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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Not a perfect book, but a very good one. Tells a fictionalized account of an institutional "school" for boys, an alternative to prison, where boys were beaten and killed, especially in the black houses. Emotional portrayal, but not one that had me sobbing, which is kind of nice. Read this for the #BNbookclub, which I am hosting at my store tonight

Also, this was my E for Care of Magical Creatures in the #NEWTs #magical readathon

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I think I enjoyed this even more than the books Rick Riordan wrote! The best thing about this book is that it's HILARIOUS. I literally laughed out loud more than 5 times while reading. The adventure and the story are great, and I really liked most of the characters. The set up for the next book happened at the end of this one, so I will be getting my hands on a copy of the second one soon!

rjsthumbelina Read this for my A in Care of Magical Creatures (book that starts with "a") for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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Too funny, considering my current bookmark!

britt_brooke 😆 2mo
tpixie LOL!! 😃 2mo
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kspenmoll 😃❤️ 2mo
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This might be the best storyline yet! Captain Marvel approaches Kamala and asks her to lead a group of vigilantes. They are using intel from someone who can predict the future to arrest people before they come crimes. The moral discussions about profiling and guilt v innocence in our society were SO GOOD. I also really liked learning about her family and seeing her make some very tough decisions

rjsthumbelina Read for my E for Transfigurations for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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Mehso-so

I had no idea that this book was going to be so brash, and not in a good way. I thought the beginning was very boring, but as it got into Bourdain's addictions I started to get more interested. Rather than being about what it's like to be a chef or work in the industry, it's very specific to his experiences. Also, in later chapters he mentions other cooks dying by suicide rather crassly, which was very strange, especially on audiobook

rjsthumbelina I read this for my A in #herbology for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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Descender Vol. 1 | Jeff Lemire
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This was a great introduction! Good world building, beautiful artwork, and characters that are interesting and that I want to learn more about. Very glad that I already have the second Cole checked out from the library. I will definitely be recommending this to anyone who enjoys scifi

This was my graphic novel for my E in Charms class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon

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I Hear the Sunspot | Yuki Fumino
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Mehso-so

This had a few moments that were really good. Unfortunately, most of it was a little forgettable. I liked looking into the feelings of a person with hearing challenges, and i wish we had more of those moments. The other main character was a bit annoying and not memorable. The storyline wasn't great either, sadly.

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This counted as my standalone (E for Arithmancy) for the #NEWTs

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This Is Not a Love Song | Brendan Mathews
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This was unexpected at most turns. Character-centered and full of heart, this short story collection hits all the right notes in it's discussion of love in it's various forms and types. I will definitely be reading more from this author! Only 1-2 of these stories were less than 5 ⭐ for me.

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

rjsthumbelina This counted as a book with a #gorgeouscover, which was the A for charms class, for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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The Friendship Cure | Kate Leaver
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I wanted to love this. But it felt just a little harmful with the talk about genders supposedly acting so differently in friendships, as well as not acknowledging the role that mental health can and does play in making and keeping friends. Not anything radical or new to say. And, frankly, it was due back at the library and wasn't worth the fine

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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This book was a wild ride, and I NEEDED to know why and how it would end! Girls in a boarding school on an island off the coast of Maine, when a virus hits and they get quarantined. The virus affects all of them in different, gruesome ways and many of the girls die before the resolution. I didn't find the main characters very likeable, but it didn't affect my reading enjoyment that much. ⬇️

rjsthumbelina The descriptive writing and lush setting were all I needed with the danger and mystery of the Tox! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 2mo
rjsthumbelina Read for #BNYAbookclub, which I host at my local store! 2mo
rjsthumbelina This also counted as my book with #LGBT+ rep, for my A for transfiguration class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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The Sugar Queen | Sarah Addison Allen
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As usual, this book was whimsical and fun! Magical realism dealing all about the relationships between people. Josey was not my favorite character she has ever written, but Della Lee and Chloe made up for it. Josey is stuck under her mother's every whim trying to make up for being a difficult child instead of living her own life. Until Della Lee crawls in her window one night and works hard to change her worldview! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

rjsthumbelina This counted as my book with even page numbers for my A in Arithmancy class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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The Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater
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I am loving this series! I really enjoyed getting to know more about Ronan and Adam's abilities. The storyline was also great. Always a story that I can get lost in! Also, the audiobooks are fantastic.

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tjwill I absolutely love this series! I‘m rereading them right now in anticipation of the new series featuring Ronan. 2mo
rjsthumbelina I'm excited to see where the series goes from here! 2mo
rjsthumbelina This counted as a friend's favorite book (booktubers count as friends, right??) for my A in potions class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 2mo
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Abbi is, as always, relatable and hilarious. She recounts her cross country solitary road trip, with many late-night insomnia sessions thrown in for good measure. It's not all fun and games, as she dives a lot into serious issues like mental health. But it is definitely like good conversation with a good friend: she's on point, tells a great story, and knows how to make you laugh!

