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tjwill

Joined May 2016

English teacher, Book reviewer, Vonnegutian, Slytherin, INFJ, Time travel enthusiast
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Black Swan Green: A Novel | David Mitchell
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The title of the last chapter is the same as the first. 🤔 @Booksnchill

BoleyBooks I have done this in my books. I circle back around. The second time around I give a more in-depth look or a different character perspective of the same scene. I enjoyed revisiting and building out the scenes. Hopefully, this is the case here. 2d
Booksnchill Well I have finished and I loved it- the story of Taylor‘s 13th year- so momentus in the mind of the one who is living it- so quickly forgotten (in my case)- I can see threads of Mitchell‘s later writing.He is a master of translating the inner workings of his characters into words. Loved coming back around to the mysterious house that isn‘t so mysterious in the end-and the ild lady and her brother- now just need to have unborn twin fleshed out! 2d
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Black Swan Green: A Novel | David Mitchell
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@booksnchill Will we ever find out how the watch was actually messed up? Something supernatural perhaps? I thought the parts with the dad's business trip were interesting, but that definitely didn't make me like him. The lady who randomly starts talking about her son made me cringe.

tjwill @booksnchill When he finally tells his dad, I realized I misunderstood when he said he didn't know what happened to the watch. He said it must have been on the ice, but I took that as that it might have been something mysterious. I guess it really did just smash on the ice. Anticlimactic. 2d
Booksnchill This book has taken so many turns- the bullying was very hard to read for me. The “Goose Fair” and the defense of Taylor by the gypsies was cool- as was handing back the wallet- and Wilcox‘s motorbike fatality- whew what a ride so far. I must not be as far as you are, the watch hasn‘t featured since the lady in the jewelry antique shop so I look forward- to no resolution🤣 2d
tjwill @Booksnchill I‘m sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I just finished the Disco chapter. Did you think there was more to the watch story too? I don‘t know why I read more into it. Maybe there still will be though? I agree that the bullying part was difficult, and I was in shock about the Goose Fair chapter. 2d
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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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My May picks have arrived! I love this tote. It‘s sturdy, and I like that the pocket is big enough for a hardcover! #botm

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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April 2019 #owlcrate theme: The Dark Side. The #bookmap scarf is cool. I hope the book is good! I definitely need to read Six of Crows, because I have several things from book subscription boxes now.

Clare-Dragonfly Are those Six of Crows socks?! Amazing. 2w
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1. 🎉💕😍
2. My sister has earned her Associates degree and will be continuing toward her Bachelors degree.
3. Soccer and tball games, a birthday party, and my daughter‘s first communion this weekend!
4. Oldest of 3
5. Got it!
#friyayintro

BarbaraTheBibliophage 👊🏻📚♥️ 2w
Julsmarshall 😄😘❤️ 2w
Erinreadsthebooks 💃🏽🤷‍♀️🙌 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I love that I can access Litsy on my Kindle now! 😁

hermyknee Whaaaat? How?! Is it all kindles or just a certain one? 3w
BookishMarginalia @hermyknee It‘s Litsy.com — works on any internet-enabled device. 3w
Erinreadsthebooks Finally!!!!!!!!!🙌🙌🎉🎉 3w
tjwill @hermyknee Litsy.com ! I'm enjoying checking out the new features and layouts. 3w
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The mystery and suspense kept my interest the whole way through. Hal gets a letter that her grandmother has died and that she was named in the will, but her mother told her she had no living family. Have they mistakenly contacted the wrong Harriet Westaway? Could she use the mistake to her advantage and get some money out of this to pay her many bills and debts? She goes to the funeral to find out and gets more than she bargained for.

tjwill I just want to add that this is my second book by Ruth Ware. I read In a Dark, Dark Wood and didn‘t care for it. I‘m glad I gave her another chance because I loved this one. 3w
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I finally put in my #botm order for May. I‘m especially excited about Elizabeth Acevedo‘s new book!

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Black Swan Green: A Novel | David Mitchell
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Interesting start. Mitchell is a master of the bizarre, and this first chapter is no exception, especially with the mysterious phone call, the Unborn Twin, the broken watch, and the scrit-scrat of the sour aunt. I‘m excited for more! #buddyread @Booksnchill

Booksnchill Did you start singing “Don‘t you want me baby”? It got stuck in my head!! I will finish chapter 1 tonight so you appear to be a bit ahead of me- excited! 3w
tjwill @Booksnchill omg, yes! 😂 3w
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Sweetness and Lightning 7 | Gido Amagakure
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I‘m speeding through this food-centered manga. It makes me hungry to read about all the things they make. On to number 7!

