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ncsufoxes

Joined June 2020

Loves: coffee, the beach, social justice, historical fiction & non-fiction. goodreads.com/goodreadscomjebfox
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Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley
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Lost & Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz
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Who Was Paul Revere? | Roberta Edwards
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Today I went with my oldest to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which was spectacular (although some pieces we wanted to see were not on exhibit & the contemporary gallery was closed). The amazing thing is that with our local library card we could get in for $10 each (we won‘t discuss how much parking was). It was a great day & got to see some pretty amazing pieces

TheBookHippie Oh how wonderful! 3d
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Little Bunny on the Move | Peter McCarty
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Life update: 2024 has been an incredibly exhausting & life altering year. My dad was hospitalized in January, was able to go back home, & then passed suddenly in early April. My husband was laid off in May. His company laid off about 700 scientists in his office. His entire group was cut (he does preclinical translational oncology research). I was waitlisted & then not offered a spot in the PhD program I applied to. So we are leaving the Boston &

ncsufoxes MA area in a few weeks after just 2 years here. We will be in NC for a few weeks with family & then moving to Fredrick, Maryland. My husband has been offered an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity (I‘ll share more once we‘re settled). So I‘m behind on reviews, reading & everything else. The year is taking a better turn but it has been a very emotional & trying first half of the year. We‘re hopeful for better things. (edited) 2w
Bookwormjillk I hope things start looking up for you, and I‘m sorry for the loss of your father. I‘ve heard good things about Fredrick. 2w
Read4life I‘m sorry to hear about your father, your husband‘s job & the PhD program. I hope things continue to look up for you. I love Frederick. We stop there on our way to visit my daughter at school in PA. 💙💙 2w
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Ruthiella Wow! That‘s a lot. Glad to hear good things are on the horizon now. ❤️ 2w
Deblovestoread I am so sorry for your loss and the upheaval of the first half of 2024. I hope the second half is full of peace and tranquility. 💜 2w
Chelsea.Poole That‘s so much. Best of luck to you with the move and new opportunities! 2w
Jas16 What a time you have had! I am so sorry for your loss and truly hope the second half of the year will be kinder. 2w
LiteraryinLawrence This is so much to deal with and process. I hope much better times are ahead for you. 💗💗 2w
dabbe Wow. That is a LOT to have to deal with in just such a short time. It's lovely to see you again, though! 🤗 Keeping you in my thoughts that the 2nd half of the year brings you and your family better days. 💙💚💙 2w
Chrissyreadit wow you have had a lot to deal with!!! Frederick is a great area! i live about 45 minutes from there and enjoy quite a bit about that area!!! Also you will be less than an hour from the National Book Festival!!! 2w
Chrissyreadit please feel free to reach out! 2w
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June #bookspin bingo board recap: finished 9 books this month. 5 were audio (1 NF, 4 fiction), 2 TBR books (fiction), 2 kindle books (fiction). No bingos for the month. I‘m still behind on reviews for May & now June.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2w
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Apparently when my life is in chaos I read more (or escape more). This May was my best month for reading in a long time. I read 13 books for the month(reviews still to come): 7 were audiobooks, 1 Kindle book, 5 books off my TBR (3 were NF, 1 Fiction, & 1 kid/YA book), which equaled 4 bingos for the month. #bookspin

Deblovestoread Cute stickers! 2mo
dabbe 💙🩵💙 those sticker! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 1mo
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My dad passed away unexpectedly last month. He had been hospitalized in January for hallucinations & loss of muscle control. Postmortem the doctor that signed his death certificate said it was Lewy Body dementia. The doctor said he was most likely living with it for at least 5 years. He was being followed by neurologist & neuropsychiatrist & it was completely missed. Anyhow I have been either reading fluff books or books about loss, grief, hard

