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Sing, Unburied, Sing
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature."
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NikkiM5
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When you know a book is going to break your heart only a few chapters in. 😭 Jesmyn writes people we may know so well. Forgot to add it meets #pop22 10

Thanks for the recommendation @Readergrrl what an excellent book! #NewYearWhoDis

JamieArc I just started this 😳 1d
monalyisha I should read this again. I listened to the audio & I just loved it so much. I‘d definitely put it on a list of Favorite Books of All Time. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 23h
NikkiM5 @JamieArc it is so good. Looking forward to your opinion 22h
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JamieArc I‘m reading it for #NYWD as well. 21h
Readergrrl I read Sing, Unburied, Sing at the height of the protests in Minnesota after George Floyd‘s murder. The thoughts of the ghosts (theoretical or not) we encounter every day haunted me while I watched the news those weeks. Tonight I listen to the reports of the trial of the three remaining men involved and I can‘t help but think that the wheels of justice are tortuously slow. 20h
Reggie JoJo, Kayla, and Pops❤️😭 1h
NikkiM5 @Reggie for real! especially Jojo for me 💔 22m
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kspenmoll
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#sing #beginswith
Exquisite,lyrical and raw, this novel sings.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My choice too! Love this one! 2d
Eggs It‘s a classic ❤️🧡🖤 2d
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Perfect 😍 2d
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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This one is still on my never ending TBR 😬

#BeginsWith 🥳📚 #Sing 🎶

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You should move it up!! 2d
Eggs Definitely move it up 🔝- it will rock your soul ❤️📚👍🏼 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2d
Eggs BTW I love the page flowers 💐 2d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins, and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.”

#Beginswith #Sing

One of my all time favorites ❤️

DannyDan Such a lovely quote!🥰 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DannyDan this book is great! 2d
Eggs Perfection 💔🎶😔 2d
DannyDan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'll check it out! 2d
SilversReviews Nice one for today‘s prompt!! 2d
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NikkiM5
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#NewYearWhoDis

Thank you @Readergrrl this list is magnificent!! So after researching your list, instead of completing school work 😂, I have chose the tagged.

And I have to add, Addie and Circe were not only two of my favorite reads, they are also new favorite main characters.

monalyisha Sing, Unburied, Sing is one of my favorite books! I loved it so much. I also added the tagged to my TBR. 2mo
Reggie Sing Unburied Sing- Jojo, Kayla, and Pops ❤️😭 2mo
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Kazzie
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This was amazing! I read it before, but I think in the wake of 2020 it was even more powerful. Beautiful story about love and disappointment in families

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BiblioLitten
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I hope you all have a happy Saturday 💕😊

#currentlyreading

Ruthiella Likewise! 😊 2mo
merelybookish Same to you! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Birdoncover
#FallTreasures

“The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins, and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.” -from One Writer‘s Beginnings, by Eudora Welty

One of my all time favorites 🐦❤️📚

Eggs Beautiful 🕊🦜🦅🐦 4mo
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DHill
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“It stays with me, a bruise in the memory that hurts when I touch it.”

SamAnne Loved this novel. 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚The tagged and Evelyn Hugo 💚💚

📚📚yes!! I know it shouldn‘t be, but it is 🙈🙊

📚📚📚 Where the Crawdads Sing

#ThoughtfulThursday

@MoonWitch94 💜

Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍 6mo
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Larkken
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A beautiful book about the past, addiction, love, and the affects of trauma (personal and family) on relationships. Obviously, also ghosts. There are multiple narrators and I enjoyed how each had a distinct voice in audio. Thanks to #authoramonth for getting me to pick it up!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“The music, all violins and cellos, swells in the room, then recedes, like the water out in the Gulf before a big storm.”

#Bird
#CuriousCovers

Such a moving and phenomenal book… ❤️

Eggs Agreed ♥️🦅♥️ 8mo
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Tomigirl44
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Insightful, sad, realistic, enthralling - I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Tomigirl44
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Just starting this one.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I mourned after this one with a terrible book hang over...

#Maycharacters #mourns
#Jojoandkayla

💔💔💔

Moonprismpower What do you do to remedy book hangovers? I treat myself to yummy sweets and iced coffee or sing to terrible music way too loud in my car. Sometimes I just sit with it too. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m in a terrible rut right now with my back pain 😩 I can‘t seem to concentrate on anything AND I will buy more books 📚🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 9mo
Eggs ❤️😘💔❤️ 9mo
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Helen19
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I didn‘t quite manage to finish this in April for #authoramonth but I‘m so glad I‘ve read it. The relationships in this book are beautiful and heartbreaking. There were many lumps in throat and needing tissue moments. I think I need to re-read the ending though, some of it was lost on me as I pushed through to finish whilst half nodding off!

