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VanChocStrawberry

VanChocStrawberry

Joined June 2017

Title 1 ELA Coach, Reader of any (fiction) genre, mother to 3 teens. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JeniSmith
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep | Justina Chen
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Tagged book is what I‘m reading now.
I‘m doing well with both my goals. I‘m going to up my book goal to 10. I‘m adding a mile a week for my walking goal, so next week‘s goal is 8.
I‘m enjoying this challenge and it‘s helping me be purposeful about walking, etc.
I‘ve also enjoyed interacting more with other littens!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

jillannjohn Love the idea of adding a mile a week! 10h
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great progress & I love that your challenging yourself further by upping your goals! 10h
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 10h
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Caterina Great job! You're doing so well with your goals, and I love that you're adding a mile a week, that's such a cool idea! I'll keep it in mind for future #BFC events. 9h
BarbaraJean Wow—that‘s a great idea to work up to a higher goal each week! A great week 2! 8h
kspenmoll Amazing! 7h
guinsgirlreads Nice work!! 💪🏻 6h
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What motivates me to be healthier is these three kiddos. I‘ve not always been a great example to them health-wise, but I want to be. So here I go!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN Great motivation 👏🏻 1d
britt_brooke Cute family! 1d
AmyG Beautiful kids ❤️ 1d
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wanderinglynn Wonderful motivation! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing. 1d
baes Fantastic! 1d
TheEllieMo What wonderful motivation. Good for you for starting to set a good example 💙 22h
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Enjoyed a walk on the Canal today. It was impromptu, so I didn‘t have earbuds, but I enjoyed just walking and watching. And now I‘m off to read until I fall asleep!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

guinsgirlreads Wow! I need to live where you do! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5d
VanChocStrawberry @guinsgirlreads this is a particularly beautiful part of the city. A lot of it is...not so pretty. 😂 (edited) 5d
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 5d
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wanderinglynn What a lovely walk! Way to go! 🙌🏻 5d
Clwojick This looks like a wonderful walking area! Jealous 😍 5d
BookwormAHN Way to go 🎁 5d
LoveToReadLiveToRead Beautiful pictures! Looks like it was a lovely walk. 5d
dariazeoli Beautiful! And you got to really enjoy without earbuds to focus on 🙌 5d
Caterina Beautiful!! Sometimes I like to just walk and watch and listen, it's such a nice way to be present in the moment. ❤️ 5d
nu-bibliophile Beautiful view 😍 5d
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Autoboyography | Christina Lauren
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Great quick read. It had just the right amount of (earned) angst for me. Parts were hard to read (teens do dumb things some times!) but it all felt realistic and hopeful.
Book 3/6 for the #bookfitnesschallenge
I also took TWO walks today.

crazyspine Way to go. Half way there! 6d
Caterina Halfway there! And yay for the two walks, same here! 🙌🎉 6d
Ash.on.the.line Yay for two walks!! Great job! 6d
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Felso Two walks!! Awesome! 💪🏻 6d
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 6d
VanChocStrawberry Thanks for the support, everyone! 6d
Clwojick Way to go! 6d
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Week one update post. I missed one of my posts from@last week. My total is actually 49.
More importantly, this challenge has been a very good motivator for me. 7.7 doesn‘t seem like a lot, but I only started walking intentionally a couple of weeks before this started. The week before that my miles intentionally walked were ZERO!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

VanChocStrawberry Whoops! just read over the points guide again. I get 5 points for posting my weekly update, so that brings my total to 53. 1w
bewareofwords Yay for you! You‘re doing great! 🤗 1w
BarbaraJean Great job! I feel the same on the fitness side—what I‘m doing doesn‘t seem like much, but it‘s a LOT compared to before the challenge! 1w
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baes Yay! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 1w
wanderinglynn Oh, one thing, it‘s 3 points for each of the weekly check-ins. You got 5 points for your first post (the goal setting one) and you will get 5 points for the very last post, which will be posted either June 21 or 22. Sorry for the confusion! I know I made the point system a bit too complicated. 1w
VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Thanks! So it's 51 points for the week!
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VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Just clarifying: no points for working out during the week, right? Just for commenting and posting? We get points at the end for meeting our goals? Some people's point totals are so high, it made me worry I was doing something wrong...but I probably just don't post as much as others do! :)
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wanderinglynn Correct. At the end of the 6 weeks, you get 10 pts for meeting your book goal & 10 pts for meeting your fitness goal. I think some people‘s totals are so high because you not only get 1 pt for each additional update and 1 pt for commenting on other‘s posts with encouragement/cheers. Some folks are very active on Litsy. But don‘t let that stop you. 1w
wanderinglynn I wasn‘t sure how the points would play out & I certainly didn‘t expect 117 people to sign-up. You always learn something the first time you try something new, so I have some thoughts on how I‘ll do prizes. 😉 1w
BookwormAHN Way to go. I'm also finally up and off my couch. I really needed this 👏🏻 1w
4thhouseontheleft Way to overachieve! 🙌 🙌 1w
VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Thanks for the clarification! and I'm glad people are so active; the encouragment is a big help. 1w
britt_brooke 7.7 miles is great!! 🙌🏻 1w
Caterina That's awesome!! You're doing so well making walking a habit. 🎉 👍 1w
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 💚💜💙 6d
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Cute. I liked it a lot, but doubt it would be a re-read. A nice, quiet read for summer, though! 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
Book 2 finished for #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 1w
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 1w
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Sixth Grave on the Edge | Darynda Jones
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Between a so-so and a pan. I‘m not the biggest Reyes fan; he‘s mean, bossy, and way too alpha for my taste. But usually Charley makes me laugh enough to make up for him. Maybe I just need a break from the series, so that‘s what imma try. Book 1/6 for the #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge
@wanderinglynn

