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jessijames

Joined February 2018

Wife, Mom, Librarian, and Beach Bum www.goodreads.com/jessi_james
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Beautiful. This book was absolutely wonderful. The writing was phenomenal and hands down the best book I‘ve read in a long time. Definitely a must read and reread! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

marleed I just gave my copy to my sister - I can‘t wait until she reads it! 6mo
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American Royals II: Majesty | Katharine McGee
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I enjoyed this even more than the first book. While the book still gives off serious Gossip Girl vibes the way the female characters come into their own was great. I‘m looking forward to book 3. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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Anna K Away | Jenny Lee
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I forced myself to read this sequel after thinking the first book was just okay. I‘m surprised that I enjoyed this one much more than Anna K. The characters growth was predictable but still entertaining. My high school students will definitely love this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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Mehso-so

As a high school librarian I try to read as much YA as possible. This one is a cute retelling of Anna Karenina but nothing spectacular. I‘m reading the sequel next only because my students love these books.

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American Royals | Katherine McGee
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A fun, light hearted read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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A good, quick read. Was it memorable? Not really but still worth the read. I enjoyed the insight into the life of these women from Ghana and their family dynamics but I wanted more. I felt the plot could‘ve included so much more insight into their traditions and culture. We definitely need more diverse books such as these! ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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I have really been on a roll with some great picks lately. I love when I get on a roll like this. Another beautiful story that pulled at every one of my emotions. I will definitely be rereading this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

Librariana What in particular spoke to you about this one? Curious minds 😁😊💜📚 7mo
jessijames @Librariana The hardships that were forced upon the women and the different ways they handled them. I had to understand their family secrets. The family dynamic was simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking. 7mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This cover is gorgeous (even more so in person) but wrongly led me to think this was a YA fantasy. I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading this story. I hope the author comes out with more books soon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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A fantastic, quick read. I throughly enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. A great choice for a beautiful, sunny day spent on the back porch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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What a beautifully written story about horrible events. I‘m so glad I finally got around to marking this off my TBR. I had no idea of these real life events surrounding adoption during this time period. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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I needed something light hearted to take a break from life as a high school librarian with two weeks of school left. This book was just what the doctor ordered and much needed! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

ScientistSam I really enjoyed this one! 7mo
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The Crown of Gilded Bones | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I enjoyed The Crown of Gilded Bones but not quite as much as the previous books in the Blood and Ash series. I found this book unnecessarily long. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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The Crown of Gilded Bones | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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1. I‘m a high school librarian so I read tons of YA.
2. The Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is great. I personally enjoy the audiobooks.
3. A book is YA when it is has at least one teenage protagonist and is mostly told from a teenage perspective.
#sundayfunday
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Thank you for your work as a school librarian! And thanks for sharing! 7mo
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What a lovely, fascinating story. This was my first book by Fiona Davis but definitely won‘t be my last. The idea of living in a library had me hooked from the beginning but the characters kept me intrigued. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Finally getting around to this beautiful story. What a lovely book! This is my third from Kristin Hannah and I‘m officially a fan girl now. I need more historical fiction recommendations! Y‘all help a gal out!

megnews Some 5 star favorites of mine: 7mo
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jessijames @megnews thank you so very much!! The Giver of Stars is the only one I‘ve read. I recommend it to everyone! ***oh wait! I‘ve read The Book Thief too. Whoops! 😂 (edited) 7mo
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I loved this book just as much as the others in the series. I can‘t wait for the next book to be released.

rather_be_reading that series is still going?! 8mo
Ncostell I really enjoyed this one too. She‘s become a must read author for me as I‘ve really liked each of her books so far. 8mo
jessijames @rather_be_reading yes!!! The newest book is supposed to be released May 4th I believe. 7mo
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I‘m really torn on this one. The book definitely kept my attention but I find it hard to truly enjoy a book with so many characters that are so revolting. A high school kid is a kid and no grown woman should be messing with them. If I had known this was included in the book I don‘t think I would have selected it. #botm

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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I really enjoy these books! I hope the next one is just as intriguing as I‘ve fallen in love with these stories of Cuba.

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The Heiress Gets a Duke | Harper St. George
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I really enjoyed this book! A quick, easy read. #botm

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Northern Spy: A Novel | Flynn Berry
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A spy story about two sisters caught up with the IRA set in Northern Ireland. Such a great premise but the action portion of the book just fell a bit flat for me. It was a good book but I feel it could‘ve been so much better.

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Wow. I just finished this amazing story. This book was simply beautiful. One of the best books I‘ve read in a while.

KCofKaysville @jessijames I enjoyed it too! 8mo
Eggs I LOVED this book!!! 8mo
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I finally got around to reading this lovely story. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators did a fabulous job. I hope the other books in the series are just as enjoyable.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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1. Absolutely!
2. No way! I would never be able to focus.

#Two4Tuesday

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💙🎧💜📖 8mo
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Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas
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Mehso-so

This one was just okay for me. The Hate U Give is one of my all time favorite books. I think it should be required reading for everyone. I just knew I would love Concrete Rose just as much. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark.

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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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I got this as a BOTM back in June and just got around to reading it. This was creepy in the best type of way. I really enjoyed this as it kept me guessing. I loved the many twists and turns!

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This book was WILD in the best type of way. I was left guessing and shocked so many times throughout the book that I lost count. This was a super easy read that I finished in one day. I loved it.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Another amazing read from Kristin Hannah! This is my second from the author who‘s quickly becoming a favorite.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Hope is a coin I carry: an American penny, given to me by a man I came to love. @ShyBookOwl #firstlinefridays

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Y‘all! Please tell me that all of Kristin Hannah‘s books are this good! This was a first by the author for me and I consumed every single word as quickly as I could. What an amazing story and beautiful setting! I‘m off to start on my next Hannah book.

