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nelehelen

Joined March 2017

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True crime, lit fic, suspense/mystery, non-fiction, fantasy & biographies. Also love traveling, the outdoors, food & music. Goodreads: nelehelen
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Went to #Writers with Drinks” event tonight to see/listen to Fonda Lee and Yangsze Choo! I obviously turned into a super fan girl and asked them to sign my book and take a photo with me! 🥰🥰😘

P.S. I just want to say I want Yangsze Choo to narrate everything in my life. I can listen to that woman speak forever! 😍

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 4d
Reggie This is so awesome!!!! 4d
Crazeedi Lucky you! 4d
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SW-T How awesome! 😊😊😊 4d
nelehelen @cinfhen thank you! 😘😘😘 3d
nelehelen @Reggie @Crazeedi @SW-T it was so much fun!! 3d
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Week 6 also the last week of #BFCr3 complete! I had a great week at the gym. I spent 1.5 hours with high-intensity workouts so I felt great throughout the day and had better sleep. I still need to do a better job of not snacking or eating sweets, but I decided not to worry about it so much. 😊 Thank you to my team for that advice and for all the support! I‘m sorry I haven‘t been as involved but work has been draining me so much. I ♥️ all of you!

Crazeedi You had a great week, and we're here for you! Have a restful weekend!❤ 4d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 4d
Chrissyreadit 🙌 great job!!!!❤️🙌👏 4d
sudi You had an amazing week 👏👏👏 4d
Mitch Yeah - well done honey, that‘s a super active week and I‘m sure the sleep has done you a whole lot of good. 👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼 4d
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Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
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I loved this! This was recommended to me by my friend‘s daughter and I must say she has great taste. A coming of age story about friendships and not giving up on your dreams, any kid (or adult) could relate to what Astrid is going through. The plot was easy to follow, the illustrations were fun and a great introduction to roller derby. Highly recommend!

#MiddleGrade: Recommended By A Kid

#MG #BBRC

LibrarianRyan yeahhh. This has been on my TBR forever. 1w
IvoryLunatic I saw this at 2nd and Charles the other day and really wanted to get it but it wasn‘t marked down and I‘m on a full-price book buying ban right now (since the full book buying ban didn‘t work lol) 1w
nelehelen @IvoryLunatic hopefully it‘ll go on sale soon! 🤞🏼 1w
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Late check-in for week 5 of #BFCr3. I felt like I had a good reading AND workout week, but not so much on the nutrition front. I feel like I‘m gaining weight so I need to really cut down on the sugary treats, increase my cardio and sleep as well. A new goal I set for myself is to eat less meat and dairy (not only for my health but for the environment).

Mitch Yeah - well done honey..I think maybe focusing on things can sometimes make them worse ( i know that is a bit counter intuitive!), so maybe focusing on the gym and yoga - and 'forgetting' about the food, might make it happen by accident??? 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Looks like a good week to me! 1w
Blaire Nice work! And good focus for the week...I‘ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce my family‘s impact on the environment. 1w
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MicrobeMom Great job! 👏👏 1w
Crazeedi I think sometimes we are hard on ourselves! You did good, and take it a day at a time! 1w
sudi Great Job 👏👏👏 7d
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Magic Misfits | Neil Patrick Harris
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4/5
Even though I love NPH, I wasn‘t expecting much with this. But, I was pleasantly surprised! Endearing and so fun. I already have book 2 on hold at the library. 😊

#MiddleGrade: Written By An Actor

#BBRC #MG

LibrarianRyan Yeah. Book 3 is out this month I believe. 2w
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan yesssss! I just got book 2 from the library! 2w
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A Wolf Called Wander | Rosanne Parry
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4.5/5
Beautiful story about a wolf cub‘s survival in the wild without his pack. Inspired by the true story of a wolf named OR-7, I was immediately drawn into his world and wanted to stay there. This book will make you cry, smile but most importantly appreciate nature and this amazing species. Recommend for any nature and animal-lover!

