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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? 2w
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. 2w
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 2w
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.😊 2w
SarahHarts_books That looks so yummy!! 😍😍 2w
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The Casket of Time | Andri Snær 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! 3w
SarahHarts_books Beautiful flowers!!💖 2w
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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!! 3w
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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. 1mo
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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! 1mo
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! 1mo
SW-T Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
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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!! 1mo
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. 1mo
AlaMich What do/did you do? 1mo
RebL @AlaMich I was the Editorial Assistant at the turn of the century. 1mo
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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 💕 1mo
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. 1mo
RebL @SW-T @emtobiasz Thanks for your comments. It doesn‘t take much connection to feel less alone. 1mo
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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. 2mo
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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. 2mo
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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!! 🐶🤣 3mo
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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! 3mo
Rcoco Crying reading this at the coffee shop this morning. 3mo
RebL @Rcoco Oh no! 😭 3mo
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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I #audiocooked soup for my daughter on this rainy day. Then I ate so much that I‘m too full for my #LitsyPartyOfOne snacks. I‘m so sloshy! Maybe this is how I die.

Lauram Looks good! 3mo
sprainedbrain That looks delicious! I suppose there are worse ways to go. 😂 3mo
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A Girl Like That | Tanaz Bhathena
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Rain happens so infrequently in the Sonoran desert & it‘s even more rare that I have the luxury to read while listening to the patter. But I got two chapters in before starting my day. Back home with #LitsyPartyOfOne plans, I hope to get back to Bhathena.

mdhughes72 Where in the Sonoran? 3mo
RebL @mdhughes72 Midtown Tucson. 3mo
mdhughes72 Wonderful! I grew up in northwest Phoenix but spent seven years in Tucson while attending grad school. Walking distance from TMC and Ft Lowell Park. 3mo
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Cicada | Shaun Tan
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Tan squeezes my brain! What even with this book? You think you know, BUT YOU DON‘T! #picturebook

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Dactyl Hill Squad | Daniel José Older
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We are a dino-loving family & as such know raptors cannot take a human rider, however if we can forgive it in Jurassic Park, we can forgive it here. Recommended for #MiddleGrade historical fantasy readers. The Author‘s Notes are uh-maze-ing.
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Probably my last #24in48 post. I still have a few more hours & even with the hiccups, will likely hit my goal of 18ish hours.

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I thought I was beyond the angst of this type of novel, but my #TBR for #24in48 was wrecked & this was available for checkout & I had to break in my duck shoes & what better way than while mowing the mustard, but be quick as kids & ex require solutions & whoops! will you looky there? I zeroed out my timer, so it seems as though I only logged 3 hours but it‘s really more like 16 & so it is clear that this is still my kind of book. Totally relate.

KathyWheeler I‘m so far from the characters in this this that it‘s ridiculous; I still liked it though. It was a fun read. 4mo
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I zeroed out my #24in48 timer. I think I was around 13 hours. I had a long lunch with a friend & got back at it by audiobooking while trying to convince my pup that grooming nails isn‘t as miserable as he thinks. Now, in conjunction with this book, we are all miserable.

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Dactyl Hill Squad | Daniel José Older
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Took yet another #24in48 reading break for a sound Mastermind butt kicking by my 16 YO, who pronounced herself the smartest person in the house. I took a pic instead of helping to clean up. You know why they don‘t send donkeys to school?
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Another #TFOB author, another engrossing read.

AlaMich Mastermind was one of the few games my dad would play with me. I was an only child and it was just the two of us, and he was not a Clue sort of guy. 😊 4mo
RebL @AlaMich 💕 I love that. My brother & I played Mastermind on car trips & I loved Clue. These days I‘m not much of a gamer (table top, RPG or video), but my kids love them, so I‘ll do quickie games now & again. 4mo
mdhughes72 Wow, great blast from my past!! 4mo
Purrfectpages Omg I haven‘t seen this in forever! 4mo
saguarosally I hope to get back to #tfob someday! 4mo
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Watch Us Rise | Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
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Jasmine is intersectional with a dynamic storyline & Chelsea is comparatively flat. I look forward to hearing the take on this book by the teens in a YA program at work & meeting the authors. #WeNeedDiverseBooks
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An apple & a Rice Crispies Treat are my current #24in48 snack, but the book has me wanting good bread & olives. I‘m going to have to burn the midnight oil to come close to 24, but I sure love trying!
#tfob authors

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Didn‘t get off to a strong #24in48 start because I had to go to a work meeting. BUT I‘m the boss, so we made bookmarks and ate stuff while checking off agenda items.

