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Looking forward to next month‘s #mgbuddyread fantasy pick as well as the #yabuddyread choice. Let me know if you plan to read along.

mrp27 Really looking forward to Angel of Greenwood. 12h
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#mgbuddyread just for fun

mrp27 A library! 14h
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mrp27 I don‘t have any experience or expertise with mental illness but this rang true for me making me feel that this would be helpful as a resource for families going through this. I‘m so glad that so many issues are now being addressed in mg lit. Representation is imperative. 14h
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Sorry I‘m a day late posting. Only have a few questions this go around. Feel free to discuss anything else you‘d like about this #mgbuddyread.

mrp27 I was a little surprised there wasn‘t more about the dad and by more I mean interaction. He was just always off in France. 14h
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A #MiddleGradeMay readathon update. Flying through Fighting Words. Expect to finish today. Halfway through the 2 graphic novels.

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So excited!!!

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It‘s time for #TravelTuesday! What books and attractions would you recommend?

Bookwormjillk My pick has got to be the Ramona Quimby books. I went to Oregon once for a work trip and the only thing I did was go to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding in the mall where Tonya Harding used to practice. I‘m sure there‘s more to the state than that so it‘s on my list to go back! 6d
Kristin_Reads I second Ramona Quimby! @Bookwormjillk. I recommend Depoe Bay or anywhere on the Oregon Coast, the Goonies house in Astoria, Multnomah Falls, and Powells Books, of course! (edited) 6d
Hooked_on_books I‘m not living there now, but I consider Oregon home. So many places to visit! Powell‘s, Crater Lake, Yachats, Ashland, Cannon Beach. It‘s a wonderful state! 5d
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With the help of friends and her community, Olympia navigates her parents‘ separation and mother‘s depression. This would be a helpful addition to any middle grade classroom library to help children know they are not alone when facing similar problems. Looking forward to #mgbuddyread discussion this Saturday. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I love a good epistolary novel. This one was so much fun. So much melodrama packed into such a short read. I liked the @SerialReader issues…fell behind but then finished early because I had to know Frederica‘s fate. Great pick #PemberLittens! This was my #BookSpin book this month.

sprainedbrain It‘s my BookSpin too! 🎉 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I found this one just delightful - I can't believe I had never read it before! 6d
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The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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A stark reminder of the hardships women and children have faced throughout history. #overbookedclub

SilversReviews Yes….such a good read!! 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Well, I was behind a couple days but got caught up this morning. I am absolutely loving this! #pemberlittens

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Running a little behind posting my #BookSpinBingo board. My #BookSpin is tagged and is part of the #PemberLittens buddy reads this month. I‘m enjoying it so far.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 1w
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Here‘s my TBR for #MiddleGradeMay Readathon May 13-15. I definitely want to read the two graphic novels on the left and a couple of the other contenders. I won‘t be able to finish them all but this gives me options. What are you planning on reading? 😊

Johanna414 I just got a big box of new books at work yesterday… not sure what I‘m planning to read yet, but I‘m excited! 2w
TheBookHippie My readers are picking my stack 😳. 2w
megnews @TheBookHippie oh this should be very fun!! 2w
Lmstraubie Thank you for the inspiration @megnews ! @TheBookHippie maybe I'll get my kids at school to create a reading list for me! 1w
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We‘re moving on to Washington state this week for #TravelTuesday. I‘ve visited Seattle once over 20 years ago now. One thing I‘ve always wanted to see is the Mt St Helens area. What‘s not to be missed in Washington?

JenReadsAlot I'm heading to Seattle in July! Mt. Rainer is my happy place and so excited to go back! 2w
Bookwormjillk I‘ve always wanted to visit Mt St Helens and Mt Rainer. Someday. I read a great book about Mt St Helens a few years back 2w
Kristin_Reads Elliot Bay Bookstore, Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, Eagle Harbor Books, Kerry Park in Seattle for evening views! 6d
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This is a fun introduction to Broadway.

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And We Rise | Erica Martin
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A poetic timeline of the US Civil Rights movement that should be included in all middle grade classroom libraries.

sherrisilvera Loved!! 2w
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I had a physical copy of this in my late teens/early 20s but haven‘t been able to locate it. I went with the free public domain kindle ebook. Just finished the first chapter and it made me recall how much I preferred Anne‘s writing to her sisters‘. #pemberlittens

Lcsmcat I may end up going back and forth between my mass market paperback and the eBook. I find that size harder to deal with these days. 2w
BarkingMadRun I loved the glimpse at all of the characters, should be fun to get to know them all! 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I decided to follow along on @SerialReader for this #PemberLittens buddy read. Lady Susan is quite the female soap opera villain, leaving behind drama she‘s stirred up everywhere she goes.

sprainedbrain That is an apt description of her ladyship. 😅 2w
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This month I visited Colorado and Georgia on my #RoadTripUSA2022. Where did you visit?

Bookwormjillk Florida and South Carolina for me. It‘s getting harder now that I‘ve crossed a lot of the easy ones off the list! 2w
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So excited!!!