#MiddleGrade: Reader‘s Choice

#MG #BBRC

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2w
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5/5
So happy I got to revisit my childhood favorite for #BBRC. After all these years, it‘s still so good. And a perfect excuse to indulge in all things chocolate. 🍫🍫🍫

Pictured: Iced hot chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds and milk chocolate from Russia.

#MiddleGrade: #RealClassic

mabell Fun photo! Will you read the Great Glass Elevator next? 2w
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2w
cwarnier I love this book and old movie. 2w
LauraJ You‘ll be finished in no time! Going to work on some picture books this weekend. 4d
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Week 4 of #BFCr3 is complete and I‘m feeling much better than last week. Energy level is up and got more days of meditation in. Still need to work on my diet but not going to worry about it. ☺️

Crazeedi Great job this week! ❤👏 3w
MicrobeMom Awesome! 👏👏 3w
Chrissyreadit Excellent 👏🙌👏🙌👏 3w
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Mitch Wow - you‘ve got this 👍🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Blaire Great job this week! 3w
nelehelen @Crazeedi @MicrobeMom @Chrissyreadit @Mitch @Blaire thanks team!!!! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2w
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! You completed a lot!🙌👏🙌 2w
sudi Awesome 👏💪 2w
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I‘m done with the #EasyReader section for #BBRC! Now, onto Middle Grade. 😬

#ER

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 3w
LauraJ Rock on! 2w
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Funny and endearing, this book is about Alvin Ho and his many anxieties and how he deals with them. Obviously, I‘m not a second-grader, but I enjoyed this. I liked the female characters in here more than the boys (Flea and Anibelly). Maybe I‘m biased? 🤷🏻‍♀️😅😉

Easy Reader: Reader‘s Choice

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan Love this book. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Cute series 3w
cwarnier I am going to have to read this. 2w
nelehelen @cwarnier i def recommend! 2w
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Thank you so much @IndoorDame for this lovely surprise! You are so sweet to send me this. I was not expecting this at all and it totally made my week! I‘ve been so stressed at work and this totally brightened my day. Thank you!!! I just love our #LitsyLove community. 🥰🥰🥰

IndoorDame Yay! I‘m glad it arrived! I hope you enjoy it! 💜 3w
nelehelen @IndoorDame thank you so much!!! Can‘t wait to read it!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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Week 3 of #BFCr3 is done and it‘s definitely not my best.

I was fighting some extreme fatigue this week. For some reason, my body would not let me get up and work out. I listened to my body and let it rest. It might‘ve been because I was traveling. And maybe because I‘ve been very stressed these days. I did manage to go to my swim and golf classes today, so that helped. Hope this coming week goes better!

wanderinglynn You made great progress! And way to go listening to your body. 👍🏻 Sometimes we need to rest and not push it. I hope your stress is better this week. 💜 4w
Mitch Well done. It‘s hard to pause and listen and adjust - but you did it well and your body will thank you in the long run. 👍🏼😘 4w
Chrissyreadit Glad you listened to your body and chose rest! Fatigue is no joke! And you still had a great week👏🙌😘❤️ 4w
Crazeedi I've had days (yesterday was one) and weeks like that. Just listen to your body and rest! And some nourishing food! 3w
sudi You did well, you listened to your body and that will do you more good in the future. And despite everything, you did get so many things done. Kudos to you 👏👏👏😘 3w
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Are You My Mother? | P.D. Eastman
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A cute classic, perfect for those early readers.

Easy Reader: Published before 2000

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 4w
JulietBooks Bird: Are you my mother? Cow: No. Lol. 4w
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Discover Neptune | Margaret J. Goldstein
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Randomly picked this up at the library and realized how little I knew about Neptune. A bit dry, of course, but still very interesting and easy to understand.

