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My Favorite Thing is Monsters
My Favorite Thing is Monsters | Emil Ferris
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karens investigation takes us back to Ankas life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
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jlhammar
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I adored this graphic novel set in late 1960s Chicago. Amazing art and 10-year old Karen Reyes is such a wonderful character.

#Setin1960s #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 📚 3mo
NicoleCeBallos It's my favorite graphic novel of all time!! 3mo
Eggs Great cover! 3mo
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bthegood
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Bailedbailed

This was a good graphic (excellent illustrations) and good story - just not for me right now.

#BookSpinBingo
#AwesomeApril

Make a great day everyone - 🌞

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bthegood
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive
Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Source: Streets, Beats and Eats

Tagging anyone who wants to post and spread some positive thoughts today -

make a great day everyone 🙂

WJCintron So true! Love it!! 😃❤️ 6mo
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bthegood
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1. Wordle
2. fishing
3. Batman: The Long Halloween - #2022ReadingBracket @chasjjlee

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheSpineView You're welcome! 6mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in!! 6mo
LKK526 1. Wordle. 2. Nine Lives by Peter Swanson. 3. Go out and walk (edited) 6mo
bthegood @LKK526 👍 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Surprise book mail is, perhaps, the best book mail. Super excited a friend sent this to me—I know of it but somehow, have never read it. Looking forward to reading and then discussing it with my friend.

AmyG Fabulous. 10mo
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Lizpixie
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This is my tentative #stack for all this weekends ‘thons including #Deweys24hr #readathon #24B4Monday #Scarathlon2020 #Screamathon2020 #CocosTurning50 #ReadYourWayReadathon etc Plus I‘m almost finished with All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Who else is doing some hard ‘thonning this weekend?

Texreader Me!!! I sure hope to! 2y
Andrew65 Good ‘multiple‘ luck 😊👍 2y
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JoeMo
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I spent much of the book thinking “the author is really taking on too much with this plot.” Having finished it, I think there‘s some validity in that view...but I have to admit I was completely absorbed over the final third of the story. The worst part is that I didn‘t realize this wasn‘t a stand alone graphic novel until I hit the final page and the next installment has been pushed back to next September!!😱🤬😭

126 points

TheSpineView 👍🤩🧡📚 2y
CaroPi They have been moving the second part so often that I can't recall. I pre order mine a couple of years ago... Literally. I just check my email I order it in March of 2018... So if you are frustrated imagine me. Or many others that still dreaming with the date of the publication to have the magic pubic book in their hands... 2y
JoeMo @CaroPi Oh my god!😲I had seen where it was supposed to come out this fall, but didn‘t realize it had already been pushed back several times/years...at least this could end up being great for the author though, since the work has been gaining fans over the past few years. I had just learned about it from a list of graphic novels fit for the Halloween season! I really hope it lives up to expectations for you whenever it finally drops!👍 2y
kyraleseberg Yes I've had book two preordered for 2 years and it's been pushed back at least 3 times so far 😭 2y
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REPollock
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My next #LPMBC book just showed up!

This is the last one in this round of the swap, and I have really enjoyed being in the graphic novel group.

This is a genre I have not read much at all and I have enjoyed the opportunity to change that.

LibrarianRyan Yeah. I really liked your pick. It was so unique and one I wouldn't have read otherwise. 2y
REPollock Thank you @LibrarianRyan! It was a surprising book, I hadn‘t heard about it before but I found a list of recommended graphic novels when I joined the group and it sounded interesting! I really enjoyed it too! 2y
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cwarnier
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Panpan

#lmpbc
This was not my fave. I had a hard time reading it due to block lettering.
I did however live the art work!
@REPollock @mklong @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeah I was let down by it to. 2y
Sace I'm reading it now and yes, the art is amazing. 2y
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Read66
Mehso-so

I think I was expecting more from this graphic novel based on some of the reviews I had read. It didn‘t work as strongly for me - found the main character very distant. That being said, I will read the sequel coming later in the year. That might bring the whole story into focus and give me a new perspective to reassess this first book.

