved along. My boss suggests using books like Daddy Is a Monster... Sometimes as a way to look at empathy & how we bring inferences to our reading. She also suggests reader response. The experiments mentioned above used Julie of the Wolves with third graders & sixth graders. I create programming & am not an educator, so this is a filtered look. 1mo
emtobiasz @RebL thanks for researching further on this! I‘ll have to track this book down. 1mo
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Why? | Adam Rex
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From the moment Rex casts on readers, he controls the tension & whipstiches it together in the end. (There‘s a knitting connection 🧶 and a humanized supervillain 🦹‍♂️ because it‘s Adam Rex.) #picturebook

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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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Uncomplicated, strait-forward YA romance. Sweet, innocent, realistic young love. The montage-esque illustrations of the characters falling in crush set a lovely tone. What a nice book. 🥰

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Slayer | Kiersten White
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I wasn‘t sure about Slayer at first, but found it satisfying in the end. Pictured is the ultimate slayer—near perfection. Not read for #24in48 (still playing catch-up), but I‘m calling it. 17:30:09 Per the usual, I enjoyed peeping in on everyone participating. Congrats to us all! 📚 🎉

julesG 👏👏👏👏 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Great job!🎉 2mo
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#24in48 prompt: favorite. My favorite is typically whatever I am currently reading. My favorite genre is memoir. My favorite music is punk. My favorite people are LGBT2SQI+ & their allies. I don‘t really have favorites, but I do enjoy all these things. I‘m not big on drugs or dangerous behaviors though because control is also my favorite, so... you know. To each their own.

IvoryLunatic Memoirs are my favorite too. What your most recommended memoir? 2mo
RebL @ivorylunatic This one, Tranny, is the memoir I‘m reading now. Usually my favorite memoirs are about regular old people. The the one that scooped me up is 2mo
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The Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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The interns I work with last semester demanded I read this book. To a one, it is their favorite #middlegrade read. I started it then & am finishing it for #24in48.

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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Aspirational. One hopes for these outcomes. Although I‘ve asked all the teen women I know to read this, I only just finished. Get to work, Amy Poehler & Netflix! #24in48 9:13:16

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This is a grownup version of The Box Car Children. Possible, but unlikely survival of a child on her own. It reminds me of how much I enjoy Southern Gothic. I dropped a Gen2 iPad on my foot & sure did not have the measured reaction Kya had to her foot injury.
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I didn‘t read this for #24in48. I answered the call to be a friend twice today, virtually killing my chances at a full 24. It was worth it though. Posting this to catch up my reading log.

Lauram Ouch. Gen 2 iPads are heavy. 2mo
RebL @Lauram IKR?! 2mo
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The Breakaways | Cathy G. Johnson
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Multiple representations of how girls can girl. Realistic depiction of middle school experiences. Spoiler critique in comments. Not read for #24in48. Just catching up on posts.

RebL As an athlete, I cared about my team whether we were crushed or crushing. Also, I understood the importance of reciprocating with opponents. So I totally agree with Yarelis‘ mom when she says (essentially), “Finish what you start.” I was disheartened that the team quit. They may have saved themselves grief, but they created problems for the other teams in their league. 2mo
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This is a tough one, especially living so close to such desperation and cruelty. I distracted myself by flushing drainpipes with boiling water. I strongly believe that we should not turn our gaze away from suffering, but it does take a toll. #audiobook #24in48 #borderstories

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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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My boss picked this one up for me at ALA because I also experience anxiety. I don‘t have gut issues but faint like a ridiculous southern belle. Although I just finished it to start #24in48, I previously loaned it out to two teens who give it huge thumbs up. #graphicnovels

Megabooks I can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
RebL @Megabooks It‘s good all the way around. Telgemeier knows how to tell a story. 2mo
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Sometimes I ask our interns read this #picturebook to broaden their perspectives on reader experiences. Children seem to focus on the larger issue of war rather than the particular relationship between the elephants & trainer. Adults sob over the elephants. Something about young brains protects them from tough information. (Not advocating for or against, ymmv.)