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Simona
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Story revolves around a dysfunctional family, where a 13-year-old boy takes the role of a parent. This part of the story, the bond between sister and brother, is portrayed very beautiful and at the same time - upsetting (and is my favourite aspect of the novel). Author also touches on several topics - addiction, poverty, racism, injustice, mixed marriage, unanswered questions or unresolved/unfinished past that doesn‘t allow ... 👇

Simona ... a peaceful life in the present. The author illustrates this with elements of magical realism, which I think is a great idea, but in this work I felt it as forced, awkward and exaggerated. Still pick because of the complexity. #AuthorAMonth (edited) 9mo
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kimmypete1
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I‘m going to give this a pick, even though parts of this book really drove me nuts. However this is very much a literary book and those are often not my jam. There is much to like, especially the way it is written.

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AnansiGirl
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Tonight‘s litsy upload has been brought to you by the letter A. #AudioKnitting along to April‘s #AuthorAMonth that finally became available on Libby app.

@Soubhiville

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Even better than the last one! It touches on so many issues: grandparents raising grandchildren, racism, drug addiction, incarceration, caring for elderly family members, children raising parents, and how the past, thought long buried, can rise up to bite you. It sounds all over the place, but it blends so seamlessly into the craziness that is real life. The universal craziness of family dynamics & how different family members deal with them.

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RenePenn
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Mehso-so

So much going on in this book - maybe too much. The opening scene was a bit gory and I almost didn‘t go on. It is a haunting read. I turned the audio off several times to take a break. Child neglect and abuse, death, suffering, cancer, violence, drug addiction, seeing ghosts/spirits, family bonds, racism, hatred... a lot to take in.

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ward is masterful at creating these characters who, heartbreakingly, seem so real. She captures the real mother-rage of one of the main characters and the real brotherly-protection of another that I felt like I knew not only these people but these parts of myself.
I‘ve never seen love portrayed in so many different, beautiful, ugly ways all in one family. It was a stunning book.

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my April #bookspin book! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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behudd
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“I like to think I know what death is.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Addison_Reads
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#AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville

Having read two other books by her this month, I wanted to reread this one. I think I loved it even more the second time around. 💚💔

Ward is such a profoundly talented author. She brings loss and grief to the forefront in all of her books, and her ability to weave the reader into her stories will leave you breathless.

JoJo will always be a character that stays with me.

SamAnne Beautiful review and so agree. 9mo
Reggie Ohhhhh, I loved this book and that part near the end reminds me of Poltergeist. 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
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I... um... wow.

I really didn't like this book for the first half. And I still would never say that it was "good", "pleasant" or any other positive adjective. Because this was a HARD book. But, wow, did she bring the end around for me. Salvage the Bones is set in this universe - going to try that one as well.

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#Authoramonth @Soubhiville

EmilyM Tagged book is also in the same universe. I love these books! 10mo
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alison.ogreid
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A beautiful story of navigating one‘s past. One must confront ghosts (literally), and figure out how to live the life you have, given all the pain your ancestors have been through. What happens to pain when it takes its toll? When can you be free? Can we ever really move on?

I have to say as a parent it was hard to read Jojo‘s struggles with his neglectful mother. But she is depicted with humanity as well. I liked the complexity.

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DHill
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Volleyball tournaments and #AuthorAMonth . What better way to spend the downtime than with this amazing author.

@Soubhiville

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Addison_Reads
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#SpringSentiments Day 9 @Eggs

Our current #AuthorAMonth2021 certainly fits the #Mournful prompt today. Jesmyn Ward evokes emotions in me with her writing that not many authors are capable of doing.

Eggs Her words move through the reader, like haunting music, asking beautiful questions... 10mo
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TheLudicReader
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Finally managed an #authoramonth read, @Soubhiville I am so happy to have finally read this lyrical, beautiful, tragic story of 13-year-old JoJo, his little sister, Kayla, his meth addicted parents, and his grandparents in Mississippi. Read it pretty much in one sitting. Loved it.

Melismatic Such a great book! 10mo
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Eggs
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A masterpiece! Loved it as an audiobook. Ward is truly one of a kind! Next up: Men We Reaped

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheLudicReader This is the book I am currently reading. 10mo
Eggs Looking forward to your thoughts 💭 @TheLudicReader 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Addison_Reads Although I've already read this one, I may have to revisit this month. It's such a good read. The Men We Reaped is equally as good too. 10mo
SamAnne Loved both! 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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This was such a sad story, but so beautifully written! I'm so glad that because of #AuthorAMonth, I finally read this book that's been on my bookshelf for a few years!
@Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! I read Men We Reaped this week, and her writing is engrossing! I‘m looking forward to reading her others. 10mo
AmyG She is a wonderful writer. I am reading Salvage the Bones and I am having trouble because of the dog, bred for dog fighting. It‘s breaking my heart and that is because of her writing. Cruelty to animals and children gets me every time. 10mo
TrishB @AmyG I shall probably have to avoid that one 😞 10mo
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Megabooks
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A very timely #audiobook deal. #authoramonth #april #chirp I‘m just all over the deals today!

https://www.chirpbooks.com/audiobooks/sing-unburied-sing-by-jesmyn-ward

FYI, Chirp does not require a membership to get the deal!