Easy Reader: Non-Fiction

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁🤓 4w
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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4/5
I finally read this and discovered that reading about children and their mothers gave me more anxiety than reading about serial killers. Who knew? Ha. It is captivating, funny, and scary. But, it is also lacking depth. Not surprised. This book does what it promises: a page-turning, chick-lit mystery that will have you guessing until the end.

NeedsMoreBooks Just completed this and loved it 1mo
nelehelen @NeedsMoreBooks now, time to watch the show!! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Yes!😁 1mo
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Congrats! | Ariel Books
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Congratulations to @DogEaredBooks on winning my 1st giveaway! 😘 You‘ll be getting a hard copy of the Furious Hours, some bookish items as well as a few stationary items. ♥️♥️♥️

#10kgiveaway

nelehelen @DogEaredBooks can you email me your mailing address please? HelenKim323@gmail.com 1mo
DogEaredBooks Omg! 🎉 I‘m so excited! I just sent the email! 1mo
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Giveaway: A Novel | Steve Fisher
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Hi guys! Recently, my friend gifted me this book since she knows I love true crime but I since I already own a copy I thought I‘d give away my copy (the gifted one is inscribed) + some extra goodies. And seeing that I passed 10K on Litsy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU to you all.

I‘m going to make it super easy to enter. Just comment below and tag your favorite true crime book! I‘ll pick a winner early next week. 🥰🥰🥰

vivastory Thanks for the chance to win & congratulations on the 10k! 👏🤘🎉 I'd say my favorite I've read so far this year has been 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! Congrats on 10k! My favorite true crime is 1mo
DogEaredBooks Congrats! 🎉 ❤️ I‘d say my favorite true crime book would be 1mo
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KatieDid927 Congrats! My fave is still the classic 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my, true crime is my favorite! This one is one of the best I've read: 1mo
sudi Congrats on the milestone 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
nelehelen @vivastory @Chrissyreadit @DogEaredBooks @KatieDid927 @Chelsea.Poole @NeedsMoreBooks thanks guys!! I‘ll announce winner tomorrow. 😘😘😘 1mo
nelehelen @sudi thank you!! 1mo
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Week 2 of #BFCr3
Stats look low on the reading end because I just started 3 new books. Hoping to wrap at least two of those up by next week. I‘ve been struggling on the food end, though. I need to make a plan ahead so I don‘t snack. It‘s so hard! 😩 On the bright side, I love the encouragement I‘m getting from my team!!♥️

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! And food is a tough one. I struggle too. Planning ahead helps a lot. 👍🏻 1mo
sudi You did great 👏👏👏. Food is definitely the toughest, i wish chocolate was healthy 🙈 1mo
Mitch Really great week - you‘ve got your exercise regime down! Well done! Food is a evolving journey, not easy! 😘 1mo
Crazeedi You had an awesome week Helen! Kudos for all you accomplished! 👏👏❣ 1mo
nelehelen @wanderinglynn @sudi @Mitch @Crazeedi thank you team!!! 😘😘😘 1mo
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3/5
A low 3. The topic is interesting and insightful, but it was just too long for me. While I enjoyed the anecdotes, it all felt super drawn-out. Interesting stuff in here for sure, just need a condensed version.

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Thought this was okay... I liked that it was about reading but wished they didn‘t think book clubs or having thoughts about books took all the fun out of reading. 😅 I guess I get it?

Easy Reader: Popular TV Character

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan I agree. I find the new version of this series are hit or miss. Especially the ones based on the TV show instead of the original GN. 1mo
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan oohh i should def look into the ones based off the GN! 1mo
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Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake | Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Andrew Sharmat
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A fun mystery chapter book about Nate the Great and his quest to find his friend‘s missing snake. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Easy Reader: Published Within Last 5 Years