emtobiasz That is super interesting! Do you have other resources to recommend about how children interpret/focus on stories differently than adults? I‘m always looking for more to help me talk to kids about books. 3mo
RebL @emtobiasz Disclaimer: I am not an early childhood educator & some picture books are not meant for kids. You may try search terms like “theory of mind,” “reader-response theory,” or empathy. I keep this surface level with interns who are primarily learning academic editorial skills. 3mo
emtobiasz @RebL Fair enough. I‘m pretty familiar with early child development and young kids‘ responses to picture books, but I have trouble finding the resources I‘m envisioning for independent readers (say, 8-12 year olds). Plenty on teaching them to grow as readers, but less about understanding and meeting them where they are. As you can see, I‘m still trying to articulate exactly what I‘m looking for. 3mo
RebL @emtobiasz I wish you luck. I‘d love to hear more from you. I read somewhere (dunno where, maybe Language Arts?) that parents bring experiences to reading that children don‘t because they don‘t have as many experiences. Anecdotally, Ron Himler told me that when illustrating Always with You, he didn‘t show the Vietcong so that readers can interpret as they are cognitively able. I work with a children‘s lit expert & educator. I can ask her? 3mo
emtobiasz If your coworker has any suggestions, I‘d love to hear them! I have a feeling I need to dive deeper into readers advisory for children. Since I‘m coming at this from the public children‘s librarian perspective I‘m really looking for ways to talk to children about the books they read in a way that helps me help them find more to read. I‘ll keep you posted as I progress in this. 3mo
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Sarah Warren writes with parsimony. Every word seems carefully chosen to deliver a message about working hard, creating a vision and supporting friends while establishing boundaries. Geneva Bowers plays with the hive motif incorporating Queen B's inner circle. Text and art work together beautifully in this #picturebook.

This book is like Eegee's ranch fries--it's not my normal thing, but I'm all in.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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I read that first one. Then I read the second. I also read the third. I decided to audioclean with the final chunkster (22 hours). About two hours into a serious clean, I hear, “Epilogue.“ Wut? Somehow I advanced from water nymphs in ceremony to water nymphs in battle and it seemed like, uh, okay. But NO! Who lives; who dies; who loves; who loses--all spoiler'd.

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Always With You | Ruth Vander Zee
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We have several panels of the original art for this book by Ronald Himler on display in the studio at my work. I enjoy discussing the art with young people who come into the collection, especially as most of my work is for preservice teachers and teacher educators. However, this photo doesn't fit my self-image. I look like such a stereotype! Guess I should just embrace it. #picturebook

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I acquired an embroidered house blessing in Ottoman Turkish. The Arabic lettering confused efforts at translation, & sparked an interest in the history of Turkey. This book will do the same for readers, especially younger ones. It‘s informative, funny & relatable. Text & art complement each other & strengthen the story. #memoir #graphicnovels

RaimeyGallant Sounds fabulous. 3mo
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The Mueller Report | The Washington Post
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There‘s the free online version, but I like to hold my books. There‘s the “People‘s Version” with no context. There‘s the version with a Conservative forward. Then there is this version—the Jeff Bezos version. Perhaps slanted in the supplemental info, BUT it has a cast of characters and a timeline. I‘m the kind of reader who needs that help.

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Told from the POV of the stables-turned-nightclub, this #picturebook has a glossary, additional notes, an eyewitness interview, & a history with photos. What else would you expect from an elementary school teacher? I could drink in the illustrations for days.

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So grateful to Retta for helping me beautify & shade this ugly as sin & hot as balls area of my desert home.

BeaG I just downloaded this one. 4mo
RebL @BeaG It‘s fun and affirming. I enjoyed it. 4mo
BeaG @RebL I agree. I'm on Chapter 6 already. 4mo
monalyisha Ha! I love your image. 3mo
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My Papi Has a Motorcycle | Isabel Quintero
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Although I couldn‘t put my kid on a motorcycle, I could put this book in their hands. The father/daughter relationship, the respect for the neighborhood & the love for the people in it reflect deep connections. Plus, check out her cool helmet! The book is based on Quintero‘s childhood.
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I had a baby sitter who dated a biker and they would take me out on rides, so I may be a big ol‘ hypocrite.
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#picturebooks

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First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! | Nancy Bo Flood, Jonathan Nelson, Rose Ann Tahe
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Processing books today. This book... buy it. My wish for the world is that everyone has such a community, such love, such anticipation for joy from all corners of life. While the cover shows a rural area, the book begins in a city setting & depicts the family in all the ways extended family live. #picturebooks

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Dealing in Dreams | Lilliam Rivera
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My kiddo (far left) did a podcast episode with Pine Reads Review (an initiative in the English Dept at the UofA). The host, Christy, has a great perspective on YA Lit, & Matt Mendez brought the author perspective.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pine-reads-pod-reviews/id1277438819?i=1000...

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Bri is so much herself (for a fictional character). She‘s not a navel gazer, though her tendency to act first and think later gets her in trouble. I like her character arc. Plus the wordplay is fun.
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(Finally posted, @Chelleo! This isn‘t even my copy. Someone left it on the table in my office this morning. I figured I‘d snatch the pic and post before I forget altogether.)

