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Joined July 2018

Children/Youth Librarian 📚 I love reading fantasy, other world, YA, and just plain guilty pleasure books. Looking for high-brow? Not me.
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Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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This one was suggested to me by a friend. I‘m intrigued, but also wary. It sounds like a haunting and that‘s definitely not my favorite.

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Not my usual pick, but it sounded interesting!

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Pickpick

This was amazing. As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to buy it.

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That‘s how I feel about books.

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This whole book just makes me happy and I‘ve barely begun. 😍

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I started a new “break book.” This book suggestion came from a podcast. It‘s very much out of my comfort zone.

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Pickpick

This wasn‘t quite what I expected, but in a good way. This is a nice coming of age story that would be great for your teen who is trying to find their niche in life. Everything in it is a little rosy, but that‘s not the worst thing in the world. Check out the full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31207017

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Part of my nightly routine is a hot bath and a good book. This bathtub shelf is some of the best money my mother ever spent on a present. ❤️

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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I‘m not great at updating on here. I‘m trying to get better though. I‘m about to start this one. I have never read a Neil Gaiman novel...

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The Young Queens | Kendare Blake
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I wanted to know the history behind the series and this actually makes me like people in the book. It also makes me want a whole book about Caragh.

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One Dark Throne | Kendare Blake
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This book definitely isn‘t roses and sunshine and rainbows. I liked this one more than I did the first one. I‘m actually invested in finding out what happens in the third one. After the first book I almost said no to this one. They still all need psychological help.

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The Crown's Game | Evelyn Skye
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You guys...just...pain. I really enjoyed the book though.

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Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I didn‘t love this, but it was interesting. It would make a decent Lifetime movie too.

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Mehso-so

This was not one of my favorites. It just rehashed things a bit. I really wanted to understand Ursula and be able to empathize. This didn‘t give enough of the history to make me really feel anything for her.

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I didn‘t finish very many in August. With my new job I‘ve been running like mad, but it‘s been worth it!

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Maybe I‘m identifying with the teen so much because I get what it‘s like to be constantly asked when I‘m getting married and having kids. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Also, if he‘s marrying for my cooking skills he‘s going to starve. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors and this didn‘t disappoint. I can‘t imagine waking up and finding ten years has gone by. Would I like the person I was? I think me from ten years ago would think I‘m awesome, but maybe I‘m wrong.

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Incarceron | Catherine Fisher
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Mehso-so

This one was a bit predictable, but I liked it. I don‘t think I will continue the series though.

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Gone | Michael Grant
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This book was just a bit much for me. I liked the premise and I the characters. It just went way out there on the wackiness with the talking coyotes and the “Darkness.”

Mandigolightly It just...never held up, as a concept. Plus the dead baby they found really turned me off to the whole concept 1y
bels_books @Mandigolightly there was just so MUCH. One or two things they had going on was sufficient for a good book. It was just confusing. 1y
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I already love it. Although I would not call Edward “swoony.”

Jess7 I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 1y
bels_books @Jess7 I really liked it. It was different than expected, but in a good way. 1y
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One Dark Throne | Kendare Blake
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Went to the library and grabbed the second one. I mean after my review of the first one where I decided everyone needed a shrink... 😂 I can‘t remember anything about the first book. I hope I still like Billy by the end!

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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To have a love like that...

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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I‘m not sure why this hit me so hard, but it‘s true. No one has the answers.

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Gone | Michael Grant
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I wasn‘t sure I wanted to read this, but I am enjoying it so far.

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This is my July wrap up. The Poldark series and Winner‘s trilogy have been my favorites.

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I just really fall into these books. I want to spend time with the characters and live in their world. Even for just a bit.

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At work I now have an hour lunch. I‘m used to eating in 10 minutes as a teacher. I think I may get a lot of reading done on my lunch breaks though. So appropriate now that I‘m working in a library.

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The Winner's Kiss | Marie Rutkoski
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4/5 ⭐️ This is just a guilty pleasure book that makes me happy. It‘s the third in the series and there isn‘t anything spectacular about it. I just love that it takes me somewhere else and into another life.

Read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2465689783

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Jess7 Welcome!! 1y
RaimeyGallant Of course! 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸 1y
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3/5 ⭐️ I get uncomfortable when talking about medicine so this book probably just wasn‘t for me. It was an interesting look into the life of someone struggling with a serious illness. Seeing their thoughts and reactions to how others treated them was interesting.

Read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2446650648

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4/5 Stars I always feel awkward giving less than all five stars on a book with this kind of history and magnitude. The only reason I couldn‘t give it five was because the flow between point of views was choppy which didn‘t fit with the flow of the book. Otherwise it was well researched and had multiple view points.

Read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089210470

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I feel like I‘m not making much progress on reading the last few days. Starting work on Monday means things may get even more stagnant if that‘s possible.

Bakingbookworm The Librarian of Auschwitz is on my TBR. It looks great! 1y
bels_books @Bakingbookworm It is definitely a good read for this subject. It has followed several different characters that intersected with the librarian. 1y
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“Books are extremely dangerous; they make people think.”

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Making Bombs for Hitler | Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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I learn something new every time I read a book on this subject. I had no idea that some children were taken from their families and given to German families or that prisoners returned to the Soviet Union might be considered Nazi sympathizers.

This would not be my first choice for historical fiction for this time period. I do think it‘s a simple introduction that isn‘t too graphic for young kids just diving into the subject.

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The Vanishing | Jana DeLeon
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Mehso-so

I LOVE Jana DeLeon, but this was not one of her better books. I prefer her “Miss Fortune” series for its quirky characters and the “Shaye Archer” series for its suspense.

You can read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2423651663

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The Vanishing | Jana DeLeon
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I love when books that seem frivolous and are just for my entertainment hit on some serious truth. How many jobs can you think of that get maligned, but the problem isn‘t the person in the job?

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Making Bombs for Hitler | Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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I have audiobooks for when I drive, digital books on my phone so I‘m never without a book when I‘m waiting, and I always pack a physical book when I‘m staying somewhere over night. No bag is complete without it.

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Listening to this on a long drive. I expected this book to be much more about the relationships with her friends because of the title. That has been present, but very much in the background or interspersed with memories. Hearing her perspective on illness and how others react has made me rethink the way I react to people.

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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There is nothing better than a good meal and a book. I love going to restaurant at odd times when they are super slow. That lets me take my time and read while I eat.

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Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Does anyone else go in some where for one item and come out with books? In my defense I have two hours to kill before an appointment and then time at my appointment. I mean logically I‘ll need three books for that...right?

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4/5 ⭐️

I fell in love with the show first, and surprisingly the book followed it well. It deviates only slightly. I love to know what makes characters tick and this book captured their thoughts perfectly.

Read my full review on GoodReads.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2446678373

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Tentacles | Roland Smith
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I was a little apprehensive about the scope of this book. The cover is very misleading because the hunt for the squid is the backdrop, but has very little bearing on events other than putting them in the ocean. I couldn‘t put the book down though and loved the intriguing characters. I will definitely be reading the first one (oops) and the third installment.

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Tentacles | Roland Smith
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That moment when a middle grade book speaks total and deep truth when you least expect it. When you have a passion you no longer “work.”

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It is completely unfair to leave this hanging and not tell what happened to her. Nope we are just going to jump into the future, switch perspectives, and completely forget that we wrote that chapter. 😳 How did that end???

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Tentacles | Roland Smith
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What you don‘t read about creatures from the deep while you are at the river? ☀️

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Found the show. I almost died when I realized it was based on books. So far the show seems to keep close to the book. 🤞🏼 Let‘s see how long that lasts. 😬