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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel | Hank Green
In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green--cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow--spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor--April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world--everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us. Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.
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my.books.in.squares
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About an hour into this and really enjoying the audiobook so far. 😊

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ErraticElle
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I loved this book! I was skeptical, but it surprised me. The story is interesting & poignant. It is entertaining & thoughtful while staying immensely creative & smart. There is a lot to unpack in the pages. I enjoyed the content, but there were bits & pieces that left me thinking & considering things even when I stopped. His protagonist was tangible & accessible, feeling like a real person. This was a great book. I look forward to the sequel.

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Behold the field in which I grow my fucks. Lay thine eyes upon it and see that it is barren. #TheConfession #SoaringScores @Cinfhen @CrowCAH

Cinfhen Perfect!!!! 🙌🏻♥️ 2mo
CrowCAH Nice photo arrangement! 2mo
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ashsbookmarks
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Book Review of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 📗 is up on my blog.
I loved this book! Alien Roberts are my jam!!
Read the full review on my blog www.ashsscript.com
#bookreview #AnAbsolutelyRemarkableThing #HankGreen #iheartbooks #read #reader #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #books #bookworm #bookdragon #bookish #bookishlove #bookaholic

MatchlessMarie Just stared the audiobook today! 2mo
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magicalshelves
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Mehso-so

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The premise of this book was interesting and the parts that actually involved the robots and the dream puzzles were very good but I quickly grew tired of all the references to social media. The "chosen one" trope is strong in this book and April May can be best described as Katniss Everdeen if Katniss had access to Twitter and cared only about her follower count. I might pick up the sequel when it comes out but it‘s not a “must-read” for me.

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mbreichert19
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I LOVED this book. I listened to it on Libby. You have to add this to your list :) @sheraanne @BeccaB

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this one, but it was just meh for me.

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AutumnRLS
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My husband got this on audible so I picked it up at the library and we're doing our own personal book club. I've heard good things, and everyone I love blurbed the back, so here I go...

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rather_be_reading
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Bailedbailed

Sad to say I did enjoy this one after hearing many good things. At first i enjoyed it because I really wanted to find out about how the Carls got here and why so it was a fun puzzle but it took forevvvvvver to get there so i DNFd it.

Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading I can‘t believe you bailed on a book! 4mo
IamIamIam The audio was worth it. I can totally understand why you bailed. The main character was awful!!! 4mo
rather_be_reading @Come-read-with-me ikr!! i really didnt want to but i kept thinking "when is this going to get good" haha 4mo
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IamIamIam @rather_be_reading I ended up respecting her more because she knew she was awful and couldn't make amends after a while. 4mo
Latrelwhite It was a Barnes & Noble book club pick last year. I read and listen with audible...ended up bailing! 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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Now to get back to this one

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Preciouz29
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I was missing the character F, but after a while I didn‘t really notice because this crazy story had me wanting to read more. It might have been the weird formatting, but it took me until pretty much the of the book to realise that this might be a book of a book. Anyways, I really enjoyed the story; she was a little whiny, but this was fun and quirky and different.

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rather_be_reading
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My Friday book lunch!

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rather_be_reading
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Book 107 of 2019
#botmbacklog #botm

Aswenson I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
rather_be_reading @Aswenson ive heard great things! 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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April is heading home from work in the wee hours when she discovers a ten-foot robot sculpture on the sidewalk. Things get weirder from there, as there are apparently 63 others around the world. Seemingly a book about alien robots, this is really an exploration of the dehumanization if fame, social media, and the person as brand, wrapped in an entertaining and funny story. I enjoyed it.

britt_brooke Cute reading buddies! 🐾🐾 4mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋 I‘m starting Recursion today so I can get the 3 books out to you before I fly back....wish me luck. I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump but it seems to be improving 🤞🏼 4mo
Hooked_on_books @britt_brooke Thanks! They usually keep me company. ☺️ 4mo
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Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Good luck! Blake Crouch usually flies by, so that should help. I have one more book to finish and then I‘ll have your box ready. Do you want me to send it soon so you can get it before returning? I‘m planning to use a flat rate priority box, so it should only take about 3 days to get to you. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m in the states until aug 27 so no need to rush!! Thanks 🧡 4mo
Cinfhen Ugh, I couldn‘t get into Recursion so I‘m trying 4mo
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LaraS
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Had a 3h drive this weekend and needed an audiobook at the last minute...decided to give this one a try and so glad I did! Half way through and loving it so far!

