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Wbabdullah

Joined June 2016

Ex-librarian. Novelist-in-the-making. Reading to grow. Reading to go. Reading to write to read some more. Http://wbabdullah.wordpress.com
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Just finished this work of art today—loved it! Loved John Green‘s treatment of health (especially mental health in this one), and grief. Loved how I had to look up some art and music to see what the characters were seeing and that I wanted to do that. Characters ring true to life and are believable. Will be looking for anything else John Green publishes!

TrishB Hi 👋 long time no post! I enjoyed this book too. 4mo
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I enjoyed this audiobook and the author‘s premise that we are a society tearing itself apart from the inside because we don‘t act like a unified tribe...like a real community that soldiers-now-veterans had (when they were in war) and like traditional native and indigenous communities have. And the result is our violence and national PTSD. Without community and compassion to see our common humanity and struggle, we are all just dead inside.

Wbabdullah I enjoyed this comparison between soldier‘s units and tribal societies. Makes you think about why people are so depressed when we AREN‘T going through tough stuff together that erases the divisive lines we‘ve drawn... 1y
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So this is a book for people who need discipline with themselves and others in order to get stuff accomplished... and live the life they want like not being spread too thin, and being on time, and not feeling manipulated or abused. A good wake up call with a heavy Christian current running through it but beneficial therapy for me at this particular point in my life. I‘ve learned to be more responsible for my own life and things are getting done!

Wbabdullah Additionally, I‘d just like to say to anyone else who has issues setting limits with themselves or others, when you say “yes” to something, you say “no” to something else, and when you say “no” to something, you are saying “yes” to something else. We choose which doors open and close—and need to take ownership for it. 1y
Wbabdullah Started this as an audiobook and finished it as an ebook :). 1y
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@jesshowbooks #friyayintro
1. National Book Festival in DC! Then cleaning up my office which someone who will remain unnamed neglected and hoarded copious amounts of paper in...
2. I am in love with The Fault in Our Stars and Word by Word (tagged). Oh wait! There‘s Boundaries too! More on that later...
3. Pickles...relish...yuck!
4. Nope, but I am just now learning to ride a bike at the tender age of 33.

Libby1 How wonderful that you‘re learning to ride a bike! ❤️🚲 (edited) 1y
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OMG. How did I not read this until now? I just spent 5-6 hours between last night and today devouring this perfect little book. I mean I gobbled it up, cried, sniffed, captured a lot of quotes. It was just perfect. I don‘t give a 5/5 easily, but this author...I mean, he just seems to understand humanity, emotion, anxiety, teenagers...the writing was so real and exquisite, completely human and humane. Tell me, would I like Turtles All the Way Down?

britt_brooke I liked Turtles All the Way Down. I wasn‘t so sure about the mystery aspect, but I liked the characters a lot. 1y
youneverarrived I preferred this to Turtles All the Way Down but I still liked it a lot. Another one you‘ll probably fly through. It‘s a great book. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I ugly cried in public reading this. Then I watched the movie on a plane, and ugly cries before anything happens, cuz I knew what was coming . 😭😆 1y
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Wbabdullah Ok @suvata @youneverarrived @britt_brooke @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego you win! I‘m going for Turtles! Wait, is it gonna make me ugly cry again? I really hate crying..: 1y
britt_brooke @Wbabdullah I don‘t think I cried in Turtles, so you might be okay, lol! A Fault in Our Stars tore me apart, too. 1y
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National Book Festival | Library of Congress, Laura Welch Bush
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@Bookworm83 @tpixie I feel so dense. This is what my home screen looks like. I don‘t see any messages...or hashtags! How do I get to the messages on this platform. It is only giving me customization settings links.

tpixie Hmm what happens if you clink on the lines top left? 1y
tpixie Have you downloaded the app on your phone? 1y
Wbabdullah I‘ve tried to download the app several times, but it won‘t download. So I‘ve been trying to use it through the browser on my phone but it is only allowing me to see settings not messages. The little lines on the top left don‘t take me to messages but more settings and notification preferences @tpixie 1y
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tpixie Snap. Do you have e an android? I know people were having a hard time downloading the Litsy app with android through Google play so they went through Amazon to do it. I don‘t know why it won‘t download on your phone?! Maybe your phone is full? 1y
tpixie I tried logging in using the web browser but couldn‘t figure it out even how to get in! 1y
tpixie @Wbabdullah I bet if you can‘t even download the app, it means that your storage space on your phone is maxed out. You might see if there‘s two or three apps that you could get rid of for the long weekend and then put them back on when we‘re done with the festival. Probably should be apps that you remember your password for although a lot of them have password recovery options 1y
Bookworm83 @Wbabdullah I wish I could help, but all I can think of is @tpixie suggestions above 👆🏻 Maybe email customer service? 1y
Wbabdullah Thanks @tpixie! I have an iPhone, and the app said if needed to send a code through my PayPal or something and it never did. And I downloaded apps afterwards (Netflix) to make sure I had space—something fishy is going on! But I appreciate your help—I‘m planning on camping out near the children‘s stages anyway. Most of the authors I want to see will be there and since I‘ll have my kids, I probably won‘t have time to meet up with you co-Littens :/. 1y
tpixie @Wbabdullah well how weird and frustrating!! @bookworm83 I think may also spend time at the kids stage. I‘ve never been but there are so many neat activities for kids and such great authors for the kids I think you will have fun!! 1y
tpixie @Wbabdullah oh!! Try this. With the link that @Bookworm83 sent, there are some numbers at the end of the link maybe try those numbers! If worse comes to worse we could just communicate through Litsy! Have fun!!! 1y
Bookworm83 @Wbabdullah I will be near the kids area, too! I really want to see Chris Grabenstein. 1y
Wbabdullah @Bookworm83 I didn‘t realize the author of the limoncello series would be there! I‘m still trying to buddy read that with my 9 year old. I‘m looking forward to seeing Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes. 1y
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Just finished this one. Feel good rom com...mode my lips turn up at the corners a bit! Now I‘m off to see the Netflix version! I think I‘ll like the text better though than seeing grown folks trying to play high schoolers navigating their feelings of what love is...🧐

