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crazyspine

crazyspine

Joined April 2018

English teacher, mom to Hank & hufflepuff, prefer thrillers & world literary fiction
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An Anonymous Girl by Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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The Stand by Stephen King
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Not sure how to categorize this book. It's a mystery but doesn't have that traditional mystery feel. I guess I'll call it literary fiction. What a unique concept. I definitely recommend.

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It's been a crazy final week of #bookfitnesschallenge It was last week at a school I've been at for 9 years. Very bittersweet. Here's a pic of the plant my co-workers gave me, and this awesome book I got at the library today. It talks about companion planting and herbs in different plants you can use for everything from medicine to cleaning supplies.
Go to @wanderinglynn 's hey if you want to sign up for round 2 #bfc

wanderinglynn What a neat plant! And you‘ll do great this last week! 🙌🏻 5d
Clwojick That plant is so unique! I love it! 💚🌵🌱 4d
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People make fun of my town, but now look we've got one of these in my neighborhood. I've been a middle school teacher for a decade, but now I'm transitioning to a high school, so I'm clearing out a lot of my younger kid books and putting them in here.

MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ this! 5d
crazyspine @MicheleinPhilly it's actually near you in Camden County, New Jersey 5d
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Siempre me encantan los libros infantiles que se dicen a través del verso.

It was interesting seeing the translations side by side.

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Pretty Girls Dancing | Kylie Brant
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Solid audiobook I like it when they have different actors and actresses playing the different characters

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The Stand | Stephen King
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My audible credit comes in tomorrow, and my friend is saying to download the stand. I'm considering it, but do you have any other recommendations?

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crazyspine Thank you I loved New Jim Crow and Born a Crime. I will check out the other titles you list.thanks! 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Or fiction and mythology 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Maybe fun fiction, with adventure and mythology 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @crazyspine You are welcome, if you need any more just let me know! Although The Stand is good too. 1w
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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These were tough for me to answer:
1. 1984
2. Black
3. Handmaid's Tale
4. Wild Things
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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I love everything about Richard Simmons, so for Christmas someone gave me this calendar. Every single day has a a different inspirational quote from Richard Simmons. Sorry that I've been AWOL on #bookfitnesschallenge. My diet hasn't been great; I've had a chocolate milkshake I think every single day since Monday, but I've been doing great on my workouts. Yesterday was Fitness day at my school and I got over 20,000 steps! @wanderinglynn

BethM Good for you! 2w
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing your fave motivational quote! Way to go on your steps! 🙌🏻 And in my world, chocolate is essential for mental fitness. 😉 2w
TheSpineView It is hard to resist Chocolate! Great going on your steps! 😊 2w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 2w
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Pleasantly surprised by this book so far.

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May reading log late as usual. 5 print, 2 audio

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Mehso-so

The author's preface ruined this collection for me. Stop ranting and let your work stand for itself.

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The Perfect Wife | JP Delaney
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I think this is book 5 of #bookFitnessChallenge. @wanderinglyn I haven't been doing a good job keeping track, but it has still been fun being a part of the challenge nonetheless.

4.5 stars I love Delaney. The premise of this idea was mind-blowing; it seemed unimaginable until I read the author's note. My only criticism was the very end, as I found it such a smooth read until then. I recommend to all psychological thriller fans.

wanderinglynn Great progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 2w
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The Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchison
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I love this audiobook, but it was deeply disturbing, so I do not recommend listening to this with the windows down.

Kappadeemom This book was so good! One of my favs! 3w
crazyspine @Kappadeemom agreed have you read any of the others in the series? 3w
Kappadeemom @crazyspine I did and didn‘t like them nearly as much. 3w
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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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Although I enjoyed this book, I can see why it has a lot of bad reviews. Picoult does not try to hide her personal opinion regarding this controversial issue. I did really enjoy this book until the end. There are A LOT of developed characters, so I was frustrated that not all of their outcomes were as clearly detailed as others.

Reggie I loved Izzy in here. To go from poverty to who she was. I just loved her. 3w
crazyspine @Reggie. Actually love Izzy too, but the one thing I was disappointed they didn't go into a lot of detail after the twist with her 3w
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Misty of Chincoteague | Marguerite Henry
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My husband and I closed on a house on Friday. My husband's grandfather built the place, so we're happy to keep it in the family. Hank ( seen reading with my mother-in-law) approves.

DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 4w
JoScho Congrats! 4w
TheSpineView Congrats! 👏 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 4w
Econaghan How exciting! Congratulations! 3w
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A Dog's Tale | Mark Twain
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My favorite workout gear is my new Fitbit that my husband gave me for my birthday. It has a dog on it, and when I do a certain amount of steps I can feed it treats. If I don't earn enough steps, he uns away and leaves me a note telling me to feed him more. @wanderinglynn #BookFitnessChallenge

wanderinglynn That‘s awesome! What fun motivation! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing. 4w
TheSpineView Love that idea! 4w
tracey38 That is awesome! 4w
Clwojick 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣that‘s hilarious 🤣 4w
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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My first audible book complete. I got my 2 months free trial of audible from using sweatcoin.
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I love this audiobook. I wouldn't recommend this for someone expecting just a traditional celebrity memoir , but he did an excellent job infusing the history of his country with his personal life story in a humorous way. Book number 4 of the #bookfitnesschallenge complete. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 1mo
howjessreads Loooove that book! 1mo
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 1mo
dariazeoli I love that you earned this ☝️ 1mo
WriterAtHeart I cannot wait to read this! 4w
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I know why it's taken me this long to read anything by Baldwin. Definitely unique writing style. Haunting I think that's the best way to describe it.

Book number 3 for #BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 1mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I really need to read some of Baldwin's works, too. 1mo
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BarbaraJean Oooh, I need to finally read some Baldwin one of these days, too. 1mo
ELH Great book 1mo
VanChocStrawberry Nice! I finished book 3 today, too! 👏 1mo
readordierachel Haunting is a great word for it 1mo
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Hank and I were outside reading, but we had to come in because Hank found a giant cat turd he was rubbing in.

# bookfitnesschallenge week 1 stats: @wanderinglynn
Books:2/8
Goal was to work out every day except Fridays, and so far I have been doing that

BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great first week! (edited) 1mo
phatsallylee You had a great week. Hank...smh! 1mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Portobello mushroom burger with guacamole and home-brewed kombucha while listening to the tagged book. I'm fascinated by Born a Crime; I was expecting a traditional celebrity memoir didn't realize how much historical stuff I would learn.
#bfc #bookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

Emilymdxn That looks lovely! Great work on the challenge and the book sounds great 1mo
Smrloomis I thought this was much better done than the average celebrity memoir 👍🏽 1mo
cobwebmoth That looks really yummy! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Looks delicious! 1mo
Erin7 Looks yummy 😋 1mo
Karkar I loved this book. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs That looks delicious! And I loved this book, I thought he did a really good job of inserting historical info between the chapters in order to put his story within the wider context of dramatic change in South Africa. 1mo
LoverofLit One of my favorite memoirs ❤ 1mo
BarbaraJean This is such a fantastic memoir! 1mo
Caterina Yumm! I loved listening to Born a Crime. I agree, it's not a typical celebrity memoir, it's in a whole different class! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Yum! And Born A Crime is such a good read. 1mo
ReadingSusan Ohhh yummy!! 1mo
dariazeoli Yum! This book is on my TBR 1mo
Clwojick 🤤🤤🤤 This looks delicious! 1mo
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Sweatspants Season | Danielle Allen
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Has anyone else tried sweatcoin yet? My baby bro told me about it. You get "money" for walking outside. I used it to get a free month of Calm and 2 free months of audible. I'm very excited for the sleep stories on Calm, but I don't think I can fall asleep when Lavar Burton is reading.#bfc #BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

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wanderinglynn Hadn‘t heard of it, but I‘m downloading it now. Thanks for sharing! 1mo
VanChocStrawberry Nice! Thanks for the recommendation. Did it help you get more walking in? 1mo
TheSpineView Thanks for sharing! 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft Lavar! 😍 😍 1mo
BethM Love him! The link doesn‘t work? 1mo
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ReadingSusan I always fall asleep to Levar Burton reading and have to rewind the next day 😂😂 1mo
Caterina I don't think I could fall asleep to LeVar Burton either! Love him 😍 1mo
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Took a break from #audiocleaning to read before I join my husband in the garden. #BookFitnessChallenge

