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Caterina

Caterina

Joined August 2016

She/her. Theology+classical studies+leftist theory+disability rights nerd https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/caterina
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Birthday reading in my new favorite socks 🥰 I love Talia Hibbert and am excited to dive into her first YA! Thankful for skip-the-line loans being introduced on Libby 🍀 #bookandsocks #BlackHistoryMonth #ownvoices

Soubhiville Happy Birthday!🎉🎈🎂 3d
BrittanyReads I just started this one, too! Loving it so far. Her writing is so wonderful! The bickering between The MCs has me giggling. HBD! 3d
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book, but I had to bail on it. Proulx echoes many ecofascist talking points in these 2 pages (and in other pages I read before DNFing). E.g. suggesting that overpopulation (particularly in Asia) is to blame for pandemics like COVID-19, insinuating that humans are the virus, etc. On ecofascism:
https://today.uconn.edu/2022/09/a-darker-shade-of-green/
https://earth.org/what-is-ecofascism/

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Photo taken in a naive moment, not long before this book had me sobbing 😭

Caterina "Husband and Wife" really got me. ? My Grammy with Alzheimer's and dementia died last summer, with my Granddaddy (retired doctor) as her caregiver - so many parallels there. Also last summer, I got married to my love. Felt all the feels with that story. ?? 1mo
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The White Mosque | Sofia Samatar
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Cozy way to recover from being soaked through with cold rain in the city today while doing ministry! 💕
#bathandbook #bookspinbingo

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mehso-so

I was so close to bailing on this pulp fiction/noir novel, but I'm kinda glad I didn't. I found Maite dull, and Elvis slightly less dull, but what really held my attention was learning more about 1970s Mexico - the Hawks, student protests, corruption; the Mexican Dirty War. The atmosphere of the book is powerful. ⭐⭐⭐/5 from me! November #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #AudioCommute

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Let's go! So excited for this bingo card. And my #BookSpin (tagged) is my #AuthorAMonth pick, which I didn't even realize was the December author until after my brother-in-law loaned me his copy last week! Really excited to read that one. 😊 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #AAM @Soubhiville

Soubhiville How perfect! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Today's #BARTandbook - I didn't finish it in time for #AuthorAMonth, but I'll finish it in a few more #AudioCommute sessions! I'm not loving it, and if I were reading it in print I might've DNF'd, but it makes for fun commute listening. #Audiobook #BookSpinBingo

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I have been reading less and reading off-list in November. For December I'm hoping to read more and finish more books, so this list is entirely books I've started! Now to look for more reading challenges that'll help me stick to this list and finish up some books 👀
#BookSpinBingo #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks #NaturaLitsy #AuthorAMonth

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
AllDebooks You have some amazing choices, good luck 🙂 2mo
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Bell's Books | Palo Alto, CA (Bookstore)
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Charming old bookstore, full of fun finds 🥰

@ImperfectCJ for the memories 😊

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Of Love and Other Demons | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Coffee shop reading with my love 🥰☕ My mom-in-law bought me this cool edition from Bell's Books the day before Thanksgiving! I love that my husband's family is just as into books as my family. ❤️📚 I'm totally off-list with my reading right now, but I'm having fun! #coffeeandbook #currentlyreading

ImperfectCJ Bell's Books! I haven't been there in ages but used to love browsing when we lived in the area in the early aughts. I purchased many gifts from there back in the day. 2mo
Caterina @ImperfectCJ It's such a charming bookstore! And so many unexpected gems to be found while browsing. 😊 I can't wait to visit it again next time I'm with my in-laws! 😍 2mo
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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I spent the day organizing, tidying, cleaning, and doing some of the last bit of unpacking, and I got some good listening in with The Beautiful Ones. I'm enjoying it! #AuthorAMonth In the evening I cherished curling up with Anna Karenina, for my third read of it. 😊 #Tomevember #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin

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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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#WeeklyForecast of books I hope to make progress on this week. 3 Kindle, 5 Print, and 1 Audio. A few for #NonfictionNovember and a few for #Tomevember. I'll listen to the tagged one for #AuthorAMonth while working around the apartment today! 🧹 #BookSpinBingo

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Here's my simple #BookSpinBingo list for November, which I didn't manage to post yesterday due to my health. A nonfiction book that I own is my #BookSpin, and Anna Karenina is my #DoubleSpin! I'm excited for the new month of reading, where I'll be doing some #NonfictionNovember reading. I'll also be doing what I've decided to call #Tomevember - reading some tomes in November! 😊 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy!! And I love the idea of Tomevember!!! 3mo
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Yesterday 20 hours was looking more like 2 minutes for the #20in4 #Readathon - I'm sleep restricting right now for a six week CBT-I program (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Insomnia) and that's making it hard to concentrate well enough to read. I'm back from work today and ready to get some more reading in though! 😊 @Andrew65 #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

hannah-leeloo Do you find CBT works for you? 3mo
AllDebooks CBT helped me enormously, I hope you reap the benefits as did this book 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Aiming for as close to 20 hours as I can get in these 4 days, and I'm going to focus on these 9 books! I'm hoping to finish as many as I can, both for #Scarathlon and so I can dive into what I'm calling Tome-vember come Tuesday (I want to focus on tomes in November). 😊 #20in4 #Readathon @Andrew65 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #BookSpinBingo #Pointsathon #AuthorAMonth #BooklyReadathon

