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rjsthumbelina

Joined December 2016

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Hot Dog Girl | Jennifer Dugan
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The best part about this book is the side characters, who were great. Also, there is decent bisexuality rep in the main character. It is a romance and does include a fake relationship. It was cute, but the naivety of the main character and the shitty choices she made stopped this from being a great book. Read as an #audiobook via #scribd

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this like others have. It was alright, but it certainly didn‘t feel special. It was a pretty normal superhero story, nothing very memorable in my opinion. I don‘t know if I‘ll continue this series. I read this by my husband wants us to watch the Netflix series. I read this on my iPad via #hoopla

Djspens I enjoyed the Netflix series! I don't think I'd like the book as well.... 3d
rjsthumbelina @Djspens I'm glad to hear that you liked the Netflix series! Hopefully I will enjoy it more than the book... 3d
TheRomantiCate I‘m obsessed with the show and the graphic novels!! Volume 3 is dropping in August, I think!! 3d
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1. Teen, fantasy & sci-fi, historical fiction, thrillers, nonfiction
2.tagged
3. St Louis, MO
4. The couch or my bed! 🛋️🛏️
#oldmeetsnewgiveaway @Cinfhen

PerksOfBeingABookworm I live in STL! Are you here visiting or do you live here too? 4d
Cinfhen I‘m also a bed or couch reader!!!!! Especially in the colder months 😜Thanks for sharing and posting💜 4d
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Clockmaker's Daughter | Kate Morton
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It looks like we finally get to see what happened! I'm so excited to dig in to this section and hopefully get some answers 😲
#botmbuddyread

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My wrap up for #bingoathon! The multicolored stars represent With the Fire on High, the red rose is for Twice in a Blue Moon, and the blue flower is Once & Future. I'm not finished with Once & Future, but am counting it anyway. I didn't use Crown of Feathers bc I chose not to finish it, and I'm not done with Hot Dog Girl yet either! But it's been a pretty good reading week altogether - 2 five stars, and in the middle of 2 more promising reads!

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I love the tone that this book has so far! 😍 It's both sci-fi and fantasy, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Hope it keeps this up as the book progresses - excited to see how much progress I can make with it tonight!

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#Hugonuts here is my cover! I am reading a digital Barnes & Noble classics edition

#B&Nclassics

GingerAntics I almost got that edition. 6d
suvata Love that cover 6d
BookwormAHN That's the edition I have too. 6d
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Twice in a Blue Moon | Christina Lauren
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This was a sweet rom com with great characters and an interesting plot that I wish I had known less about before reading the book. Very charming characters and a great love story, but without being degrading to anyone involved. I can‘t say enough about how much I loved the people in this story. I would love to see Christina Lauren write a follow up. Haven‘t read them before, but I intend to now! Read this as an #arc from #edelweiss

Lovesbooks87 I love their books. I have this one preordered! 6d
rjsthumbelina @Lovesbooks87 I am going to have to read past books by them now! It was a great story ❤️ 6d
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Hot Dog Girl | Jennifer Dugan
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Using this fun contemporary as palette cleanser from the last one that didn't work out so well 😊

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Crown of Feathers | Nicki Pau Preto
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I was almost halfway through this one, but the second senseless killing of an animal was enough. I turned it off and don't intend to finish it. A Booktuber, Hailey in Bookland, said that she was nervous about this one bc it was animage magic and she thought that might mean that animals could be killed, and boy was she right. The plot was not good enough to overcome that author choice

Jinster Sounds horrendous 😥 1w
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Not sure why I am connecting with this book so well, just the right book at the right time I guess. but this is something that rings so true for me!

#botmbuddyread

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Waiting for a meeting for my internship, so I thought I'd treat myself to some reading time at McAlister's! Chicken avocado blt and mac and cheese ? Trying lately to take as much "me" time as I can without feeling guilty
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Another section that gives more credence to my theory: the stories are tied together by the house, as they all lived there. And Birdie is the spiritual embodiment of the house, and she gets to be the storyteller bc she is the connection to each of them.

