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Joined January 2018

high school principal, former English and history teacher (23 years), mom, wife, bibliophile. https://www.goodreads.com/stacilaird
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"Sometimes life can pull a lot out of you, Althea. Just squeeze you dry. And if you don't have a way to get back whatever's good and precious to you, it's like losing your soul." 4 siblings, damaged in different ways by the early death of their mom and a volatile, often-absent father, have to learn to find forgiveness and a way forward in this novel about the messy love, loyalty, and resentment coursing through family dynamics. Highly recommend.

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😢😢🌩🌧 My beautiful day turned stormy, and I forgot I left my book on my patio 😢 A wet, swollen book is a sad sight.

Eyelit 😥 1w
Johanna414 Oh no! 1w
laurenslibrary 😭😭😭 1w
wanderinglynn Oh my! 😢 1w
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Finally getting started on my Mother's Day gift. It's a beautiful patio-reading day 🌞📚🐞🌻

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Wow. I got drawn in quickly! The premise is wild, yet so believable. A fundamentalist govt creates the "Pure Movement"& passes laws putting women back "in their place." Trackers limit females to 100 words/day through electric shock. It's a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring extremism when we could speak up then finding it's too late. The conclusion is rushed & becomes an action story, but I definitely recommend it in spite of its flaws.

KathyWheeler I really want to finish this book. I found myself so angry while reading the first chapter that I had to put it down. 1w
BarbaraBB Great photo! 1w
staci.reads @KathyWheeler I found myself irrationally annoyed with my husband while reading this book 😏 so I definitely get it. I had to remind myself, wait...this is real life, not my book, and he can't help that he's a man 🤣 4d
KathyWheeler @staci.reads This happened to me when I read The Handmaid‘s Tale. My poor husband.😄 4d
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Refugee | Alan Gratz
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3 stories, set decades apart, of families fleeing their homes intertwine in this powerful book. Though the 3 families are from different eras and regions, their stories are tragically similar. The author challenges humanity and the current rhetoric about refugees and immigrants by illustrating the desperation humans face when we choose not to embrace those who are suffering. It's an important book for YA readers and future decision makers. #YAL

RaimeyGallant Sounds like a great read. 2w
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This follows the lives of the Jongas, immigrants from Cameroon, trying to live out the promise of the American Dream. A secondary story of the Edwardses, the family of a Wall Street exec, highlights the pitfalls of striving. The Jonga husband/wife disagree about America vs Cameroon, staying vs going, & the best future for their children. It explores what it means to be happy, what it takes to be home, & what it is to dream of better.

mc916 I returned this before finishing it because I couldn‘t get into it. I might have to pick it up again. It was a book club read, not my first choice, but everyone (or most) seemed to really like it. 2w
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I read this as part of a book club with others at my school. We have had powerful discussions that have helped me get to know some of my colleagues better and have helped me form a vision for where we need to go as a school. I am blessed to work with so many amazing educators who care passionately about our school, our kids, and our profession. I'm excited for next year!

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3rd book expands Binti's universe as she continues to absorb & embrace identities and cultures, finding that seemingly opposite people and worlds can live not only together, but within individuals. It weaves politics, sociology, science,math, psychology, and a coming of age story. Okarafor creates vivid creatures & worlds,evoking classic sci fi (think Weinbaum and Clarke)while addressing core issues in our society, like intolerance and sexism.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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No second-book slump with this gem! Angie Thomas did it again, creating characters we fall in love with, telling a story we need to hear, and using language in powerful ways. I will recommend this one as loudly as I recommended THUG. In other news...The sun is out, things are greening up, tulips are budding, and I'm patio-reading once again 🌷🐞🌞📚 I adore spring in the midwest 😍

ZeinaHesham AWWW I really want to read this beauty 😍 It's been on my TBR since forever. :( 2mo
Lmstraubie I liked this one better than THUG and I really liked THUG. 2mo
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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I really should quit doing this to myself. I swear off Jane Austen retellings, but then one gets lots of buzz on social media, and I get sucked in. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It was clever in places and cringy in places. Typical of an adaptation.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Super excited that our school librarian snagged me a copy of this for the weekend! Hoping to get it done tonight so I can put it back in circulation Monday. It's been a hard one to get my hands on 👐

hermyknee I really enjoyed it! 3mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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My reading life has taken a hit over the past weeks, but I finally was able to spend some time on me. This book story centers around a unique protagonist, Lauren Olamina. Although only a teenager, she sees the coming demise of her world clearer than any adult and begins to prepare for an uncertain, dangerous future in an America that has collapsed into chaos. The storytelling is compelling and disturbing. I highly recommend this.

