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Lmstraubie

Joined November 2016

A perfect day would include a book, a cup of green/herbal tea & a cozy spot to enjoy them! Teacher Librarian📚 #mgbuddyread moderator
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Down The Rabbit Hole | Julia Crane
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Just scrolling through Litsy, seeing what everyone is up to & BAM fall down this rabbit hole 🤣🤣🤣

Chrissyreadit 🤣👏 3d
Suet624 That‘s impressive! 3d
Lmstraubie @Suet624 Thanks! It lists a lot of popular titles and children's books as well so that helped. 😉 3d
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Pickpick

I love this cozy mystery series. This novella was cute.

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25 Days 'Til Christmas | Poppy Alexander
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I'm a sucker for a happy ending 😂 It was pretty predictable, but a sweet story nonetheless.

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1984 & Animal Farm | George Orwell
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Joining my son in his current read for school.

Cupcake12 My daughter just sat her English Exam on this text...she loved the book but I‘ve never read it! Enjoy x (edited) 1mo
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Merry Christmas to the beautiful Litten community! 🎄🦌🎅☃️

Lizpixie Merry Xmas!❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
umbrellagirl Merry Christmas 🎄🎄 1mo
mrp27 Merry Christmas! 1mo
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kspenmoll Merry belated Christmas! Have a wonderful New Year! 1mo
Lmstraubie @kspenmoll A happy and healthy new year to you! 🥳 1mo
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Letters from Rifka | Karen Hesse
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our November/December #mgbuddyread Mark down our next reads and join in-last Sunday of the month.
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @megnews @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo @AnneCecilie @Sace

megnews I put it on hold. 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘ve got my copy ❤️ 1mo
JaclynW I have my copy for this! 1mo
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Sace I'm ready! 1mo
Daisey I‘m going to try to find a copy when we get back to school. 1mo
LibrarianRyan I will get the ones I have not read put on hold. 1mo
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1. Teacher/Teacher Librarian 29 years 🤯
2. Dog (Lily) and two kitties (Sadie & Pouncer)
3. Cozy Mystery, Historical Fiction, Memoir
4. Too hard!!!
5. Bookish T-Shirts
6. Sadly no, but one day
7. Tea
8. Yes! Love looking back over my year in reading.
9. Deep red

#gettingtoknowyou2020 #litsylove

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kspenmoll I enjoy the genres you chose too! 1mo
Lmstraubie @kspenmoll What are some of your favorite cozy mysteries? I'm always looking for new ones. 1mo
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Picked up this adorable, little book at my state school librarian's conference. A great way to wind down tonight.

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Question 10 #mgbuddyread

Daisey I really enjoyed the descriptive and figurative language! The illustrations were also perfect. 1mo
mrp27 I enjoyed this, was a fun holiday read. 1mo
megnews Agree with @Daisey wonderful world building. I could picture the snowy landscape and all the characters. Loved the illustrations and chapter titles. I recommend reading the next in the series, The Girl Who Saved Christmas and I plan to read the rest as well. Great author I‘d never heard of before! This was an excellent December pick! Thanks for hosting @Lmstraubie 1mo
Peddler410 Read the next book! Just as fun! 1mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 So hard to name just one instance. I've been blessed with so many kind and thoughtful friends and family. 1mo
TheBookHippie Someone came and dropped coffee, frozen meals, a journal and fresh bread on my doorstep when I returned home after losing my third baby ..I never found out who it was. Then that Christmas I couldn‘t do the tree and my daughter did it all, she was 17. I‘ll never forget that holiday season. 1mo
Peddler410 My Litsy @LitsyGoesPostalOG family sent meals for my family after my dad died — wonderful surprise! 1mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I like the comfort, familiarity and the way traditions can keep family members alive even when they are gone. 1mo
Peddler410 @mrp27 I agree with your statement about keeping family members alive. And, especially now during what can be a hectic time of year, traditions can be calming ... the knowing what to expect. 1mo
TheBookHippie I think it‘s calming and feels safe. Like the whole world can be chaos but this remains still. 1mo
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megnews I agree with all above especially @mrp27 comments about keeping family alive. There‘s something magical about passing on special things you learned from older generations to the younger. It keeps them alive. (edited) 1mo
AnneCecilie All of the above. And looking forward to something because it has always been wonderful so this year will be too. 1mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie Yup. He walks around my house everyday —a medical impossibility. Also the touch of Mr BookHippies hand in mind magic still three decades later. 1mo
TheBookHippie And yes believe in the magic of unexplainable events. 1mo
AnneCecilie Yes, I believe in magic 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I believe in Magic. It saves my sanity in this crazy world. 1mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie 💗💗💗 1mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