ncsufoxes subjects as I‘m working through my grief. My dad was such a strong, healthy person it was hard to see him deteriorate so fast in the last few months. I‘m thankful for my mom & him that it was fairly quick & painless (my dad had a pretty horrific childhood & happy he didn‘t suffer). I think I‘ve been gravitating to difficult reads to work through my feelings. As others have said this is a great book & really gets to the heart of life before & after 2mo
ncsufoxes an illness. How to get through when there is no real guidebook to work through all these complicated feelings. “Healing is figuring out how to coexist with pain that will always live inside you, without pretending it isn‘t there or allowing it to hijack your day.” So, I‘m trying to navigate this new normal & coexist as I work through my thoughts & feelings. (My life has been just pretty crappy the last 2 months). #bookspin 2mo
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss, my friend. Please know I am thinking of you and your family. Sending a big hug. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk I am so sorry. Thinking of you. 2mo
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Jas16 I am so deeply sorry for your loss. 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau I'm so sorry for your loss 💔 2mo
KadaGul @ncsufoxes I can't even begin to fathom the depth of your loss and the overwhelming emotions you must be experiencing. Please do know, you are in our prayers 🛐. 2mo
Tamra Take care of yourself. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks A lovely review - so sorry for your loss. It's devastating to have someone wrenched out of your life when you aren't expecting it. 💔 2mo
CBee I am so very, very sorry 😢💔 2mo
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I‘m making a low pick based on my 8 year old daughter‘s love of the books & series. It‘s the same format, something bad happens, Percy goes on another quest, battles ensue…, camp is safe for now. I‘m happy my daughter loves them. Happy to have girls being shown as powerful as boys. And happy to have the representation of ADHD & dyslexia. #bookspin

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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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Heartbreaking & difficult but such an important read. Not much else to say when so much praise has been made for this book. Definitely important read that everyone should read, especially those entering college. The system is frustrating & still ridiculous how women that are the victim get scrutinized & blamed for what happens to them. Miller is a very gifted writer. Definitely one of the best books I‘ve ever read. #bookspin

AmyG I‘ll have to find this and bump it up. 2mo
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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I love Emily Henry books, definitely make me feel ready for summer. I‘m on a kick of romance books. Fun, easy, quick read, which has been my speed lately. I saw someone that said they re-read all of Henry‘s books before the next one came out. I definitely need to have a lazy summer & do this (probably not this summer). As always I love the sarcasm & banter between the characters. #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm looking forward to this one. 2mo
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Listened to this one over audio. I liked this one more than the first book by the author. The downside of audiobooks is trying to keep up with who is who but still overall a great & fun listen. Definitely some fun & interesting characters while Ernest tries to solve the murder on the train. #bookspin (TW: there is a mention of rape, for those that are sensitive to this topic).

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Life's Too Short | Abby Jimenez
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I ended up listening to this one since I‘m still waiting for Book 2 in the series (I don‘t think there is a real specific order but some of the characters from other books overlap but not necessary for the story). Another easy, quick, fun read perfect for my current headspace. This book highlights some of the complexities of ALS & disability rights/societal complications. Again another story of miscommunication that leads to a happy ending. I do

ncsufoxes like Jimenez‘s wit in her character & definitely have some moments where I‘m chuckling. I also like that she has male characters that are also not afraid to be normal (taking care of babies, cooking, vulnerable ). #bookspin 2mo
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Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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I‘m in my Abby Jimenez Era. I‘ve been listening to most of her books over audio. Since there has been so much going on I‘ve been opting to listen to quick, easy, fun audiobooks. I liked this one but not as much as Yours Truly. I do like how Jimenez highlights medical issues that many face (this book talks about PCOS & infertility). I find the lack of communication as a way to eventually get together slightly irritating (but it‘s been a long time

ncsufoxes since I‘ve dated & can‘t remember if I acted like that). Anyhow would be a good summer/beach read. I do like the honestly with how Jimenez writes. Although I‘m truly jealous that she already is an amazing baker & now a best selling author. #bookspin (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one has been on my shelf (unread, of course haha) FOREVER 2mo
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Its‘s been a day… had an IEP meeting for my Autistic child transitioning to HS. It‘s been a week, it‘s been a month…2024 has been a dumpster fire so far. I found out the other day I didn‘t get into the PhD program I applied to. My husband will find out next week if he is one of the people that is going to be let go while his company restructuring (pharmaceuticals is a mess right now & no one is hiring). Plus a million other things, fun times