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan yeah 1mo
cwarnier I love Nate the great! 1mo
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Week 1 of #BFCR3 is done! The audiobook was started awhile ago so it doesn‘t really count towards this, but I included anyway since it was taking me forever to finish. I‘ll take any win I can get! 😉

sudi You rocked this week 👏👏👏 1mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies Way to go! 👍👍🥳 1mo
Blaire 👏 👏 👏 way to go!! 1mo
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MicrobeMom Great job this week! 👏👏 1mo
Crazeedi Nicely done this week! No need for "need"! You did great!?? 1mo
Chrissyreadit You are a fast reader! 1mo
callielafleur You had a great week, and your observations going forward are a great idea, I may be stealing that!! 1mo
nelehelen @sudi @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Blaire @MicrobeMom @Crazeedi thank you all so much for the support! 1mo
nelehelen @Chrissyreadit only because i didn‘t watch any TV this past week! 😆 1mo
nelehelen @callielafleur you should! it definitely helps me focus. 1mo
Mitch Sorry I didn‘t see this - I wasn‘t tagged so I couldn‘t cheer you on! So great job with week one - you‘ve made a super strong start to round 3 🙌🏼🥳🙌🏼🥳 1mo
nelehelen @Mitch ah sorry!! I was hoping i didn‘t forget anyone. 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! And of course you can count the audiobook. Doesn‘t matter when you started it. 👍🏻 1mo
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George | Alex Gino
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3/5
A very important story to tell and to read. I fell in love with George and her story. But, I didn‘t love the writing. I also felt it ended too neatly and abruptly. It‘s great that George‘s mom and brother accept her for who she is. However, I would‘ve loved to have seen how George dealt with being Melissa at school or in other situations with others that are not family or your best friend.

#Booked2019

nelehelen @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage this is for the diverse middle grade prompt! 1mo
Cinfhen I think that‘s where the middle grade comes into play... tidy endings 🎀 1mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen yea i can see that. I don‘t usually read middle grade so have to shift my expectations. 1mo
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Bookmark | G. L. Tomas
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Got these awesome bookmarks from @LibrarianRyan today! Thank you! Can‘t wait to put them to good use!! #BBRC

LibrarianRyan 😁❤️👍🏻 1mo
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3/5
My first John Green book was just okay. While the portrayal of Aza's mental illness was eye-opening, I didn't really love the story. I thought the side story about the missing CEO seemed kind of pointless. I hoped it would all connect somehow and add some depth to the plot, but it didn't. There is definitely beautiful writing in here, but at times it felt entitled and even unrealistic.

#ReadHarder2019

Megabooks This was definitely one of his worst. 1mo
nelehelen @Megabooks that‘s what I‘m hearing... guess i started with the wrong John Green book! 1mo
Megabooks But most people like The Fault in Our Stars or 1mo
nelehelen @Megabooks thank you for the recos!! 1mo
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East | Kirk Kjeldsen
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3/5
This book has a great premise about a time when people are moving out of the U.S. and migrating to China. No longer a super power, the U.S. is bled dry from the irreversible impact of fracking. It all sounded eerily realistic for me and the author does a great job of creating a very bleak world. However, there wasn't enough character development for the MC. Wished this was longer so that we had more time with the characters.

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Beyond Picture Books: A Guide to First Readers | Barbara Barstow, Judith Riggle
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I finished the #AtoZ Picture Books section for #BBRC. Yay! I‘ve never read this many picture books before but I am so glad I did. There are SO many good ones I discovered through this challenge. I‘ve already started my little collection. 😊