megnews The entire thing. It was all magical. This was such an excellent Santa origin fairy tale myth for children. It all seemed plausible and it slowly rolled out. The setting was detailed & beautiful. Would have loved to read this as a child and plan to read it with my grandbaby someday. 1mo
AnneCecilie I love Christmas and is willing to believe anything. Now I want to read the other stories in this series 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I liked the explanation of how you stopped aging when you found your purpose. 1mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I loved both Blitzen, he reminded me of my dog Sadie and the truth pixie because she was a hoot. 1mo
Daisey Miika and Blitzen! Apparently I just like the animal companions the best. 1mo
TheBookHippie Truth Pixie!!! Love!!!! Hoot is a good word ! 1mo
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megnews Yes, I agree with Truth Pixie. I‘m looking forward to reading her story. 1mo
AnneCecilie Miika. Not really sure why, but the mouse was there with Christmas from the start and the way they communicated. 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 The truth pixie by far. I remember reading another story with my son years ago that had a truth fairy that basically behaved the same way and found it quite entertaining. I also liked Father Topo because of his kindness. 1mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 Sadly, yes. He had to go through the loss to get where he needed to be and become the person he was to be. 1mo
Daisey Yes, after what the dad did I don‘t think there was any other way for him to redeem himself and things to work out except through self sacrifice. 1mo
Peddler410 @Daisey you‘re comment brought that part of the story flooding back to me. I agree with you and @mrp27 1mo
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TheBookHippie Yes. @Daisey is right, no other way. 1mo
megnews Yes. I recall being shocked when this happened in a middle grade Christmas story but I agree with @mrp27 Otherwise, Nikolas May have had to return with his dad and we‘d have no Father Christmas. 😮 (edited) 1mo
AnneCecilie Yes, what @Daisey said 1mo
Chelsibno I agree with @Daisey 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I was kind of hoping Joel would go back with Nikolas and redeem himself to the elves and then still be around for Nikolas. That part really ripped me. 1mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I like to think it's because he held onto his mothers love and kindness. 1mo
Daisey I also think a lot of it has to do with how his mother raised him. 1mo
Peddler410 I agree... mother‘s love. 1mo
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TheBookHippie Love. If just one person in this case Mom loves you you can hold on to it. 1mo
megnews I agree with everyone above. I think he had a naturally positive, go-getter attitude that he probably got from his mom. 1mo
AnneCecilie I agree with all of you. 1mo
Chelsibno I agree with everyone. 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 It's truly amazing how one person can effect your life so deeply. 1mo
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie “So he knew terrible things- even the most terrible things-couldn't stop the world from turning. Life went on. And he made a promise to himself that, when he grew older, he'd try to be like his mother. Colourful, and happy and kind and full of joy.” This is my life in a nutshell except Grandma not mother. (edited) 1mo
megnews @TheBookHippie I love that one. Here‘s one of my favs: If you keep on climbing a mountain, you will eventually reach the top. That‘s the thing with mountains. However big they are, there is always a top. Even if it takes all through the day and all through another night, you will usually get there, if you keep remembering there is a top. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @megnews I love that one too! 1mo
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Chelsibno “An impossibility is just a possibility you don‘t understand yet.” 1mo
AnneCecilie I love your quote @Chelsibno. That‘s a great one. 1mo
megnews @Chelsibno I almost picked that one! 1mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno That was my favorite too! 1mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @megnews Really good choices - there were so many to choose from. 1mo
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I read this two years ago, but I do recall thinking of Roald Dahl and Quintin Blake while reading this to my daughter. 1mo
mrp27 @Peddler410 I agree, he reminded me a lot of Dahl. 1mo
Daisey @Peddler410 I hadn‘t really thought about this, but Dahl is a good comparison. 1mo
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megnews @peddler410 I thought of Dahl when I was reading as well. 1mo
Chelsibno I agree! Dahl is a great comparison! 1mo
AnneCecilie No, I don‘t read enough middle-grade to be able to compare it with anything else (edited) 1mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @Daisey @megnews @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie Roald Dahl is EXACTLY who I had in mind when I thought of this question. I couldn't help thinking the characters where so Dahl like - the mean aunt, the troll and so many more. 1mo
AnneCecilie @Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @Daisy @megnews @Chelsibno Apparently I haven‘t read enough Dahl and need to do something about that. 1mo
Lmstraubie @AnneCecilie Lol yes definitely! 1mo
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JaclynW I'm still waiting for this book to come! I've been on hold at my library for quite awhile.😬 1mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I hope it comes in soon! It was a good one 🙂 1mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie It finally came yesterday! I'm hoping to read a bit tonight. 💕 1mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Enjoy! 1mo
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Dear #mgbuddyread friends - I apologise profusely for not posting the questions yesterday. My mom went in the hospital on Thursday and finally came home today. (She is better.) Questions will be posted tomorrow night & I will tag you so you know. Again, I'm truly sorry 😕
@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo @megnews @Sace @AnneCecilie

