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jmtrivera

jmtrivera

Joined September 2016

Co-host of Eclectic Readers Podcast!
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The Universal Laws of Marco | Carmen Rodrigues
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It's been a super busy week, with very little reading, and my TBR stacks are calling #RememberMe?
#StarTrekSummerMay

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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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For Anne, Gilbert's comments about her hair are clearly #AMatterofHonor. I love their relationship and how it grows! 😊
#StarTrekSummerMay

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The Da Vinci Code | Dan Brown
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Dan Brown is always a good #Conspiracy theory read. 🤔
#StarTrekSummerMay

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Miss Tonks Turns to Crime | Marion Chesney
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I enjoyed how this novel progressed w/the character development & romance. Instead of Miss Tonks meeting the perfect someone, she learns a bit of confidence in herself while also caring for her niece. The romance is actually between spunky Cassandra, and likable Lord Eston. My one issue was that the plot seemed to JUST KEEP GOING. Each time I thought the book was over, I realized that they hadn't married yet. I still enjoyed it though.

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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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Bridget's idea of a #Manhunt probably isn't the first definition to come to everyone's mind, but it does provide a lot of amusement.
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks This was the hot book when I was working at Books-A-Million in 1998! 5d
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Seconds | Bryan Lee O'Malley
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What do you do when #TheEnemy is you getting in your own way? This was such a great read all about that.
#StarTrekSummerMay

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The Disasters | M. K. England
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Sci-fi references delight me! (Even if I've never watched Babylon.) Also, looks like I picked the right bookmark for this.

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Odd One Out | Nic Stone
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Mehso-so

This began as a potentially interesting twist on the YA love triangle: Courtney is hopelessly in love with best friend Jupiter, who is a lesbian, who is falling for Rae the new girl, who is straight... or is she? If this were a comedy, it would likely be fairly Shakespearean. As the story was more dramatic though, I was often frustrated by three often manipulative and hypocritical teens who lied to each other on a pretty consistent basis.🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Disasters | M. K. England
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Happy Mother's Day to me!

Tamra That looks refreshing! 7d
jmtrivera @Tamra It was! 6d
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Shades of Magic Volume 1: The Steel Prince | V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, Enrica Eren Angiolini
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Pretty good #bookhaul at our library's local comic con yesterday with @Nitpickyabouttrains!

wanderinglynn That‘s so cool your library does that. 👍🏻 7d
jmtrivera @wanderinglynn We're really lucky. Our libraries sponsor a lot of neat events, and our librarians are awesome - as librarians tend to be! 7d
LaraReads Awesome! 7d
Nitpickyabouttrains It was so much fun! 6d
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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A sneaky book! I began annoyed with Justyce, who was just too nice. But the way that scene unfolded just captivated me. From then on, the struggles w/subtle & overt racism gripped me harder & harder. Every time, my heart hurt a little more. At the climax of the book, I actually felt gut-punched & had to put the book down for a while. A couple of times, I found myself crying. Some parts felt a little unrealistic but I was still completely into it.

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Warcross | Marie Lu
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I still have to finish this duology, but it definitely takes place in a #FutureImperfect.

#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks I‘ve thought about reading these! One of 8 million books I haven‘t gotten to. 😕 1w
jmtrivera @Megabooks I know! I've been reading so well this year, but I hit a slump with my last book and now I'm like, ALL THE BOOKS I HAVEN'T READ YET! 7d
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The Disasters | M. K. England
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The characters in this book have been accused of a number of #violations and I'm not even 100 pages into it!

#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks Yikes!! 1w
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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I love #TheChase after Easter eggs in this one. I should probably revisit it again!
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks Okay. What are Easter eggs? I‘ve never understood it, and it makes me feel really dumb! 1w
jmtrivera @Megabooks No way, not dumb! Easter eggs are secrets hidden inside video games or films for fans to find. In the book, the creator of the virtual reality Oasis leaves his company to whomever can find all the Easter eggs he's hidden in the game. 7d
Megabooks @jmtrivera Thank you!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 7d
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The Disasters | M. K. England
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This is a charming dedication.

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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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I love twists on superheroes. The twist in this case is our protagonist is actually a villain, spying on superhero headquarters. It's nothing bizarre as far as plotlines go, but Nova's not an evil villain. She's a teen girl whose world was torn apart too young. It sounds fun, and mostly is. I found it difficult to immerse myself within the world. I did like the characters, though none were standouts. I still will be picking up the second one soon!