I like Birdie's sections the best.
#botmbuddyread

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Restart | Gordon Korman
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I read this to lead an empathy book club with adults with intellectual disabilities at my internship. Besides the fact that the book club has been a great experience, the book was pretty good too! Chase falls off the roof and gets amnesia. Once he tries to resume his normal life, he finds out that he was a bully. He has to decide what kind of person he is now. Great for making you think about empathy and how to treat others

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This book, y'all. It's awesome. It's about a teenage girl trying to figure out life. She has a two year old daughter and is passionate about cooking. All of the characters and their relationships were great. It was almost a little bit of a slice of life story, more about her journey than a concrete story arc. Elizabeth Acevedo is a fantastic audiobook narrator. All the stars for this one. Listened to this on #scribd

suzisteffen Oooh yes! Thanks for the rec!! 1w
rjsthumbelina @suzisteffen 😊 pretty sure I enjoyed it even more than The Poet X by her, which was also 5 stars for me. This was one of my favorite reads of the year 1w
suzisteffen @rjsthumbelina Found it on Hoopla Digital too, so that‘s awesome. (Often Scribd has, ahem, mirrored Hoopla‘s holdings.) 1w
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#botmbuddyread

I will definitely say this: lots of good quotes in this book! Especially when Lucy talks

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2w
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"The land does not forget. It is a doorway through which one steps across time."
This is beginning to seem like the thesis statement of the book! I don't think there will necessarily be connections between all the characters. I think that the house itself is their connection. It seems to me that Birdie is the personification of that connection, which she herself is also a part of, since she stayed there as well
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I'm getting annoyed - it seems like at 175 pages in, I should know what's going on. However, she keeps introducing new time periods and characters...and I just don't see a reason. Yes, they all relate to the house, but I'm not seeing why they matter to each other... Is anyone else getting frustrated? #botmbuddyread

rjsthumbelina I get it! At least I think I do. I will add a minimally spoiler-y comment below this one with my theory 2w
rjsthumbelina We meet the tertiary characters only after Birdie starts to remember them and to remember their lives within the house. It worked that way when Leonard was introduced, and then, when I looked back, that's how it was with Ada as well. It bothers me infinitely less now 😊 2w
Birdsong28 Yes as I listening to it and I sometimes think but you were just talking about someone else!!! 😂📚📖 2w
Karisa I'm feeling it too. I miss Elodie... Hate it when I bond with a character early on thinking that one will be the center of the wheel only to realize later, she's just one of many spokes. 😂 2w
kspenmoll I have had to write down characters as I am getting lost. The strongest pull into the book was the chapters on the girls school & Leonard‘s story. @Karisa I agree re Elodie- I kept thinking she would return. Very disjointed read for me. 2w
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I always enjoy Molly Murphy. A strong heroine, engaging mysteries with plots I never unravel, fantastic historical setting, and at least a dollop of romance. Though I will say I'm not sold on Molly's current love triangle. I also love that theres always importance placed on friendships. This one tasks Molly with finding a missing girl who eloped with her bad boy bf from Ireland, and also with finding out who is smuggling designs across sweatshops.

rjsthumbelina Cont: As she gets more entwined, Molly also tries to help improve conditions for the girls working in the sweatshops, which I also loved to see her taking up that cause. 2w
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Finished 3 out of 4 for the #Scallywagathon! Only prompt left to hit is 10: assessing the booty (recent haul). Fortunately my ipad is stocked with ARCs that I downloaded yesterday, so I will be picking one of those and trying to read it today
Prompt 4: low tide (under 200 pgs): In An Absent Dream
Prompt 7: blow down the man (female author): For the Love of Mike
Detour B: angle of attack (problem facing today's society): Rage Becomes Her

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🤣🤣 too true!

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A hard truth

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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I love The Wayward Children series. They are fairytale retellings about children who have doors open to them to fantasy worlds. These worlds are not all fantasy at all, but are usually what the child needs at the time. What makes these novellas special is that Seanan McGuire is able to use these fantastical storylines to get at some deep truths about our lives. That‘s special.
Read for #scallywagathon

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire

Toxic femininity at its finest. The girl in the passage is now 10, and finding that the rules of childhood no longer apply to her

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Toxic femininity at its finest. The girl in the passage is now 10, and finding that the rules of childhood no longer apply to her

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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So true! Why do we lose this remarkable originality as we age?

GingerAntics Part of the reason is all these bloody standardised tests. They certainly don‘t standardise education or intelligence, but they do a great job of making our children standardised and just like everyone else. 2w
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Funny that there‘s a pirate mention in my #scallywagathon book! 😆

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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At home sick today - I have a strange pain in my side, and I‘m not sure yet whether it‘s an ovarian cyst or my appendix, so I‘m basically waiting to see if I get any other symptoms or get better! In the meantime, I‘ve decided to participate in the tail end of the #Scallywagathon! This book is for prompt 4: low tide (less than 200 pages).

