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SiameseCatsRead

Joined June 2020

Ravenclaw. Teacher. Crafter. Mommy and Wife. Hiker/Fisher
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One--Stranje House was no ordinary finishing school.
Two--nor was it the cruel reformatory gossip purported.
Three--Miss Strange was up to.something and we girls were to be part of it.

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This for sure sums up the first 170 pages for me. Full of confusion and guesses. I'm liking the book so far!

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Here's a quick #bookspin update. I finished another book (which I couldn't stand), and now I am halfway through a great book, only to realize it's not on my bingo chart! 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Hey, side note, did your username used to be something else? Just want to keep me tagging list accurate!!! 😁 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @TheAromaofBooks lol yup. Kelly_anne. Sorry for the confusion! :) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks No worries!! I recognized your bingo board, but couldn't remember your old name!! 😂 2mo
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I grew up reading every Nancy Drew book my school had available. I was obsessed! I'd read them on the bus to and from school each day. I have so many fond memories of those books. It's never too late, and you're never too old to relive some of your favorites! My goal this summer is to read as many of the books in order as I can. #mystery
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What are some of the books you fell in love with when you were younger that you'd like to re-read? Why?

Addison_Reads I loved the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and any horse book I could get my hands on. I haven't reread any since I was a kid, but now I might have to change that. 2mo
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A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
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This is SO true! What do you think? Books have brought me everywhere. Into the past, to the future, to different countries. I can experience so much for the cost of a library card.

#quoteoftheday #quote #reading

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Panpan

All I can say is this book was a complete disappointment. Its only saving grace is that the author apologizes for all the nasty things he says about people. I can take a joke, but this was just bad writing, in my opinion.

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I hate saying negative things about books, but this one just just bring on my nerves. It's a very small book, so I will the entire thing, but something about the author rubs me the wrong way. The book is just filled with him making observations and even making fun of his bookstore patrons. I was looking for a funny read, but not at the expense of some innocent people who are just being themselves. Shame. #humor #notfunny

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Here's my updated #bookspin I just finished The Great Alone and I cannot express how wonderful the book was! I had so many emotions reading it, and the last 150 pages were so tragic that it was hard to read, but well worth it.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The Allbright family run away to Alaska to start life over. No one is happy in the family, until thirteen- year- old Leni meets Matthew. We watch their friendship grow into romance. The last 150 pages is one tragedy after another. Even though there is much tragedy in this book, the author ties it up in a pretty bow by the end of the novel. We not only hear a story of wilderness survival, but also one of unfaultering love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#romance

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Here are two of my reading buddies. Our kitten is a seal point Siamese named Hemingway (top). He's snuggling with our oldest blue point Siamese, Churchill (bottom in a dapper bow tie). MIA is our middle child, Edison, who is also a blue point Siamese. If you want to see more of their cuteness, they are on IG @churchillthesiamese

#cat #animals #readingpal

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I need some motivation to start reading again! This #bigjunereadathon I am going to set a goal of reading 6 books. I have already read 1. @Clwojick

Clwojick Fantastic goals! Can‘t wait to see what you read! 💙 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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My attempt at making a #bookspin Hopefully I did it right. @TheAromaofBooks

thereadingpal Such interesting books! 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @thereadingpal I went through my tbr lists on here, Goodreads, and Libby and combined them! 😀 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh sorry, I commented on your other post before I saw this one! 😂 That looks great!! June's BookSpin is 9 and DoubleSpin is 8, so those are the official numbers to read this month if you want, or you can wait until July when I draw new numbers!! 2mo
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SiameseCatsRead @TheAromaofBooks I put a square around those book numbers (I think I counted right) I'm all in! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Perfect!! Glad to have you along!! I added you to the tag list as well!! I usually post a reminder about a week before the 2nd, and then new numbers come out on the 2nd every month!! All 20 numbers are in play each month, so you can make a new list each month, or use the old one but sub in replacements for the books you've read, whatever works best!! 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @TheAromaofBooks So excited! I've been looking for more motivation to read again. I have recently gone through some bad depression and did not pick up a book for months. And this is coming from someone who used to teach English! My soul feels happier when I'm reading! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Well hopefully you start feeling inspired to read again!! If you are on the lookout for other fun challenges, I recommend following @Clwojick because she also loves coming up with all sorts of fun ways to motivate us to read more!! Also I don't know if you follow @LitsyEvents but they do a great job reposting upcoming challenges, buddy reads, swaps, etc. so it's an easy way to see what else is going on around the community!! 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much for all your help!!! 2mo
Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks Awe thanks! And Welcome Kelly! ❤️ 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Would someone explain to me what #thebookspin #bookspin game is? I'd like to play! #bookspinbingo
@TheAromaofBooks