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I am using this doubly because Evelyn's #liaisons made me think so hard about #ethics and how important they are to me!
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks Nice choice! I liked this one way more than Daisy Jones! 1w
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I love Agatha Christie because I love putting together the #clues in each story to solve the mystery. I'm getting better at it too!

#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks She‘s a master! 1w
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Catching up. These are the big #brothers I wouldn't mind having!
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks Better than Lore! 1w
jmtrivera @Megabooks 😂😂😂 Way better! 1w
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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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My first thought was the #Evolution of the robots and their laws in Asimov's stories. Fascinating and creepy! #StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks It is! Great choice! 🖖🏻🖖🏻 2w
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Last week, #TheChild in me lost her mind at Awesome Con, seeing the Star Trek TNG cast, actors from The Princess Bride, and meeting the voice actor from Jem! I had to buy a Pop from her, and followed it up with buying a Jem comic book this week. 😊😊😊
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks That is so cool!!! #jealous!! 🖖🏻🖖🏻 2w
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Sisters | Raina Telgemeier
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Free Comic Book Day, part 2! After I left the gals, I stopped by two more of the shops I like, so here is my final #BookHaul. Yes, I realize Uprooted isn't a comic book, but one of my faves is a used book store as well and I have been wanting this since I read it. Also, it looks like I'll finally be reading Raina Telgemeier! All in all, it was a nice day!

LiteraryinLititz Love Raina Telgemeier! Enjoy all your new additions! 2w
jmtrivera @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I'm looking forward to it! 2w
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Free Comic Book Day, part 1! This is the collective #bookhaul between myself, @Merethebookgal, @Nitpickyabouttrains , and @AlizaApp .Then we had a scrumptious brunch to celebrate the amazing lady that is Mere.

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Star Wars: Ahsoka | E. K. Johnston
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May the fourth be with you! Ahsoka is my current read, and hoping to get to Queen's Shadow soon!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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I have to brag a little... this is the best reading year I can remember. I don't know what's working, but it's been so fun!

xxjenadanxx Nice!! 2w
baes Way to go! We have the same goal! I‘m at 30 read so far. 🙌🏻 I know a lot of people hate the reading challenge. Saying you should just read for fun and not worry about goals. I get that, but I love it, and find it makes it even more fun. As a mom I sometimes put myself on the back burner, and this can include reading. However, it pushes me and makes me feel good to see me meet, or exceed, my goals. 2w
jmtrivera @baes I think people look at the challenge different ways. Some see it as a To Do List & that makes it less fun for them. They're just trying to read to get it done. I sort of see it as, this is what I want to achieve bare minimum, but really, throughout the year I make different lists for myself, look at different parts of my TBR, play games with my reads, etc. My challenge is just a number, but it's what I do w/it that makes the enjoyment. 2w
Merethebookgal Woohoo!! That‘s amazing!! 👏🏻 🙌🏼 2w
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Spent last night reading about writing about writing about writing. 😄

rretzler 😝 2w
jmtrivera Now you're reading about reading about writing about writing about writing. 😉 2w
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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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I admit I didn't love this book, but it made me think about #Justice a lot. #StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks I haven‘t read this, but I didn‘t like her 2017 botm book. Thanks for responding! 🖖🏻 2w
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The Secret Loves of Geek Girls | Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Marguerite Bennett, Marjorie M Liu
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For today's #AMonthofSongs I present the #Eastside of my bookshelves. 😂

julesG Clever! 2w
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Book Club Hangover: When you spent so long talking about books with your friends, it's hard to wake up the next morning. #BookNerdProblem #NerdProblem42m

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This is a tentative #MayTBR, but I don't know the next #EclecticReaders pick or if I would rather do some more rereads and series reads. I'm okay with just doing what I feel like, and #ItsGonnaBeMe.
#AMonthofSongs

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I know it's #AMatterofPerspective whether the characters' actions are justifiable or not, especially Dumbledore's. I've gone back and forth myself, but the more I listen, the more I come back to my original view: everyone was doing the best they could. Humans make mistakes. #StarTrekSummerMay

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Black Wings Beating | Alex London
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I didn't PLAN to take new books out of the school library. I just happened to notice they had Alex London's new book, which he talked about in his recent interview with @EclecticReaders and then the school librarians convinced me that it was okay to check out more than one. Their fault for being so nice and knowing me so well, really. 😂 #libraryhaul

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Lu | Jason Reynolds
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Sorry so late, friends! Blame Jason Reynolds. I was finishing up Lu! Here's my #AprilWrapUp! Anything strike your fancy?

baes Evelyn Hugo ❤️ 3w
Megabooks I‘m with @baes 3w
JohannaRose Was Evelyn Hugo good? I‘ve heard about it so many times and it‘s on my tbr but I just haven‘t gotten to it! 3w
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xxjenadanxx Nice month!! 3w
jmtrivera @JohannaRose I found it hard to put down. It's pretty compelling! 3w
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Mehso-so

Despite my fondness for retellings, not crazy about this. Xifeng starts the book already growing power-hungry & appearance-obsessed. While she has pangs of conscience, they don't stop her using Wei to jumpstart her journey. From there, she only grows less likable. I could've coped if there'd been something else to enjoy, but the politics & backstabbing were exhausting. The world-building is very interesting, but I was left feeling neutral overall.