MallenNC I watched the movie first and I really liked it! I hope you enjoy it. 1y
MallenNC @Wbabdullah Let me know what you think! 1y
Wbabdullah @MallenNC usually when I read a book and then watch a movie, I complain and moan about all the changes...however, I think that the changes made for the movie were pretty tasteful. I liked the movie! Thanks for the recommendation! 1y
MallenNC @Wbabdullah I'm glad you liked it! I read the book after watching the movie, and I think the changes made for the movie were good ones. 1y
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Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
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So I finally finished. I found the different voices between estranged mother, child, and father to be interesting at first. In the end, I just felt sad and sorry for the messy situation that happened to the family that created those estranged voices. What makes this book so-so for me is that it just ended abruptly and haltingly. I didn‘t appreciate that after investing substantial energy into living these characters‘ lives 😂.

Wbabdullah I liked Parable of the Sower more than this sequel. It seemed to have more life, energy and passion—perhaps because Lauren was so young then. Parable of the Talents seemed to dry out, writing-wise, just like most adults do-getting fixated on certain dreams and cycles that never really reconcile themselves, such as the age-old problem of using religion to manipulate people and situations. Toxicity alert! 1y
Wbabdullah What Butler has going for her is that the problems in The Earthseed series are commentary on how we as people actually live life and I know she is urging us toward CHANGE (I mean that‘s the whole Earthseed doctrine right there), but it‘s gonna take some head scratching to figure out how. I thought I would‘ve loved this more 😩 1y
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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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Beautiful book championing girls' education and indentured servitude in Pakistan. I enjoyed this much more than Written in the Stars. The plot was easy to digest and "easy" on the heart. Women seem bound to have a Cinderella narrative as a part of their lives whether in the "1stworld" or "3rdworld". There‘s always some evil plot to get us to do the cleaning, cooking, and maid work when we are not only capable but also driven to do so much more.

Wbabdullah A book that champions hard-working, driven, go-getting girls who don't take anything off of anybody. I can‘t wait to add this to our home library shelves for the children to read. Good, clean social justice YA. 1y
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“Good manners, good morality, and good grammar all go hand in hand.” 😂😂😂

-from the chapter IT‘S: On “Grammar”

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This is gonna be a long one so brave yourselves as I have a monologue replying to myself to give you everything this book has got. WOW. What a voice this anthology has...as a group of different, diverse voices! It's a symphony of solos that touch each other, and it's worth your time...just like the best acapella.

Wbabdullah The whole book is about acceptance vs. tolerance, and coming to grips with reality. The stories are majorly accessible and relatable even if you can‘t quite fit into the shoes of the main character. This anthology, at its essence, is, more than anything, about LOVE, especially love of self (in a totally non-conceited way). It‘s about embracing all of what makes you you even with all of your quirks—so important in YA—identity struggles are real! (edited) 1y
Wbabdullah There were only two stories I didn‘t really enjoy, giving them 2/5 because they were hard on the reader to relate to...and the style of writing. You can read my 4-star review of Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2305622259
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Cinfhen Awesome review 🙌🏻 #stacked 1y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Just finished this in 4 days after being on my TBR forever. A bit dark, but highly probable and believable. It‘s pretty depressing and I thought I‘d like it more as a major fan of dystopia and Octavia, but it‘s only 3/5 for me. I liked the preview of Parable of the Talents that came at the end more...I think hearing more voices and narratives than just Lauren‘s point of view is more intriguing. We shall see!