BkClubCare Many {{{hugs}}} 2mo
SpellboundReader So sorry about all you are going through. x 2mo
Bookwormjillk Ouch. Hang in there. 2mo
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Tamra Hugs 2mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
dabbe Sending positivr thoughts your way. 💙🩵💙 2mo
KadaGul @ncsufoxes You know what you need, some Summer 😎 Themed Card Swap or some Litst Love Snail 🐌 Mail. 💌 As Dory says, JUST KEEP SWIMMING 🏊‍♀️ JUST KEEP SWIMMING 🏊‍♀️ .#HangInThere 2mo
marleed Oh dang - sending you good vibes 😎! 2mo
Ruthiella Whew! That‘s a lot. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Yours Truly | Abby Jimenez
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My first Abby Jimenez book & I‘m a fan. I listened to this one over audio & kept laughing out loud especially over the parrot. I was influenced over an IG post about how the book discusses about anxiety. I really like the way Jimenez portrayed a main character with anxiety & what the experience can be like (representation matters). Some of it dragged towards the end but overall I liked it & have already put all her other books on hold. #bookspin

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I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf for a while. It‘s all about how small changes to your daily life & routines can make bigger changes over time. I annotated along the way, now will I remember to use the tips or make changes (I do use some of the suggestions). #bookspin

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MissBlue It‘s an amazing book, I read it two years ago. Re-reading helps to sustain the changes you want to make. 2mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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April #bookspin wrap up: read 9 books for the month. 3 were audiobooks, 3 fiction books, & 3 were NF. I achieved one bingo for the month. 3 books off my physical TBR & 1 off my kindle backlog

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 3mo
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Leslie F*cking Jones | Leslie Jones
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Last April review #bookspin. I loved this, I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Leslie. She talks about her life & experiences of getting into comedy. She is honest about the racism & misogyny she has (& continues) experience. Definitely a ton of cussing, if that‘s not your thing. Although my husband asked when I was going to be done with the book because my favorite phrase the last few days has been, “you know what Leslie Jones

ncsufoxes would say…which usually had lots of swear words strung together. 3mo
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This ended up being a great companion book to “When Crack Was King.” Anderson offers a well researched & examination of how throughout American history the Second Amendment is/has not ever really been intended for anyone other than white people. She discusses different moments in history up until present day where particularly Black Americans continue to not be protected (unlike white Americans) by the Second. It‘s an infuriating book. It‘s an

ncsufoxes important book that the people that should read it won‘t. “Policymakers & their constituents denigrated public expenditures for schools, jobs, housing, & health care as the quixotic plans of “bleeding heart” liberals who were “coddling criminals” & who had “irresponsibly squandered taxpayer money on ineffective social programs to control crime.”” Inequality continues to dominate & harm so many people in the US. April review #bookspin #shesaid (edited) 3mo
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Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. Such an interesting examination of the crack/cocaine era of the 1980‘s. I remember growing up during the whole Say No to Drugs program in school. Now as an adult to go back & read about how messed up the policies were (police, drug enforcement, prisons, Iran-Contra Affair). Reflecting now & realizing how so many of these (bad) policies continue to affect so many communities to this day.

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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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I listened to this one over audio, read by the author. I have loved listening to Haynes re-examination of Greek myths. This one makes you feel more compassionate for Medusa, not as the monster she is always portrayed. Athene comes off as a bit of a, honestly a b@tch. I was also listening to Stephen Fry‘s Heroes at the same time & the slight differences are interesting in how they both tell their version of the story. April review #bookspjn

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The Gentleman's Gambit | Evie Dunmore
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Finished the last one in the series. It‘s a low pick for me mainly because I‘ve liked the series. The format is the same as the other 3 books in the series. Again it‘s tied to a point in English history & the fight for women‘s rights. Nothing earth shattering but a good quick, easy read. April review #bookspin

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I listened to this one over audio, read by the author. I liked some of the essays more than others (I can‘t remember the names since I‘ve listened to it over 2 months). Anyhow I felt that some of her essays were a good insight into so many relevant topics at this point in time. April review #bookspin

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Portrait of a Scotsman | Evie Dunmore
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Pick but a low pick. I have enjoyed the series but there is nothing profound in the stories. It‘s an easy, get your mind off things read (which I‘ve needed lately). I do like how the author ties in what was happening in the time in England with women‘s rights issues. Each story is connected to a law that was trying to be passed in Parliament at the time. #bookspin #readyourkindle (I think my only Kindle read for the month)

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It‘s definitely an interesting story but you have to be in the mind set to read (I also listened to some of it on audio to get through it). It‘s very detailed. I did find it fascinating to know that how one went to medical school initially was not based on academics but on your ability to pay. Elizabeth & then Emily had to push back on many expectations of the time to accomplish what they did. Good but low pick. #bookspin