AvidlyAlexis I've only read that one and The Nightingale, but both were incredible in my opinion. I plan to read all her back list and she is an instant buy author for me now! 9mo
jessijames @AvidlyAlexis I‘ll have to buy The Nightingale next. I am starting on The Four Winds now. 9mo
AvidlyAlexis @jessijames Oh I have that one, I've heard some mixed reviews but I am still excited to read it. 9mo
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I liked this one so much more than Six of Crows. I‘m still on the fence about reading more from Bardugo but this book definitely left me more excited than the first.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Mehso-so

I finally got around to reading this one. I liked it but I don‘t quite get the hype. I‘m glad I waited to read it so I could go right into Crooked Kingdom. I enjoyed it so much more.

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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What a great story! I loved this book and it was my #bookspin for March.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Second COVID vaccine is kicking my tail! I‘ve got every blanket in the house, the pups snuggled up to me and a good book. I‘m so thankful Alabama prioritized teachers getting the vaccine! #inpersonteachingsinceAugust

AmyG I had a fever and chills, too. Take tylenol. You will feel better tomorrow. And congrats! 🎉 9mo
jessijames @AmyG thank you!!! ❤️ 9mo
CBee I‘m in Alabama too! Hi neighbor 👋🏻👋🏻 Hope you feel better soon ♥️ 9mo
jessijames @CBee I‘m 100% better today! Thank you! Roll Tide! (edited) 9mo
CBee @jessijames glad to hear it!! 9mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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1. Definitely audiobooks but I love them all!
2. I‘m a high school librarian with really long hair. I‘ve been known to stick in the AirPods (hiding them with my hair) and listening to an audiobook when I don‘t have students in the library.
3. I‘m so grateful that I‘ll be receiving my second COVID vaccine tomorrow! 🙌
#wondorouswednesday

Eggs The plus of having long hair 👏🏻👏🏻. Thanks for playing 📚💙🥳 9mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Excited to start my first! #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

SeaToSkyes Sun Down Motel is AMAZING! Can't wait for you to read it! 9mo
jessijames @SeaToSkyes Ohhhh good to know! I've had it on my TBR for a while now! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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So I guess I‘m going to try out my very first #bookspin and #bookspinbingo Here‘s my list for March. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!! 9mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and reading The Wild Robot Escaped by Peter Brown alongside my 9 year old.

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

3. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

#WeekendReads

rachelsbrittain I love the Grishaverse books! So excited for the series coming the Netflix! Have you seen the trailer yet? 9mo
jessijames Yes!!! I‘m so excited! 9mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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I LOVED this book. I have loved the entire series. I will continue to love all things Maas... but this cover! 😭 WHY? Why would they change this one to be so vastly different than the rest?

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The Wild Robot | Peter Brown
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Reading/Discussing books with my 9 year old daughter gives me such joy. We LOVED this one and can‘t wait to start the next. Highly recommend it for your littles!

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1. 🎧An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Queen
📚These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
3. Coffee

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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I continued my dive into guilty pleasure reading with book 2 of The Bridgertons series. I really hope the series follows the books in future seasons. I‘m loving every minute.

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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I had to read this after binge watching the Netflix series. I throughly enjoyed this book! I can‘t wait to finish the entire series.

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I found the story of how the Queen of Hearts became the ruthless person we see in Alice in Wonderland interesting but this was definitely not a favorite. I found it just didn‘t capture my attention the way Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles did. Maybe this is because I‘ve never been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland.

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Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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People love this book. I get it and I understand. However, I‘m not one of those people. I wanted to know more of Glory‘s story and more about what experiences created the Strickland we grew to loathe. I loved many of the other characters but found the character chapter organization very hard to keep my interest.

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What an amazing book! This was a first from Moyes for me and I will definitely be back for more. I am a high school librarian and had never heard of the WPA packhorse librarians. I was intrigued by the story and loved the characters. I finished this in a day I was so enthralled.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Wow! As a high school librarian I spend most of my time reading YA but this one truly sparked an interest. I devoured this is one day. I found this thought provoking and definitely left me reflecting on my own life. Highly recommend this selection even if it‘s outside of your favorite genres.

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The Good Husband | Gail Godwin
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Today is my 14th wedding anniversary and my sweet husband knows me so well. His coworkers asked if he‘d ordered flowers to which he replied that he knew I would rather have books. 😍😍 I‘ve got 14 new books headed my way! #myprincegetsme

Melissa_J Awesome! And Happy Anniversary 🍾 4y
britt_brooke Aw, that‘s so sweet! Happy anniversary! 📚🥂 4y
LizzieChantree What a lovely husband! Happy Anniversary. 🌅 4y
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cobwebmoth Nice! Happy Anniversary! 4y
Redwritinghood Happy anniversary! 4y
JessClark78 Happy Anniversary! 🎊🎉🥂 4y
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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This one actually lived up to the hype. I throughly enjoyed the twists and turns of this book.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Guess it‘s about time I check out why this is my book bestie‘s favorite book!

aprilpohren Ohhh!!! I listened to this a few years ago and LOVED it!! 4y
rubyslippersreads @aprilpohren I ❤️ this one too! 4y
CSeydel Loved this one! 4y
TommieMarie74 This book is amazing!!! 4y
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The Almost Sisters: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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I LOVED this book! This is my first from Joshilyn Jackson but definitely won‘t be my last. You could easily change the name of the town I live in to Birchville. I definitely think my experiences as a lifelong resident of a small town in rural Alabama helped me to fall in love with this story.