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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The Hate U Give will be out in movies in October! Looks like they are sticking close to the book! That means so much!!!! This was my fave read of 2017! YAAAS!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheHateUGive/status/1011041282263678976/video/1

Ingerella I loved this book..it was so eye-opening. I can't wait to see the movie! 1y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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@Bookladylinda Hey, there! How are you—are you read to buddy read this? It was Octavia Butler‘s birthday anniversary yesterday, and though I have few editions of this book in hard copy and paper back, I prefer ebooks and just got the ebook yesterday. I‘m ready to start—how about you?

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Teenage angst & curiosity. Questions whether love is worth the pain it causes. To care can be a gift and curse. Yeah, this one has YA stamped all over it. Not bad-the creativity of each chapter‘s design held my interest-but so predictable unlike The Sun is Also a Star, which I liked SO much more. I can‘t bring myself to watch the movie. But I will check out the MC‘s reading list and pick up a copy of The Little Prince and The Bluest Eye. 😉

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A Prayer Journal | Flannery O'Connor
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Finished this last Saturday 4/28/18 and enjoyed it. Makes me want to write a prayer journal myself. I could relate to a lot of her sentiments..I wonder if Flannery ever read Rumi? Her words resound those of the mystics...we would have def been friends and gone to dinner parties together had we crossed paths in this life. It‘s nice that we are crossing paths through literature. Picked this up because Flannery is mentioned in Saints & Misfits.

Wbabdullah I find myself curiously finding my next TBRs in books and authors given shouts outs to in my current reads. Looks like The Little Prince and The Bluest Eye are next from Nicola Yoon‘s Everything, Everything. 2y
DebBates101 Flannery is one of my top 5 favs 2y
Wbabdullah @DebBates101 this was my first Flannery. What should I read next to swim in the deep waters of her mind? 2y
DebBates101 @Wbabdullah get one of her short story anthologies. Make sure it has “A Good Man is Hard to Find” 2y
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The Story of My Life | Helen Keller
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Beautiful, inspirational and a literary delight to the senses! I just can‘t get over the fact of how much she accomplished given deafness and blindness. She lived stubbornly to pave her own path to joy. A lesson in gratitude and vulnerability and bravery to anyone who‘s game to listen. I wish she wrote more...do you know she loved to crochet and knit, too?!?

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The Story of My Life | Helen Keller
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“Literature is my utopia.”

Just finished an audiobook of Helen Keller‘s autobiography with my kids and Helen Keller and I totally would have been friends. She speaks of book friends, tree friends, and overcoming adversity. She was a reader before she was even able to talk or write and loved the friendship of books...they never looked down at her or discriminated against her. How many lives we can live through literature!

noush I just was about to read this book! Wow! What a beautiful description. I would have been friends with Helen Keller too! :) 2y
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Picked this up for poetry month and I‘m happy I did!! Raw, honest, tantalizing...feminine, sexy, genuine, hormonal—Kaur has inspired me to read more poetry! I think it will set the mood for my own writing and help me put things in perspective.

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The Book Thing | Laura Lippman
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I went on a little adventure today with my mom for her bday. We found this place in B‘more where the books are COMPLETELY and TOTALLY FREE! You go in, you get books, you don‘t pay, you bring them home. Aaaah! It felt like it was my bday too!! Check it out sometime if you‘re ever on the East Coast! And make sure to donate some books too to keep the FREEdom going!

Wbabdullah We limited ourselves to one tote bag each so as not to go crazy at this place. Only one person (out of 5) broke that rule. Pretty snazzy, but I‘m still not showing a book haul photo. Let‘s say that I‘m gonna need to purchase a new book case real soon. 2y
mrozzz Whaaaaaaat that‘s crazy! 2y
Wbabdullah I know, right?!?! @mrozzz 2y
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readinginthedark 😯❤️ 2y
Aimeesue Been there, done that, got a LOT of books! It‘s a cool place. They need more parking, though. 😋 (edited) 1y
Wbabdullah Yes they do! Those side streets are particularly grueling @Aimeesue ! 1y
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1. Female
2. 3 e‘s
3. Silver or Gold
4. White and Black
5. Roxane Gay
6. “That”

Thanks @RebelReader for your post! Thanks @Kaye for this little quiz!

Kaye Thank you ♥️ 2y
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1984 | George Orwell
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1. My fave bookmarks these days given to me by @Bookladylinda . Books help us grow 🙂!
2. I can‘t seem to get through in 1984 and I‘ve been trying to read it since high school. This is the year to succeed though!
3. Leftovers (noodles, green beans, samosas, curried beef patties)
4. #diversevoices
5. Jean Auel‘s The Mammoth Hunters

aprilpohren I think these are the coolest looking bookmarks! Do they stay in well? 2y
robinb @aprilpohren I was wondering that as well! 🧐 2y
Wbabdullah I haven‘t had any problem with them @aprilpohren and @robinb . They have short stems but I haven‘t had any fall out. I‘d imagine that if you pull them out or drop your book a certain way they might but that requires scientific experimentation to prove 🧐. You can also put them right in the middle of the page instead of peeping out of your book. 2y
Bookladylinda @Wbabdullah , awww!!! So glad you love them. 2y
robinb @Wbabdullah thanks, I love those! 2y
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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A keeper! I read this book with my 8 y.o. to discuss and compare/contrast with the new movie remake of it. I enjoyed the movie and finished the book after the movie. I felt in awe with both. I love the themes in this book on equity vs. equality, on light vs. dark, on the power of love and pure essence...I was surprised at how deeply spiritual this book was and can‘t wait to read more from the Quintet. I hope the succeeding books don‘t disappoint!