ShyBookOwl My favourite author 😍 Have you read Kindred? I bought Parable of the Sower last summer and havent read it yet. #tbr lol 3mo
Emilymdxn I absolutely adored this book too. I wish I could make more people read it right now 3mo
staci.reads @ShyBookOwl I have read Kindred! I read it over a year ago and fell in love. I recommend it to everyone. This is my second Butler. 3mo
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staci.reads @Emilymdxn Have you read the sequel? 3mo
ShyBookOwl @staci.reads I recommend it to everyone too. If you like sci fi, you should check out her book Dawn 😊 3mo
staci.reads @ShyBookOwl adding to my tbr list! Thanks! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @staci.reads 👍 3mo
LoverofLit I read this one a few months ago and it's really stuck with me. 3mo
Emilymdxn I haven‘t read the sequel but I really want to! 3mo
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"How Now, Brown Cow" | Madeleine L'Engle, Robert Hartung
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Perfect combination for a Saturday afternoon 📚🍺 I may have found one to add to my favorites list. Oh, and the book is good so far too 😉 @phatsallylee @Jilly6183

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Thank you, thank you @phatsallylee ! I love it all so much! Sorry I wasn't home yesterday to open it, but what a great way to start my morning!! I'm excited to dive in to these along with some recommended beverages from the east coast! #BBSRedacted @Jilly6183

Jilly6183 Awesome! Love the on-theme snacks! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Eligible is fantastic! 3mo
staci.reads @Jilly6183 The pretzels are awesome! I may have found a new addiction 🙂 3mo
staci.reads @Reviewsbylola I'm about 40 pages in and loving it! 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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It's an excellent novel, but a tragic story that blurs the lines of love, loyalty, and family. Most of the time I wasn't sure who to root for, as the characters are complex and flawed but human.

mc916 Fave! 4mo
Erinreadsthebooks I loved not knowing who to root for or what decisions I felt like characters should make or even what I would do in their shoes. One of my favorites! 4mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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12 inches last night on top of the 6 we already had. The Interstate is closed down and the county has pulled the snowplows off the roads due to blizzard conditions. Upper right picture shows the doors to my school 😯 Just came in from digging our vehicles out of the drifts, and now I'm in front of the fire trying to thaw. Rest of the day/night = a fire and a good book. ❄❄#snowmaggedon

Crazeedi Stay in and stay warm, a cup of coffee or tea and a good book! 4mo
jillannjohn Wow! 4mo
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hermyknee Do you mind if I email you with a professional question that I have? 😬😊 4mo
staci.reads @hermyknee Not at all. Do you still have my address? 4mo
hermyknee @staci.reads yes I do! Thank you! 😊😊😊 4mo
hermyknee @staci.reads just sent you an email from my personal account (I hope it doesn‘t go to spam!) 4mo
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This book was a lot of fun! The bitchy back and forth among the school moms, the snarky, hilarious voice of Bernadette in her correspondence, and the smart insightful voice of her daughter Bee, all made for great dialogue and storytelling. This book reads so quickly, I was near the end before I realized it. This was another instance of "right book, right time."

PerksOfBeingABookworm Nice review! I got this book for Christmas. I‘ll have to bump it up on my TBR. 4mo
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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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There's so much to process from Book 2! 😯 I'm loving the cultural struggles and complexity of the worlds Okorafor has built. I'm looking forward to seeing how she ties it all together in Book 3!

WhatWouldJaneDo Ooh! I read the first one last month, excited to hear that they keep getting better! 4mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Original and intriguing, and for a novella, it touched on a lot of topics, such as tradition, intolerance, social class conflicts, and war. Hopefully the next two in the trilogy explore those topics more. I'm excited to continue reading about this powerful female character.

hermyknee I just ordered this book! 4mo
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Toni Morrison
Jane Austen
JK Rowling
Edgar Allan Poe
Ray Bradbury

I love this challenge, but wow this was hard! @britt_brooke

staci.reads And if I were allowed 5 more...
F Scott Fitzgerald
Jesmyn Ward
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
John Green
Octavia Butler

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britt_brooke Nicely done! 👏🏻 4mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Looking forward to starting this one as I settle in for the night. #fridaynightbookclub @JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

JoScho Enjoy!!! 4mo
NeedsMoreBooks This is on my TBR! 4mo
lovelybookshelf Enjoy! It's so good! 4mo
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Oh how I loved this book ❤ It's a beautiful novel about loneliness and abandonment, resilience, the majesty of nature, and love. One of the best aspects of this novel for me was the author's ability to capture time and place. I was there as the story unfolded...and what a beautiful story it was.