#PictureBooksAtoZ

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh⭐️⭐️👍🤓 1mo
cwarnier I should put my final list together in a pretty format like that. Great job! 1mo
Avanders 👆🏽 what she said... I finished today too! (With the picture book section) 👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
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nelehelen @cwarnier @Avanders woohoo! Cheers to us finishing this section! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 1mo
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I‘ve finished too! I have a stack I plan on buying my nephew for his bday next month. 😃 (edited) 1mo
nelehelen @4thhouseontheleft yay to finishing! And you‘re an awesome auntie!!! Wish i had an auntie like you 😆😉 1mo
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I skipped out on round 2 of #BFC but I‘m back for round 3! I am worried about the 1,400 calorie/day goal I set for myself. I‘ve been trying to do this for the past few months. Some days I am successful, other days I am not. So that I don‘t go crazy, I am allowing myself a “cheat day” to go over the 1,400 limit. I‘m so glad I‘m part of a team this round which I think would help me keep accountable!! Excited!! Goooo (indeed team name)! 😉😆🙌🏼

sudi Those are some great goals 👏👏👏 1mo
sudi I used to track calories but i always kept forgetting to log in everything 😄. So now i'm sticking to avoiding over proceesed foods. 1mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 1mo
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Mitch Great themes to be focused on Helen 👍🏼 1mo
MicrobeMom Excellent goals!! Excited for chatting with the new team members! 1mo
nelehelen @sudi me too! I track for a few days and always end up forgetting. Hopefully i can stick with it this time. 1mo
nelehelen @wanderinglynn @Mitch @MicrobeMom thank you!! Excited for this! 1mo
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Zen Shorts | Jon J Muth
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Super adorable and gorgeous illustrations that help teach kids about Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. Loved it!

Picture Book: Letter “Z”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan 1⭐️👍🤓 2mo
LauraJ Have you finished AtoZ? 1mo
nelehelen @LauraJ yes i have!! Now onto easy readers... what about you?? 1mo
LauraJ @nelehelen I‘m skipping all over the place. 1mo
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Yeti and the Bird | Nadia Shireen
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Mehso-so

It‘s cute but story was just okay, but I did think the illustrations were great.

Picture Books: Letter “Y”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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I watched X-Files growing up so I was excited to see @cwarnier post this on Litsy, especially since I needed to fill my “X” prompt (thanks!). Artwork was super cute but wish there was more to the story. I was expecting more aliens or some lesson learned... just something else.

Picture Book: Letter “X”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
tracey38 I watched this show with my mom years ago, too. Loved it! 1mo
nelehelen @tracey38 it used to scare me but i loved it too! Haha 1mo
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1. Picture Books
2. Teen Angst
3. Freezer Book
4. SAGA Approved & Lollypop Fiction (I need recos for these! I have SAGA reco from Ryan but need the latter. Help!)
5. Fellowship of the Ring
6. The Da Vinci Code (Idk if this is the worst but it‘s definitely not that best or even close to it.)
7. @LauraJ @cwarnier

#BBRC

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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Windows | Julia Denos
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Cute story about exploring a city neighborhood and getting a glimpse into the lives of its residents through their windows. I grew up in the city and always walked around my neighborhood (this was back when parents let you walk everywhere by yourself), so I could relate. 🌆

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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The Velveteen Rabbit | Margery Williams Bianco
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Took this little one with me to bed tonight since it‘s such a perfect bedtime book. A classic that I‘ll read to my future children. 👌🏼🐇

Picture Book: Letter “V”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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I‘ve been really drawn to picture books about gardening and this one did not disappoint. A non-fiction picture book about what goes on down in the dirt as well as above it, up in the garden. Educational and beautiful. Definitely will be grabbing a hard copy of this!

Picture Book: Letter “U”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
LauraJ This looks great! 2mo
nelehelen @LauraJ it was!! 2mo
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A Tiger Called Thomas | Charlotte Zolotow
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I haven‘t read the original, but I like that this has been updated to be relatable to kids of other ethnic backgrounds. A sweet story about a shy boy named Tomás who finally learns to come out from behind the mask. ?

Picture Book: Letter “T”

#BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan I must have read an old version because Litsy says I didn‘t like it. Glad you did. 2mo
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Final Stats for #24B4Monday: 17 hours!