Wbabdullah I also loved how real our main protagonist is...flawed and fearful, a rebellious girl who stands up for what she believes in! Positive strong messages in this book for the world we live in and I think it was even more important for Disney to make the movie multicultural! There‘s an emphasis on blue eyes in the book...and there are so many other colors of eyes in the world... 2y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
readinginthedark The rest of the series is a bit stranger but still good. The blue eyes thing pops up a couple of times. 2y
Wbabdullah Thanks @readinginthedark ! 😍❤️ 2y
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Confession#1: I‘ve never tried Korean food before.
Confession#2: I dislike meal photos on social media.
After reading about Korean culture in this novel (esp. food), I saw kimchi at the grocery store and couldn‘t resist. It probably doesn‘t taste as good as it would in a restaurant but I just yearned to be closer to the characters! It‘s not so bad! Spicy, sour, and would go well w/ some bread and hummus in my book! First foodie photo ever!☝🏽

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Just finished this lovely meal of a book. I love the interconnectedness theme. It reminded me of the movie Crash. Loved the characters. The plot. Everything, everything 😍. I look forward to reading more from this author. So many great quotes and love the #diverseread. Caused some deep thinking about love and how we all affect each other. A true feel good and beyond satisfactory read. Made the end of my day brighter.

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I started Everything, Everything about a month ago and couldn‘t get into that girl‘s bubble. I started The Sun is Also a Star and I‘m sailing. In love. Juicing all the author‘s words for their emotion and connection to me and the world I know. I love her character descriptions. I love her monologue on “irie”. I love being able to relate...to teen angst amidst family pressure to “make it” and perform well, and identity-home struggles. 😍

Wbabdullah I think I‘m gonna have to actually buy this one to fully dissect it. I‘m reading this very consciously and deliberately. 2y
HeatherBookNerd The audiobook was really good. 2y
Wbabdullah @HeatherBookNerd is it read by the author? 2y
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HeatherBookNerd @Wbabdullah not the author. Different voices for the characters. Bahni Turpin is the gilt and she is marvelous. 2y
nikkiy_reads Just started reading today. 2y
Wbabdullah @nikkiy_reads you won‘t be disappointed! 2y
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Mirage | Somaiya Daud
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YA and Fantasy Lovers—I‘m looking out for this in August. Excerpt and more about the book here: http://ew.com/books/2018/02/19/mirage-somaiya-daud-preview/

I‘m so excited Litsy already has a page for this before it has even hit the shelves!! 😍

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Thanks @ElishaLovesBooks for the tag and thinking of me!! 😍❤️
1. Ebook (precisely for the ease of thumbing through text at all hours, not making a sound, with a big family)
2. 9, sometimes 9.5 or 10
3. Cookies! Lots of ‘em! Chocolate chip or Oreos or Fig Newtons or...😂
4. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and other 90s shows
5. @wearingskirts @noush #friyayintro Introduce yourself new Littens!

@jesshowbooks

ElishaLovesBooks ❤️❤️ 2y
SilversReviews LOL on not making a sound with e-books. So true. 2y
Wbabdullah @SilversReviews there is no way to read in peace in here except invisibly...😂🤣 2y
SilversReviews @Wbabdullah 😍😍😍 2y
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Yarn Over Murder | Maggie Sefton
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Welcome Kathleen to Litsy @wearingskirts ! I have converted yet another soul to Litsy!! Yaaaaas! 😂 you‘ll find plenty of like-minded folks here...like other bookish knitters and crocheters, such as @julesG @RestlessFickleBookSlut @Michelle_mck @BookInMyHands To start and feel your way around this lovely community, just look up a book you adore—post about it or follow some folks who adore it too! You‘ll find plenty of recommendations, too!