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Today's much better than yesterday, and this weekend it's supposed to get up to 40° Mother Nature is drunk again 😂 @wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 And yes, I agree that Mother Nature needs to lay off the sauce! 😂 5mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This book was fantastic! It pulled me in immediately with a wonderfully written prologue and kept me hooked through the layers of small town drama and periodic flashbacks from multiple perspectives. It worked well to have parallel mysteries, decades apart. I would definitely read this author again! Thanks for recommending it as my next read @Mitch @Librarybelle @LapReader @gradcat @BarbaraBB !

BarbaraBB So glad it was a good choice! And you read it so fast! Which will be next? 5mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked it! 5mo
staci.reads @BarbaraBB I couldn't put it down, and I'm on day 3 of no work because of the weather, so I had time 🙂 Moving on to Where the Crawdads Sing next as it had the 2nd-most comments. 5mo
gradcat I‘m chuffed...so glad you liked it!! 🙃 5mo
BarbaraBB @staci.reads Very good. That‘s such a good one too! 5mo
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Wow. Reading this book is a journey, a trip through through time, place, and all the emotions. Boyne is a master storyteller. This is the best novel I've read in a very long time. Highly recommended!

Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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What to Read and Why | Francine Prose
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School is cancelled today and tomorrow for the ridiculous wind chills, so I'm probably not moving from this spot for the next 48 hours 🔥. I'll be finishing up The Heart's Invisible Furies soon, but I'm having trouble choosing where to go next. What advice can you give, Littens? #isthisthenorthpole?

Lcsmcat You can‘t go wrong with 5mo
Mitch This might make you feel warm...... 5mo
Marilyncjackson We still have to work 😐 we have people that have to work outside and they say you can get frostbite in 5mins. This book always makes me feel warm and stuffy —> 5mo
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TheWordJar Behold the Dreamers! ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB I loved The Crawdads but maybe in between two of those great books, The Dry will fit in nicely! 5mo
Librarybelle So many good options! I‘d recommend The Dry. 5mo
LapReader As an Aussie I recommend The Dry. It‘s a quick read. 5mo
gradcat I quite liked The Dry...but I don‘t think it was a quick read for me. Maybe I‘m just really slow...😌 5mo
melsimpson Where the Crawdads Sing is one of my all time favourite books. It's beautiful and heart-shattering. I love it ❤📚 5mo
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Deep Freeze | Lisa Jackson
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It's ridiculously cold. For the next week, we are to have the coldest temps we've had in more than 20 years. Wind chills of 50 to 60 below are predicted for Wednesday...for goodness sake. I may not go outside until spring, so it's a good thing I have a seriously big tbr stack, including my latest Half-Price Books haul.

Melissa_J Good God! Where are you? That‘s insanely cold 🥶 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I second Melissa_J - is this on Earth?? 😳 5mo
staci.reads @Melissa_J @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Northern Iowa! It's ridiculous! 5mo
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I had no idea that Mary Shelley was a) the daughter of feminist and author Mary Wallstonecraft, and b) led such a tragic life. How did I miss this in all my college lit. classes?! I feel like someone owes me some tuition money back 🤯

catebutler I admired her even more when I found out about her background. I especially love the backstory of how and why she wrote, ‘Frankenstein‘. That in and of itself would make an amazing book! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz Wait, I didn‘t know that either!! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly You should watch the latest episode of Drunk History. You‘ll get a lot of interesting factoids about her. ☺️ 5mo
staci.reads @MicheleinPhilly Oh my gosh! I'm watching it right now!! I told my husband about what I read, and he said "Have you not watched last week's drunk history?!" Umm, no. So now we're watching it together ?? 5mo
MicheleinPhilly ENJOY! 5mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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This is a good YA fantasy novel. The characters were interesting, the plot unpredictable, & the world building complex. That being said, it didn't live up to the hype for me. In talking with fans, I expected to become really invested in the story & characters to where I couldn't put it down and would want to dive right into the sequel, but neither held true. Again, a good book that I think suffered for me from too high of expectations.