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I'm not sure how well you'll be able to read my crooked pic, but damn it all if this isn't EXACTLY me on a page.

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Lol!

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Tea Dragon Society | Katie O'Neill
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Read this in one sitting! It was so fun. I loved the representation and how normalized it is. Moreover though, I loved the world that is created - it's so sweet and wholesome! The artwork is beautiful as well.

EliNeedsMoreShelves We just had this one from the library last week. It was wonderful 3mo
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Let's Talk About Love | Claire Kann
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My third book finished today! This book is so unique, with such interesting representation. As someone who has recently come to terms with being on the asexuality spectrum, reading a romance book about an ace main character was a great experience. I would recommend it to everyone to help you understand. But also, Takumi and Alice have the sweetest relationship in the world and I love them! All the character relationships here are great ❤️

Megabooks I‘m on the ace spectrum, too, and am in the process of coming out. This is on my TBR. 💙 3mo
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By Night Vol. 1 | John Allison
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This book was hilarious! And I loved seeing John Allison go for a fantasy tale. (He writes Giant Days.) I devoured this one once I got into the plot. It's a portal type fantasy, but we don't get to know too much about the portal world in this volume. Can't wait for more!

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I picked this one up bc it was getting a lot of feminist hype, and also bc I enjoy books that span across the life of main character. I felt like JW almost went into this trying to cram as much in as she could: injustices with race, socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+ issues ,sexual assault, and abortion.I liked the characters as a whole and enjoyed the commentary,but it felt like it was a bit much overall. Read on #audiobook via #Scribd

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Blackbird Vol. 1 | Sam Humphries
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The artwork in this is phenomenal! As is the magic system. The storyline and characters needed a bit more work, but I am WAY too intrigued to not continue reading this series.
Nina has always known that she is different, but not crazy, like her family says. When her sister is kidnapped by a giant demon, Nina goes in search of the magic she knows is real in order to get her sister back.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bc of the artwork & magic

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Just now starting this one- I'm pretty behind on the #botmbuddyread!

TheNerdyProfessor This was a good read. A needed perspective on domestic work. 3mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Forgot to post my #BOTM #bookhaul! I'm so elated with these choices. I can't even really decide which one I'm the most psyched about

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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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Such a good work book haul!! In honor of #bnyabookclub, Spin the Dawn and The Beholder are 50% off this weekend. I promise, I needed them. The Hearts We Sold was cheap after my discount, and I couldn't pass up an ARC of The Warehouse, which I've never heard of but it sounded great

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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This is the best book I have read this year, hands down. It could not have been better. The first act is a bit slow, while the world is developed and the characters are put in place. But once you know everything you need to know, the plot doesn't stop.The magic system was great, the setting exotic, the enemies to lovers romance the best I have ever read.I loved the comraderie between the whole group going on the adventure.The twists were brilliant

rjsthumbelina Picture is of the amazing front cover map! Forgot to mention, I read this as part of the #bnyabookclub, which I am leading at my local store 3mo
Dragonfairykats Gorgeous map! The book sounds really good. 3mo
rjsthumbelina @Dragonfairykats it was sooo good! I cannot even put it into words 3mo
rjsthumbelina Also, this one beat out With the Fire on High for my favorite book of the year. Which was amazing, so that says a whole lot. Very different kinds of YA, but still - THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC 3mo
Feenbraut Is it a stand-alone? I can hear it wisper „read meee reeeaaad meeee“.... 1mo
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The Lost Coast | Amy Rose Capetta
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This wasn't my favorite book by ARC, but I did enjoy it. I couldn't fully connect with any of the characters, but thought that the magic was interesting. The atmosphere of the setting was done nearly perfectly, however. I really like when magic is connected to nature, and this was a great example of that. The redwood forest scenes were my favorite of the book. The setting is reminiscent of The Raven Boys, but the similarities don't really ⬇️

rjsthumbelina ...extend any further than that. I did like that most of the characters were queer as well. Listened to this #audiobook via #scribd #queerbooks 3mo
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal

There is nothing worse than that feeling when you have 36 pages left in what is probably the best book you've read all year, and having to go in to work and leave those last few pages in your backpack!!

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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Alright: between the complex fantasy world, exotic setting, interesting magic, epic adventure, close-knit adventuring gang, slow burn enemies to lovers romance, and roughly 17 twists that I have NOT seen coming - EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP WHAT THEYRE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK.

wanderinglynn That‘s quite a recommendation! Stacked! 3mo
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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Can you guys relate? Slow burns don't normally get to me, but WHOA. That moment was something else entirely!