Eggs Welcome 👋🏻👋🏻😍😍 2y
cobwebmoth @wearingskirts Welcome to Litsy! I like to crochet, too.😊 2y
Sace Welcome! 2y
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Written in the Stars | Aisha Saeed
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Hmmm...I considered giving 2 reviews, one non-spoiler, one def spoiler cuz I wanted to vent about what was happening in the book so bad. Wanted to punch and curse out a few folks & say WTF or WTH?? But I‘m gonna take a step back and say, if I have emotions like these surrounding a fictional character about what does happen to some in real life, then I guess that‘s pretty good writing. While there was nothing spectacular about the writing style👇🏽

Wbabdullah It was a book that needed to be written and needs to be read...for #ownvoices, for authentic voices, for diversity, for #social justice, for #womensrights, for #humanrights. And I guess that‘s about all I can without wanting to go beat someone up...as for the triggers, I‘m a sensitive reader and viewer and I could take this one. The author laid it on low and with subtlety so that the reader doesn‘t hurt as much as the protagonist does. 2y
Wbabdullah The book would actually probably be better and more poignant if she did make the reader feel more like the protagonist, but then again, I probably wouldn‘t have been able to read it then 😬. Some folks are really messed up. Some parents are really selfish, thinking they are doing what‘s best for their children when it‘s really in their own self-interest. 2y
Wbabdullah And duh! The obvious solution to the whole darn dilemma was to make her love connection halal and legal by helping her marry Saif in the first place, not trying to marry her to some darn stranger in Pakistan. But her parents were really selfish fools and I guess there are some of those in the world too. So happy Saif and his folks weren‘t. I‘m just shaking my head now. 2y
Wbabdullah And there goes the vent ☝🏽🤣😂 2y
Wbabdullah Eyes opened, trying to stay woke. 2y
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Written in the Stars | Aisha Saeed

“Do wardens expect gratitude from inmates for the luxuriousness of their cage?”

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Written in the Stars | Aisha Saeed

“Maybe, I think, if I don‘t look up, if I simply look down and never look up again for the rest of my life, the feelings buried within will never rise to the surface. I can accept the numbness instead of the madness that could follow.”

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Forever Friday: A Novel | Timothy Lewis
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#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

1. Oreo ice cream cake or cookies n cream ice cream
2. La Casa de Papel
3. X by Ilyasah Shabazz
4. A year and some change
5. Okie dokie!

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@Bookladylinda Stop whatever you‘re doing now and go check your mail! Your #dystopianblues package has been delivered! I shall now wait in complete anticipation until you open it....

Bookladylinda I‘m at work! 😂😂😂😂 2y
Wbabdullah @Bookladylinda Ok I guess it‘s not right to leave work abruptly...I mean it is the means to be able to participate in these sort of swapping ventures. 🤣😂🤣 #willworkforbooks (edited) 2y
Gissy Just post the picture as soon as yo can👍we are all expecting what is in that book.🎉🎊🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈🎈📚📚📚 2y
Gissy Sorry I should say box😳all I'm thinking is about books😂 2y
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@Bookladylinda OMG OMG OMG. Confession: the whole of December and most of January I was in a slump. Fear, grief, and anxiety...but not enough for a full panic attack though I almost got there. @Bookladylinda your #dystopianblues package totally brought me a smile. It‘s amazing how well you shopped when you don‘t really know me! I‘m so happy to be a proud owner of these bookish gems...especially THUG and Dear Fahrenheit451...con‘t 👇🏽

Wbabdullah And I was totally looking for a bookmark last night cuz I‘m one of those scrap paper bookmark girls but these are the exact bookmarks I‘ve wanted! I‘d been eyeing those sprout bookmarks for a while and peeped that peacock Emily Dickinson bookmark here just last week!! Thank you SO much! I‘m a very happy lady today! The world is all sunny and rainbows in comparison to my usual dystopian lens 😍. Thank you thank you thank you!!! 😘 2y
Bookladylinda Yay!!!! I‘m so happy you love it!!! I had a great time shopping for you! And, yes! I stalked you a lot!!!!! 😊😊 😂😘👏🏾 2y
Wbabdullah 😂🤣 I stalked you too @Bookladylinda ! I hope I did a good job of that! Your present is as good (and I think actually better 🤭🤫) than presents I receive from some folks who‘ve known me for years and decades!!! 2y
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Bookladylinda Aww that is the sweetest thing to say! It was important to me to put together a good box for you and I‘m so happy that you love it. I‘m sure I will love the box you sent to me as well! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2y
CouronneDhiver Yumm - cookies and cream! Great gifts 2y
Wbabdullah I love cookies and cream @CouronneDhiver !! Oreos, Newman O‘s, chocolate chips...yum! @Bookladylinda did a great job, didn‘t she?? Did you participate in #dystopianblues @CouronneDhiver ? 2y
CouronneDhiver I didn‘t... I try not to go too crazy with swaps (2 per year on average)... I‘m participating in the #MyBloodyValentineSwap right now. 😊 2y
Wbabdullah I saw that on your page—this was my first swap ever. I probably won‘t participate in another one this year, and if I do, only one more, because like you said—it can be crazy. It def makes you shop for two...like a pregnant woman overeating and having serious cravings type shopping!! It must be the same hormones at work... @CouronneDhiver 2y
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I couldn‘t wait any longer. It‘s been January 25th on my side of the world for around 7 hours and 45 minutes. From the looks of it, my #dystopianblues partner @Bookladylinda has been researching me and knows my fave color...I‘m totally being spoiled! Is it too early to eat chocolate if one hasn‘t had breakfast??😂

Bookladylinda Never too early for chocolate!!!! (edited) 2y
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It‘s here, it‘s here @Bookladylinda @Mommamanzi !! I can hardly wait for tomorrow to open it!! It feels like it‘s my bday!! I‘m seriously debating whether to wait for 12 o‘clock on the dot or be in solidarity with you and wait for you to receive my package before opening mine!!! 🤔🤭🤗 I‘ll do the latter, cuz that‘s what‘s right!! I‘ll be stalking the tracking number until the ...I‘m so excited! I‘m gonna have to hide it from myself!!