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Sweetness and Lightning 1 | Gido Amagakure
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My husband watched the anime series, and then he bought the mangas, so I just started reading them too. It‘s about a recent widower and his young daughter, Tsumugi. He wants to learn to cook for her, and he teams up with one of his high school students (whose mother owns a restaurant) to become a better cook and make Tsumugi happy. Food reminds them all of fond family memories, and they grow closer. Bonus: recipes with each chapter!

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True West | Sam Shepard
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Mehso-so

I listened to the Audible Original recording of this play, and while I liked the voice actors (but missed Kit Harington‘s accent), the scene transitions and other sound effects were often harsh. I feel like I‘ve seen or read this play before because parts seemed familiar, but it‘s very much about the relationship of the brothers and the plot details are really unimportant. Those who enjoy character-driven stories will like this more than I did.

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I started this “Pride and Prejudice Remix” last night, and then finished it tonight. I love how Zoboi reworked Austen‘s classic to set it in present-day Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The protagonist, Zuri, is not impressed when the Darcys move in across the street, but you probably know the rest of the story. The book addresses gentrification, community, culture shock, and first love. It was a fun read with a lot of heart.

DarcysMom Great review! 1mo
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Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Do you ever look forward to reading a book so much that you have trouble starting it? That is me with these 3. I‘ve had them for months but want to have the time to devote to each, so I still haven‘t got to them.

BeckyMerilatt I loved the Witch Elm! I thought it was so brilliant. 1mo
Zelma Yeah, that happens to me too. I am such a mood reader that, even if I‘m excited about a book, I wait until I feel like I‘m in the right mood for it. So sometimes that puts off an anticipated book for years. 1mo
tjwill @BeckyMerilatt That is wonderful to know! 1mo
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tjwill @Zelma I‘m glad I‘m not alone! I feel guilty for not reading them yet, but it just hasn‘t felt like the right time, even though I really want to read them! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes.... same here... 1mo
Crazeedi Yep, I have a stack that I want to dive into, I finally grabbed one today, I've been so stuck in my kindle and I'm just going to divorce it for a bit! I have too many physical ones I want to read!!! 1mo
emz711 Zafon! Just do it and don't rush through, enjoy the ride 2w
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Awesome endpapers: “Knowing something is a bad idea does not always decrease the odds that you will do it.”

BookHoarder32 Loved this book ❤️ 1mo
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This was a fun book. I kept picking it back up because I wanted to know what would happen. April May is not always a likable protagonist because she makes lots of bad decisions, but I always wanted her to succeed. April‘s life changes when she sees a huge robot on a NYC street early in the morning. She makes a YouTube video with her friend Andy and they become famous. Their world changes and they learn about the dangers of social media.

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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I‘m caught up with my rewatch and ready for season 8. Here are my GoT Ink & Wonder wooden bookmarks.

Megabooks 😍😍 1mo
CrowCAH I‘m ready! 🐺🔥❄️ 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ❤🐺🐉❄🔥 1mo
TheRiehlDeal Those look gorgeous! ❤️🐺🔥❄️ 1mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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My audiobook hold came in sooner than expected! I started listening today, and I‘m loving it!

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Reading outside during tball practice!

Owlizabeth I love that bookmark!! 2mo
tjwill @Owlizabeth Thanks! I should have tried to get better light to show it better. It‘s a wooden one, which is cool. 2mo
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Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Holly Black, Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen
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My daughter already has her pajamas on, and she‘s snuggled up next to me reading on the kindle!