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I‘m super enjoying both books pictured. I‘m technically ready for the new work week, but I really just want to sit at home and read. ❤️😂

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Wish Granter | C J Redwine
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Started the next Ravenspire book. I love that these books are stand alone, but set in the same world. #bookfitnesschallenge update: Well, I walked. Lol. I‘m coming at this from being super sedentary and very unhealthy. Anyway...it was a beautiful day and I walked for fun, for business, and as a workout. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Taking the first step is the most important because you‘re doing it! In 6 weeks, you‘ll look back & be amazed at how far you‘ve gone. 😀 2w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 2w
dariazeoli Great start! A step forward is one worth taking 💪 2w
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Kaye You‘ve gotta start somewhere. You did great I think 👍🏼 2w
4thhouseontheleft That's a great start! Think of how great it will be to look back in 6 weeks and see how far you have come! 2w
ChasingOm My step goal is 6000/day. Don‘t sell yourself short! 2w
Caterina You're doing awesome! Walking is the perfect way to get moving! 😊 2w
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So excited to be reading this book! I‘ve enjoyed Hicks‘s graphic novels; this is her first prose novel.

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Solstice | Joyce Carol Oates
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I think these surveys are fun, regardless, but I also really hope my match starts doing them! I have some treat ideas for her, but I'd love to be sure that what she gets will be LOVED.
1. Salty stuff--chips, etc. (but seriously, I love sweet stuff, too.)
2. earbuds! lol!
3. Veronica Mars, Brooklyn 9-9
4. no idea
5. teal, pale yellow, orange
6. Coffee--iced, hot, whatever!
7. BEACH TIME.
8. @jenajenkins
#summersantagoespostal
@nelehelen

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Take Me With You | Andrea Gibson
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Trying to read this one for a challenge, and it‘s just not grabbing me. I love pithy sayings and poetry that makes me think, but this doesn‘t seem to be the thing for me.

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Last day to sign up! Join me! #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 😀 2w
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Percy Jackson 1 - The Lightning Thief | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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This book: my 6th graders are so into it and are digging pretty deep into mood and humor, and how sometimes narrators only tell part of the story.

tessavi That looks like a well loved copy ;) 2w
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It‘s teacher appreciate week this week and we‘re being spoiled by our parents‘ group. Today we had Starbucks gift cards, a mug, cupcakes, and other treats! And they have a whole week of surprises planned. #teachingela
For book related news: my 6th graders are LOVING the first Percy Jackson book!

LibrarianRyan Nice. 3w
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I‘m really enjoying this series. There are cringey moments, but the humor is fantastic. I like the straight forward world building. I‘m switching back and forth between e and audio. If you do audio books, I highly recommend these. The performer is fantastic and really delivers on the main characters dry humor.

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It was devastating to hear about the death of Rachel Held Evans. She was a powerful, challenging writer, and helped many people like me—people who questioned the faith they were raised with, but also unwilling to let it all go. I will always be grateful for her writing and life, and so sad that she didn‘t have any longer than 37 years.