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Killed time waiting for the 16 YO to get out of AP testing with this guy. Ed Sullivan was a gossip columnist? Gene Kelly defended the 1st amendment! I meet the author this Saturday.

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We read this book front to back and back to front again at work. We can‘t bring ourselves to ditch the die cut that didn‘t get punched out.

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A Blade So Black | L.L. McKinney
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All over campus lay the remains of so many graduation photos, evidence of good dreams pursued & achieved. Also, a mess for someone else, I guess.
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All my holds came in an avalanche. I wasn‘t in the mood for an Alice story, but McKinney managed to cast a spell on me.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Apache tears. Semi-polished, a little wet, more brown than I expected.

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Yes, getting past this book as a letter to an unborn child is a thing readers must do. As the NYT suggests, “Forgive the baby.” If we do, this memoir feels right to this Plains girl, though I do not see myself as rural. Smarsh does acknowledge that being white is privilege no matter how poor.

vumblereads Curious to know what that green stuff is? I feel silly asking it. Is that pesto? 4mo
RebL @vumblereads Yup. Pesto. My daughter wants to eat it all the time lately. She doesn't like tomatoes in hers. I blame it on the tough skinned tomatoes she grew up with in the desert versus the ones I pulled off the vine in Oklahoma. 4mo
vumblereads That looks really good 🙂 and too bad your daughter is picky about tomatoes. My mom used to tell me eat your tomatoes so you‘ll have a natural rosy complexion 😂😂 I don‘t know how true that is but I believed her and I ate all my tomatoes 4mo
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KathyWheeler I‘m not fond of tomatoes although I like most tomato-based things. I will have to admit though that they sure do make your meal look pretty.😊 4mo
SarahHarts_books That looks so yummy!! 😍😍 4mo
tpixie @vumblereads yes!! Free radicals can damage the cells in your skin. This may increase your risk for wrinkles and signs of aging. Tomatoes contain antioxidants, such as lycopene and vitamin C that fight free radicals! 3w
tpixie @RebL looks delicious!!! I lived in Wichita & this world 30 miles away is a whole other world 🌎 3w
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The Casket of Time | Andri Snr Magnason, Andrew Cauthery
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The translation gap on literature for young people is ~ 3%, and most of that comes from Western Europe. This book is one that slipped through from Iceland. I wrote a recommendation for @wow_reads but didn‘t include my thoughts on the cover art. I have thoughts. Left: Final copy. Right: ARC. https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/05/01/wow-recommends-the-casket-of-time/

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If you can‘t travel the world, you may as well read it. In the case of this series, maybe even watch it.

Tamra So pretty! 5mo
SarahHarts_books Beautiful flowers!!💖 4mo
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Dealing in Dreams | Lilliam Rivera
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Read this one for work. Sometimes work ain‘t all that bad.

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I wouldn‘t wash my brother‘s dishes, much less clean up his murders, but I did recommend this book to him. (Also, we have a long history of watching out for each other, so please don‘t cross him to test the strength of my words.)

Reggie Lol nice post!! 5mo
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Everlasting Rose | Dhonielle Clayton
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IDK wassup with these books. Puffy stories aren‘t my thing, but then here‘s this. Case in point, teacup pets. What‘s the point? Except now I want one. Also, I have to deal with the tension of thinking beauty standards suck, and yet how fun is it to play! My brain space doesn‘t have time for the Belles, yet what a lovely, lazy read.

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Dietland | Sarai Walker
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All my electronic holds came in & I began plowing without thinking. This book took me by surprise as all I noticed from the cover was the cupcake. I‘m minding my own business as summer swim 🏊🏼‍♀️ begins & boom! 💥 Yowza! That story took a turn.

Reggie This one gets dark real quick. I really liked it though. 5mo
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Cicada | Shaun Tan
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This feature reinforces why I‘m here, but the best part is the teen ambassadors‘ reflection on Cicada. Listen to the podcast for mood & then read the article for a fuller picture.

https://kjzz.org/content/855481/untold-arizona-how-countrys-largest-collection-g...

SW-T Being coordinator of outreach and collections at Worlds of Words must be both a huge responsibility and an amazing one all at once! Loved the article 💕 Best to you and your colleagues on continuing to grow the collection. It sounds amazing! 5mo
RebL @SW-T Thank you. Even though it can be overwhelming, I enjoy the work & it‘s a beautiful space. Since this was recorded, I‘ve been promoted to Associate Director! 5mo
SW-T Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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Stephen Krashen came to my work last week. He said we should be doing the things I‘ve been trying to do. I‘m working on it! Also, he‘s very active on Twitter.