Michollio 💚💚 Lumberjanes 2mo
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I preordered, then never got to this one until now. Here we go!

candority How could it possibly take that long to get your preorder?! I would be so mad 😠 2mo
BookHoarder32 I think she means she preordered but didnt start reading it until now? @candority 2mo
tjwill @candority @BookHoarder32 Yeah, I got it that week. I‘ve just had many other books that came first. I‘m only just getting the opportunity to read it. 2mo
candority @tjwill @BookHoarder32 I totally read that sentence wrong - that‘s embarrassing! 🙈😂 I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
tjwill @candority Don‘t worry about it! Thanks, I am so far! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was a fun read. It‘s told as edited interviews—the kind that leaves out the interviewer asking the questions and splices together everyone‘s answers to make a cohesive story. The rock band The Six are becoming more popular in the 70s, and when they need female vocals for a track, the record label suggests talented but volatile Daisy Jones. This is the “behind the music” type story of their sensational rise and abrupt end in their own words.

britt_brooke Nice review! 2mo
tjwill @britt_brooke Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I‘m loving this book and I don‘t want to to be over, so I‘m taking a break with only about 25 pages left.

Purrfectpages I am savoring it too! 2mo
tjwill @Purrfectpages Such an emotional but fun read! 2mo
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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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I might try this one. Anyone up for some #bookishbingo? This was posted by bookish.com

RainyDayReading I‘m trying this out this month, but we‘ll see how it goes. 2mo
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I just received this #bookmail! The author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia, Marc Leeds, wrote me this kind note and signed my book! Since I‘m part of his karass now, I‘m really just one step away from Vonnegut himself, because they were friends. 🥰

LeahBergen Cool! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
JazzFeathers 😱😱😱😍😍😍 2mo
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Black Swan Green: A Novel | David Mitchell

@Booksnchill #buddyread starting May 1st? This says it has 13 chapters, so maybe reading one every two days to finish in the month?

Booksnchill Perfect! It‘s a buddy read!!!👏👏👏👏 2mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your reviews ♥️👍🏻 2mo
tjwill @Booksnchill Yay! 🎉😊 2mo
tjwill @Cathythoughts Thanks! I hope you enjoy the rest of The Bone Clocks! 2mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Yay! Good news! The library got another copy! I‘ve heard such good things about the audiobook that I wanted to listen to this one. Only 4 more weeks!

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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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#owlcrate March 2019 theme: Murder and Mayhem

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tjwill New to me author 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for tagging us🎉🎉🎉 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 🎉🙌🏽📚 2mo
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The Size of the Truth | Andrew Smith
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My preorder arrived! Happy book birthday to Andrew Smith‘s first middle grade novel!

If you‘ve read Stand-Off, you‘ll recognize the protagonist. Sam Abernathy gets his own book!

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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No Chapter 13? 🤔 I‘m wondering if there is a reason behind this... No spoilers please.

rretzler What a fantastic book and a great series. Hope you are enjoying! Fforde has lots of little jokes! 2mo
Redwritinghood Such a fun series! 2mo
Sarah83 I can have a look in my edition, when I am at home.😊 2mo
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Sarah83 It's missing in my edition aswell 😘 2mo
tjwill @Sarah83 I figured it was some sort of story reason, but haven‘t found any clues yet! Thanks! 😉 2mo
Sarah83 You will 😊 2mo
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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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I‘m finally getting to this one, and it is just delightful. The character names! The protagonist is Thursday Next, and her associates include Paige Turner, Victor Analogy, and Jack Schitt. I love the sense of humor in this novel, which is an alternate history set in the 1980s, with time travel and other anomalies.

Thanks, Suzanne, @BennettBookworm , for giving me this book! I‘m loving it!

Booksnchill Love this series💖 2mo
rretzler It is indeed a great book and series! 2mo
BennettBookworm AHHHHHH THIS BRINGS ME THE UTMOST JOY!!! You‘re so welcome! 😄 2mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik

@Nitpickyabouttrains #thebreakfastbookclub I put this one in the mail to you today. I hope you enjoy it!

Nitpickyabouttrains Awesome. I‘ll keep an eye out! 2mo
jillrhudy Loved that book! 2mo
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I very much relate to Sarah‘s Scribbles. This collection is mostly about clothes, pets, relationships, and social anxiety.

JenFowler 😂😂 2mo
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The Cremation of Sam McGee | Robert W. Service
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I‘m going to read this poem with my 7th graders. Here‘s a link to the text via Poetry Foundation and a fantastic recording, read by Johnny Cash.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45081/the-cremation-of-sam-mcgee

https://youtu.be/yJNZwuamwj0

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I do this with my 5th grade students around Christmas each year and it is always a hit! 3mo
tjwill @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Good to know! This will be my first time reading it with students. 3mo
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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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“Read those poems in all kinds of American, son.” 🙌🏽
Esteban‘s father loves to write, and Esteban shares one poem with his friends. 🥰

wordzie 😁❤ 3mo
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Crown of Feathers | Nicki Pau Preto
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February 2019 #OwlCrate theme: Whimsical Beasts. I love the purple sprayed edges on this edition of Crown of Feathers, and the umbrella with magical creatures from Harry Potter! What a great box!