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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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I love these little quizzes. I need to check and see if my match has done any! Thanks @Hestapleton for creating and @Samplergal for tagging me.
1-iced coffee!
2-both. I love chocolate and gummies, but I also enjoy crunchy, salty things.
3-I have both, and love both, but I‘m partial to cats.
4-beach!!!
5- @LibrarianRyan

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 3w
LibrarianRyan Ha, I am on top of things this morning. Already posted. That like never happens. 3w
VanChocStrawberry @librarianRyan I should have checked first! :)
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LibrarianRyan @VanChocStrawberry nahhh. Perfectly okay. I'm normally late to the game. But the desktop Litsy has made it easier to check in the mornings and post when on quick work breaks. 3w
Samplergal Wait. There‘s a desktop litsy? 3w
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1-My fam on Easter.
2-The Shadow Queen was really good and way more intense than I expected. I was totally judging the book by its very Disney-Esque cover.
3-reading, sleeping, and a “Yay we made States” Robotics celebration.
4-humid, gray, rainy
5–spaghetti dinner fundraiser!

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This is such perfect timing!! I just started walking this week after a year of zero intentional exercise. I am out of shape to the extreme: It‘s embarrassing.
My goals are modest, but will get me going while still being attainable. I‘m starting by walking 6 miles for week one and adding a mile a week so that I end with 12 miles by week 6. I can always add more if I‘m ready.
Book goal=10 books.
#audiowalking
Thanks @wanderinglynn

Megara Your post inspired me to join! 😊 3w
wanderinglynn Yay! So happy to have you join! 😀 3w
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Jacky Ha-Ha | James Patterson
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I don‘t know why I even try these—I‘m such a mood reader! I‘m a failure at monthly bingos!

Samplergal April was crazy. Resurrection? Set in a brewery? May does look doable. 3w
VanChocStrawberry @Samplergal resurrection was one I actually did thanks to my current urban fiction kick...but I think I only got 3 squares for the whole month! 3w
Samplergal We could have put our stuff together and still not have gotten a bingo! 😂😂😂 I‘m doing May. I already think I see a win. 😂😂😂😂😂 3w
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Love my Simon and Baz minifigs. I bought stuff and used some pieces I already had. Legos + Rainbow Rowell are two of my favorite things!!

BookHoarder32 Super cute! The wings! 😍 4w
VanChocStrawberry @BookHoarder32 thanks! There‘s a tail, too, but it‘s hard to see. 👬 4w
BookHoarder32 Awesome! 4w
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. OCNJ
2. Sorbet, Italian ice.
3. Swimming
4. Real lemonade
5. Hair bands.
6. Where ever I can get both sunlight and cool air!
This is made by @hermyknee

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First Grave On The Right | Darynda Jones
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Read after it was mentioned on #getbooked a @bookriot podcast (I think?). It was fun and the performer was great!

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The Shadow Queen | CJ Redwine
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I read this book after it was recommended on the #heyya @bookriot podcast. I had totally misjudged it by its cover (it looks super middle grade to me.) I really liked it. I enjoy retold fairy tales and this one has some great twists. I especially enjoyed that even the “evil” character had some depth. I switched between reading and audio depending on my mood. Hvam is a great performer, but she got a little overly dramatic on this one.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

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View from @ChrisSmithIndy ‘s side of the bed. One of 4 bookshelves in our room😁😌

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I just bought this signed copy from #uppercase and all I wanna do is play hooky and read!

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My daughter finds coloring relaxing—especially pages like this one that have wide open spaces to color instead of tiny details, which add to her anxiety. Samson‘s books are delightful to color!

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I started this outside yesterday on a beautiful day, which was a good decision because I‘ve cried approx 30 times already.

BookHoarder32 Awe 😢 I just looked it up on Libby and the author reads the audiobook 😱 1mo
VanChocStrawberry @BookHoarder32 oh, man...I don‘t know if I could handle that! I‘ve been a reader of Ausiello‘s columns since he worked for EW. He‘s one of the reasons I kept my subscription. I check TVLine nearly every day. I remember when he explained what was happening on TVLine. The book is sad, but it has made me laugh, too! 1mo
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This series is banana pants bonkers. But also I can‘t stop reading, and laughing. So witty. Ridiculously implausible, but ridiculously binge-able. Like a good bonkers TV Show! (Not coincidentally, I suspect the author is a Veronica Mars fan. Which means she‘s awesome. And smart.)

Bookcation74 Ohh sounds like exactly what I need right now!! 1mo
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One of my students, reading hard. Seriously, thoug, they are obsessed with PJ right now.
#theymakemelaugh

Ddzmini It‘s upside down...🤣🤣🤣📖😋 1mo
VanChocStrawberry @Ddzmini yep. This student seems super quite at first, but she‘s got quite a silly sense of humor! 1mo
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Opening night for the tagged play...my daughter is the red-head. It was done black box theater style, which I really enjoyed!!