I love the cover and the opening chapter. It kind of reminded me of An American Marriage, but I can't really explain why. #BFC @wanderinglynn

BookwormM Who is the little cutie 💕💕 1mo
Emilymdxn I spent the day audio cleaning for the fitness challenge too! Good luck! 1mo
BookwormAHN Cute dog 💚 1mo
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crazyspine @BookwormM @Emilymdxn @bookwormahn thanks that's Hank, my son. He devours books, literally- he eats them. 1mo
hermyknee Awww Hank! He‘s so cute!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
wanderinglynn Hank is adorable! ❤️🐶 1mo
Caterina Cute dog! 😍 Great job with the audiocleaning! 1mo
dariazeoli Hank is adorable! ❤️ 1mo
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Sycamore Row: A Novel | John Grisham
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@wanderinglynn I finished my first audiobook for the #BookFitnessChallenge.
I was listening to it while cleaning my house which I guess counts as being active. This is a sequel to Time to Kill. It was something good to listen to in the background while doing chores and stuff and not having to think too much, not nearly as deep or Good As Time to Kill.

TheSpineView Just getting up and moving is better sitting on the couch! 1mo
Clwojick #Audiocleaning is my favourite form of cleaning! 1mo
VanChocStrawberry Definitely counts as being active! :) 🎉 1mo
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jillannjohn I should try #audiocleaning because I hate cleaning! 1mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
kspenmoll Audio cleaning is the best!!! 1mo
Caterina Great job! 👍 Audiocleaning definitely counts as being active, cleaning can be exhausting! 1mo
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Quick read written for middle grades/ YA about a period of history I knew nothing about.

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1. Cardio
2. Outside
3. Podcasts or audiobooks
4.Swimming

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@wanderinglynn Thanks for organizing. My goals are 8 books and 2 hours of exercise a week. Probably 20 minutes a week day, off Fridays, and then longer sessions on weekend.

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1mo
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April reads- better late than never

Victoriahoperose Loved No Exit and Small Great Things! 1mo
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This is the second book I've read by Engle, and once again I am impressed by her ability to weave a story through poetry. I would recommend to any Woodson fans.

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It may have been just because I listened to the audio rather than reading, but I felt like the first half of this book dragged on way too long. I did like the characters and enjoyed the end.

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The Suspect | Fiona Barton
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This is probably my least favorite of the series, but doesn't mean it's bad; the other two were just so good.

AWildMandaPanda The other two were so good! This one is still on my list though :) 2mo
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Like Picoult herself says in the author's note, I wasn't sure what to make of a white person writing about a black person's experience with racism. I mean it's okay for a woman to write as if she's a man, but race is different.

In Picoult's signature style there are alternating perspectives told in first person and there is a twist that I did not see coming.

The picture is just my current reading view.

Reggie I haven‘t read this book but I read her latest one about abortion. But I did go look up some interviews with her and she does this one with Oxford for this book and I fell in love with her. She is so authentic, articulate, and empathetic. She describes what she did to be able to write this book because she knows she comes from a place of privilege. She also goes into the event that inspired the book. Anyways I need to read this book. 2mo
crazyspine What's the abortion one called? @Reggie 2mo
Reggie A Spark of Light 2mo
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Don't recommend listening to this in car with windows open. Cora is a bada$$. Difficult to listen to in one sitting; I had to take a lot of breaks.

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Lies You Never Told Me | Jennifer Donaldson
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An 11 year old gave me this book and said that I had to read it. If you have read the first chapter of this book, then you will understand why I was pretty disturbed. However, I persevered and kept reading and I'm glad I did. I did not predict the twist until the chapter before it was revealed.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Nice day to chug a book outside while husband did yard work. I definitely did not predict all the twists and turns, some sure, but there were crazy surprises.

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Such a weird premise. I love the size this book it's perfect purse size.