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My daughter & I finished Book 2 in April. She said this one is her favorite book so far (& keeps asking if Tyson will show up in the next books). Probably my favorite thing is to have a story centered around a main character with ADHD (& Dyslexia). All my kids have ADHD, so it‘s so great for them to hear a story about a character that has struggles like they do. Representation of disabilities matters. #bookspin

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage If you‘re interested, Tyson shows up in this one too 3mo
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Playing Catch-Up | A. B. Guthrie
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Now that April is over I need to play catch up & post all my reviews. April was a month. My daughter has been dealing with some medical issues (we thought it was celiac but the tests were negative). My husband has been dealing with some health issues post his annual physical (which in itself has been stressful enough). Our dog dislocated his hip. We had to make a sudden trip to NC. We took our kids down to NC State & got to see the DJ Burns mural

ncsufoxes The Free Expression Tunnel on NC State campus is where students are allowed to paint/spray paint whatever they want. During the Final Four run an artist came down & painted this mural. 3mo
Jas16 You really have had a lot on your plate. Hope things become smoother for you. 3mo
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March #bookspin wrap up: read 10 books for the month. 2 books off my TBR, 3 books off my Kindle, 4 audio books & 1 YA/kid book (Percy Jackson). 3 were nonfiction & 7 were fiction, no bingos for the month but I did end up reading my #bookspin & #doublespin books

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!! 3mo
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There were some parts that I loved. Realizing that most things labeled as self- care is just more stuff to schedule or find time for when most people don‘t have extra time. I like the idea of pushing back on oppressive systems to enforce change because of course it benefits the larger system. Being more gentle with your self talk. I liked that she mentioned working with a parent that has a disabled child & the stress of it. I just wish there was

ncsufoxes more, it would be great if she did a book just for parents of disabled children (talk about tearing down systems of oppression). It‘s an interesting book but a book for people who have money, professional jobs, good support systems. Unfortunately a person working in a non-professional job is going to have a hard time breaking down oppressive systems because capitalism is too large of a beast to take down. Last March review #bookspin #24in2024 (edited) 4mo
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Jas16 Sounds interesting. 3mo
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The Finlay Donovan series is always a fun, quick listen. It‘s of course a ridiculous series of events but fun to listen to the adventures of Finlay & Vero. The series continues as they try to stay out of the way of the Russian mob, a corrupt cop, & now a NJ bookie. It looks like the series will continue. #bookspin

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I have reviews to finish up for March but was side tracked today by watching the NC State Women‘s basketball team beat Texas to make it to the Final Four. Then watch the Men‘s team beat Duke to make it to the Final Four. After a sometimes frustrating season (especially for the men‘s team) as a fan it‘s been so exciting to see them both make it so far. And as an alumni this is so amazing. Go Pack ❤️🐺🏀 & Why Not Us? Thinking of Coach Jimmy V

GinaKButler This ECU Pirate was cheering for you! ❤️🖤 4mo
dabbe Rooting for them all the way! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
ncsufoxes @GinaKButler my sister went to ECU 4mo
RamsFan1963 Even though my Men's bracket is a mess, NC State is still there and they're my pick to win it all. On the women's side, I have to root for my team, South Carolina. 4mo
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Pomegranate: A Novel | Helen Elaine Lee
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Definitely one of my top picks for the year so far. Ranita has been released from prison after serving time for drug possession. The story navigates her experiences of reintegrating into society. Trying to find work, reconnecting with her kids/family, trying to steer clear of the people that landed her in jail. The story is about inter generational trauma, mental health, how we imprison people for drug abuse & the lasting impact that it has on so

ncsufoxes many. The inhumanity of all of it. “You‘re banished to the most barren landscape anyone could imagine. You‘re a thing, a crime, a number, beyond care and beyond hope. Punished and degraded into submission, or at least compliance. Day in and day out. And I swear genetic memory‘s for real, because it feels like you‘re reliving lifetimes of shit. Being a commodity. Being bred. Being three-fifths of a person. All of that‘s echoing, day in and day out. 4mo
ncsufoxes And when they let you out you‘re supposed to keep it together and build something from the ruins.” #bookspin #readyourkindle 4mo
CBee Sounds powerful and intense! 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review, I have it stacked already. 4mo
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This was a fun, quick read. Beth‘s mom has moved back in with her & her teenage daughter while undergoing treatment at a local hospital. One night Lana notices something mysterious outside her window. It was a fun take on solving a murder mystery. #bookspin #readyourkindle