catebutler I had the same reaction as you, very fun and loved the world building, but I wasn‘t as enthusiastic as other readers. 5mo
cewilf I thought the same. I liked the second one better! 5mo
Aleida I liked these characters a lot. I thought the climax was a bit unsatisfying, though. Wasn‘t very exited to read the sequel bc I‘m not a fan of YA, but I do often wonder what‘s happened to some of the characters. 5mo
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Johanna414 I felt the same way. I loved her first trilogy but while I enjoyed this, it didn‘t completely blow me away. I want to read the sequel eventually, but keep putting it off 5mo
staci.reads @catebutler @cewilf @Aleida @Johanna414 @BookNerd9906 Did you see they are making a Netflix series? I think this may be a rare case where it may make a better show than a book. 5mo
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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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Colorful characters and an engaging storyline make this an enjoyable read. The development of the town reminded me a bit of Beartown, and the character of Britt-Marie was a little reminiscent of Ove, but for me, this one comes in a distant third behind Backman's two other books I've read.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! Your review is exactly how I would describe it! 😁 5mo
MelissaSue81 This was my least favorite of Backman‘s books. You need to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry though. It is Britt Marie‘s origin story (and a much better book, imo) 5mo
staci.reads @MelissaSue81 I didn't realize the 2 books were connected. It's definitely on my tbr list! 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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The inside glimpses into her childhood, her young adult life, her marriage, her family, and her life as FLOTUS help us to understand both the magic and the everyday qualities of the Obamas. I found it a wonderful read that took me through a range of emotions and reminded me of the hope I once felt and know I will feel again. I highly recommend this read!

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I use book shopping for therapy when my daughter goes back to college. 😔

readordierachel Aww. Book therapy is necessary sometimes. Good picks! 5mo
Karkar Book therapy is nice. 5mo
MyNamesParadise LOVED The Dry!! 5mo
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This YA book has won a ton of awards, and now I see why. There's nothing else like it out there. It's an adventure, it's historical fiction, it's a little mystical, and it's a fantastic romance between two male teens. It also tackles topics of race and sexism in the 18th century. This was 500 pages of fun! #YAL

BookNerd9906 Have had this in my library holds forever!!!! Can‘t wait. 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz OK stacking!! 😊❤️ 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Your review is way better than mine! 😊 5mo
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@Jilly6183 is hosting a unique swap that looks like loads of fun. Even if you don't sign up, the sign-up form is worth a visit and a read 😂. Go to her page to find the link!

Jilly6183 Thanks for signing up! And glad I could entertain ☺️ 6mo
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End of Year Report | New Jersey. Workforce New Jersey
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I fell short of last year's totals, but I read some fantastic books this year!

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 5mo
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Get a Clue | Jill Shalvis
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There's a little over 6 hours of 2018 left here. My wild New Year's Eve plan: making progress on these two books, playing board games with the family, eating homemade pizza, and watching the countdown shows. 🎉🎉🎉📚📚🍕🍕🎲🎲♣️♦️♥️♠️🤗 #ReadInTheNewYear #currentlyreading #hour1

tracey38 Sounds like a great NYE! 6mo
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In Alice Walker's foreward to this book, she states, "We are being shown the wound." Hurston documents her interviews with Cudjo Lewis, the last known survivor of the last known slave ship, which brought him to the US in 1860, 50 years after slave trade was outlawed. Told directly in Cudjo's dialect, Hurston as narrator is barely present, choosing instead to let the old man tell his own story: a story of tragedy and loneliness. #ReadInTheNewYear

Joyfulmimi Is PTSD inherent in our culture, I wonder. 5mo
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This books is fantastic! While the writing is geared toward a YA or even middle-grade audience, it is worth reading for all ages. The history of women's suffrage in the U.S. is told through the the stories of the activists who led the cause. I've read a decent amount on the topic, and still found new information in this. The tone is inspiring, and ultimately, the book is about more than history; it's a call to continue fighting for equality.#YAL