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 3mo
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The House of the Vampire | George Sylvester Viereck
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Mehso-so

I somewhat enjoyed this tale of a vampire who feeds on artistic inspiration and thoughts rather than blood. Some fun melodramatic, gothic, and bisexual vibes, but unfortunately also some racism and sexism. Published in 1907, and if I'd read the author's wiki before reading the book, I wouldn't have read it, since Viereck later became a Nazi propagandist. 🤮

#Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #SerialReader @SerialReader

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The White Mosque | Sofia Samatar
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#BookandBathbomb with a fancy one my husband bought me from Lush 🥰 My book is so good! Loving this meandering Mennonite and Uzbekistani history + travel memoir 😊

#Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #BookSpinBingo (September) #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #BooklyReadathon

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
sarahbellum That mug! 😍 3mo
Daisey What a fun mug! 🍄 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
Andrew65 It is a great mug. 3mo
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Finished! I'll post a review once the book (#3 in the series) is added to the database. This one was pretty intense - I'd recommend checking content warnings. Gonna read something less intense now! 😰

#DeweyOct #Readathon #DeweysReadathon #HalfwayThere #ReadathonHourlyPhoto @DeweysReadathon #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Kangaj1 I am almost done with this one! So good. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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I started my #readathon day with a story in this book, which has been a fun way to get in extensive Spanish reading! (Extensive = lots of exposure to the language, without sweating over 100% comprehension; intensive = close study of smaller samples of the language, focusing on grammar and full comprehension) 📚

#DeweyOct #DeweysReadathon @DeweysReadathon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
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Bloodchild and Other Stories | Octavia E. Butler
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3mo
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1) Berkeley, California, U.S., where it's 9 am ⛅
2) Hard to say - I am excited to reread the tagged! 🌳
3) TJ's Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans 😍
4) I'll be reading some with my husband of 2 months, who's also a reader 🥰
5) This is my first Dewey's readathon where I have no undergrad or grad school reading to include, so I'm looking forward to not having pressure to read for school! 😊
#DeweyOct #Readathon @DeweysReadathon #DeweysReadathon

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Andrew65 Hope you have a productive reading time. 3mo
Caterina @Andrew65 Thank you! 😊📚 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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My current #houseworkandaudiobook - seems fitting, as the main characters are housewives! An entertaining vibe for doing chores. 🫧🧛 And I'm finally making progress on #AuthorAMonth! 😊 #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo #OutstandingOctober #Readathon @Soubhiville @StayCurious @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great. 4mo
DieAReader Awesome!! 4mo
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Three Ghost Stories | Charles Dickens
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Panpan

I found The Haunted House disappointing, but I'd check out some of the collaborators' stories another time (which weren't included in Three Ghost Stories). The Trial for Murder was fine, but didn't hook me. The Signal-Man, which I've read before, was enjoyable - there's a reason it's the most famous of the three 😂 Read on #SerialReader @SerialReader

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo #OutstandingOctober #Scarathlon

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It was a good week of #Scarathlon reading! I had fun with the word game too. I'm close to some more squares in my #BookSpinBingo being filled in, especially with the extra inspiration from the #OutstandingOctober #Readathon. The tagged was my favorite book of the week! This week I need to get on my #AuthorAMonth read. 📚 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
StayCurious fantastic! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Andrew65 This is great 👏👏👏 4mo
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The Vampyre | John William Polidori
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Mehso-so

Very short and mildly interesting for literary history reasons. I enjoyed some of it, but the ending was dull and abrupt. Overall, it was nice to read this once, especially in a month where I'm reading a lot of vampire fiction, but I'd not read it again. #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo #SerialReader @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @SerialReader

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65 ! Perfect extra motivation for the #Scarathlon. My goals are to finish and post reviews of 3 or 5 books. If I reach 3 with time to spare, I'll challenge myself to reach 5! 😊📚 #OutstandingOctober #Readathon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😁 4mo
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Last night's book + bath bomb 💕 My husband's been bringing home bath bombs for me when he does grocery shopping, and he picks well 😊 This is my new bedtime read - a Christian historical romance novel, which is not my typical genre, but I'm enjoying this series!

#Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #BookandBathbomb

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Pickpick

For 7 days, I read this book in the dark of night, when sleep is challenging due to chronic pain, and I miss it now that it's over. I didn't expect to enjoy this so much, but the lush imagery and the wrestling with grief that reflects Anne Rice's own (loss of a daughter Claudia's age) drew me in. I'm glad I read this #BuddyRead for #TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon2022! @StayCurious #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Is hope you‘re feeling better ❤️‍🩹 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Great Week 1 of the #Scarathlon! 2,752 points for #TeamMonsterMash, and I'm having a lot of fun. 😊 @StayCurious

Caterina Oh I forgot my early bird points! Make that 2,792 😅 4mo
Clwojick I love this layout!!!! 4mo
StayCurious great job! 4mo
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Progress on my #Scarathlon October #BucketList! My husband and I watched The Nightmare Before Christmas ❤️; we had a Barnes & Noble date where I tried a pumpkin spice latte (yum) and got Babel (which I started via library audiobook and am loving); we went for a hike at the Albany Bulb; we went on a date to Moe's Books and I wore fall colors; I played Graveyard Keeper, and I stayed up late reading the tagged book (not pictured). 😊 #TeamMonsterMash

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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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Current BART #audiobook, and this month's #BookSpin. I loved Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice and have enjoyed other works by Brené Brown, and this read feels well-timed to a new season of my life. #BARTandbook #audiocommute #BookSpinBingo #Pointsathon #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Our team #BuddyRead is sucking me in a lot more than I expected! This isn't my usual kind of book, but it's hard to put down. For obvious reasons, a good fit for #Night #ScarathlonDailyPrompts! #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #BookSpinBingo #Pointsathon @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #BookandBathbomb

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Soulmates | Mike Resnick, Lezli Robyn
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Pleasantly surprised by how topical these 2 stories were for #TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon! This collection is a range of speculative fiction, and these 2 are cozy Halloweeny vibes - a human runs a nighttime barber shop where vampires, zombies, werewolves, and more all hang out! Fun reading for a day where I'm feeling unwell. And I might finish the collection today! #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo @StayCurious @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @TheAromaofBooks

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Soulmates | Mike Resnick, Lezli Robyn
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Today is a chronic illness flare-up day, but I'm thankful for being able to read some and get some nutrients in me. This story was quite the twist on Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark - suspenseful, gory, sad, full of twists and turns. Is this safari group hunting the Snark or is the Snark hunting them? Resnick plays with the Carroll poem in a way that reminds me of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

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The Hunting of the Snark | Lewis Carroll
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Pickpick

I enjoyed listening to this poem on YouTube while following along on Poetry Foundation. Although I only read it because the next short story in a collection I'm reading is a retelling, I found the original delightfully funny. Now I'm looking forward to the retelling!

The Snark is apt for #creature #ScarathlonDailyPrompts

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin #Pointsathon @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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So excited to join in on the fun! 😊🍂 #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

monalyisha Fun layout! 4mo
Allydanielle88 I like this layout. It's cute but efficient. 4mo
StayCurious this is great! 4mo
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My #Scarathlon #WatchList, sponsored by my husband, who is excited that this reading challenge is motivating me to watch these with him 📺 I've never seen any of these, so I'm excited to dive in! 🍂 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

StayCurious these should be fun! 4mo
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Double duty as my #Scarathlon TBR and my #BookSpinBingo list! I enjoyed adding more books and stories on the team theme 🍂 #TeamMonsterMash @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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I'm not big on Halloween, but I love cozy fall vibes, so I leaned into that with my bucket list 🍂

#OctoberBucketList #HalloweenBucketList #BucketList #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

StayCurious I love this! 4mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Hilary Mantel died - I loved this series by her, and never realized that she also lived with chronic illness and pain. I need to read more of her work. 💛
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/hilary-mantel-dead.html

Leftcoastzen 😢 4mo
CarolynM 😢 4mo
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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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Pickpick

A strong sequel following a character from the first book who had much less support, and yet this book too is hopeful, full of lovable characters, and even more than the first imagines a better world. If there's ever a surprise book #3, I'm reading it too! #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #Audiobook

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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Pickpick

If you think you'd enjoy a YA novel that tackles racism and police brutality with endearing characters and persevering hope, this one's for you. If you've enjoyed Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas, this one's for you. I enjoyed listening to this and its sequel! 👍 #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #Audiobook

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Coffee shop reading date in the AC ? We had to escape our sweltering apartment in this heatwave ? Chuckling at the line "The air between us was pregnant in the way that I was not" ? But enjoying this book ? #ARC #AdvanceReadingCopy @CounterfeitNickel

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My #BookSpinBingo list for September is almost entirely books I've already started (yes, I'm reading almost 20 books at once 😅) and has new books in the slots that I finished last month! I also included a few by Nic Stone for #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville . Looking forward to reading a lot in this less busy month 😊 @TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂 I wouldn‘t be able to keep everything straight!! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 5mo
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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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#Audiowalk full of bees and flowers 😍 It's been an intense season of life, and now it's time for some serious self-care. Listening to this book while going for walks is one part of my self-care plan!

Freespirit Lovely photos💚 6mo
KarenL I enjoyed this book while I was walking also! Beautiful pictures! 😊 6mo
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This collection transitions from shallow, sad poetry to trite Christian poetry. It reminds me of creative writing classes in middle school, down to the unnecessary commas and clumsy rhyming. I cannot recommend this book. #ARC #Netgalley #AdvanceReadingCopy

#AugustARC #Readathon @Clwojick One down! ✅

Clwojick Woohoo! 🎉 6mo
CounterfeitNickel This one was a rough one 😭 5mo
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