Nessavamusic You make a TBR of 20 books, @TheAromaofBooks random chooses 1-20 a main pick - #bookspin and a 2nd pick - #doublespin you can also create a #bookspinbingo board of your 20 picks plus 5 free space picks. 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @Nessavamusic thank you! So I can pick 20 and leave 5 free? 2mo
Nessavamusic Yup! 2mo
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DogMomIrene 👋🏼 I love #bookspinbingo! I‘ve been getting so much more read and I‘m working through my TBR. If you go to the profile for @TheAromaofBooks she has a link at the top that explains the whole process really clearly. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for explaining @Nessavamusic @DogMomIrene !!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Hopefully the link in my profile helps explain the challenge @kelly_anne but if you have any questions please just let me know!! I draw new numbers on the 2nd of every month, so you can either wait until July to join, or if you want to make a list and start this month, you are welcome to jump right in!! Do you want me to add you to the tag list so you'll get tagged in a reminder post each month and then the again when I post the numbers? 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @TheAromaofBooks Yes! Please add me. Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to reading more and more. 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I seriously think that there is no other character in any book I've read recently that I despise as much as Ernt Allbright. I'm not done yet, but as of page 161, I can't stand him!

What characters get under your skin?
#question #fiction #thegreatalone

BookBelle84 Mine is the father is The Poisonwood Bible. Very similar to this one on how his poor choices and stubbornness affect the lives of his family. 2mo
SiameseCatsRead @BookBelle84 I'll have to add that book to my list! 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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"The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own house (126)."

What other novels have you read and enjoyed that have the same theme of drinking/drug/domestic abuse throughout them? How do the main characters come to terms with this?

#fiction #historicalfiction

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This is a prime struggle that Tara has throughout this book. It is interesting to see how she chooses to grow, abs if she will choose to make herself happy, or to make everyone else happy out of obligation.
#memoir #autobiography #educated

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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These are my reading #cats. They love laying on me as I read. Sometimes they even try to sneak their way in front of the book for more attention!
Top left: Hemingway-Siamese seal point kitten
Top Right: Edison-Siamese blue point cat
Bottom Left: Churchill-Siamese blue point cat
Bottom Right: Siamese puddle

wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 3mo
Kshakal They are beautiful!! 3mo
SiameseCatsRead @Kshakal thank you! They look quite dapper in bow ties. 3mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I've actually been reading physical books and visiting libraries. I'm literally only 25 pages into the book, but so far I'd give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The only time I highlight books is if I'm using my Kindle or if I'm reading an academic book where I'm taking notes. @MoonWitch94

What do you do, @Librarybelle and @Enchanted_Bibliophile ?

Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 3mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks for the tag 🌷 3mo
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The book tells the life of Kya, "The Marsh Girl" who has been abandoned by her entire family before she is old enough to take care of herself. Her one day at school teachers her how different she is from everyone else who lives in town. She spends the next several years fighting to survive on her own with little help. She lives in the marsh among her wildlife friends, but still yearns for human connections. Man vs nature is a key theme. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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So far I'm about 100 pages in and I'm really liking this book. I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this! The story of survival under terrible circumstances is amazing. Can't wait to finish this.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This is by far one of the best #historicalfiction novels I've read in a very long time. Set during the Great Depression, we meet a family that encounters so many hardships that your heart breaks bit by bit for them. It is through all these trials and tribulations that we see growth In each character by the end of the novel. I won't lie, the end of the novel is a tear-jerker. Well worth the hype and a read.