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readordierachel
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#bookmail from our old comic shop in San Francisco, Comix Experience. They're awesome. If you're in the market for any graphic novels, they have an online store 🙂

Addison_Reads I loved this graphic novel so much. 💚 2y
readordierachel @Addison_Reads glad to hear it! I'm really looking forward to it! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#BiblioMAYnia Day 14: This is a clear #SequelPlease, hopefully soon. This is a book that one should take time reading. It is hefty, fairly thick and detailed, and tears at one‘s insides. I had to take a breather for every major section as it was pretty heavy going. Yet, there is also that voyeuristic aspect to the storytelling, compelling the reader to look further and deeper. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jkn

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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Bono394
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This book really surprised me. I didn't think I was liking it and then suddenly I was half way through and couldn't put it down. The art work is beautifully done. I love the way everyone's stories are told a little differently. looking forward to the next one.

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madwomanintheattic
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An early birthday present that I cannot wait to tap into! Thanks for the recommendation, @TheBookstorePodcast !

Chelsea.Poole Love this one! 3y
TheBookstorePodcast Happy Birthday! 3y
madwomanintheattic @Chelsea.Poole So excited for start it! 3y
ElizaMarie This was so beautifully drawn. I loved loved loved it !! 3y
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Marmie7
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My picks for #bookspin #doublespin Excited to get to My favorite thing is monsters! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Fun!! The Agatha Christie one looks so interesting, too! 3y
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks oh yes it is! Never knew I could enjoy a graphic novel this much!! 3y
BookishMe I loved the Agatha Christie!! 3y
SamHeartCoffee Hi! I‘m getting your cbbc package ready for you, and I‘ll let you know when I send it. Sorry I‘m running behind..... 3y
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katiebee
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I devoured this book even though it wasn't what I was expecting. The artwork is amazing and the story keeps you on your toes. Looking forward to volume 2.

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Branwen
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I seriously have the best friends in the universe! I am very very lucky! 💕 Look at the amazing Christmas gifts I just received from the marvelous @DaveGreen7777 !!! Star Trek! Graphic novels! Badass ladies! TWO SPOCKS! 😍 You are way too good to me! Thank you SO much! I am endlessly grateful for our awesome nerdy friendship! Merry Christmas, Dave! 🎅🎄☃️💕

Should I feel guilty for putting all these Star Trek gifts on my Star Wars rug? 🤔🤣😂🙊

Crazeedi Yay! What a great present!!❤❤ 3y
Branwen @Crazeedi I think so too! 🤗 @DaveGreen7777 is truly amazing! 💕 3y
DaveGreen7777 Merry Christmas, Becky! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend all year round! 🤗💕 3y
Meaw_catlady Such awesome items!!!! Yay!!! @DaveGreen7777 is the best!! 👏 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Ferris creates the art journal and diary of Karen Reyes, a 1960s Chicago pre-teen, balancing the difficulties of her own adolescence with a family that‘s only marginally stable. And what she wants most in the world is to become a werewolf.

If you like a quirky kid, stories of growing up too fast, and fantastic art, give this graphic novel a whirl.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hey, my favorite co-hosts, I finally (long after you) finished our challenge! Autumn summary coming soon! 😘😘 3y
Cinfhen Woo Hoo!!!! Great job, Barb!!!!!! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks, my friend. ♥️ 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I bought this AGES ago, thought maybe I‘d read it for the Halloween season this year. Alas, I‘m just now starting...but it‘s intriguing so far. Can‘t wait to see what my granddaughter thinks of it this afternoon (she‘s nine). #comicorgraphicnovel #booked2020 #lasthosttofinish

Cinfhen Enjoy your afternoon guest 😘 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I will. Right now she‘s making paper airplanes! 3y
writerlibrarian It is one of the really popular books at my library. We had to buy additional copies twice already. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @writerlibrarian I can imagine! It sure isn‘t a kids book ... even though the MC is one. 3y
writerlibrarian @BarbaraTheBibliophage it is very much an adult book. The French translation edition is a soft cover one. We have to send them to be bind into a hardcover so the books aren't damaged after a couple of loans. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @writerlibrarian I‘m being so careful with mine—it seems like I could break the spine in a snap! 3y
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Lizpixie
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #day18 #Monster Shame on me, I‘ve had this beautifully drawn graphic novel about monsters for over a year, and I still haven‘t read it! I have flicked through it and it‘s gorgeous, guess it‘s going on my #24B4Monday playlist. #Scareathlon #TeamSlaughter 1point #PointsTotal-754