megnews Hope she is doing better! 1mo
Peddler410 No worries! I hope your mom is doing better. 1mo
Lifeisasnap Seriously, don‘t worry about our little group. Your mom is more important! I pray she will be doing better soon. Hugs. 1mo
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mrp27 No worries. Hoping your mom feels better. 1mo
TheBookHippie No worries I took my mum in Saturday shingles. I hope yours is much better soon!! 1mo
Daisey No worries! Just glad to hear from you and hope your mom is doing better. 1mo
AnneCecilie No worries. I hope your mom is better 1mo
Sace No worries! Just take care of your mom and yourself. 1mo
sblbooks I'm glad to hear she's doing better. 1mo
JaclynW No worries at all! I'm glad to hear she is doing better! 💕 1mo
LibrarianRyan It happens. You mom is way more important than book club. I hope she is doing better and that you are not too stressed. 1mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @JaclynW @sblbooks @Sace @AnneCecilie @Daisey @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Lifeisasnap @Peddler410 @megnews Littens are seriously the best people!! Thank you for your understanding 🥰 Going to post questions now 😊 1mo
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants (old & new). Join us for our Nov./Dec. discussion. Questions will be posted on December 15th around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

TheBookHippie I‘m good!!! Picked it up today! It‘s still frozen ❄️❄️❄️ 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh 2mo
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megnews Just got it! 2mo
Lmstraubie @megnews 👏👏👏 2mo
Sace Thanks for the tag. Not sure I can join this month, but I already have the January book ready to go! 2mo
Lmstraubie @Sace No worries & no pressure. Join in when you can! 2mo
Sace @Lmstraubie thank you! 2mo
AnneCecilie I might join in this month 2mo
Lmstraubie @AnneCecilie We'd love to have you!! 2mo
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

Sace Do you have to commit to all the months? I would be very interested in reading for January. 3mo
cwarnier Thanks for sharing the results. @Sace I don't always join in each month, but love to when I can. Some months are crazier than others. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Sace I‘ve popped in and out as well. Join when you can 📖❤️ 3mo
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megnews Ooh, I‘m going to join in on some of these! 3mo
Sace Oh yay! Thanks! 3mo
Sace I'm going to try for February and March too because those books look really interesting. 3mo
SaturnDoo 😢I have already read the choices for this round so I won't be joining in very much. Have fun 😁 3mo
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I've already read Refugee but I'm still going to join in the discussion it should be a good one. @megnews Yay! I was thinking the other day you should join our group, since you like middle grade too. 3mo
megnews @sblbooks @saturndoo Yes, I‘ve read The Parker Inheritance but I‘m going to join in for that one and read a few of the others. 3mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks @megnews yes I could join in on the discussions 😁 I wasn't thinking about that 😂 2mo
Lmstraubie @sace @sblbooks @SaturnDoo @megnews @TheBookHippie @cwarnier So glad you are all interested. I went with the books that were voted for the most. I've already read The Parker Inheritance as well, but can't wait to talk with someone about it! The group is very fluid. Join in when you can! 2mo
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

TheBookHippie Yay!!! 3mo
SamanthaMarie Fun fun fun!! Sorry I missed the voting but I'm looking forward to the discussions!!! 3mo
SaturnDoo I just voted 😂 but it's ok. I probably won't be participating much as I have already read most of the chosen books for this round. 😢 3mo
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Peddler410 I read the tagged book to my daughter two years ago and the sequel last December. I might sit this one out unless I can remember enough details to chime in on the discussion. (edited) 3mo
LibrarianRyan Cool beans. I‘m off to buy some books. 3mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 I hope it comes back to you! Would hate for you to sit this one out!! 2mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Happy shopping! 📚 2mo
Sace Just bought all the books for this (well, some I just put on my Hoopla list, but I already know there are a couple I just want to have.) 1mo
Lmstraubie @sace 🙆 1mo
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Peddler410 Done! 3mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thank you! 3mo
mrp27 Done! 3mo
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Lmstraubie @mrp27 Thank you! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Good choices. I went a little holiday heavy. 3mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan They all came from the group 🙂 3mo
Daisey Done! 3mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey Thanks! 3mo
JaclynW Awesome! I will research and get my votes in by Friday! 3mo
sblbooks Done. Lots of great choices it was hard to narrow down to just five. 3mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Sounds good! 3mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks We can always recycle some 😉 3mo
JaclynW Just voted! That was hard! 3mo
Amie Thanks for including me! I haven't had time to participate in the discussions as much lately, so I'll pass on voting for titles. I'll join in the discussions when I'm able to, but I'll let people who are more active vote on the books they're interested in. 3mo
TheBookHippie Got it !!!! Ooooo I can‘t wait to see!!!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW it was difficult! 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie So many good choices! 3mo
Lmstraubie @amie Hope you find the time to join us! 3mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Okay, I know Halloween was yesterday, but it's Friday and that means teacher librarian shirt day sooooo...👻

Johanna414 I need to start collecting some good book nerd shirts for dress down Fridays! This is so cute!
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Gissy So pretty!🖤🖤🖤 3mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Okay, I know Halloween was yesterday, but it's Friday and Friday always means teacher librarian shirt soooooo...👻

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Happy Halloween! | Lillian Jaine
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Happy Halloween Littens!! 🎃👻🍁🍂

cleoh what a mood 📚 happy Halloween! (edited) 3mo
AlaMich Well, maybe books AND candy? 😀 3mo
mrp27 🎃🎃🎃 3mo
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Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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I could get use to having a window seat...