Bookladylinda OMG!!! It‘s there already!!! Wow!!! Yay!!! 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 2y
Wbabdullah It‘s agonizing me to wait...the temptation is real! @Bookladylinda 2y
Bookladylinda I think you should open at 12:01 - I will be sleeping because I‘m up early but I don‘t want you to wait for me! Just go for it!!! 2y
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Wbabdullah Really?? Really??! oMg—that will totally make my day but I‘ll probably be asleep 😴 too, lol, and drooling!! Checked the tracking number and it is on-time for delivery tomorrow! Says it should be at your home before 8pm! @Bookladylinda 2y
Bookladylinda Okay, sounds good, but I am totally cool with you opening your box when you want. 2y
Wbabdullah You‘re the best!! @Bookladylinda 2y
Mommamanzi Yay!!!!! 2y
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Officially welcoming my RL friend @noush to Litsy! Please show her some love—it‘s her first day here and she is a super reader! Always recommending something...especially of the non-fiction, big thinking, spiritual and philosophical sort!

cobwebmoth @noush Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Samplergal Welcome! 2y
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ChasingOm Welcome @noush! 2y
callielafleur Yay, welcome @noush!! This is a wonderful community!! 2y
cajunsyd Welcome @noush !! 2y
noush Thank you so much everyone!! :) This is an exciting place to be! 2y
DHill Welcome to Litsy @noush 2y
Bookladylinda Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
Velvetfur Welcome to our new friend @noush! 😀 2y
Wbabdullah Thanks for all the Litsy love directed to @noush ! This is a fab community! 2y
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It‘s on its way @Bookladylinda ! It took me a while and I rushed today but it has finally been done! Can u blame me? It‘s my first swap ever!!! So excited and I hope you like your goodies, too!!

Bookladylinda @Wbabdullah I‘m so excited!!!!! 2y
Wbabdullah Yay @Bookladylinda !!! I pray I did well!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 2y
Gissy Enjoy! 👏👏👏👏 2y
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Written in the Stars | Aisha Saeed
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Just started Written in the Stars, then will follow it up with The Bloodprint. Two books by Muslim female authors with ethnic origins in the Indian subcontinent. One of my resolutions this year is to get over my debilitating fears, anxieties, and grief from the past so I can move onward and upward—forward march! Saeed is talking about fears and control issues I know all too well. Loving it so far but anxious as to what I‘ll be hit with.

Cinfhen 💕💕 2y
ZoeyPeacock I‘m trying to do the same. ❤️ 2y
DGRachel I love Ausma Zehanat Khan! I hope you enjoy The Bloodprint as much as I did. 2y
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Wbabdullah @ZoeyPeacock ❤️❤️❤️ maybe we can work on it together through recommended reads! If I come across some great reads on fear, grief, and anxiety, I‘ll recommend them to you! For instance, have you read/listened to 2y
Wbabdullah @DGRachel I hope I love it too! Have you read her mysteries yet? The Omar Khattak series? I briefly cracked open the first one but couldn‘t get into it then.:: 2y
ZoeyPeacock I haven‘t but I do have it on audio. And I would love that. 2y
DGRachel Yes, I‘ve read them all and have the 4th on preordered. I‘m a huge fan of hers and she‘s wonderfully engaging and sweet on Twitter. 2y
Wbabdullah @ZoeyPeacock I‘ve started it on Audio but haven‘t finished it yet. I think I probably have 2-3 more hours to go, just have to push through! I‘m more of a visual kinesthetic learner than an audio one but I do enjoy the read!! 2y
Wbabdullah @DGRachel I didn‘t even know there was a fourth! 2y
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When I Was the Greatest | Jason Reynolds
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It was so nice to wake up this morning and finish this—Jason Reynold‘s first book. If you are a knitter, into diverse reads, social justice, spectrum disorders, urban black studies, esp. regarding youth, you‘ll appreciate this. I‘ve read a few of his works but now am committed to reading all of the author‘s works. I now know why the title is as it is, but why does the cover clearly feature a crocheted gun rather than a knitted one?! 🤦🏽‍♀️🤣😂☺️

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Latest Readings | Clive James
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1. Bed, sofa, inside, outside, lawn chair, walking around—just about everywhere!
2. Random piece of paper 😂🤣
3. End at a chapter or at the end of a page with a full complete sentence FULL STOP.
4. Yup, usually tea and cookies
5. Nope
6. I‘m a book player
7. Everywhere
8. Silently
9. Never
10. I try my best not to break the spine!
11. No!
12. @RestlessFickleBookSlut @Foxyfictionista @ElishaLovesBooks

