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Joined April 2016

queer, teacher, always learning
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i‘m late to the party but this book! this book. i had to hug it when i was done reading it.

Victoriahoperose This was such an awesome book. I loved it. The movie was really good too! 10mo
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hope everyone is enjoying their saturday! this book is heartrending and beautiful in the best of ways.

Ashley_Nicoletto Such a sweet pup. 🖤 10mo
tammysue ❤️🐶 10mo
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When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri
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i mean, i‘ll take queer representation but this was just okay for me.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Sunny | Jason Reynolds
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these books have me all up in my feelings 😭

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Wade in the Water: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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wolf hollow made me cry, y‘all. my second weekend reading stack.

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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the stack i read over the weekend. so many drool worthy picks.

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Patina | Jason Reynolds
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several years ago, depression stole my ability to read. after starting lexapro five weeks ago, i‘m able to read again. the last three days, i‘ve read 15 books. i‘m so glad to be back.

Chelsea.Poole Welcome back ♥️ 10mo
brennareadsbooks @Chelsea.Poole thank youuuu 10mo
BooksAtNight Yay and welcome back to reading ❤️ 10mo
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y‘all look what i found at my local indie for $12

RebL Love indies and bargains! 🙌🏼 2y
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Ways to Disappear | Idra Novey
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Picked up this book again after setting it down for awhile -- I love the writing style.

Notafraidofwords I loved this one ! 2y
charl08 Another fan here! 2y
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Pickpick

AHHHHH ❤️❤️❤️❤️
This should be on everyone's TBR
#readharderchallenge : Read an LGBTQ romance (IM COUNTING IT)
#litsyreadingchallenge : Read a book containing an LGBTQ relationship

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I have work in the morning but I haven't been able to put this down. I'm in love.

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returning to this after a long, grueling day at congaree national park.

readinginthedark This quote struck me, too! 3y
bookwrm526 I live near Congaree! It's one of my favorite places to walk and bird 3y
lauralovesbooks1 Just picked this one up. I love her writing. 3y
brennareadsbooks @bookwrm526 Ah! I live in Greenville, so it was a day trip. I stayed much longer than expected and it was horrifically hot/humid. Is it better in the fall? 3y
bookwrm526 @brennareadsbooks I live in Columbia :) Yes, it's BEAUTIFUL pretty much any season except summer - the mosquito meter near the bathrooms is not a joke, and Columbia is basically Satan's armpit in the summer 3y
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"But there's a message there for everyone and it is that people can unite, that democracy from below can challenge oligarchy, that imprisoned migrants can be freed, that fascism can be overcome, and that equality is emancipatory."

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Raymie Nightingale | Kate DiCamillo
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No one writes quite like Queen DiCamillo.

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Mehso-so

Maybe my fifth graders will get more out of it? A good story about friendship but misses some opportunities to go deeper. #bookaday

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Pickpick

I just finished reading this and WOW. I took so much away from it. Has anyone attempted their own Year of Yes?

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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woah

Ericmanciniwriter Seriously 3y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#readharder all POV characters are POC #litsyreadingchallenge 400+ pages 3/5 I really enjoyed this, but found it to get a bit rambling in the last 1/3 of the book

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Listening to this at the moment. I'm enjoying it so much!

DaydreamingBookworm I just heard about this book! I didn't know there was an audiobook. I hope you enjoy it :) 3y
brennareadsbooks @DaydreamingBookworm It's quite long but I love the narrator! 3y
DaydreamingBookworm How many hours is it? I listened to A Little Life. That was 32 hours. 3y
brennareadsbooks @DaydreamingBookworm W o w. Okay, so it's not as long as A Little Life, but it's 18 hours. (edited) 3y
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#allisnotlost I need a stack of books while my mom is in the hospital. I'm giving this one a shot but having a hard time getting into it.

MyNamesParadise Hope your mom is ok!! 3y
brennareadsbooks @MyNamesParadise Thank you! She's recovering from surgery. 3y
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Human Acts | Han Kang
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Was in Asheville for the Women's March. Enjoying dropping by Malaprops!

ReadingEnvy Love that place!! 3y
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Library book haul!! I'm excited about these titles! @bluecocoon you might want to check out "The Fire This Time" by Jesmyn Ward!

BethFishReads I really liked Sweetgirl 3y
bluecocoon Thx for suggestion! Also Night Sky with Exit Wounds very good pick! 3y
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Notafraidofwords Very prevalent today 3y
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excited to check this one out!

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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the DRAMA of this book

jessberk13 So good! I can't wait for the HBO series! 3y
Shemac77 I laughed hysterically at all the differing views of the same situation. 3y
AJBowers I love this book 3y
cariashley Haha love it! I remember distinctly listening to this part in the audiobook. Funny to see it in print. 3y
MaureenMc It gets even better! I'm amazed at Moriarty's skills in combining snarky and page-turnery prose with some rather serious social commentary. 3y
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#andawaytheygo Liberty!! I just did a book purge and my shelves are so empty the books are LEANING. Send me yours. 😁

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wish you were closer we could share books! ;) 3y
brennareadsbooks @riveted_reader_melissa Where do you live?? Maybe we could book swap sometime. 3y
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brennareadsbooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh boo that is far. 😭 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @brennareadsbooks I know! I'm in the middle of farm country way far from everyone. LOL! 3y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏 3y
Shawna I'm reading Romeo and/or Juliet right now 😍 3y
brennareadsbooks @shawna SO EXCELLENT 3y
TheBookAddict 😱You're a stronger person than I. I can't part with my books, it's tough! 3y
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Mehso-so