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Guts | Scholastic
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My souvenirs for this weekend from The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

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The Bookstore | Lenox, MA (Bookstore)
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Such a sweet bookstore (and wine bar). Add chocolate and this just might be my version of paradise

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The Beginning | R.L. Stine
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1. I actually don't remember, but I know it was around the same time as @GypsyKat so I'm going to say January/February 2016.
2. I heard @Liberty talking about it on her podcast. I remember her describing it as Instagram & Goodreads having a baby lol
3. More! More! More!
4. Cozy mysteries, historical fiction, memoir
5. @Cinfhen @Gissy @ValerieAndBooks @swishandflick @Reviewsbylola

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Lcsmcat I remember reading that comment from her on Book Riot! I joined in May of ‘16. 3mo
Lmstraubie @Lcsmcat It's so true too!! 3mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💕👏🏻🤗🌺 3mo
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Cinfhen One of the very first Littens I ever met....or maybe my first??? I can‘t remember if I met you or @KarenUK first??!!!? 3mo
ValerieAndBooks If you go to the web version -- Litsy.com -- the date joined shows up on the member profile. November 2016 for you 🙂 . I joined in April that same year, but wasn't sure if I really needed another social media app, so didn't post until about 3 months later. Turns out this was the best kind of social media ever for us book-lovers 💖 3mo
Lmstraubie @ValerieAndBooks Thank you!!!! And you are sooooo right! 3mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Just finished this one. I usually don't like creepy stories, but really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to our #mgbuddyread on Sunday hosted by @LibrarianRyan Questions posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!

aprilpohren I grabbed this from my son's book order and can't wait to read it! 3mo
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren It was well done & there's a sequel. Hey, if you finish it in the next few days join our discussion! 3mo
Daisey I‘m in the middle of it right now and plan to finish tomorrow so I can participate in the discussion! 3mo
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Lmstraubie @Daisey As you get further in it gets harder to put down! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I do agree. 3mo
sblbooks I was wondering what we're going to read for next month, do you know yet? 3mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks I posted about it in the first post of the discussion. I tagged you, sorry you didn't see it 🙁 3mo
aprilpohren I am almost finished reading it and really enjoy it! 3mo
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren When you're done search #mgbuddyread and add to the discussion 🙂 3mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants! Just a reminder about this month's book. @LibrarianRyan has graciously offered to help me out and will be running this month's discussion. Questions are posted the last Sunday of the month (Oct. 27th) around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!!!

Daisey I just checked out a copy today, and I hope to make time to read it soon! 4mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey I'm a little afraid lol I don't do well with scary stories - adult or kid Have you ever read this one 4mo
JaclynW I just finished this book! 3mo
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sblbooks I'm ready! I just finished it today. 3mo
Cinfhen Hi Lisa!!!! Just realized I haven‘t “seen” you in AGES!!!!!! Hope all is well ❤️😘 3mo
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hi Cindy 👋 Things have been crazy on this end. I miss my Listy friends and really need to get back on board. Please, please tell me I didn't miss your visit this summer!! 3mo
Cinfhen There was no official meet-up this summer 😢but I was in the States. It was a really hectic summer and I didn‘t have lots of free time. Hopefully we‘ll get a chance to catch up next time I‘m in. Miss you 😘 3mo
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hope all is well on your side of the globe! Miss you too!! 😘 3mo
TheBookHippie I fell off too! Notify me of the next read! 3mo
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Just Me and My Reading Buddy | Mrs. McAuley's First Grade Class 15-16
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants (old and new). Our October book will be Small Spaces by Kathrine Arden. Our discussion will take place on Sunday, October 27th. Questions will be posted around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can! Our host for this month's read is @LibrarianRyan!

Also I'm in the process of making our survey for the next round. Please feel free to recommend someone books in the comments!