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Ramayana | Arshia Sattar
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Tryin‘a pin down my #24in48 TBR. It‘s mixed between work & DNFs at the moment. Usually, DNFs are related to the work TBR.

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Picked up this teen-created zine today. Contents include poetry, protest tips & a music playlist. One of the major areas of demographic growth in poetry readers is among teens.

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Planned to mow the mustard while audiobooking, but I got the side eye of this guy and figured his work was more pressing. Also, he‘s got a couple hundred buddies with him. I‘ll catch up with you later, Meg, et al.

Lauram 😳 That‘s HUGE 4mo
RebL @Lauram These are the cutest little bees. We get Africanized bee swarms and those are terrifying. Kids are taught in grade school how to avoid/outrun them. It‘s not killer bee season though. 4mo
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The Day War Came | Nicola Davies
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“Imagine if....”

Read this #picturebook & then let‘s talk about it.

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It was only a matter of time.

Lauram And it could have been so much worse. 😉 4mo
LauraBeth This picture best represents my personal brand 4mo
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RebL @Lauram True. I only bled through March and my journal is unscathed. 4mo
RebL @BookishMarginalia Right? Thanks for commiserating. 4mo
RebL @LauraBeth If we were being honest, mine too. BUT I‘d prefer if my public-facing brand was a bit less wet. 4mo
mdhughes72 My alma mater! 3mo
RebL @mdhughes72 Bear Down! 3mo
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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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Because he enjoyed the Iron Druid series, I bought this for my son, who then showed little interest. We‘d heard Hearne speak at #TFOB & even surprised him in the forest (no lie), so I thought a read along would be fun. I‘d given up on that, but when my #Libby hold came in I went with it. My son overheard me listening to the audiobook. I noticed he packed Kill the Farm Boy to take back to his dorm. This is how my son came to read so many books.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Which one of you monsters posted about this show?! I‘m horrified and hooked and now what am I going to do?

BookBabe Oh shoot. I guess I better read it so I can watch it! 4mo
RebL @BookBabe i haven‘t read it 4mo
BookBabe 😱😱😱

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Sánchez talked about pressure to “represent” (speaking to criticism regarding the presence of cockroaches in this book) at the 2018 TFOB. I‘ve worked with global lit since 2006 & always loved world lit, but my shelves have a disproportionate number of white writers, as most libraries statistically do. In 2019, my pocketbook will be dedicated to diverse books w/ the long goal of seeing a range in storytelling such that these criticisms don‘t occur.

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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I dreaded starting this read as beauty, royalty & pettiness are not my things, but turns out this book got my thinking box to working. I met the author (signing my book in this pic I lifted from a colleague) in late Sept, when she got my thinking box to working about non-book related things. I have the sequel ARC, & my plan is to read it four books from now but before Jan 2. Nothing like setting unrealistic goals!

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When Life Gives You Lululemons | Lauren Weisberger
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Had to put #Becoming on hold because the cold I caught has my eyes too watery to read, so I listened to Lululemons instead. I worried that a name-brand book isn‘t for me, but I got into it & now I‘m not sick any more. Just kidding; I‘m still sick, but I have a new bottle of off-brand cold medicine & another audiobook on #Libby.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Finally!

RealLifeReading Nice!! 5mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Unlike smarter library patrons, I decided not to hold my holds because I‘m so far down on all the lists. Then FIVE came in & I got sick. Getting through the books feels like a chore. At least I can check this one off.

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