Megabooks I am obsessed with small hardbacks! 2mo
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This felt a little too close to home. It made me feel uncomfortable which is why I think I didn't I didn't like it as much as I should. Unfortunately pertinent

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8 books in March

Solid month with amazing reads but tagged book takes the cake

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My library is best; they do all kinds of free classes. Tonight's was on essential oils; everyone got to make one roller for free. Does your #library have cool programs like this?

jillannjohn I love this idea. I‘ll have to suggest it to my library! 3mo
SleepyDragon Mine used to have a monthly crafting workshop, but they couldn't find enough volunteers to lead it, so it was discontinued. 3mo
crazyspine @jillannjohn @SleepyDragon Ours pays people using the library funds. I took a gardening class last week. The other ones I'm doing this month are cake decorating and learning how to play the accordian 3mo
SleepyDragon @crazyspine That's awesome! Ours lack the funding, but they do well with the budget they have in other ways. 3mo
SleepyDragon @crazyspine I think the classes were organized by the FOTL group, but the one woman who organized it didn't want to host it every month. 3mo
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Never Tell | Lisa Gardner
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I am shocked that I never read anything by Gardner before. I could definitely tell this was a series, but I was able to understand what was going on without having read the other books. I did not predict the ending.

TrishB She‘s great 👍🏻 love her books. 3mo
RJHowe Great lady and great writer. 3mo
crazyspine @TrishB @RJHowe what's your favorite book by her? Trying to decide what to read next 3mo
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TrishB The Perfect Husband is the start of her ongoing series 👍🏻 3mo
RJHowe Tough choice but I really enjoyed Survivors Club 3mo
BookBridget Loved Touch & Go 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Always cheers me up

CouronneDhiver Same! I just stocked up my local one the other day. 👍🏽 3mo
BookBridget Elena, where did you see this? I've never seen one in person. 3mo
crazyspine @BookBridget Roxbourough 3mo
rather_be_reading so cute! 1mo
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My first run of the year while listening to tagged book. People knock NJ including myself, but it's not so bad. #litsywalkers #spring

BookBridget Luv NJ. Maybe I'll be able to move back at some point. 3mo
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My least favorite Barelli. Once again ending felt too neat but solid mystery,

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I did not see the end coming. I'm on a good book streak.

Thanks @BookBridget for the book.

BookBridget Elena, glad that you liked it! I loved it all the way through and the surprise ending was the bonus. 3mo
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Don't mind me silently weeping in the corner here. By far my favorite book of 2019, maybe one of my favorites ever. Kya's story really resonated with me. A must read for sure.

Suet624 So good.. 3mo
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Don't want to finish because I don't want it to end. I feel like a protective big sister to Kya; I'll kick anyone's butt who messes with her. Owens is on Sunday Morning right now. Anyone ekse tuning in?

Readergrrl Just finished watching the clip! How cool! 3mo
crazyspine @Readergrrl yeah, I didn't know she was 70 writing her first book. How cool! Makes me like the book even more. 3mo
EmilyM Just watched the interview--Very interesting and made me appreciate the book even more. I enjoyed her trip to the marsh--it was kind of close to how I pictured it. 3mo
crazyspine @EmilyM I feel the same way. 3mo
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#libraryhaul Hank's inspecting our bounty. What should I read after Where the Crawdads Sing?

Ruthiella Read My Sister the Serial Killer next! It is short and seemingly light but there‘s a lot of depth if you want to read between the lines.😀 3mo
crazyspine @Ruthiella Thank you! 3mo
JaclynW Oooh! Those books are on my list. Have fun! 3mo
rather_be_reading all amazing picks! 1mo
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I didn't realize this was a true story until the author's note. I'm not normally into love stories, but this one touched even my cold and jaded heart.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I actually liked this better than The Hate U Give. Still a lot of cursing, so I feel awkward recommending it to kids, but I really liked Bri. It read like an authentic teenage voice instead of an overly angsty tone which often turns me off to YA.

BookBridget Your book cover it at my house. 3mo
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Liked Missing Molly More, but still enjoyed it. I did not predict the twist. My one criticism is the ending was wrapped up neatly.

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Missing Molly | Natalie Barelli
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Saw the audibook was popular on Hoopla. Worth the hype, yo. Finished in two days. Made chores fun, so I had excuse to listen.

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