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Toria

Toria

Joined September 2016

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Rebecca (Special) by Daphne Du Maurier
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Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
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The Romance of the Forest by Ann Ward Radcliffe, Chloe Chard
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
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Thank you @bookish_wookish .

I'm mega excited to start the books you picked. I 💜 the book pouch. It's not pictured because it's already attached to my current read 😍. Also not pictured is the Mark Twain Candle which my mum cannot stop smelling 😂.
Thank you again !

#ValLittinesBookExchange

bookish_wookish So glad you liked everything!!! @Toria 3y
readinginthedark Those candles are amazing! The Poe one is my favorite. 3y
Toria @readinginthedark I'll have to look into the Poe one ! What does it smell like ? 3y
readinginthedark @Toria Cardamom, Absinthe, and Sandalwood--spicy and wonderful! 3y
Toria That sounds awesome ! Thank you for letting me know :D 3y
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Thank you @CherylDeFranceschi !
I love my #Cupidgoespostal gift.

I love the bookmark, and I am super excited to read all the books :D

Thank you @BookishMarginalia for setting this up. 😊
My auntie lives in Illinois as well. She is, I think, two hours away from Chicago. Is the bookstore you work at a chain or an independent bookstore ?

CherylDeFranceschi It's an indie. One of a kind! 3y
Toria Neat! Does your store specialize in any genre or is it a bit of everything? 3y
CherylDeFranceschi It's everything. Mostly we're about literary fiction and our kids section is super great. 3y
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Oh my gosh! I am so excited 😆
A new Philip Pullman Book!
Plus it overlaps with both the Dark Materials and The Oxford novels 😍

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantas...

Lidia I want it! I loved His Dark Materials 3y
Toria Me too! I believe it will be published in October of this year, which is awesome! It's so soon 😁 3y
minkyb This is fabulous news! 3y
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Apple Cinnamon Tea, my favorite blanket and snacks for
#LitsyPartyOfOne !

My book stack consisted of:
Books for Living
Everfair
And my next PBC book.

Chachic Oooh a macaron! 3y
Lizpixie Enjoy the PBC book! I thought it was fantastic. BTW, did you like the first book from me? 3y
Toria @Chachic I had a pistachio one too 😍 3y
Toria @Lizpixie I did enjoy your pick a lot!!! It reminded me of a T.C Boyle novel. It had the same sort of desperate feel. I can send you a copy of the book if it sounds interesting to you. 3y
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Happy Valentine's Day | Abbie Mercer
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Yay!!! My #CupidGoesPostal package has arrived :D
I can't wait for the fourteenth 💜
Now to wait and make sure the package I sent makes it safely to its new home 😊

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Strange Pilgrims | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Ah! Thank you @Lidia ! I love my gift! I can't wait to read these two 😊

#wintersolsticebookexchange

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Lidia Yeiii! I was starting to get anxious that you hadn't gotten it 😄. I'm glad you liked it 3y
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You've Got Mail | Stephen Travis, Travis Stephen
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Yay! My PBC package arrived! 😍

Lizpixie Yay! I'm so happy it got there! That's pretty great time, considering I got mixed up and only sent it flat rate with no tracking. I was worried it wouldn't get there until January!🙌🙌 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline

I didn't want my inner rot in display, even accidentally.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich | Julia Sarcone-Roach
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Super funny. A sandwich has gone missing. The only possible suspect a bear. This story is told from the perspective of a dog to a human in which he explains how a bear came to find the human girl's sandwich and eat it.

KCorter I saw this at the library today and *almost* grabbed it! We'll have to check it out on the next trip. :) 3y
Toria I almost didn't pick it up either @KCorter. I thought it would be similar to A bear went over the mountain so I was a bit hesitant in case it was too repetitive, but it wasn't like that at all. 3y
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Mini and her mother find a dog wearing shoes on the freeway. Mini would love to keep him, but first they must search for his possible owner. This was sweet, and I liked the few pops of color in the illustrations. This was definitely a book I'd share with my nephews.

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Happy! | Pharrell Williams
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I didn't care for the song, but thought the book might be different. It wasn't. The book is the lyrics of the song accompanied by kids dancing which is cute, but the lyrics make no sense. It might be a fun book for kids, but sentences like "happiness is the truth" are misleading. It feels as though he is saying you need to be happy, and for some people being "happy" is extremely difficult. (Continued below)

Toria It isn't that easy, and teaching kids not being happy is lying is an insult to people who are suffering 3y
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Star Wars: Ahsoka | E. K. Johnston
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Ashoka is an amazing character. She wasn't the same as she was in Clone Wars (expected) but her character seemed to have progressed realistically based on what she went through. I loved how Bail was in the novel 💜. He is the reason I am excited for Rogue One. The eventual encounter with the sixth brother was a bit of anticlimactic, but it was super important as a set up for the last like two pages.
I hope more about Ahsoka is written 📚

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Lois Lane: Fallout | Gwenda Bond
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This was a pretty quick read. There were a few slower paced sections; however, those weren't enough to completely stop me from reading.
Lois is brave and determined, and I liked her character because those qualities could be seen influencing her actions. The other characters seemed a bit flatter.
I am interested in reading more about Lois, though I hope the secondary characters are more fleshed out.

minkyb Good review. I am happy that this is a series, concept is great! 3y
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Lois Lane: Fallout | Gwenda Bond
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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
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Carrie Fisher is amazing. Though the novel deals with heavy topics, her sense of humor is always present. She has a way of writing that is extremely heartfelt and relatable. I can't wait to read her next memoir!

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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher

It's sort of like: I have problems but problems don't have me.

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America saw that the beautiful was made up of the grotesque.