mrp27 Loved Small Spaces, I read it last fall. Looking forward to joining the discussion. 5mo
SamanthaMarie I'm excited to read this book!! :) 5mo
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TheBookHippie Im in! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm If this hasn‘t been chosen before, I highly recommend it! 5mo
LibrarianRyan I had made a list of thoughts, but of course you don't have to use any of them. I had seasonal thoughts. Since November is Thanksgiving in the US I was thinking immigration stories (i know we have done some before). 5mo
LibrarianRyan Right book title and author, wrong book cover on Litsy. @Listy how do we fix a book that has the wrong cover. This book has a cover for an R rated movie, not the middle grade novel by Applegate. 5mo
LibrarianRyan This wasn't for immigration, i think this was for winter. Or maybe it was just because. (edited) 5mo
LibrarianRyan Maybe for December a holiday story. I was looking for holiday stories other than Christmas, and not having a bunch of luck. 5mo
LibrarianRyan A happy tear jerker that is also really short 5mo
LibrarianRyan Might be a little thick 5mo
sblbooks It's about a girl with scoliosis that is told she has to wear a back brace 23 hours a day. 4mo
Peddler410 Checking to make sure I didn‘t miss the survey. I haven‘t been checking in like normal lately, but now I‘m back! 4mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Nope I'm just trying to catch up! The beginning of the year is so crazy. I will tag you in the survey when I post it. (Hopefully this weekend 🤞) 4mo
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Question 10 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie What do you all think in general or in specific regarding when white Americans tell the stories of POC? 5mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I think it depends. In this book the POC is working with the white American to tell his story. Do we know how this came about? Was it a friendship. Is so it doesn‘t bother me. If it was a co-writer assigned by a publisher I might have problems with that. 5mo
mrp27 I know it's Ali's story and it's mg but I would love to know more about how he got out and what happened to the rest of his the family, how they got out etc. 5mo
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mrp27 I agree, depends on the story and the why's but for the most part it doesn't bother me as long as the story is authentic and done right. 5mo
sblbooks Great book @Lmstraubie I'm glad you suggested this one. 5mo
SamanthaMarie @mrp27 I agree with wanting to know more!! 5mo
SamanthaMarie @LibrarianRyan @mrp27 They make it seem like a friendship in the Acknowledgement section. I think I just worry that instead of centering and passing the mic to POC we often think we need to tell their stories for them "the right way." But I am hopeful this was done with integrity. 5mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie Agreed. It does seem like a friendship and I'd rather see a partnership likes this other than have assigned writers. I don't mind at all if people need or want help to tell their stories. (edited) 5mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie @sblbooks I believe he became friends with a "Dr. D." when he was the translator for the Saddam trial. The co-author is the twin sister of Dr. D's wife (who is also an author). I believe this person was also pivotal in bringing Ali to the US (although I'm not 100% sure). But a very valid point especially for this story. 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Agreed. I want to know more. @SamanthaMarie I too am trusting this was done with integrity. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Thanks for bringing my attention to this story! 5mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Yes it could. They happen slowly and over time. With the right amount of instability and fear. The right amount of propaganda. I'm not saying it could happen tomorrow. But if certain trajectories maintain course, I think it could happen. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I agree. All it takes is one person who does not want to leave the office of president and enough backers to form a coup and keep the next election from happening or the change of power from happening. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie another way it could happen is a major disaster, be it terror or natural, and martial law is declared. All could happen. And unfortunately I fear America is coming closer and closer. 5mo
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Peddler410 I don‘t think I have anything more to add — @SamanthaMarie and @LibrarianRyan have covered my thoughts. 5mo
mrp27 I agree, totally can happen here. I like to be optimistic and think people would rise up and fight it tooth and nail if it were to happen. 5mo
sblbooks Yes it could happen anywhere. I agree with what everyone has said so far, and I hope and pray @mrp27 is right that we would rise up to the defeat a dictator. 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Agreed. It could happen anywhere, anytime. It's going on all over the place. Maybe even in your company (small dictatorships). I too, hope that the majority would rise and defeat such actions. But it isn't always that easy. Again, look to Germany with Hitler. 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Agreed. You should all read this book by Madeleine Albright, it shows how easy it can be to switch. It happens slowly before your eyes almost without you realizing it. There are warning signs. After you read this, you can see that many countries are in the "danger" area/turning point.? 5mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Thanks for the book recommendation, gonna have to check it out! 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 👍😊 It's a fascinating read! 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie hate to bother you as I know school just started. I was wondering if you were going to host another round? Pedler (can not remember her full handle and I'm on the desktop version that doesn't fill it in) were thinking of doing Small Spaces for October. But I said I would ask if #MGBuddyRead was still going first. 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan So sorry. I know I've dropped the ball lately 😣 My library was renovated this summer and it's kind of taken over lol. The plan was to skip September & start up again in October. I've been meaning to post for recommendations. Is Small Spaces middle grade?? 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie yep. It‘s middle grade spooky. The sequel comes out this year. I‘ve heard good things. And I understand the changes at the library thing. 5mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan Thanks for understanding . I'm good with making it October's read if that's okay with you and @Peddler410 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie cool! 😁😁 5mo
Peddler410 @Lmstraubie Works for me! 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 Would either of you be able to run the chat for this book (create & post questions)?? 5mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan Ego. They want the power. They need it. Some of the best leaders never wanted power. 5mo
Peddler410 Greed! Power itself. I can‘t imagine that for myself so it‘s hard to really understand why someone else would want to be so controlling 5mo