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Was listening to nerdery on my way to celebrate nerdery at #AwesomeCon!

Hope to see you there @GondorGirl !

GondorGirl Yay! 3w
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Got to see Angie Thomas speak last night. I'm now motivated to read, write, and discuss books. Writers are amazing!

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Oops! I got my book club dates mixed up and read next week's book this week, but was unprepared for this week's club. Time to jump in and catch up!

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Oops! I was supposed to go to bed 45 minutes ago! Somehow read an extra 8% of the book instead. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #EclecticReaders

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Clifford's First Easter | Norman Bridwell
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Happy Easter, Litsy friends!
#Easter #SpringIntoReading

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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I've been riding my #NTBF19 reads for so long, it took seeing these books in my Kindle to #remindme that I have book club reads to finish!
#SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Evelyn 💚💚💚 4w
jmtrivera @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Really enjoying it so far! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @jmtrivera I love to know that!!! 💚 4w
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Star Wars: Ahsoka | E. K. Johnston
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Yup, holding my books hostage until after my workout again! 3 I really want to dig into, but I have to do 30 minutes first.

Waiting for the invention that turns pages read into calories burned. 😧

Yeah_I_Read I‘m waiting for that invention too 😫 1mo
la_rose_noire That would be awesome !!! 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘d pay a lot for that. 😀 1mo
jmtrivera @Yeah_I_Read @la_rose_noire @Lcsmcat Clearly we need to figure this out and get a patent on it ASAP! 😄 4w
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I'd expected a memoir, but it turned out to be more a series of essays. Higashida answered questions about life w/autism in general & his perceptions specifically. I wouldn't want to generalize to all people with autism from this book, but much of this made me think hard about my students, past & present, and how they might see the world. Many of his descriptions are really beautiful too. I would definitely recommend.

Aimeesue "When you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." Dr. Steven Shore, who has Autism himself. ? Excellent read! 1mo
jmtrivera @Aimeesue Exactly. So many people forget that. 1mo
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And what's wrong with lending someone a good book? 🤣

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Tea, Miss Marple, reading socks, and Britcoms for this rainy evening.

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Ariel: Poems | Sylvia Plath
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As always, my poetry disclaimer stands: I'm not an avid reader of verse, so my reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. In this case, I thought Plath had a lovely way with words, but I just didn't like most of the poems. I found them interesting, but they felt too dark for my taste. My favorites were those about the bees. I don't know what it was about them I enjoyed so much, but I'd probably revisit those before any of the others.

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Lu | Jason Reynolds
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I probably drive him crazy, but my husband always manages to #forgive my bringing home more books from stores and libraries, despite not having finished ones I already have in the house!
#SpringIntoReading

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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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Day 5 of #EclecticSpringBreak! Dhonielle Clayton conversed with us about how hard adulting is, female relationships, and beauty as we discussed the Belles series!

EclecticReaders.fireside.fm/64
#EclecticReaders @EclecticReaders @Merethebookgal

jmtrivera This is the interview where Mere and I gasp audibly into the mic, so you definitely want to give it a listen! 1mo
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Current read is fun. Partially just because I was really feeling it, and partially because I was inspired by the interview with Ben Philippe.

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This book where a young woman and a farm boy #fall in love also features an unforgettable fall down a hill. "As... you... wish..."
#SpringIntoReading

RachelAmphlett Le sigh... love this! 1mo
jmtrivera @RachelAmphlett I love this book every time. 1mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 1mo
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Some of the essays really resonated w/me, and others not so much. A lot of the art made even more of an impression, especially Gemna Correll's. I might recommend it more for older teens or college aged adults, based on the essays. Reading this did help my perspective on certain mental health issues in my life, so I do think there are interesting topics here for most, if not all. And it's always worth having conversations about mental health.

FeministBookClub Kelly is the best. She curates beautiful essay collections! 1mo
jmtrivera @FeministBookClub This is the only one I've read. I came across it sort of accidentally, but I'm glad I did. I appreciated it! 1mo
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