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Ghosts | Raina Telgemeier
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I finished this one a few weeks ago but it took some time to sort out my thoughts. I had to put the book down for a bit, several times, because the scenes with Maya were too much for me. I was in a similar position with a sibling so it was a bit too relatable.

I did enjoy the art, especially the month banners! I loved Cat and Maya's relationship. I think this would be an interesting way to start a conversation with kids about illness and death

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Yay! My first Book of the Month box came in today as well!
All the books were waiting for me after work :D what an awesome end to a long day.

#BOTM #bookmail

KCorter Book mail is the best mail. 3y
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Star Wars Ahsoka | Emily Kate Johnston, Zendaya Zendaya
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Woohoo!!! My book came in the mail! I have to finish studying so I can't read it just yet :/ As soon as I finish studying, I can start reading and I can't wait!!

#bookmail #starwars #clonewars #FavoriteJedi

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Beyond Redemption | Michael R. Fletcher
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I received my first Book Case box today! I'm super excited to start reading these.

#book mail #BCCUnboxing

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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My reading view for the day 💜

BeththeBookDragon Looks great! It was gray, cold and windy most of the day here. 3y
Toria @bethfriedman906 oh wow! Perfect weather to curl up with a blanket and read :) 3y
BeththeBookDragon @Toria That's the plan for today!! 3y
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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 | Rachel Kushner, 826 National
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Something about my voice is like a blanket on a fretful baby then at times my voice is like Gabriel's trumpet, firing people up

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich | Julia Sarcone-Roach
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I checked out some of my work's new children's titles to read! 😎
I love when new books come in! 💜

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Yay!!!

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Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life | James Dean, Kimberly Dean
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My nephews love Pete the Cat. When we got a new Pete book in, I had to check it out for them.

This isn't a typical Pete story; there is no story line.
It is a series of famous life quotes re-worked to fit Pete's philosophy.

I think it will be a big hit with my nephews. I don't think I'll read it to them in one sitting. I might try breaking it up, like a quote a day. Or maybe we'll even save it, and only pull out the book when advice is needed

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Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life | James Dean, Kimberly Dean
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Pete the Cat gives great advice!

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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher

I knew my life was a different sort of real.

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Little Women and Good Wives | Louisa May Alcott
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For today's #octphotochallenge posting about a classic character, I chose one of my literary idols, Jo March.

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Christine | Stephen King
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Here are a few of my #textonlycovers. I've read the Dickens novel and Will Grayson, Will Grayson; I'm currently reading Christine, and the Murakami and Brown books are on my tbr list.

#booktober

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An Old-fashioned Girl | Louisa May Alcott
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My #literarybestfriend would be Polly from Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Girl. We have similar personalities, values, and interests.
Runner ups include Frederic, From the Leo Lionni story of the same name. He would tell the best stories.
Jo Mach would also be an awesome friend to have.

#OctPhotoChallenge Day 2

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Betty Boo | Claudia Pin~Eiro
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Here are two books from my tbr pile set in South America. #booktober #SouthAmericanLit

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The Book of Lamentations | Rosario Castellanos
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Yay! The books for one of my lit classes came in !

#bookmail #translatedlit

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President Squid | Aaron Reynolds

Hehehe! I needed something quick to read before class, and this was unexpectedly awesome. Squid, sorry President Squid, was so exaggerated, and demanding, it was difficult not to laugh!

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Waiting | Kevin Henkes
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Hehehe! The illustrations in this book were awesome. Pig's face on this page was hilarious.

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The Princess in the Kitchen Garden | Annemie Heymans, Margriet Heymans
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The Princess in the Kitchen Garden | Annemie Heymans, Margriet Heymans
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The Princess in the Kitchen Garden | Annemie Heymans, Margriet Heymans
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This was a very sweet book aimed at children dealing with grief. After her mother's death, Hannah is overwhelmed with responsibility and grief, so she decides to run away.
This would be a great book to help children begin to cope with the changes the loss of a loved one brings.

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Waiting | Kevin Henkes
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I love Kevin Henkes!

The plot was simplistic, but still relatable. The artwork was visually calming, which suited the the plot.

The characters weren't anxiously waiting (which is what I do) but were content to enjoy the time they spent waiting with their friends while they bid their time waiting for rain, snow etc.
I read this at exactly the right time. I needed a reminder that time spent not doing anything isn't necessarily time wasted.

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The Jungle Book | Rudyard Kipling
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My #serialread for the month...

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre | Gail Carson Levine
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It was way more difficult choosing my #3FictionalCharacter than I thought it would be!

Here are the three fictional characters that I think best represent me

1. Princess Addie from The Two Princesses of Bamarre.
2. Pearl from Steven Universe.
3. Sailor Jupiter from the Sailor Moon anime and manga.

All three characters are courageous, helpful, and dedicated to their people, which is what I aspire to be everyday :)

moranadatter Lita! 💗 3y
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Light-hearted reading at the park 💜

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Ah! The Patronus quiz is up on Pottermore! 💜

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Ghosts | Raina Telgemeier
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I love how Cat's boxes of books are numbered!

#booksetbythesea

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Lupin's short bio was amazing and heartbreaking !

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Ruined | Lynn Nottage
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Reading for class...

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Ah! I love ATLA!

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I enjoyed this quick-read. The transition pages from story to story were a nice touch, as were the minimalistic section pages. The sections on Slughorn and Peeves were my favorites. The Slughorn section made me rethink my view of his character. I've always read his initial refusal to help Dumbledore as a sort of stubbornness and desire to not bring on Voldemort's attention/wrath. However, shame as his motivation, shows his character differently.

MrBook Nice review! And, belatedly, welcome to @Litsy ! I hope you enjoy your time with us 😎👍🏻. 3y
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