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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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This book reminds me of the YA version of The Handmaid's Tale. It is so intriguing. I have been in a reading rut for a while, and this one has been a very fast read!
#ya #yafiction

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Love this book! Jen Mann is one of the funniest moms out there. She tells us stories of her trials of being a suburban mom and wife. From rushing out of the house in pajamas because she forgot to pick up her son from school, to school to her daughter asking if she, too, will have hair on her "china" just like her mom, Jen weaves pee-in-your-pants stories of her life and those around her she just wants to punch in the throat. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Before We Were Blue | E. J. Schwartz
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Just not for me. Total bail. Made it halfway. It was way too teen angsty for me, and YA is normally what I read.

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The world has collapsed, and all who survived are thrown into another world-a competitive dungeon where people fight monsters and humans alike. The book follows Carl and his estranged girlfriend's cat, Princess Donut, through their adventures in the dungeon. While I liked the book, I think it would be frustrating or maybe impossible for someone who has never played any RPG games like World of Warcraft to understand or follow along with the story.

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I'm really liking this book so far. I'm listening to the audiobook, and think this is the best way to experience the book. The voice actor is amazing and he really captures each character's personality. If you're a fan of rpg, then you'll love this book. It brings me back to the days of playing WoW.
#rpg #fantasy

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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Isn't this true about all of us? We never know what's going on behind closed doors.

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Such great advice to live by!

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A Madness So Discreet | Mindy McGinnis
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What an intriguing start to this book!
#historicalfiction

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American Royals | Katherine McGee
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This enchanting book has everything--romance, rivalry, scheming, death, and politics.

Imagine if the United States never became a Democracy, if George Washington became our first King instead of our first President. This book takes those what-ifs and brings them to reality in modern-day society. This is a great YA book that takes a look at how the US would change as the newest monarch to ascend will also be the first Queen ruler.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I just could not wrap my head around this book. Still at the end of the book I couldn't figure out of the book was all just a dream, a drug-induced psychotic story. The storyline moves quickly, but confusingly. Nothing really turned me off to the point of bailing, but I've certainly never read anything like this in my life. Wasn't for me.

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"This guy wasn‘t a sailor. He was a sociopath in training."

Alfred is the most unstable character in this book. You never know where his mind will bring him next.

Texreader True 2y
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The Glare | Margot Harrison
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Ever imagine a world without technology? Hedda lives in that world until life thrusts her into the world we live in. How will she survive all the technology, aka "the Glare," that surrounds her?

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Catacomb | Madeleine Roux
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ The third installment of the Asylum series brings us to New Orleans where superstitions are a normal way of life. The main characters find themselves chasing leads to find Dan's parents. These leads end up in big trouble for the three friends. Once again, we find Dan in a scary situation that no one knows if he will ever be able to escape. A great #ya #mystery novel!

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The Wandering Inn: Volume 1 | Pirateaba Pirateaba
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#thoughtfulthursday

🍂 I am SO ready for Fall! No more hot and humid weather, and especially no more hurricanes! Bring on the flannel, pumpkin chai, and riding boots!

📚 I am currently reading Sanctum and am listening to The Wandering Inn. I'm loving both, so no obligation to finish. The Wandering Inn is going to take a while; it's 43 HOURS long!

@TheSpineView and @Librarybelle I'm inviting you to answer if you'd like 😀

@MoonWitch94

Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2y
MoonWitch94 Yes to riding boots!!!!! Thanks for playing 🌻☺️ 2y
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Asylum | Madeleine Roux
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Daniel Crawford is taking part in a summer, college-prep program. He is housed in an old insane asylum on campus. Soon, strange things start to happen around campus and to Daniel. Is it all in his head, or is this place haunted by the people of the past? Does Daniel have a connection to this asylum? We watch as he digs deeper to find out the truth of this place, even if it means risking his life. This #ya novel had me creeped out!