This is the longest I‘ve read for any readathon! My personal best. 😊 I never seem to make it past the 16 hour mark until this weekend! I could‘ve gone longer but Saturday night was pretty much a wash since we had family over. I think it definitely helped that I mixed up the books with picture books and graphic novels, as well as listening to one on audio. Audio was clutch. 😉

Thank you to the hosts! ♥️

jb72 Awesome job! 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant, well done on getting your best ever total and breaking through that 16 hour barrier. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🎉🎊🥳 I think varying your books and style of books does help in a Readathon. Most days I read from three or four different style of books, and use a bit of audiobooks for when I get tired. 😊 2mo
nelehelen @jb72 @Andrew65 thank you!! So much fun! Can‘t wait for the next one!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2mo
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4/5
My 3rd and final book finished for #24B4Monday is one that brings me so much joy. I‘ve listened to MFM since episode 4, so it‘s safe to say I‘m a fan (murderino). I haven‘t listened to any of the recent ones since I am trying to take a break from murder. So, reading this felt like catching up with old friends. I cried, I laughed and I reminisced. Great way to end my weekend! #ssdgm

Andrew65 ‘Trying to take a break from murder‘ Lol! 😂😂😂 2mo
Andrew65 Well done on finishing 3 books during the Readathon. 👏👏👏😊 2mo
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Tokyo Ghost Complete Edition | Rick Remender, Sean Murphy
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4/5
Book 2 for #24B4Monday was a graphic novel that I bought off Amazon‘s Prime Day sale on a whim. It was a perfect transition from picture books to something more adult. It‘s relatively short so the characters weren‘t that deep. But, the eerily familiar storyline about technology and our addiction to it is fast-paced and told well through both the writing but especially through the colors and detailed illustrations.

#Booked2019

Andrew65 Well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏😊🎉 2mo
nelehelen @Andrew65 thank you!! It was so much fun 😊😊😊 2mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft this one is for the graphic novel prompt! 2mo
Andrew65 @nelehelen It was, suffering from post Readathon blues today! 😂 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick and review! 2mo
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I‘ve heard of good things about this series from a friend who‘s a mom and glad I finally got around to reading one. This was cute, funny and perfect for any shy kiddo (or adult haha). Can‘t wait to read more from this series!

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Andrew65 👏👏👏👏 2mo
LibrarianRyan How is this letter l. What am I missing? 2mo
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan ah! It was a typo! Thank you for catching that. It‘s for “s” 😊 2mo
LibrarianRyan @nelehelen that makes much more sense. 😁 2mo
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The Rough Patch | Brian Lies
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I loved this picture book so much. It‘s a beautiful story about grief and starting over. It gave me ALL the feels and I also had the biggest garden envy. One day, I will have a garden (and I‘ll actually know how to garden 🤣). 👩🏻‍🌾♥️🐶

Picture Book: Letter “R”

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Andrew65 What a great picture. 🏆 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 2mo
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
nelehelen @andrew65 thank you! 2mo
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3.5/5
Finished my 1st book for #24B4Monday this morning! I loved learning about the lives of these extraordinary women. But, I felt the writing was too dry and wished there was more “art form” in the storytelling because at times I did feel like I was reading a textbook. Ha! Can‘t wait to FINALLY watch the movie now. 🤣