mrp27 I strongly believe a huge motivating factor to control is fear. This feeds the greed and power aspect. 5mo
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sblbooks I agree with everyone, also possibly insecurity. 5mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan All of these hold true. I've tried to see how a person can think harming others is beneficial. If it were a situation of desperation I could understand (not agree, but understand). But to have so much and just want more so you have it & control it while others suffer is just something I can't wrap my head around. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I feel the same way. 5mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Good point! 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I agree with all of you. Ego, power, greed, fear, insecurity. Some people also get a kick out of controlling others, bullying them essentially. Some get a high off of knocking others down. Hitler feared the Jews taking over. Look what he did. Propaganda, murdering millions. He totally got people to buy into his ideas. Racial tensions here are another example. ⬇️ 5mo
JaclynW Is it human nature (to a degree) to want to be the "best?" A survival of the fittest type of thing? You see it even at the schools with young kids. There is always a hierarchy of sorts. Leaders like Saddam or Hitler take it to an extreme. My guess is their need to create safety and security is fear driven and the fear never extinguishes because the fear itself never leaves. They become paranoid and get more extreme. 5mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Exactly. Fear drives people to control the same way that cowardice drives people to bully. 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Yep! 5mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie I rather wish I knew. I think some of it comes from what your parents/family believes. Some of it probably also depends on the kind of education you have been exposed to. But I would love to know and understand. 5mo
Peddler410 Again, I agree with @SamanthaMarie Ali‘s family was educated and as a result saw through the propaganda. As for younger generations, following the belief system of parents can be hard to break away from. So, if the parents believe a thing, kids are more likely to believe that thing. 5mo
mrp27 I think about this all the time and wish I had a definitive answer. Obviously your parents views, your education, access to information, and what you are exposed to in life helps you to think through the propaganda. 5mo
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LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I agree with you both. This is Nurture over nature. It‘s not just how you were raised but also are you willing to look at things a new way, explore new areas, etc. it‘s hard to get away from familiar thinking of you live and see the same thing every day. We see this in country living. People who have never been more that a hundred miles from home. 5mo
sblbooks @mrp27 agreed 5mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan This is another question in which all of your responses hit the nail on the head. 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Agreed! Agreed! Agreed! Lack of education, lack of perspectives, no empathy, an unwillingness to be open and explore, etc. I'd like to add FEAR!! You fear what you don't know, therefore you are more likely to believe propaganda- especially if it comes from someone who "appears" to know what they are talking about. This is happening in our country now. I'm sure we could all list several examples. I see it daily. Sadly. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Great question! 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It amazes me how much this happens in our own country and how easily. We have access to do much information, but aren't as discriminate about it as we should be. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Exactly. 5mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie I can imagine he did feel some pride but also such sadness about what it could mean for his father. It is also a burden of responsibility I wouldn't wish on a 12 year old. Such a loss of innocence at too young an age. 5mo
Peddler410 While Shirzad took his new role so seriously, I have to believe he was unhappy having to take it on. It is a loss for him, having to grow up too fast. Unfortunately, I see this happen to the students in my middle schools often. 5mo
mrp27 Agreed, must have been a huge burden during an incredibly trying time. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 agree. I don‘t think it‘s something he wanted, it was expected. It‘s a very traditional life style 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie Agreed. A bit of pride but a huge burden. What a great deal of pressure for a young man. And to have the thought in the back of your mind that the reason you are doing this is because your father may be dead. So heartbreaking. It's unfortunate that this does occur in our world today all too often for various reasons. 5mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Not surprised that she used the comic book and not surprised that Ali had that reaction. As a mother trying to feed a family in the worst of times... desperate times call for desparate measures. (Though of course I wish she had used his math book 😉) And Ali is an 11 year old whose whole life has been upended time and time again. I think we all seek control and constancy in times of extreme duress. 5mo
Peddler410 Not surprised by. I was angry at the mom along with Ali. Then, I understood why mom did what she did and I was a little less mad. Ali‘s reaction was 100% appropriate—as @SamanthaMarie mentions, his life has been turned upside down again and those comics were his comfort blanket. 5mo
mrp27 Not too surprised, you do what you gotta do. However I was a little disappointed because I felt like she didn't understand or know her son well enough to try to find something else to use, but I get it. I totally understand his reaction. I'm sure I'd feel the same if someone burned my favorite book. In times of stress and chaos you try to hold onto something that feels comforting to you. (edited) 5mo
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LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie not surprised. I get it, to her the math book is more important. However don‘t most mothers know what their child‘s comfort item is? Would she have done the same to the sisters dolly? And I completely see his reaction. His comics were his comfort items. 5mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Right?! Burn the doll not the comics! 5mo
SamanthaMarie @LibrarianRyan Yeah that is so fair. And I also wonder why she just didnt ask if any of the kids had any spare paper. But maybe that's a pride thing... not wanting to ask. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I also wonder if she didn't think of it as having literary value. Were there no other books in the house to steal paper from like front and back matter (the blank pages). 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Peddler410 I was surprised that his mom used the comic books (considering there were other sources of paper). I guess I just thought she would have known how important they were to him, regardless of her thought of the literary quality. I totally understood his reaction. I think I had the same one when I read that part lol 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I completely understood this too. As was mentioned, desperate times call for desperate measures. It did seem like the mother didn't understand his attachment, which is odd, but was explained in the book that she's so busy in her life that she just didn't know. Still sad. I agree with you that there HAD to be something else to burn. His reaction was appropriate for his age. 5mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Ugh. That's my response. Ugh. Heart wrenching. 5mo