CBee Yay! 4mo
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Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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I listened to this one over audio. I‘m still not sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I found it interesting to hear about the early colonial days in America from the perspective of a woman. Her ability to survive in the wild after escaping the settlement was interesting. Some parts I found compelling but other parts felt a bit repetitive. There was something that was off for me, not sure what. It was also my first Groff book. #bookspin

Tamra I felt the same. 4mo
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Listened to this one over audio, read by the author. I really loved this retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of women. I probably should have pulled out one of our mythology books or googled (a physical copy would have been helpful to keep track of everyone). Nevertheless less, still interesting & engaging. It just might (might) make me take out copies of books from college of Greek & Roman history. #bookspin

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Great audio book read by the author. I loved this re-examination of the stories about Greek women in mythology. My 8 year old has become obsessed with mythology so I‘ve been seeking out more stories. I never really learned mythology growing up (we had a parent object to us learning about it, early book ban). I learned some about mythology in college through art history. I started listening to Haynes‘ books, which has been fascinating & engaging.

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My 8 year old & have been reading this at bedtime, she‘s obsessed. She has become obsessed with mythology & is always checking out books at the library about Greek mythology. This is my first time reading the series. As you can see this book is well loved (my husband read this series to our middle child at least twice). All of my kids have ADHD, so having a character that they can relate to & see their disability represented matters. #bookspin

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“When African American things are lost, the stories once joined to them weaken, memories of the past fray, historical evidence shrinks, and inter generational wisdom fades.” Such an important point especially in America as some people feel threatened about exploring & understanding the past parts of our history. There continues to be a need to discuss, discover, & understand how the past influences our current times. #bookspin

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I feel that this book is relevant more than ever as we are heading into a head spinning election season in the US. So much of what Abrams discusses is still so true just a few short years later. We are still dealing with voter suppression & gerrymandering. The chapter on sliding into authoritarianism 😳. As Abrams said, “Voting is an act of faith. It is profound. In a democracy, it is the ultimate power.” And one we need to continue to protect.

AmyG It‘s the only thing that will save our Democracy (for now). Everyone needs to vote. 4mo
CBee Head spinning is right 😳🫣 4mo
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kspenmoll Great reminder to get voters out!!!! 4mo
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March #bookspinbingo board, listed a few books that I need to finish up but indecisive so I left it up to my mood for most spaces. March is also #womenshistorymonth as well as #developmentaldisabilitiesawarenessmonth It‘s also March Madness & ready for some basketball. 2 of our alma maters are in the top 25 (San Diego State & UNC Chapel Hill) but sadly NC State has had a rough season (although the Women‘s team has been great)

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February wrap up: read 2 books off my Kindle, listened to 3 audiobooks (2 fiction, 1 NF). I have 2 books that I have not finished that I need to finish next month (Pomegranate & All That She Carried). Not my best reading month, definite lack of focus. #bookspin

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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I liked The Vanishing Half slightly better but this was still a pick & Bennett is an automatic read for me. The story covers so many areas: friendship, parent-child relationships, as well as other hard topics like suicide & abortion. The impact of decisions & the long term consequences that impact the lives of Nadia, Luke & Aubrey. #bookspin #readyourkindle

CBee I love her books too! Wonder when she‘ll write another one? 🤔 5mo
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The Trayvon Generation | Elizabeth Alexander
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I loved this small & powerful book. The book is comprised of poetry, artwork & essays. The author, a professor, discusses the impact of the last 25 years has had on Black children growing up in the US. She calls them the Trayvon Generation since they have been so exposed to & hear about the violence that happens. “They always knew these stories. These stories formed their worldview. These stories helps instruct young African Americans about

ncsufoxes their embodiment and their vulnerability. The stories were primers in fear and futility. The stories were the ground soil of their rage. The stories instructed them that anti-Black hatred and violence were never far.” The section on Angola prison in Louisiana is just heartbreaking. #bookspin 5mo
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CBee Sounds like a super intense but important book ♥️ 5mo
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The House of Eve | Sadeqa Johnson
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I listened to this one over audio. I liked the book & can see why it‘s been so popular. It‘s an engaging story about two different Black women in the 1940s facing different difficult circumstances. As with many inequities in the US how women are treated racism, education and money all play a part. #bookspin