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This is my husband‘s newest book. Just release today. Happy book birthday @ChrisSmithIndy 🎉🎉🎉

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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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The first half of the series will be released in one HUGE book! Also, Vaughn and Staples announces the full series will run 108 issues. #thisismyfavecomic #therewillbetears #stillonhiatus

VanChocStrawberry @readingjedi good news for the length of Saga! 1mo
OrangeMooseReads I will have to buy that so I have a physical copy not just digital. I too love this series and I‘m sure my eyes will sweat when it ends. 1mo
readingjedi @VanChocStrawberry Yes! And I will have to have this! 1mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Made a little pin display yesterday. Now to find where I stashed all my pins!

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Southernmost | Silas House
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1. Tagged book.
2. 🐙
3. 😂😳😡
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Very Bad Book | Andy Griffiths
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My daughter sent me a link to this comic by Sarah Scribbles. Because #itme and she thinks I‘m ridiculous. Does anyone else force themselves to finish books? Link to og comic in the comments.

VanChocStrawberry Check out "Boring" from Sarah's Scribbles on Tapas https://tapas.io/series/Doodle-Time/ep329 1mo
ReadingOverSleeping Yes! It's the hope that it'll turn around! I'm trying to stop this though, life's too short lol 1mo
Jerdencon Yes - I never bail on books - I keep thinking it might get better ( it usually doesn‘t 😂 ) 1mo
Ddzmini Just keep reading reading reading...🤣🤣🤣📖😋 1mo
Slajaunie I do most of the time. It has to be really awful for me to put it down. 1mo
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Saga Volume 9 | Brian K Vaughan
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So so so good. And sad. And funny.
I hope they actually do come off hiatus after their year off! We need issue #55!

readingjedi I'm currently on volume 7 and reading as slowly as I can as the thought of there not being more Saga for me to read is too much to bear! 1mo
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Saga Volume 8 | Brian K Vaughan
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As the mother of a stillborn daughter, these last two volumes were gut wrenching...

cobwebmoth I'm sorry. *hugs* 1mo
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After | Anna Todd
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With the movie out, I kept hearing about this—and that the fanfic was still on WP. I decided to check it out and...it‘s really not very good. Tons of major grammar errors, a incredibly toxic central relationship.
All that being said, I‘m totally completely curious about the edited version that was published—I assume the obvious errors are addressed, but how did an editor deal with the other problem without totally changing the book?

VanChocStrawberry This is One Direction fanfic. I do respect an unashamed fan girl, although this one feels a little squicky to me. 1mo
xicanti I looked this up after I saw an ad for the movie, saw the relationship‘s trajectory, and said, “OH, HELL NO.” 1mo
VanChocStrawberry @xicanti it‘s the most toxic thing I‘ve read recently. I finally just gave up; the only way this is redeemable, story-wise, is if she leaves him. Otherwise, it is all kinds of abusive, and glorifying that abuse. (Also all kinds of slut-shaming and hugely gross gender stereotypes.) 1mo
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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Loved this story. I read it on tapas.io where the author first ran it; can‘t wait to see it in actual book form!

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The Unwanteds | Lisa McMann
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So many of my 6th graders were getting into this series so I just bought the boxed set. #raisingreaders #reluctantreaders

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Forward Me Back to You | Mitali Perkins
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My husband @ChrisSmithIndy and I are reading this together...although it‘s hard to find time to do so! But “read a book with you” was one of his gifts from me for his birthday, so I can‘t leave him behind. #slowreading #coreading #bookspouse

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Giant Days Vol. 10 | John Allison
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I may have looked on amazon to see if such a hilariously wonderful stress ball existed. #stilllooking

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Honor Among Thieves | Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
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Started this last night. I read about 15 books over spring break. Back to school today! #readinglife #ela #parentteacherconferences

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Giant Days Vol. 8 | John Allison
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I love this comic. I need a noPe book. 😍😍😍

VanChocStrawberry I actually don‘t even remember which volume this pic come from; I read like 4 volumes this weekend. 2mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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180 Seconds | Jessica Park
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I finished it! I almost DNf‘d it, but I‘m glad I finished. She redeemed some things, but I still feel her portrayal of foster care is problematic.

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180 Seconds | Jessica Park
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I may need to DNF this one. Park is using major stereotypes about foster kids and foster parents and it‘s pissing me off. Park is just feeding into stereotypes and using major misinformation to make her character seem even more damaged. The damage from abandonment is real enough. Why add stereotypes?
As a former foster parent, as an adoptive parent, and as an advocate for children, I find this writing lazy and ill informed.

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180 Seconds | Jessica Park
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Borrowed from Library: all the books this month, so far.