Peddler410 It broke my heart when I read it. 5mo
mrp27 I found it ironic and heartbreaking. I'm sure he's not the only person that has had this thought. 5mo
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LibrarianRyan Accurate. That how his kid mind sees it, not as America trying to stop bad people, but America trying to stop bad people no matter how man good people they hurt. 5mo
sblbooks Sad. I'm glad he was able to make it to America in the end. 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I think that quote illustrates how complicated war is. I don't think it is ever any soldiers' intent to kill innocent people - in fact that is who they fight for. But you can't always tell nowadays who is "good" and who is "bad" (I think the book mentioned this too). Saddam hid bombs in schools, he knew what he was doing AND unfortunately that put innocent people in harm's way. 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW So true. It still baffles me at how people use innocent souls to hide behind. 5mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie It is sad to me that it is so... normal. It makes me think about how privileged we are in America in present times to not experience night after night of bombing. But it also makes me think of those in our country who live in fear night after night of ICE or other horrors. 5mo
Peddler410 I agree with @SamanthaMarie It is heartbreaking that this type of activity is considered the norm is some places. 5mo
mrp27 I agree that it saddened me and broke my heart that people lived/live this way. I feel very privileged to not have ever experienced life like they did. 5mo
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LibrarianRyan Agree with everyone. 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I agree at how sad the normalcy of it was, kind of, oh well here we go again. But it also made me think about how it seems mass shootings are becoming almost common place here. I know there is still a lot of advocacy to help stop it, but for whatever reason this is the connection my brain made. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I see that connection. It‘s its own type of war. 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Sadly yes 😕 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I'm in agreement with what you've said. The normalcy of the war and all it meant was very sad indeed. We are definitely privileged here in this country not to have never really experienced something like this to that degree. The nightly bombings, lack of food, fear, unrest, etc. I can also see your comparison of mass shootings. It has become normal. (That sounds so awful!!) 5mo
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Nothing. I was only 1. Haha. But I do remember that he went on trial in 2003? and was prosecuted for his atrocious actions. 5mo
mrp27 I was 18/19 years old and I remember watching the start of the war on CNN. I remember feeling unsettled by it all. I was in college at the time so there was lots of discussions. 5mo
Peddler410 I was in my freshman year of college. The TA teaching my English class had a friend serving in Iraq — we read many articles about the conflict. 5mo
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LibrarianRyan Scared. My dad is a retired Navy Seabee. While it was a ground conflict, my dads a landlover. They go in before to set up and after to clean up. There was a possibility he could be sent over. Instead he want to Antarctica and then we got sent to Alaska. (edited) 5mo
sblbooks I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. in world history we would read the paper every day to see what was going on. Some of my friends older siblings were in the military and being called up. it was scary because we didn't know how long the war would last. 5mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @Peddler410 @mrp27 @SamanthaMarie I was a senior in college and doing my student teaching. I remember the class I was with being particularly effected by it and how seeing it through the kids eyes brought a different perspective. @LibrarianRyan I can't imagine the fear you had. I'm glad it all turned out well. 5mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @mrp27 @SamanthaMarie I also vaguely remember pictures of Saddam when he was caught years later. 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I was in high when the war occurred. I remember bits and pieces. What I remember most is many of my religious friends telling me this was a sign of the end of the world - something about a tyrant from the Middle East.... To my non-religious mind, it was weird but at the same time it freaked me out because of their certainty. The world couldn't end! My life was just beginning! 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I also remember when they found Saddam. I was older then and paid closer attention to the news. I remember how haggard he looked. This hugely powerful man looking like he could be mistaken for a homeless man on the street. I still don't know about all of the crimes he committed in detail. Those poor Iraqis though...😢 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I also grew up near an airbase, so we knew people going to Iraq. It was in our local news a lot. 5mo
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Going into the story completely blind I figured the MC would be a younger boy and that it would have something to do with Iraq. After having read through I still think the title is a good match for the content inside. I did wonder if Sadam Hussein would ever play a face to face role in the book but was shocked at the ending. My heart went out to Ali. Just. What a trauma on all sides. 5mo
Peddler410 I feel the title is fitting. I had an aha moment when it came together. 5mo
mrp27 I do. I liked that the author was able to relate his experiences and tell his story through the analogy of video games. 5mo
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LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I went in blink expecting something completely different but I loved it, and when the title finally made sense it was simply perfect. 5mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Same! I never heard of the book until the buddy read. Glad I read it. 5mo
sblbooks At first I thought it was a strange title, but it made sense after I read the book. 5mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks I also went into this book blindly and found some of the book's reveals to fit the title perfectly. Almost eerily so. I loved that it was based on real events. Maybe that's where the eeriness comes in. 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It did have a different feel knowing it was based on an actual experience. 5mo
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Looking forward to some great conversation! Please be sure to tag each other in your responses 🙃