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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BarbaraJean I really appreciated that Marie Benedict saw that she needed to team with a voice who could understand and tell Belle's story in ways she herself could not. I loved their descriptions of the friendship that grew between them during the process of writing this book. 2w
megnews I really appreciated this as well. The book just wouldn‘t have been the same without Murray‘s voice. 2w
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sblbooks 6. I think JPMorgan was unaware of her ethnicity. I don't think he would have let that slide. 2w
sblbooks 10 I have read about passing and other historical fiction novels, it's understandable specially in times of slavery. 2w
sblbooks 11 Belle sacrificed a relationship with her family, including her father. She was never able to really be honest, or have a true friend. She was able to have an easier life in lot of ways. Belle was able to care for her family monetarily. She was able to travel and live the high life, so to speak. She was able to have a career and prestige and she never would have had otherwise. 2w
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BarbaraJean 10 - I was somewhat familiar with passing--I have a friend who struggles with this as part of her heritage; she and her family are light-skinned and she was brought up to use passing as a way to navigate the world. But reading this helped me see that passing has very different nuances in different settings and probably looks different for everyone who passes at some point or another. 2w
BarbaraJean 14 - I think she was satisfied with her choices, but I don't know if she was happy. I also don't think she would have done anything different. Her work was too important to her. @sblbooks I can't imagine having to constantly hide who you really are, never being able to fully confide in anyone, never having a true friend. And the pressure that would have placed on family relationships, as when the family returned for Belle's grandmother's funeral. 2w
megnews @BarbaraJean I agree. To not be able to share your authentic self. To not be able to have kids. To navigate a racist world around you and not be able to say anything or feel anything. I can‘t imagine 2w
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sblbooks 2 If Belle's father had not been treated the way he was, then her mother wouldn't have thought it was necessary for them to pass. 2w
BarbaraJean 2 - To have the position her father held, to see his ideals seemingly becoming realized, and then to have it fall apart was heartbreaking. And the very different reactions by both of Belle's parents made perfect sense, but their separation was equally heartbreaking. 5 - I think Belle must have felt deserted by her father, but I think she also understood why he had to take a different path. I loved that the authors imagined a reunion between them. 2w
megnews @sblbooks @BarbaraJean I really struggled with the mother‘s willingness to separate in order to pass. I had a few uncomfortable moments about her mother‘s choosing this route. It was interesting how Belle reflected on this throughout the novel. 2w
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Time for #OverBookedClub discussion. Check my page for the other posts with questions marked with spoilers. Questions from readinggroupguides.com

sblbooks Belle was extremely intelligent, she had the opportunity to be educated. The fact that she was encouraged by her father helped her tremendously. Her bold, strong-willed personality was also a factor. 2w
BarbaraJean @sblbooks I agree that her personality played a huge part in her success--I think it helped open the door for her to be taken seriously. Her boldness and determination, combined with her intelligence, enabled her to make the most of every opportunity she had. 2w
megnews @sblbooks @BarbaraJean I agree with you both. I am always struck by women who made it during this time period when so few did. They had to have a strong personality and tenacity. While both her parents laid a foundation and provided for her to succeed, she had to have that drive to succeed. 2w
Readswithcoffee Sorry to be late to the conversation. Her strong personality and her charisma (difficult to define, but you know it when you encounter it) combined with her intelligence and education all contributed to her success. 2w
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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13 books this month. Tagged book was my favorite.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That was a great one! 💙🌊💔 2w
julieclair Ooohhh... You read some really good ones this month! 2w
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Great dual timeline historical fiction set in New York Public Library.

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Introducing #MiddleGradeMay, a weekend readathon for those who just couldn‘t get enough middle grade in March, those who can‘t commit to a whole month of middle grade, and those who wonder “what‘s the big deal?” Pick a few books, post your tbr, tag us in your reviews. We look forward to reading middle grade with you again in May.

sblbooks I'm looking forward to this! 3w
Johanna414 You know I'm in! 3w
TheBookHippie Oh how fun! I'm reading- not posting as I should!! 3w
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Roary47 I‘ll be pretty busy that weekend, but should be able to read a few. 3w
mrp27 Ohh this sounds fantastic, I‘m in!! 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeah!@!!!!! 3w
BarbaraJean Oh, this sounds like fun! I‘ve been wanting to do my own personal reading retreat in May… perhaps I shall have to do it that weekend!! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Yesss! I‘ve screen shot this to remind myself 😊 3w
Lmstraubie Love this!!! 2w
Butterfinger Thanks for tagging me. Putting in my calendar. 2w
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May plans for #BookSpinBingo TBR

Nutmegnc Should I be embarrassed if I read this and first thought it was a poem??? 🤣 3w
Lcsmcat @Nutmegnc If you should, so should I! 😂 3w
megnews @Nutmegnc @Lcsmcat lol. I didn‘t realize it sounded so poetic! 😊 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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We‘re off to Idaho for #TravelTuesday! What‘s not to miss?