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book_princessBritt
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WHELP. Just finished this riveting read. What an amazing reflection of our 21st century internet culture within a sci-fi story! Second book finished in #24in48

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book_princessBritt
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Cruising through the audiobook while Dez and I make dinner for #24in48

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book_princessBritt
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Switching to an audio book for #24in48 to spend post storm time with my adventure babe

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book_princessBritt
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Reading stack for #24in48 ! Excited to take part in this adventure. Also got my audio hold in for the Hank Green book just in time!

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Copwithabook
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Holy shit you guys, this book was amazing! I wasn‘t expecting to like it this much. I wasn‘t able to push pause on this audio. Seriously, you need to read/listen right now. It‘s a perfect summer fun read.

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staci.reads
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Great story, excellent pacing, just enough mystery to be compelling. Green explores how social media has changed human, society, fame, and news. He also speculates how our polarized society would react to contact from outside our planet. His style is casual and conversational, so I could see it turning some readers off, but I found it very readable.

MusicallyMorgan I adore this book!! 5mo
staci.reads @MusicallyMorgan Me too! It was hard to put down. 5mo
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Lauranahe
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Alril@May becomes a national celebrity after uploading the first YouTube video of an alien statue she found, which she called Carl. It‘s a super fast read filled with pop culture, and apparently the first in a series. Because the ending was not closure and I need more!

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Lauranahe
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Alril@May becomes a national celebrity after uploading the first YouTube video of an alien statue she found, which she called Carl. It‘s a super fast read filled with pop culture, and apparently the first in a series. Because the ending was not closure and I need more!

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Aswenson
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Loving the way this is written. Curious to know what will happen with all these Carls!!

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JacqMac
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Great read and very timely. I‘m now a little worried about what would happen if aliens ever did come. I‘d like to think the planet could get it‘s shit together and work as one. But the way things have been lately, I‘m not so sure. Anyway, I‘ll be reading the sequel. I want to know what happens next.

Buechersuechtling Thanks for the review. Didn‘t know there was a sequel planned/to come. 6mo
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monalyisha
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One of the books (from my TBR) that I received from @bookish_wookish (among 3 others) as part of the #summersolsticebookexchange was “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” That‘s what this package is! An “absolutely remarkable thing,” indeed! SO. MUCH. SWAG. From the tote, to the book-sleeve; from the socks, to the notebooks — everything‘s perfect! Also, the kids who visit the library this Summer are going to be *super* jealous of my mermaid pen. 🧜‍♀️

monalyisha @bookish_wookish I‘ll be putting those bookmarks to good use shortly, as I prepare to write a paper for my grad class. They couldn‘t have come at a better time. I love that the books are all color-coordinated (intentional?) — watery blues & seafoam white. I‘ve been so looking forward to reading all 4 titles. As soon as I have some semblance of a reading life back, I‘ll dive right in (& tag you in the reviews). THANK YOU! 🙏🏻 6mo
monalyisha @BookishMarginalia Thanks for sharing your organizational prowess with us! We‘re lucky (Littens) to know you! Happy, happy birthday! 🎉🎂 6mo
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monalyisha P.S. @bookish_wookish You may be hearing from me again soon if I can‘t get “Drop It Like It‘s Hot” out of my head. 😅🏝 6mo
bookish_wookish 😂😂 Yay!! Im so glad you like everything! The colors werent intentional but it looks cool all together!! 6mo
Soubhiville Wow! Such a fun package! 6mo
tracey38 Fun! Very cute tote. 6mo
Cinfhen WOW!!! 6mo
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JacqMac
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This book is better than I expected. I mean how was I supposed to stop reading after that?!

Buechersuechtling Oooooooh 😍🤤, my library doesn‘t have it in stock (yet) but now I _definitely_ want to read it, just because of the quote you posted. And yes, being in your shoes, I‘d definitely feel the same about being unable to stop reading. Hope you still enjoy the book. 6mo
JacqMac @Buechersuechtling Almost at the halfway point. It‘s still good. It‘s an easy read, too. I‘d be finished if life would stop interrupting me. Lol 6mo
BooknerdsLife Happy reading to you! 😊This was one of my Absolute Favourite books last year too 🙌🏼💖📚 6mo
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JacqMac
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June has been so crazy, I forgot to keep an eye on my library holds. Now I have seven ebooks checked out and not nearly enough time to read them all. But I shall try my best!