AlaMich I remember him from my linguistics days!! 5mo
RebL @AlaMich I used to send him articles for review when I worked for Language Arts journal. That‘s how my connection is—peripheral. But he is an engaging speaker. 5mo
AlaMich What do/did you do? 5mo
RebL @AlaMich I was the Editorial Assistant at the turn of the century. 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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My job is exciting & gives me a sense of purpose. Even so, I‘m burnt out from rarely leaving my desk for a break or lunch & carrying the brunt of complaints, requests or other demands for my instant attention. Relief is in sight for me, but this reminder from SLJ hits home.

SW-T Self care is so important, even more so when you‘re a point of contact. Take care of yourself 💕 5mo
emtobiasz This is so true. As one of the staff members who gets the most regular off desk time (it‘s still not enough— it never is), thanks for the reminder to check in with staff and make sure they‘re able to take it when they need to. 5mo
RebL @SW-T @emtobiasz Thanks for your comments. It doesn‘t take much connection to feel less alone. 5mo
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Ferdinand loves feminist babies.
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#boardbooks #picturebooks

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I‘m touching this book.
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(I need to borrow a kid.)
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#boardbook #picturebook

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The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon | Matthew Burgess
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At first I thought this book must be about me, but then I read it. Now I know it‘s about me AND my brother. We miraculously made it out of childhood to be unbudging curmudgeons to other people. #picturebooks

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Mendez writes a brutal truth, leaving me feeling helpless in its grip. And yet, it‘s a breeze to read. I‘ll meet him for a second time in late April, and I might never move the conversation beyond, “Thank you.” #yalit

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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There is damn little a librarian can‘t do. I met with a couple of librarians last week to discuss accountability & publishing ethics, digital archiving & preservation, & meta data.

Also, vignettes from this book could have occurred at my work. My favorite was (paraphrased), “You can‘t eat here.” “I‘m not eating; this is a snack.” If I haven‘t already had that conversation, I will.

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I felt like I read this before, but maybe that‘s a part of my Oklahoma roots. People who are horrified by the inhumanity shown to the Osage as reported in this book can‘t think this behavior is behind us. American Indians/Native Americans are still grossly taken advantage of & reports on violence against our indigenous citizens, especially women, is under reported & often excluded in criminal justice data.

GingerAntics That‘s absolute correct. 6mo
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Merci feels as though she‘s on her own at school and at home, but ultimately learns that she has support in both places. Even more importantly, she learns that she has what it takes to navigate all the challenges life offers. https://wowlit.org/blog/2019/03/01/wow-recommends-merci-suarez-changes-gears/ #MiddleGrade

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Sometime three years ago, I made my first #Litsy post. I struggled reading Wolf Hall, which was rumored to be a novel that would change novel writing. Once finished, I blogged about the process, hoping that would get me freelance work. It did not. But here it is. http://reblnation.com/scaffolding-challenging-books/
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane, @Texreader. Thanks for the #FirstLike, @SeeJaneRead.

Texreader Oh this is fun seeing your first post! I so didn‘t like Wolf Hall. The writing style drove me nuts. 6mo
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The Storm Runner | J.C. Cervantes
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This book is exciting for a number of reasons, so I hoped to get my copy signed when I met the author. However, I met the author in a social situation while she spoke to another cool author whose book I did not have on hand. It‘s not like I‘m a smooth talker in the best of situations, so I just excused myself.

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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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With three days at the airport last week, you‘d think I‘d get through my reading. Nope, but I did consume the flight attendant section while in the air. Also, I didn‘t realize how much time Steinem spent in my home state of Oklahoma.

I found this memoir totally engrossing.

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The Ninjabread Man | C. J. Leigh
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I‘m slowly working through work-related photos on my personal phone to transfer them to my work computer. It‘s just like sorting through personal pictures and remembering old times and past people.

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The Cage | Megan Shepherd
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Co-listening. Yes, the pupper got a nug. No wonder he‘s spectacularly annoying at begging. Dogs aren‘t as valued in the world of this book as they are in this house.

AlaMich You can‘t say no to those eyes!! 🐶🤣 7mo
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This looks like a total gut punch of a book. (Screenshot from Joanna Goddard on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/BtePRlcA7C-/.)

Reggie Oh no, I can‘t. This sounds so heartbreaking! 7mo
Rcoco Crying reading this at the coffee shop this morning. 7mo
RebL @Rcoco Oh no! 😭 7mo
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