Bookwormjillk I've only ever been to Boise which was nice enough, but I really want to go back and see the mountains. For books, my whole family cried our eyes out at 3w
megnews @Bookwormjillk I‘ve never been to Idaho. My daughter loves Walk Two Moons and I‘ve been meaning to read it for awhile. I didn‘t realize it‘s set it Idaho. 3w
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Finished my #DoubleSpin and got another Bingo.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking fabulous!! 3w
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It was fun visiting the Fedeler family at the NYPL again.

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I struggled with the circumstances of Bella‘s family passing for white for the first third of the novel. There was something about it that made me so uncomfortable for them. But I enjoyed her life story more and more as I went on. Very interesting piece of history. #OverBookedClub

sarahbellum Yay! Glad you liked it! ☺️ 3w
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Another great library find. Another great Jason Reynolds graphic novel collab with Jason Griffin. Powerful words and art. Enjoyed their conversation at the end.

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Isla to Island | Alexis Castellanos
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Sometimes you peruse the library shelves and find a gem. This middle grade graphic novel tells the fictional story of Marisol, 1 of 14,000 children flown to new families in the US In Operation Peter Pan after Castro came to power in Cuba. Lucky to have found this!

Sarahreadstoomuch I have this checked out right now! 4w
megnews @Sarahreadstoomuch I hope you enjoy(ed) it! 3w
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Almost forgot to post #TravelTuesday. Got any Montana recommendations?

Bookwormjillk Another state I still need to visit, but I‘ve had a few favorite reads from there the past few years. We Begin At The End and Montana, 1948 are both great reads. 4w
julieclair I haven‘t read any books set in Montana (yet😉), but Glacier National Park is a gorgeous place to visit. 4w
marleed For some Huck Finn, This Tender Land, and Lincoln Highway feels, one might like the tagged 4w
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marleed A really good cookbook 4w
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Bingo!!

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! Looking great!!! 4w
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Make plans to grab your books for May‘s #MGBuddyRead & #YABuddyRead. Let me know if you‘re reading along.

Lmstraubie Planning on it! 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m in ! Sorry missing posts to discuss but I am reading! The YA is so good for May I hope you all love it. I am planning on the MG. You‘ve help me find such wonderful reads to add to teachers libraries! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Roary47 I‘m in only for the YA this time. 😊💛 1mo
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AbigailJaneBlog I'll be in for YA 1mo
IndoorDame I‘m hoping to do both of these! 1mo
mrp27 Hoping to be in for both. 1mo
BarbaraJean Definitely in for YA, hoping to get to the MG pick as well but will see how the month goes! 1mo
Butterfinger I want to join. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I can join the MG read 😊 4w
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Pleasantly surprised.

tpixie I‘m glad you enjoyed this! (edited) 1mo
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Cinfhen ❤️🎉😊 1mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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I loved this novel told from various POVs. Can‘t wait to discuss with #LiteraryCrew.

Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
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Last Chance Library | Freya Sampson
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This is the stereotypical keep misunderstanding what‘s obvious to the reader romance trope, which I normally don‘t like because it seems so unrealistic. I guess I‘m not good at suspending disbelief where romance is concerned. I especially don‘t like it when it just makes the girl look goofy which this did in a way. Yet I still kind of fell in love with the MC and her would be suitor, probably mostly because I loved the storyline. This is 👇🏻

megnews another save the closing library/bookstore/shop trope (do girls do this a lot in England?) but it really works. The community seems genuine instead of forced and there are some really sentimental parts. If you‘re looking for a light romance with a library, this will work for you too. 1mo
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I can empathize with Florian‘s reaction to Alfred the Great-in-his-own-mind. Can‘t wait to discuss this character with #LiteraryCrew.

Librarybelle It should be a good discussion! 1mo
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Next up for #TravelTuesday: North Dakota. Recommendations?

Bookwormjillk North Dakota is another state I‘ve never been to, but I read this book last year and found it interesting 1mo
BookBosomed1 Ah, the North Dakota Badlands. Amazing to see! ❤️ 1mo
megnews @Bookwormjillk I‘ve never been there either. The only place I‘ve been out west is Washington. 1mo
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Cinfhen L👀king good 😌 1mo
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#BookSpinBingo update. I have 4 of these in progress right now including my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin.

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Lmstraubie Since I had read the story previously I knew what was going to happen and I can't remember my thoughts the first time I read it lol I would like to read the second one. (So many books, so little time!) 1mo
Roary47 I figured it was him, but I also thought it was someone else (trying not to spoil just in case) then when they discovered where the missing library books went it cleared up that angle I also saw. I do want to finish the second book. Planning on it for next month. (edited) 1mo
megnews @Lmstraubie @Roary47 I thought it was the same person you did. I had kind of forgotten the real culprit because he had kind of disappeared for awhile. I already started the next book. (edited) 1mo
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BarbaraJean The ending felt really obvious to me! But I don‘t know how easily I‘d have spotted the culprit if I‘d read this when I was a kid. I did love the resolution with Mr. Green. I might pick up the second book, but mostly because I‘m curious about Merit‘s backstory! 1mo
Butterfinger I was shaking my head when Viv was sharing the guard's schedule and the hiding places. 1mo
sblbooks Me too @Butterfinger I'll add the next book to my ever-growing TBR. I'm not sure when I'll get to it. 1mo
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