Beatlefan129 That always seems to happen to me too. I‘ll try my best to plan it out, but somehow they magically become available at the same time. 6mo
marleed I feel your struggle! Such a good problem to have though! My super awesome library card from San Antonio just expired. Now I have 3 reciprocal library cards. One has a great Elib- the other two, well, they suck! It does make me appreciate the library that justifies the cost for that public library in the Cloud! 6mo
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UnabridgedPod
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I don't know why I waited so long to read this #botm pick from October 2018! I love the Green brothers and, of course, John Green's work. While An Absolutely Remarkable Thing definitely has a distinct voice (and it's nothing really like any of John Green's books), the voice and focus are consistent with what I love from Hank and John's videos together. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The novel is witty and dry and brilliant and invested in the essential goodness of humanity, even when humans do evil things. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing focuses on April May, a graphic designer in NYC who discovers, on her way home from work in the middle of the night, a huge, intriguing sculpture that looks Transformer-ish. ⬇️ 6mo
UnabridgedPod She calls her friend Andy, and they make a quick YouTube video that becomes one of the first artifacts detailing an alien invasion in which April, Andy, and a host of other brilliant secondary characters become embroiled. I loved watching April come to terms with her sudden fame, with her attempts to do the right thing in response, and with her narration--looking backward--of the mistakes she made, lessons learned, and regrets. 6mo
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krissylovesbooks75
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Sat outside and got some sun over the weekend while reading this. Got a little sunburnt, but that's okay because I really enjoyed this! Sci-fi is not really my genre, but I thought this was a fast read with an interesting, unusual storyline. And I loved how much the negative side of social media played into the story. I can't wait for the sequel! #hankgreen

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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

🙇🏻‍♀️⬅️ Me realizing this book is not a standalone. I want to know what happens next; I don‘t want to read another book to find out.

This was a great concept with a diverse cast of characters, but I‘m not a big fan of Hank Green‘s writing style. I did like the blend of sci-fi w/ commentary on today‘s social media obsessed culture.

#booked2019 #socialmediafocus
#pop19 : revolves around puzzle/game
#MountTBR
Bk 4/6 #bookfitnesschallenge

OrangeMooseReads It took me a bit to get use to Hank‘s writing style it‘s so much different than John‘s. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Way to double up your challenges! Sorry it wasn‘t so great ... 👊🏻📚♥️ 7mo
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RadicalReader @4thhouseontheleft what‘s the first book of this series? 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @RadicalReader This is the first book, which ends on a cliffhanger. 😒 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @OrangeMooseReads It is quite different from John's! It felt a bit repetitive to me, and I don't really feel he pulled off the blending of sci-fi with contemporary analysis of celebrity culture. @barbarathebibliophage Thanks! It wasn't bad, and I don't regret reading it, it just wasn't a solid 👍. Perfect book for this prompt, though! 7mo
Cinfhen Great review.....so helpful to know it ends on a cliffhanger 😖hate that!!!! 7mo
ravenlee I unabashedly look up synopses/spoilers when I don‘t want to continue a series but would like some resolution. I did that with The Hunger Games movies, because I hated the third one and refused to watch the fourth. From my research, I would have loathed the last one. 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I loved this book. Was pretty irritated that it‘s a series and I didn‘t know. 🤣🤣 7mo
BethM Killing your book goal! I hate unexpectedly finding out it‘s in a series. 7mo
guinsgirlreads Awesome job on your book goal!! Woo 🥳! 7mo
VanChocStrawberry Go you! Glad I know it‘s not a stand alone now! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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After a hot and ☀️ day at the Family Fun Day hubby‘s surgical group organized at a lakefront Y summer camp facility, I‘m ready to sit down, finish this book, and enjoy my sparkling water with muddled blackberries and lime!

#bookfitnesschallenge folks: I was thinking of you when I said no thank you to the brownies on offer! 😄👍

@hermyknee I think I first saw this brand 💧 in one of your posts, it was recently on sale at WF and I am a fan!

hermyknee Topo Chico is the best! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @hermyknee It is good! I am usually strictly a Pellegrino fan for unflavored sparkling water, but I like Topo Chico just as much! 7mo
Velvetfur That drink sounds lovely and good on you for the strength to resist the brownies 💪 7mo
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DivineDiana Need to try muddling some blackberries and lime! 7mo
BarbaraJean Blackberries and lime—YUM! 7mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
guinsgirlreads 🙌🏻🙌🏻 nice! 7mo
VanChocStrawberry That sounds amazing! My kids and I went to see Hank and John on tour for this book. ❤️ 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Someone‘s being cute this afternoon. #catsoflitsy #HelloKitty

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 7mo
Leftcoastzen 😻awwwww! 7mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Cutie! 😻 7mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker Cutie! 😻 7mo
wanderinglynn Aw, so sweet! ❤️🐱 7mo
Velvetfur Aaawww I love when they do that with their pawsies! 🐱💜 7mo
Tamra I can‘t not tickle furry bellies! 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh! That face! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Truth! The sharpest critics are often blind to their own shortcomings and mistakes. #quote

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4thhouseontheleft
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Enjoying afternoon tea on the porch and a new book after a lovely Mother‘s Day Hike, our annual tradition! I‘m so happy the rain held off!