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I‘ve never been to The Last Bookstore in LA but will now have to put it on my bucket list...Wow! Now this is how decorating with books should look! ❤️👌🏽👍🏽😍 I‘m learning a lot from IG today.

readordierachel Swoon! 2y
GondorGirl It's not the best bookstore for shopping, but you can't beat it for awesome decor and photo ops. That store is literally the only thing I miss about doubt shows in LA. 2y
mrozzz 😯😍🙃 2y
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Decorated To Death | Dean James
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Someone posted this photo on IG today...it‘s supposed to be an upcycled chandelier I guess and it‘s in a nearby mall. But I‘m a bit hurt by it. I know it‘s upcycling...but it looks like a bad way to treat books. What do you think? I was taught that books had feelings too as a child...I don‘t write, underline, or highlight in them...let alone string them up by their covers!!😭😡🤬

Wbabdullah Maybe it wouldn‘t be so bad if they were all closed...but the ones that are a bit open..that just looks painful for the books! 2y
theresidentromantic There's classy book chandelier and then there's a thing that looks like they're being tortured :( 2y
Wbabdullah Yeah this isn‘t classy at all! @theresidentromantic 2y
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jfalkens I was taught not to mark books too! Those poor books 😭😭 2y
LauraBrook I feel so bad for them! Torturous! 😱😤😩 2y
ValerieAndBooks I don‘t like this ☹️😢 2y
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BEST OF RAY BRADBURY | Ray Bradbury
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The picture cut off Farewell Summer. Looks like I need to add quite a few to my TBR. I‘ve only read Fahrenheit 451, but it remains one of my fave novels to this day. Just sayin‘. #dystopianblues

britt_brooke I need more Bradbury in my life, too! I‘ve only read Fahrenheit 451 as well; planning to reread it this year. 2y
Wbabdullah You and I are on the exact same page! :) pun intended!! @britt_brooke 2y
britt_brooke @Wbabdullah 😆☺️🙌🏻 2y
Wbabdullah Oh my goodness-I just learned here on Litsy that Fahrenheit 451 will be adapted for TV by HBO and is set to air Spring 2018–check out the trailer!! @britt_brooke link to other Litsy post about it: Tiffy_Reads's post http://litsy.com/p/S2JKZkV6SGxH (edited) 2y
britt_brooke @Wbabdullah Ooh, thanks for letting me know! 2y
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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Just finished Dear Martin in time for MLK‘s bday! Yaaaaaaas! Goal achieved! Quick read for me. And good. Liked the characters and made me smile...but if I were to put it up against The Hate U Give, I think The Hate U Give is a much stronger heavyweight and more fascinating read though they both deal with similar subject matter. The Hate U Give inspired me to action and awoke an activist spirit within me whereas Dead Martin preached to the choir.

EllieDottie This is on my to read shelf! I loved The Hate U Give! 2y
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Hey fellow Littens! One of my main goals of 2018 is to finish writing one of the few stories that tell themselves to me in my head. There is a question I‘ve been asking myself for quite a while now...and I need help! Though I‘m a big reader of dystopia, I have no idea what I‘d bring if my reality turned into the above and I had limited time to leave home. Will you help me out? #dystopianblues Thanks!!