Pictured: My “Luna” candle 🌙 + Dazzy 🐶

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nelehelen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen this is for the 📖 to 🎥 prompt! 🍿🤓😉 2mo
tpixie The movie is great. I started reading the book, but I also felt the same way as you did , so I put it aside and have not picked it back up yet. I would like to try to again sometime. 2mo
squirrelbrain I also felt that this was rather dry - such a shame as it could have been so interesting.... 2mo
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brit91 Cute dog!😍😍 2mo
Andrew65 Great picture, and well done on finishing the book. 👏👏👏 2mo
LogiKitty Felt the same way! 2mo
nelehelen @tpixie i love the intention and story, but was just too dry.. and i usually love non-fiction! Haha 2mo
nelehelen @squirrelbrain @LogiKitty yes! It had the makings of a 5 star book. But sadly it wasn‘t. Still, a wonderful story that should be told.. i really wanted it to be fantastic. 2mo
nelehelen @brit91 thank you!!! 2mo
nelehelen @Andrew65 thank you! Hoping to finish at least one more haha 2mo
tpixie @nelehelen I may do the audiobook maybe that‘ll help. And cute puppy!! My nieces dog has its own Instagram page reesesthedoxie 2mo
Capture Books Have you read Mister B: Living With a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist? 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve heard that comment about this author‘s writing style a few times. Good job pushing through! 📚♥️👊🏻 2mo
Cinfhen I read book and saw the movie and I thought in this case #FilmWasBetter 🙊 2mo
nelehelen @tpixie thank you!! Haha i gave my dog his own instagram too. I could not help it. 🤣 2mo
nelehelen @Capture Books no i haven‘t! Do you recommend?? 2mo
nelehelen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen im planning on watching the movie today so at least i know it‘ll be better than the book! 🤣 2mo
tpixie @nelehelen good! 🐶🐶🐶 2mo
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I wasn‘t planning on doing #24B4Monday, but I ended up working from home today so this weekend turned into an impromptu reading weekend. Yay! 🤓

Looks like I‘ll have to finish “Hidden Figures” tomorrow because it‘s past my bedtime and I cannot keep my eyes open. 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝑵𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕, 𝒀𝒂'𝒍𝒍 😴

Andrew65 A great time. 👏👏👏🙌 Have a good sleep. 😊 2mo
jb72 That‘s an awesome start! 🎈 2mo
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The Quiet Book | Deborah Underwood
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What a cute book about different types of quiet. Perfect for bedtime, too. 😴

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LibrarianRyan Love this book. 2mo
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The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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Wishing it was Christmas right now after reading this wonderful classic. I‘ve read this before but it‘s been awhile and it‘s still a good one. ☃️❄️🎅🏼🎄

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LibrarianRyan 😁❤️👍🏻 2mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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4/5
Thanks to #LMPBC I can finally check this off my TBR list.. It took me a little bit to get used to the writing style. But once I did, I found it to be raw, poignant and beautiful. A dark story about slavery and racism that will continue to haunt you long after you‘ve put it down. I found myself going back to it multiple times looking for... something. I don‘t know what.. maybe clues to answers for the questions in my head and heart.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder I'm looking forward to reading this! 2mo
nelehelen @RestlessFickleBookHoarder mailing it out this week!! 2mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @nelehelen awesome! I'm participating in the Dewey's reverse readathon August 2(?) and I can focus on it. After the school year starts August 6th I'll be a hot mess. 2mo
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Olivia | Ian Falconer
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I know a lot of people love this book and the others in this series. I thought it was just okay. Illustrations were beautiful but the story about Olivia and her wearing her parents and others out just didn‘t do it for me. Story was a bit simple and iI‘d rather read other more interesting books out there that show young girls how to be true to themselves. Maybe the other stories are better?

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The Name Jar | Yangsook Choi
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A sweet story about being proud of your heritage and the trouble immigrant children face trying to fit in. As a child of immigrant parents, I struggled to fit in as well. I love that there are books like these around now that can help kids empathize with others that are different as well as empower those who feel different to be brave and embrace who they are.

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LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Reggie Nice review!! 2mo
LauraJ You are rocking this challenge! I‘m playing catch-up on organizing my reads today. 2mo
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5/5
Powerful, humbling and penetrating. This is my first encounter with Danez Smith and it definitely won‘t be my last. Every line was thoughtful and full of energy, full of life. Fantastic book of short poems about black men, gay men and what it means to live in today‘s America.

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Madeline and the Cats of Rome | John Bemelmans Marciano
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I never really read any Madeline books growing up so I don‘t really have anything to compare this to. However, I thought the illustrations were delightful and the story charming.

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