Carolyn11215 Looks amazing!! 3mo
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Judge This | Chip Kidd
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This book accompanies Chip Kidd‘s TED Talk. As a graphic designer, he analyzes some design on a scale from clarity to mystery. I like the section where he discusses the ideas behind the book covers he has designed. Here‘s an example.

5280reader Sound cool- I added it to my reads. 3mo
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Currently listening to this one. Nellie Bly is fascinating. This was some hardcore investigative journalism.

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Ordered some bookmarks for me and some for my bff. They are from Jatip Design on Etsy. @That-Bookish-Hiker

That-Bookish-Hiker ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Always my motto! 🙌🏽

Owlizabeth Yes! 💜📚💜 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of book group friends just said she‘s obviously on social media too much. She feels like books take too long. So the solution? Read more. Tweet less. (edited) 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I want to like it, but I can‘t. It doesn‘t scan. Line 3 needs another iamb. 😬 3mo
tjwill @Clare-Dragonfly I thought it works, since all lines are iambic. It retains the pattern throughout. 😁 3mo
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It‘s hard to take a picture of a shiny book! 📸 I got this recently at the bookstore. I‘ve flipped through and found some great passages. It‘s about anxiety in an increasingly more anxious world.

Possible #NforNonfiction read? [Want to still use this hashtag?] @BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Fine by me, I haven‘t read it yet and it looks very interesting! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Could be. As long as it veers more to psych and less to self help. 3mo
daniwithtea Works for me! To @BarbaraTheBibliophage‘s point, it‘s tagged as both psych and self help on Goodreads, so it could go either way? 3mo
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tjwill @daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It doesn‘t really read like either psychology or self-help to me, more like sociology. I have a different book I‘m considering too, which is about language, like my last one. 😁 Anyone read this one? 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nope, I haven‘t read that one either. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill A Sociology focus works for me. But the pun book sounds fun as well. 3mo
daniwithtea Either looks good to me! 3mo
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I preordered from @FountainBookstore early enough to get a signed/doodled copy, and I‘m so psyched for this book.

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Caught this milestone number!

PurpleyPumpkin Yay!🎉🎉🎉 4mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
hermyknee 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 4mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 4mo
SilversReviews Congrats!! 4mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🥂 4mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 4mo
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 4mo
Jas16 🎉📚👏 4mo
mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4mo
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The Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater
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Title and cover reveal! Dreamer Trilogy # 1: the Ronan Lynch trilogy! Release date: November 5, 2019

hermyknee AAAAAHHHHHHH IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4mo
tjwill @hermyknee ME TOOOOO!!! 😁🥳 4mo
xicanti THIS IS THE BEST BOOK NEWS EVER. 4mo
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cobwebmoth Eeeeek! Thank you for sharing. 😍 4mo
glitterkitty459 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 4mo
tjwill @xicanti I think so too! @cobwebmoth You‘re welcome! @glitterkitty459 It‘s going to be amazing! 4mo
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Cathythoughts Great quote 4mo
Purrfectpages Love this one! 4mo
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The Lady in White | Donald Willerton
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Snow day and it finally started snowing! It‘s really coming down now! ❄️ 🌨

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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The Youth Media Awards winners were announced today from ALA, YALSA, and ALSC. The Poet X was a big winner with the Printz award for excellent YA literature, the Pura Belpre as an excellent Latinx book, and an Odyssey honor for the audiobook. https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=merci-su%C3%A1rez-wins-newbery-hello-lighthouse...

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This hold came in a few days ago, but because of another book, I just started it today. I listened to 1/4 of it while doing laundry and other chores. Very interesting so far, but I dislike one of the four narrators very much. I will withhold spoilers. 🤐

kristincatastrophic I listened to the this one last week, or the week before I don't know, and really liked it. Are you having a problem with a specific character or the reader? Because I can see how it could be both 4mo
tjwill @kristincatastrophic Character for sure. 😬 4mo
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