EchoLogical Food and water. 😅 2y
EchoLogical It's completely unoriginal but it's what I'd bring. My husband said: his rucksack filled with alcohol, peroxide, socks, a machete, clothes, his multi-tool and Camel back, gloves, and something to start a fire, a poncho, and cans of food (or MREs) and maybe his sleeping bag. Depending on the weight. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
julesG My beloved sturdy rucksack filled with my Swiss Army knife, a solar charger, my kindle (loaded with survival guides), a few packets of bandaids, gauze/muslin bandages, medical charcoal and ibuprofen, at least one roll of duct tape, several packets of matches, and as much bottled water as I could carry. Plus, several layers of clothes and the best pair of boots I own (by best I mean sturdy yet not too clunky). 2y
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Wbabdullah Wow @EchoLogical And @julesG! Thank you! Some food for thought—I need to check the bug out bags...gonna have to give y‘all a shout out if I 1)finish the book 2)get it published 😍☺️🤣 (edited) 2y
EchoLogical @Wbabdullah Of course my husband had a million questions about the circumstances but I told him to answer in general terms. 😂 2y
Wbabdullah @EchoLogical 🤣😂 I know my main character won‘t really know where she‘s going...so perfect answer! 2y
Bklover Food, books, bug spray, and duct tape. 2y
DebbieGrillo I'm diabetic... So meds for sure. 2y
Velvetfur I would have a ready-packed survival rucksack for just such an occasion, but I would also take sentimental stuff like old family photos and letters/notes from them. 2y
CouronneDhiver A bag with a knife, duct tape, alcohol wipes, water, a tarp and a rope. Should be able to get by... 2y
Wbabdullah @Bklover @DebbieGrillo @Velvetfur @CouronneDhiver wow such great answers! I like where you are going with this! I‘m going to have to add rope, tarp, and duct tape to my list! @Velvetfur I was feeling that sentimental items might be good for sanity...and history...which reminds me, I have a lot of albums to make for my family. Thanks so much for answering my question ladies!! 2y
Velvetfur Aaww you're so cute! You're welcome 👍 2y
SpeculativeFemale I don't think I could list everything we have in our family bug out bags, but some basics include extensive emergency medical supply kits, water containers and filtration with extra filters, solar chargers for devices and independent batteries, reflective emergency blankets, simple rations, bandanas, gloves, hats, breathing masks with extra filters, simple sewing/repair kits, and too much more to fit in the character limit, LOL. 2y
Wbabdullah @SpeculativeFemale thank you! We have family bug out bags too! But I wonder what the average person would just pack up on a whim...the first things that come to mind and all, you know?! We should talk @SpeculativeFemale ! R u on GR? 2y
SpeculativeFemale @Wbabdullah Goodreads? I think I have an account from ages ago, but I never really used it much. 2y
Wbabdullah Yep Goodreads. I‘m just getting reacquainted with my account-I much prefer Litsy! Are you participating in #dystopianblues @SpeculativeFemale ? 2y
SpeculativeFemale @Wbabdullah No, I hadn't heard about it. I might have to check it out, but honestly, I'm in a rereading spell right now while I'm adjusting to a new job. I've been coming home each day a little too brain-fried to read anything new at the moment. 😂 2y
Wbabdullah Aw it‘s ok! Maybe u can catch it next time around—it‘s a swap for dystopian books! Congrats on the new job @SpeculativeFemale ! Enjoy your rereads! 2y
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Forever Friday: A Novel | Timothy Lewis
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#friyayintro @jesshowbooks
1. Neither!
2. Ready Player One!
3. Clean up the house and get some r&r!
4. Speak with the animals (I speak 4 languages now and feel confident that I could learn more if I really tried)
5. No minor but a double major—art education and international studies

tricours Which are your languages? 2y
Wbabdullah @tricours Hey! English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic (in order of preference and strength 😂🤣) 2y
Wbabdullah What are yours @tricours ? 2y
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Wbabdullah @tricours I bet you speak French too, along with по-русский? 2y
MidnightBookGirl Ready Player One is an all ti.e favorite! 2y
Wbabdullah @MidnightBookGirl yes it is! I can‘t wait for the movie to come out!! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! That‘s a lot of languages!😊 2y
Wbabdullah @ElishaLovesBooks I secretly want more! Like Japanese, Chinese, or Indonesian, maybe Turkish?...🤭🤫but for now, I‘m just gonna try to keep my head on straight. And keep the languages and sanity I‘ve got!!🤣😂 There‘s always room for improvement, too!! 2y
tricours How good is your Arabic and Russian? Mine are Swedish, Norwegian, French and Russian, and I can read in Polish and somewhat in German, and Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic! 2y
Wbabdullah Amazing!!! My Arabic is the weakest but I can read and write in both Arabic and Russian, so that‘s a plus. And I can get around and get things done in strange countries :). Go shopping, you know, the important things. It‘s nice how knowing a few languages opens you up to others in the same family—I def can understand a good bit of French, Portuguese, and Italian but I only know a few phrases in each of those! @tricours 2y
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Blade So Black | L L McKinney
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I‘m not big on the fantasy genre, but this book is too tempting to pass up! It‘s not out yet—not until September—but write it down—A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney. Folks are calling it Alice in Wonderland meets Buffy Vampire Slayer. Here‘s the sneak peek of the cover and opening pages: http://ew.com/books/2018/01/10/ll-mckinney-a-blade-so-black-sneak-peek/

Wbabdullah @EchoLogical thought you‘d be interested! Not sure where all the other fantasy lovers are?? I‘m wondering how can I get an ARC??! 2y
EchoLogical @Wbabdullah This seems awesome! 2y
Wbabdullah I know, right??? I can‘t wait! @echological 2y
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Awkward | Svetlana Chmakova
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Oh my goodness. If you work with children, especially in the middle grade age range, you need this book. Checked out this book from the library and totally adding it to the “to buy” list. The way the author approaches diversity and bullying in the subject matter is enough to win me over but the prose was great too! You‘re missing out if you haven‘t read it! I haven‘t read Brave but my 8 y.o. says Awkward is more about being brave than Brave is!

Wbabdullah Also..I finished this in under 2 hours. It was that good. 2y
Wbabdullah And all the pictures I would‘ve shown you of pages in this book would totally be spoilers so get your own copy and crack it open...and read it in under 2 hours. Ready? Set. Go! 2y
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