Melissa_J Your mug 😂 ‘That‘s no ordinary rabbit!‘ 7mo
rabbitprincess I need that mug!! 🐰😸 7mo
Velvetfur I love that tradition of A Mother's Day hike 💜 7mo
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Beatlefan129 Quick, get the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Melissa_J @rabbitprincess @Beatlefan129 I wish I knew where the mug came from, it was a gift! 😃 7mo
BooknerdsLife Happy Mother‘s Day to you 🙌🏼🌸📚 7mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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This book is absolutely FLYING by. A fast read with substance is such a treat. (And so is the long-awaited sunshine in the background.) ☀️📚

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overtheedge
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What a good damn read!! I took a chance on this.....I have read so many great reviews. Im glad I took the chance because this was awesome. Part mystery, part sci-fi, part fantasy-these parts converge with brilliance, twists and a cast of characters that are relatable. This book is about the effects on a person who attains sudden celebrity.
Amazing and fun. recommended

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Soubhiville
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Thank you Amy for your card and this book! What a nice surprise! I added it to my TBR after a recommendation from a B&N employee at the Lisa See bookclub meeting. 😊. It sounds like a fun read to me, I‘m looking forward to it!

AmyG Enjoy! I was so happy to pass this on to you. 7mo
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jackilynn
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I highly recommend the audio for this. It was engaging and entertaining. Full of pop culture references and song lyrics. I have recently learned that this isn't a stand alone & there will be a sequel. After that ending, I couldn't be more excited!!!

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jackilynn
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Apparently someone has decided that I am not allowed to read my book tonight. He crawled under the book & sat right in front of my face.

Eyelit What an adorable impediment to your reading! 7mo
jackilynn @Eyelit he so rarely wants to snuggle so after countless nudges against my book and/or hand I figured it was useless to try to continue to read, at least until I gave him some of the attention he was looking for lol 7mo
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At first, I was skeptical. And then I started really getting into this. I liked the pacing and felt some major Ready Player One vibes with all the pop culture references. Also, the look at social media and how we use it to portray the "us" we want others to see is very timely. Listened to the #audiobook on #Libby. ? ?

8little_paws Do you happen to know when the sequel comes out? 7mo
AmyG It took me a bit to get into this...and I loved it. A sequel? Nice! @8little_paws 7mo
Buechersuechtling Thanks for posting this and engaging my attention. It‘s already published in Germany and I‘m curious when (one of my) my libraries will buy it. (It was funny how I knew right away who the author is even though I‘m no John Green fan.) 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole @8little_paws I don't know about the next book, but I do know it is necessary! 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG sounds like me! 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @Buechersuechtling you should put in a request at your libraries. When someone requests something at our libraries, we almost always get it for them 😊 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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1. A Dance With 🐉 by George R.M. Martin, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.
2. #currentlylistening to Lincoln in the Bardo
3. Tagged book

#weekendreads

Sharpeipup I tried listening to Lincoln in the Bardo but couldn‘t pay attention to the story as I tried to name the celebrity voices... 8mo
rachelsbrittain I still need to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Been sitting on my bookshelf for waaay too long. Thanks for joining in 💜 8mo
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ladylionbot
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Loved it. Everyone who uses the Internet should read this book.

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AmyG
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#Booked2019 #Spring #SocialMedia

I almost put it down and then...it picked up. A young woman becomes a celebrity, through social media, when she is the first to find one of 60+ robots dropped into cities around the world. Sounds kind of silly but...it was a good book. A metaphor for our times and how if we continue to work against each other, as opposed to together, things will not end well.

MelissaSue81 I never read sci fi type books but I LOVED this one. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I had a hard time liking the MC😅 8mo
IamIamIam I absolutely hated the main character but I kept going and I loved that she didn't even like herself! It ended up being a pretty interesting read for me. Carl was my clear favorite! 7mo
AmyG @IamIamIam I didn‘t like her either. Carl ❤️ 7mo
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tjwill
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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 ❤️ 8mo
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tjwill
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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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tjwill
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Reading outside during tball practice!

Owlizabeth I love that bookmark!! 8mo
tjwill @Owlizabeth Thanks! I should have tried to get better light to show it better. It‘s a wooden one, which is cool. 8mo
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