The beginning is giving me Harry Potter vibes, which is unusual for Seanan

cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 2w
Jas16 I hope the pain goes away and you feel better soon. 2w
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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I wanted to love this. And I do think it makes some important points. I really liked most of what she had to say. I'm not sure what exactly I didn't like about it. It was...too over the top maybe? It wasn't pointed enough, and was a little all over the place. Still a decent read, especially for someone who's never thought about these things. Most of what was discussed was stuff I have already thought a lot about. Listened to #audiobook on #Scribd

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This book does not shy away from stuff going down! It is action-packed, and the turns the plot took were logical and seemed thought out. The writing style (in dossier form) made it more interesting and engaging to read

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My final results from the O.W.L.s readathon! I got an exceeds expectations (9 or more). What's even better, I read the right categories for the career paths I wanted for the upcoming N.E.W.T.s readathon! This was a lot of fun 📚🔮

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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My crazy collage for my April reads! April was crazy busy, but started to show somewhat at the end. And I read some really great books - I don't think there's a single one here that I wouldn't at least somewhat recommend!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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It's no wonder people complain about how these don't format well as an ebook! But I am enjoying this interesting way of telling a story. Very different so far. And I am finding the storyline pretty engaging as well

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Possibly my favorite book so far this year! I l9ve these characters and this deeply interestaing world Libba has created within 1920s America. I love how she uses this series to discuss real issues that matter, like mental health and racial inequities in this one. I have loved every book in this series more than the last. I cannot wait for the final book!

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This is quite possibly the best end ever to an author's note! Love this, love this book, love her

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Trying hard to finish this one before it returns to the library tomorrow! I may or may not be listening to it with one earbud while supervising a kiddo in PE... 😉 I love this series! I do own the ebook on my nook, but I really enjoy the narrator, so I would prefer to finish it this way if possible

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The Spaceship Next Door | Gene Doucette
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Finally finished this book on my lunch break, now that grad school isn't quite as crazy! Even though it took me so long to read, I did enjoy it overall. Especially once the ship did something! I really liked Annie's character, and I thought the idea of the aliens was clever and different. 👽🛸
 @Shadowfat I will get it in the mail to you this week, probably on Wednesday

Shadowfat No worries, thanks for letting me know! 3w
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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Mehso-so

Had to read this book real quick bc someone has it on hold in the library system, so I can't renew it! It had a decent plotline, and some pretty good LGBT+ rep, but it didn't carry me away like I had hoped. I wasn't crazy about the storyline or the artwork. I liked Mia, but I wasn't overly fond of any of the characters. Not a bad book, but a little forgettable, I think.

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Admiral | Sean Danker
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I totally got caught up in grad school and forgot to post my #SFFSwap goodies from @Michollio! The books all look great, and the mug is so cute! I am taking some of the tea with me to my all-day grad school class tomorrow. 😊 And the wrapping it all came in was adorable! Thank you!
@Avanders

Avanders 🦄🧬♥️♥️👏🏽 Thanks 😘 And good luck!! 1mo
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This book would have been good, if not for the main character! I loved the love interest, Sahil, and the storyline was very interesting and captivating. I liked the backstories of all the characters, too. But Twinkle was too self-centered and childish for the majority of the story. Listened to the #audiobook on #Scribd

Avanders Hi! I‘m hoping you can post a pic of the #SFFS package you received from Michelle — I‘m sure she would appreciate seeing your thoughts! 😘♥️ 1mo
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This book honestly changed the way I think about myself! Kristin Neff speaks candidly about her own life, as well as the development of her theories about self-compassion and how they have led to new therapy techniques. It makes so much sense- we are quick to forgive others for things that we torment ourselves for doing. And our unrealistic expectations lead to increases in anxiety and depression. Loved it. Listened to #audiobook on #Scribd

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The Spaceship Next Door | Gene Doucette
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Finally getting through this book! (Its not the books fault, it's my crazy busy life's...)

@Shadowfat this is your book, correct? I will be working to finish it this week!

GingerAntics This book sounds really interesting. 1mo
rjsthumbelina It can be a little slow, but I am enjoying it overall. It's interesting to see how the community has changed before the spaceship does anything (besides land, of course) 1mo
wanderinglynn Sounds like a fun book. Stacked! 1mo
Shadowfat It is my book @rjsthumbelina . No worries I'm not in a rush to have it back. I had forgotten who had it so thanks for letting me know! 1mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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She is killing me with these one liners! 😂

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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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🤣🤣 how has this book been on my TBR since it came out?! Page 3 and I'm already in love

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I received my package from @Michollio last night for #SFFS! And promptly had my husband hide it on top of the fridge so that I can't open it 🙃 @Avanders

Avanders Yay!! 🎉💃🏽♥️ 2mo
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