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Just a reminder our July/August #mgbuddyread discussion is this Sunday, August 18th. Questions will be posted around 4:00 PM EST. Join in the discussion when you can! Questions? Post below.

LibrarianRyan yeahhh 5mo
SamanthaMarie I'm still waiting for my copy from ILL. But if it doesn't come by Thursday then I'll buy it on Kindle. So so excited!!! 5mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie It's a quick read. Fingers crossed it comes in 🤞🤞🤞 5mo
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SaturnDoo 😁👍❤💜❤ thank you!!! Will mark my calendar to watch in October! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Cool beans. I understand. I had to ILL a copy from a university so I get it. 6mo
mrp27 No problem. 6mo
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TheBookHippie Sounds fine ! 6mo
JaclynW Sounds great, thanks! 6mo
SamanthaMarie Joining in!!! Just heard about this and I can't wait :) 6mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Welcome to the group! We're excited to have you 😊 6mo
SamanthaMarie Thank you so much :) 6mo
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Calling all #mgbuddy readers! The July book is Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy. Questions will be posted on July 28th around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments below 🙂

TheBookHippie I was nervous for a minute there!!! Am reading and enjoying !!! I thought oh no are we supposed to be done already 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
mrp27 Thanks for reminding me, I nearly forgot! 7mo
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Lmstraubie @mrp27 @TheBookHippie Sorry 😣 I'm a little behind 7mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie hey I‘m proud to finally not be behind on one thing!!! 🤣😩🤦🏽‍♀️ 7mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie Never behind, just working on a different schedule 😉 7mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie my entire life runs this way 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie LOL Seems to be working! 7mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie No worries! I had it written down but I still forgot. 😁 7mo
SaturnDoo I wanted to read this one but so far I haven't been able to get my hands on it 😢😭 my library doesn't have it. 7mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo So sorry to hear that. I had to interlibrary loan it & there was only one library in my system that has it. 😕 6mo
Peddler410 Got my copy today from the library — there were two copies available. I have an advanced reader copy at school 🤦🏻‍♀️ Totally forgot to gray ANY copy before the end of the year — I‘ve had it in my libraries since it first came out. For some reason, I haven‘t read it yet. 6mo
JaclynW I just got my copy from my local library! Can't wait to start! 6mo
sblbooks @SaturnDoo My library did not have it either. I bought the e-book on Kindle. 6mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks I was trying to avoid buying it 😂 especially since I'm not working right now. Maybe I can read it later and come back to the discussion. 6mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie have the next books already been picked? 6mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo No not yet. I will be sending out a survey. I think we'll take a mini hiatus for August & September and start up again in October. 6mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie oh ok...I was just curious. ☺ 6mo
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I have been holding off on this series because I couldn't find it through my library. I finally sucked it up and purchased the first book. I'm HOOKED! Jayne Entwistle is one of my favorite narrators 🙂

Peddler410 I own it but haven‘t read it yet. But I will! 7mo
rwmg Another one that's on my virtual TBR shelf. So many books, so little time.
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Peddler410 I wonder about Mr. Yao‘s son. I was happy to see him change by the end of the story. 7mo
sblbooks This was a good book. I heard there might be a sequel. Did anyone else hear that? 7mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks yes I did does anyone know???? 7mo
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TheBookHippie This is a true very good story 7mo
TheBookHippie Thank you for this!!!! It was an amazing read! 7mo
mrp27 @sblbooks I think I heard the same thing. I'd definitely read it. 7mo
mrp27 Great book and very timely. 7mo
LibrarianRyan Anyone else think the teacher was racist. And using racist lesson plans? What about mom and her actions or lack of actions? @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 7mo
TheBookHippie @LibrarianRyan I did but that‘s daily life here I forget it‘s not normal 😳😭 7mo
LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie unfortunately very true. 😢😤 7mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie I was thinking she depicted the teacher that way to shine a light on how white privilege blurs people's vision. 7mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie ohhhh. Good point. 7mo
JaclynW Thank you for bringing my awareness to this perspective changing book! It is so timely. I will be recommending this to everyone I know. 7mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan The teacher's actions bothered me too. I saw it as a naivety on her end - @Lmstraubie definitely white privilege. I was also happy to see Jason change at the end @peddler410, what courage it took on his end to stand up to his dad. 7mo
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