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Listened to this one over audio but need to get a copy for myself. Definitely worth the praise. It is long & very detailed. I thought it was fascinating. Especially as a person that recently moved to Boston to learn more about the abolition movement here (& the Craft‘s lived here for a part of their lives). I really enjoy learning so much more than what I was taught many years ago about the abolition movement. As well as the narratives of people

ncsufoxes that escaped enslavement. Henry & Ellen Craft devised a plan to escape their lives in the South. The book details their plans, escape & the difficulties that followed them for years after their escape. The Craft‘s also wrote their own book about their lives, which would be interesting to read one day. #bookspin 5mo
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Loved this collection of short stories. The audio narration was great. The nine stories cover stories about love, loss, relationships, sexuality, identity, expectations. I can see why it‘s been so highly praised. Happy that I finally took the time to listen. #bookspin

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I realized I forgot to post my January #bookspinbingo board. I did get one bingo for the month & actually read my bookspin book. Read 9 books for the month: 6 were audio (1 fiction, 5 NF), 3 books off my TBR shelf (2 fiction, 1 NF)

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 5mo
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I listened to this one over audio read by the author. This is the first book I‘ve read by Smith & I was not familiar with her work. I really loved this one. The pain she describes over her separation & subsequent divorce from her husband is so imbedded throughout the book. The struggles she faced as a working mom & wife & then as a single parent. How her husband seemed to struggle with her having a career. The never ending tasks of being a mom

ncsufoxes while trying to have a meaningful career (ie the invisible labor). The format is a little hard to get used to at first since she‘s a poet but I really liked it. #bookspin #nonfiction2024 prompt: speak (the author speaks about the difficulties of being a mom & life post divorce) 6mo
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Alice Wong is a fierce disability advocate. She is very active on social media. In this book it‘s a collection of interviews & essays she‘s done. She does discuss the impact of the pandemic on a disabled person, especially one that depends upon a type of ventilator to survive. She highlights how bad policies continue to have major impacts on disabled people as well as continued ableism in our society. #bookspin #24in2024 book 3 of 24

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Jas16 This sounds really interesting. 6mo
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I get amazed when I see all these people all of the things they clean daily or weekly on FB. I‘m horrible at cleaning, luckily I have a husband that cleans the bathrooms & we have a pretty even split of tasks. This is not really a how to clean book but more of a reminder to go easy on yourself. I think in a world of where we see all these images of perfection on social media it‘s hard to not feel overwhelmed. I also like how the author highlights

ncsufoxes some of the reasons why so many people can struggle with keeping up with care tasks. Also that some people may have negative connotations connected to cleaning. “shame is the enemy of functioning” I found her insights helpful & nice reminders to not worry about things always being perfect. #bookspin 6mo
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It‘s a low pick for me. Great Believers is one of my very favorite books, so I had high expectations for this one. It was ok but not a top pick. I liked the insight into the criminal justice system & how hard it can be to actually free an innocent person. How police were under pressure from the family & school to find a suspect. Bodie Kane starts to question the death of her former roommate when she goes back to her former boarding school to teach

ncsufoxes a class. While there she starts to question what really happened & asks questions she didn‘t think of as a teen. There are some interesting parts but probably too long of a book. Some parts seemed a little disconnected. Book 2 of #24in2024 #bookspin 6mo
CBee I agree that it was too long! 6mo
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AmyG I expected so much more because of the Great Believers. It was a low pick. 6mo
Jas16 I keep moving this one higher on my TBR and then reading reviews like this one and pushing it right back down. 6mo
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I listened to this one of audio but need to get a physical copy. So heartbreaking but so well done. Asgarian spent 10 years investigating this story. She spent numerous hours with the birth family of the 6 children. She did a deep dive into the foster care system (particularly Texas where the children were from). The systems of CPS, foster care & adoption continue to be rooted in racism. Children & families face insurmountable obstacles in a

ncsufoxes system that is unfair & unjust. The story sheds light on a system that has long been broken & needs a major revamp. Asgarian humanized the experience of birth mothers & what happens to them after a child is taken away. As well as the affect that has on the rest of the family. So many emotions listening to this book. Definitely makes you view foster care & adoption differently. Hoping that there will be changes in policy to help children & families 6mo
ncsufoxes #bookspin #Nonfiction2024 prompt: Born a Crime (unfortunately most children that go through the foster system age out & become part of the prison system, as well as the continued impacts of racism on families) 6mo
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Suet624 Great review of this infuriating and extremely sad story. 4mo
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