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Asylum | Madeleine Roux
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I'm LOVING this book! I like the old pictures included. It really enhances the reading experience.

This quote summarizes my thoughts about the main character right now. Is this insane asylum turned dormitory really his destiny? Is he there for a reason? Spooking me out!!!

#ya #yalit #mystery

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Jessica is a 20 something living from paycheck to paycheck as a makeup artist in NYC until she happens upon an opportunity to be part of a paid psychlogical study. It's through there she meets Dr. Shields, who invites her to continue in more studies for even more money. It seems like a lucrative, win-win partnership. Jess needs to trust Dr. Shields, right? Wrong. This book is full of suspense. I recommend if you want to be on edge until the end.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I needed a cup like this this morning. I just couldn't wake up! The nice surprise when I finally did wake up, though, is that I got a Libby alert saying a new book I had on hold was available. Now that I'm drinking my coffee, I'm going to delve into this new read!

What book did you wake up to on your nightstand?

Jennaree3 Harry Potter and the goblet of fire on the nightstand this morning. A little morning sun and read here in Pennsylvania. Gotta say, it took almost a hundred pages for even the start of the first quidditch game and I was about ready to beat everyone with my firebolt if they didn‘t start already 😂🤷‍♀️🧹 2y
SiameseCatsRead @Jennaree3 😂😂😂 2y
SiameseCatsRead @Arvena 👍 I'll have to check it out! 2y
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Don't You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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Bailedbailed

I got a third of the way through and I just couldn't connect with the characters or enjoy the plot. I'm sure many people would enjoy the book, but a better offer from Libby came through, so I just bailed.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This book is beyond messed up, but in a good way. I'd call it a psycho-thriller. I have no idea what is going to happen next. I think this is one of the few books that has had me seriously on edge. And yes, the picture is related to the plot. 😂

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Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Isn't it crazy how it can be the ones we know and love can be the ones who can hurt us the most?

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Don't live in the past. We can always remake ourselves.

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The Dirt Diary | Anna Staniszewski
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Rachel's parents have separated, sending her father to Florida. Rachel goes to many lengths in order to see him and force her parents to get back together. Her wishful thinking leads her to some comical situations, but more often to situations where she doesn't choose to do the right thing and suffers the consequences. It was an ok book. This book would appeal to middle grade students.

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Recently, I asked my mom to help me with my laundry. I felt 100% embarrassed to ask for help, but feel so much better having it done. Now I am able to have a fresh start and keep up.

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The Dirt Diary | Anna Staniszewski
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You really have to be a YA lover to get through this one as an adult. Being a certified LMS, I could see upper elementary and middle school kids being into the book. I'm about halfway done, and have come to realize I need to read this book with the eyes of a teacher/LMS.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks for the tag, @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

1. I am beginning to push my boundaries this year. This app has helped me 100% in doing so.
2. I definitely plan to continue to push my boundaries. Before now, I exclusively read YA, but now I'm trying to try different genres. The reviews here help!
Thanks @TheSpineView for being a new lit friend!!!
@Butterfinger and @Librarybelle would you like to play along (even though it's technically Weds!)

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Wednesday! 😊 2y
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2y
Butterfinger Thanks for tagging me. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The reviews here certainly helped me to broaden my horizons. 2y
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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Set in America, this story explores the dichotomy between two cultures, Korean and American. Frank is Korean-American, whereas his parents are Korean. They speak Korean, they have Korean get togethers, and most of all, they don't like anyone who's not Korean. Frank and his other Korean-American friends don't speak Korean, and were born into the American culture. We see Frank go to many extents to convince his parents that being American is ok.

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Countdown | Deborah Wiles
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A few people asked about Countdown. Here are a few pictures from the inside.

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Emilymdxn You're making me really want to read this one! Stacked 2y
SiameseCatsRead @Emilymdxn Doesn't it look fantastic?!? 2y
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#quotsyjul20
I have a 6yo. I can't even tell you how many times I've felt Mommy guilt. At least once a week since before he was even born.