After finishing this book, I had some conflicting thoughts. It was a really compelling look at the devastating consequences of apartheid, a subject that I knew next to nothing about. However, I had some issues with the actual storytelling.
#seasonalreadingchallenge 15.5 Read a book that starts with a letter in BINGO
#litsyAtoZ letter B
#litsyreadingchallenge Read a book set in Africa#
#readharder Read a book set 5000 miles from your location

TheBookAddict I really enjoyed this one. His narration made it more personal. I do have to say that it was a bit confusing, because he would skip around with his storytelling. It wasn't in chronological order and to me that was where he went wrong. 3y
brennareadsbooks @thebookaddict I agree. I loved his narration but I felt some whiplash with his jumping around. I felt like the last chapter was his best, but I felt like some of the narrative in that chapter was badly placed. It's as if he saved the real gut-punchy stuff just for that last chapter. I also hated the way he ended each chapter, with that lead-in to the next. It felt forced. 3y
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This book is appropriate as I struggle to find a new roommate. 💀💀💀 (If anyone in Greenville, SC needs a place...)

Godmotherx5 Good luck. 3y
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I just picked this up for my classic written by an author of color for the #readharder challenge!

Reviewsbylola Read this in school. It is fantastic. 3y
Notafraidofwords Read this one and it was very good. 3y
BethFishReads Ooohhhh loved this. Courage and survival 3y
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Junior Girl Scout Handbook | Chris Bergerson, Girl Scouts of the United States of America
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I couldn't find the actual book, but I'm looking at a Girl Scout Handbook from 1953. We should all aspire to be girl scouts.

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Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Shopping at my fave indie on this snow day!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's great! 3y
ReadingEnvy In Greenville? I was there Sunday! 3y
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Wild Iris | Louise Gluck
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JoeStalksBeck Cool pic! 3y
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So fun!

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Listening to this on my commute. Mixed feelings about Noah as a comedian, but his story is interesting nonetheless.
#readharder challenge Read a book set more than 5,000 miles from your location
#seasonalreadingchallenge 15.5 Read a book that begins with a letter in BINGO
#litsyreadingchallenge Read a book set in Africa

Lola I love that you listed all of those challenge boxes-I am participating in all three of those and have this on audio ready to roll 😊 3y
brennareadsbooks @Lola Haha! I feel accomplished when I can tick off more than one box. And then if it can give anyone else ideas, all the better! How's your winter reading challenge going? What's your goodreads name? 3y
Lola Not too bad....I'll never be a finisher (I only manage to read 25-30 books a season) but this season I got to create a task-20.3, Best Review-so that was fun! I may go for Nickels and Dimes since no one qualified for that this season. I find the challenge to be a great way to direct my TBR. I'm Lorraine on GR-same avatar as here. What is your name over there? 3y
Lola Just found you and sent you a friend request 😊 3y
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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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Yossarian That poem is disturbingly one syllable longer than a haiku 3y
Yossarian Well, disturbing for other reasons too, but also that. 3y
Julsmarshall Her poems are so hauntingly powerful . . . 3y
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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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This is so powerful.

readinginthedark I love this so much. 3y
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed | G Willow Wilson
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LOL

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Heart-rending, powerful, and often humorous. It's staggering how much I learned through this memoir. #litsyAtoZ Letter P
#seasonalreadingchallenge 15.6 Read a book that was originally published in a language other than your native language
#readharderchallenge A book that is frequently challenged or banned in your country
#litsyreadingchallenge Written by a woman of color

Julsmarshall I loved it too! 3y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to this.

MMenefee So good! 3y
MyNamesParadise I have to admit that until a couple weeks ago I didn't know that Iran had democracy before the Shah was put back into power (I guess you can say knowing this stuff wasn't on my radar) but wow it's understandable why there's such animosity towards the west.) im eager to read these books now!! 3y
brennareadsbooks @MyNamesParadise The history of the region was never something I was taught in school, so I'm trying to make up for it now. An interesting book to read alongside this one is "Rolling Blackouts" by Sarah Glidden. She's an American journalist, so it offers a different perspective, but still fascinating. 3y
MyNamesParadise @brennareadsbooks thanks for the recommendation! I swear I just saw a post about it an hour ago *adds to stack* I saw Argo when it came out years ago & all I took away from "we put the shah back" was that he just replaced another dictator. I didn't think anywhere in the Middle East had any sort of democracy ?? 3y
brennareadsbooks @MyNamesParadise It might have been me, I just it, haha. 🙈 And I know. But the media here doesn't do much to educate people about the Middle East and if you don't learn about it in school, it's easy to think that. 3y
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Not my favorite of her collection, but still stunning. #litsyAtoZ Letter W
Also #seasonalreadingchallenge 20.2, Read a book with a two word title in which both words begin with the same letter

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This is my favorite poem of this collection.

ValerieAndBooks Reading it is a good way to start off a new year! 3y
LyndseyReads Her words are the most beautiful words. 3y
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First read of 2017. Here I am, passing this story along. It's relevance to the current political climate cannot be overstated. I read this for the #readharderchallenge as my book about war, as well as #litsyAtoZ for my letter R.
#seasonalreadingchallenge 5.2 Read a book set at least 50% in (a list of countries including) Turkey and Iraq.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 3y
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Loving this book, but procrastinating as I set up my book tracking and challenges for the year. What are you guys participating in? I'm currently doing Litsy A to Z, Read Harder, and the Litsy Reading Challenge. Anything else I should know about?

Melwilk If you have a massive #TBR, the #mountTBR challenge through Goodreads is good. You can join the group on their site. 3y
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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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A great, creepy read for a cold December day.

Jenshootsweddings Love this one so much ❤️ 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Ooo, I loved this. 💕 3y
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