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✅Jane Austen as crime-solving heroine
✅an intriguing mystery
✅Well-researched period references
✅abundant and vividly described Christmas traditions from period setting
✅interesting characters based on Austen's actual family and contemporaries
= a perfect Christmas break read
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Clare-Dragonfly I usually don‘t like historical fiction placing people in situations they were never really in, but this sounds really good! I think it‘s the research that gets me interested 🤓 6mo
staci.reads @Clare-Dragonfly Same. But this one was a pleasant surprise. The writing was well-done too. 6mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Here's my 18 best of 2018. These also represent my first year on Litsy, as this month is my joining anniversary 😊. #18in18 #18in2018

kellyann28 Happy Litsy Anniversary 🤩 6mo
whatshesreadingnow Happy Litsyversary! 💖🎉📚 6mo
TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 6mo
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KarenUK Nice list! 👍 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Discovered Fredrik Bachman this year myself and have the same books on my list! I've also acquired a few Ruta Sepetys books, so I'm happy to see some made your list too. Happy reading in 2019. 📚😍 6mo
britt_brooke Great picks! Glad you‘re part of this fantastic community! 6mo
staci.reads @TrishB @KarenUK Thanks! It was a good reading year 🙂 6mo
staci.reads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Backman is great! I have Britt-Marie Was Here in my tbr stack next to my bed. I will probably get to it this month. I read all 3 of Sepetys's books this year and loved them all! Looking forward to something new from her. 6mo
staci.reads @britt_brooke Thanks! 🙂 6mo
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It's a quiet night before tomorrow's chaos. I hope all my Litsy family find moments to slow down and appreciate the simple joys of the season. I appreciate this community of readers so much! Happy Christmas, all!

CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄❤️ 6mo
Daisey Merry Christmas! 6mo
tracey38 Merry Christmas 6mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Thank you, @BethM ! I'm so excited to read Parable of the Sower, and the malted milk balls, Lindt chocolates, and hot chocolate...gah! Thanks, @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this fun #jolabokaflodswap ! Merry Christmas, all!

BethM Glad you like it! 6mo
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Sorry I'm late, but my #jolabokaflodswap package was received a few days ago and sent out yesterday. I feel terrible that I sent it out later than planned, but I'm crossing my fingers it gets there on time. Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing!

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This was super cheesy and not exceptionally well done as a mystery, but it was fun, and I enjoyed it. It made me roll my eyes more than once, but it also made made me nostalgic for this dynamic duo.

Bklover This one‘s on my list! 7mo
Erinreadsthebooks I really love your tree!!! 7mo
readordierachel Cute tree 🌲 7mo
staci.reads @Erinreadsthebooks @readordierachel Thanks! I found it last month in an antique store. Made me smile because I remember everyone having these when I was a kid 🙂 6mo
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This Pulitzer-Prize-winning King Lear retelling, which is set in my home state (and mentions my relatively obscure home town a couple times), has been on my tbr for years. It's every bit as dark and twisty as you would expect of a book based on a Shakespeare tragedy. The characters are complex and rather unlikable, but the imagery and description are fantastic, and plot surprised me many times.

MelissaSue81 Sooo I read this book and King Lear for a class in college and never once realized it was a retelling. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
staci.reads @MelissaSue81 🤣🤣 I'm not super familiar with king Lear, so I found myself wondering how closely it parallels the play...clearly not very closely! 7mo
MelissaSue81 @staci.reads - it was like 16- 18 years ago... so my memory of neither is very clear. I just remember them saying the stories were both about families. 7mo
kspenmoll Read this years ago & loved it. 7mo
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Acts of Citizenship | Engin F. Isin, Greg M. Nielsen
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Get out there, friends, if you haven't yet. Don't throw away your voice.

Crazeedi ❤️ 8mo
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓😁💯 8mo
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McCourt's prose is a little tough to follow at times, leaning periodically toward stream-of-consciousness as he tells stories of his teaching career. He mocks himself frequently, blending sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of the students and adults he encounters as he navigates his way through the world of educational pedagogy and philosophy.

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I love the concept, but I tend to be tough on Austen adaptations. This is a story of home, family, tradition, and roots more than a love story, but that's okay because the former is done well. The author isn't as passionate about the love story, so it's sweet, but not necessarily powerful. The character of Darius (Mr. Darcy) is flat. Still, it's worth the read, and I applaud any effort to reignite interest in the classics. #YAL