ElleSkel Thanks for sharing!! 10mo
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Andrew65 A great book. 10mo
SarahBradley I snagged it! 10mo
Megabooks @Andrew65 👍🏻 10mo
Megabooks @SarahBradley I hope you enjoy it! 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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https://www.instagram.com/p/CM8G8ZkLe5a/?igshid=1b5ob6kzmhkop

Such a phenomenal author AND from Mississippi ❤️

I have also included what she wrote about losing her beloved husband to covid last year 💔

https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2020/08/jesmyn-ward-on-husbands-death-and-gri...

Great article on IG 📚

Megabooks It‘s it great having awesome local authors? I‘m so excited to listen to (edited) 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks I have it, haven‘t read it yet.. she has had so much loss 💔 and reading what she wrote about her husband passing away from covid broke my heart 😓 10mo
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Megabooks I read last year. So heartbreaking!! Thanks for sharing. I hope everyone reads it next month. 10mo
TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that‘s an incredibly powerful article, thanks for sharing. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks it‘s heartbreaking, but so beautifully written 💔 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB you‘re welcome 💔 I couldn‘t even read it again when I shared it 😓 10mo
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LikelyLibrarian
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I recently “met” Jesmyn Ward when she agreed to speak to a group of creative writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is talented and genuinely human. Sing, Unburied, Sing is her third novel, and her best. And amazing example of Southern Gothic literature.

#booked2021

#HearHere

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Mehso-so

I think it took me too long to read this one.. I had the audiobook for over a month and listened in 5-10 minute intervals so the story seemed disjointed to me. I will say, the writing is EXCELLENT! And I will definitely read more of Jesmyn Ward!

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CoffeeNBooks
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#WindsOfMarch #BirdOnCover
This is on my TBR stack for April's #AuthorAMonth
@Eggs

RenePenn I started the audiobook. The first male narrator was great. The second narrator (female) is hard to listen to. It sounds like she is reading quietly to keep from waking someone nearby. Very annoying. 10mo
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KyrstinElizabeth
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I can‘t speak. Sorrow is food swallowed too quickly, caught in the throat, making it nearly impossible to breathe.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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It‘s like the cuffs cut all the way down to the bone.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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I rub the indents in my wrists where the handcuffs squeezed…

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KyrstinElizabeth
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River held out his hands to the dogs like he was a reverend and they were his church. They were quiet with listening, but he didn‘t say anything. Something about the way they froze together in the blue dawn was worshipful.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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I know it by the way he holds the little sick golden girl: as if he thinks he could curl around her, make his skeleton and flesh into a building to protect her from the adults, from the great reach of the sky, the vast expanse of the grass-ridden earth, shallow with graves. He protects as River protects. I want to tell him this: Boy, you can‘t.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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But I resented her when I was young, resented her for the lessons and the misplaced hope. And later, for still believing in good in a world that cursed her with cancer, that twisted her limp as an old dry rag and left her to disintegrate.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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She said them words as though decisions have no consequences, when, of course, it‘s been easier for her.

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He was just tall enough that when he hugged me, his chin rested on my head, and I was cupped under him.

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LikelyLibrarian
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Books for February = 9
Re-reads = 1 (RPO)
Non-fiction = 1
Sing, Unburied, 84 Charing Cross and RPO = 5 ⭐️
Psychology of Time Travel and 50 Words = 4 ⭐️
Pieces and Lillian Boxfish = 3 ⭐️
(I‘m gonna pretend Ready Player Two never happened. 🤦‍♀️)

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Laughterhp
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@ElleSkel I got this in the mail today! (Possibly yesterday)

Thanks so much! Also, who knew we lived so close to each other. 😂

Can‘t wait to read this one!

ElleSkel Seriously we are soooo close!!! Happy to see it made it so quickly using media mail! 11mo
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Bzosche
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“Ain't no good in using anger just to lash. You pray for it to blow up a storm that's going to flush out the truth.”

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Sometimes the world don‘t give you what you need, no matter how hard you look. Sometimes it withholds”

#Favebookbyablackauthor
#Showsomelove

Love her ❤️

Copwithabook This one tugged at my heart! And it was amazing on audio! 12mo
TheKidUpstairs This is one that got SO much love on Litsy a couple years ago, so I put off reading it until the hype subsided. Maybe this will be the year? I've had great luck reading some of those Litsy hyped books over the last couple months and loving them! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheKidUpstairs I hope you love it!! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Copwithabook it definitely stays with you! #Jojo #Kayla ❤️ 12mo
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