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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I am enjoying this book so much now that the adventure part of the plot has started! I will admit, the author took her time setting up the background story and building the intricate world, but with a story like this one, I don't think it could have been done a different way! ⬇️

rjsthumbelina So much rich lore in the world-building, and such an exotic and magical world she has built. I'm super impressed with this debut YA fantasy so far. Reading for the #BNYAbookclub, which happens this Thursday at all Barnes and Nobles! 3mo
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I love this series. It's been too long since I read one! In this volume, Kamala has to stop an evil group who are using technology to brainwash the locals into being okay with gentrification! Also, her brother is getting married, and she has to deal with the normal stress of being a teen on top of being an Avenger! Guest appearances by Loki and Captain Marvel, along with Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor

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Just a few examples of why I love this series ❤️

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Midnight at the Electric | Jodi Lynn Anderson
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What a different twist on space travel! The main character is preparing to go to Mars in 2045. Along the way, she finds an unknown connection to family, an old woman named Lily. Lily lives on a farm in Kansas, where we find some letters from 2 characters from the past. The first, Catherine, is a teen during the dust bowl. The second, Lenore, is a teen after WW1 in Britain who wants to reunite with her best friend who moved to the US. Its a ⬇️

rjsthumbelina ...beautiful book about what it means to be human. Deep dives into the ideas of grief, connection with another living being, connection to a place, and the importance of relationships other than romantic ones. 4.5 🌟 1st book compketed for the #bookjunkietrials for #dwarfmount, with just a hint of romance in both Catherine's and Lenore's stories 3mo
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I See You Everywhere | Julia Glass
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This book was strange. It was kind of a slice of life, but over at least a span of 20 years. It was all about the relationship between 2 sisters, and how it changed over time. It was okay, but not one that I will continue to think about over time, I don't think. Major trigger warning for suicide

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Midnight at the Electric | Jodi Lynn Anderson
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🥀💔

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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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These 4, plus Stardust (the group book), are my TBR for the #bookjunkietrials, which goes all the way through July. I am a #scribe though, so I get to change my TBR if I so choose 🙃

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Cindy, what great choices! Thank you so much! I totally have almost bought the tagged book no less than 5 different times, but it has just never quite made it home with me. I will probably be reading both books quite soon 🥰 #oldmeetsnewgiveaway @Cinfhen

Cinfhen The Preston book is awesome!!! I loved it - I took a chance on the Allende... thanks for playing #oldmeetsnew 4mo
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I'm so excited! My package from Cindy arrived! TBH, I'm also so excited about the Israeli postage - so cool! I'm super nerdy, but I love how the internet can connect people 🤩🤩 Cindy, thank you so much for the giveaway!! @Cinfhen #oldmeetsnewgiveaway

Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m glad package arrived💗 4mo
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Hello Hello | Brendan Wenzel
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Hello.
My name is Becky from the store.
You killed my internship in your trend of the day.
Prepare to be able to make it to the meeting tonight.

🤣🤣🤣

#hellothursday
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wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 You‘re a task master making someone work at night! 🤣 4mo
rjsthumbelina @wanderinglynn if only they hadn't killed my internship! 4mo
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When You Read This | Mary Adkins
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How is this book not flying off the shelves?? Iris has already died by the time the book starts, but her voice is still present as she comes to terms with her cancer through her blog. We also get to see how a few of the people closest to her (her sister, her boss, and her boyfriend) are responding to their grief. Told through blogs, emails, and texts. This story is funny, raw, and wholy beautiful. One of my favorite reads of the year so far ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I should start off by saying I really appreciate a good historical fiction with likeable characters, especially if there's a mystery element. I also particularly enjoy magic realism, as well as cultural elements in a story. This book checked all of those boxes. It kept my interest and kept me guessing. The only thing I didn't like was the unnecessary romance, which made the ending not as perfect as I was hoping. Read for #BOTMbuddyread

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I enjoyed this. Read it in 2 sittings. I loved the description Oliver uses. In the past, I remember not liking poems I had read by her. It's funny how tastes can change. I had seen that the #eclecticreaderspodcast had picked this one for June, and thought it would be fun to join in. I wasn't disappointed #poetrymatters @EclecticReaders

EclecticReaders So glad to hear you enjoyed the poetry collection! It is interesting how tastes can change over the years. 4mo
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The Disasters | M. K. England
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This book started off pretty slow for me. I just couldn't get into it right off the bat, even though it starts off with some pretty serious action. I felt like it took too long to really get to know the characters, and also maybe took too long to feel like there was going to be any hope of them resolving the problem they are up against. Once I got to know the characters, I did love them. And I really enjoyed the world created by the author. ⬇️

rjsthumbelina I read this for the #queerlitreadathon, bc the author is non-binary and the main character is bisexual. I thought the bisexuality rep was pretty well done, without really being any kind of focus for the story. The plot was pretty well done, too. The pacing just felt funny for me, which made it ⭐⭐⭐💫 4mo
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