Clwojick SUCH an amazing GN! One of my favourites 3y
ElizaMarie I loved this one! It was so beautiful 3y
Lindy Once you start, you won‘t want to stop. Perfect for a readathon. 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Perfect choice for that. Great read! 3y
vivastory Joining the chorus, it's amazing. Can't wait for volume 2!! 3y
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cathipink
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Day 2🧛‍♀️🧟‍♀️🦹‍♀️ #7Covers7Days #CoverLove

Thanks for the tag @Ruthiella

britt_brooke I loved the artwork in this so much. 💚 3y
Ruthiella Good one! The cover combined with the title is so evocative! 😀 3y
batsy What @Ruthiella said! Love this cover. 3y
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Leftcoastzen A favorite of mine , what an amazing graphic novel. 3y
cathipink @britt_brooke @Ruthiella @batsy @Leftcoastzen the artwork is so detailed and beautiful 💗 I keep hoping for the sequel but the release date continues to be pushed back 😢 3y
Leftcoastzen I was wondering about the sequel. 3y
cathipink @Leftcoastzen GR says September of 2020, but it said September 2018 and 2019, so I feel a little skeptical. I hope everything is ok with the author. 3y
Leftcoastzen Me too ! 3y
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LiterRohde
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“Like I said, basements usually smell like surrealism. But kitchens and gardens almost always smell like impressionism. Because our kitchen is part of a basement apartment, it smells like the early impressionism of Vincent Van Gogh - all big strokes of umber and ochre - a peppery greasy I-love-you smell.”

#QuotsyJuly19 | 29: #Impression

📷: Made with Typorama

TK-421 I love this! 3y
gradcat Great one! 👍 3y
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manifestsanity
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For those of you that can't wait until 2020 for Book 2, there is a My Favorite Thing Is Monsters comic in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. It consists of shorts, memoirs, and Emil Ferris's amazing artwork. Ferris's bout with illness that led to the book's creation is a triumphant story.

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Schnoebs
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Happy free comic book day everyone!!! I got to pick of these plus a few graphic novels I‘ve been wanting and even got all my manga holds from the library today! Good day for some illustrated novels 😍

#comicbook #freecomicbookday #graphicnovels #graphicnovel2019 #manga #mpls #twincities

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eri.reads
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I absolutely adore this graphic novel! It's huge and heavy, but so worth the read! Karen Reyes is a 10 yr old monster loving artist who uses her notebook and drawings to capture the essence of her emotions and surroundings as she lives with her ill mother, her sometimes dysfunctional brother and a murder in their building. A superb read; some of the most awesome line drawing I've ever seen. Can't wait to get my hands on Vol. 2! 🤗

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Liberty
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Celebrating spring and feeling better by relaxing this afternoon with this AMAZING graphic novel. This is my eighth time reading it. It is one of the most incredible works of art I have ever seen, and even though it won awards, it could stand to win another 100 or so. The sad news is Vol. 2 appears to have been pushed until 2020. 😢 But that‘s okay, it will be worth the wait. (This could also be me spreading misinformation - let‘s hope!) 📚❤️📚

Emilymdxn This looks amazing! I really want to read more graphic novels 4y
kyraleseberg 2020 now?! It's been pushed back like five times now 😭😭😭 4y
scowler1 I'm really not interested in the content, but this is so incredible to look at I keep picking it up at the bookstore and thumbing through the whole thing. 4y
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Laughterhp
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1. Tagged book and either Dead Witch Walking or An Unwanted Guest - I have a stack of library books looking at me!
2. Having friends over on Saturday to hang out and drink. That‘s it!
3. Nope
4. No, but will visit eventually!! (Hopefully)
5. 🍀🍀Luck to a few new followers! @Lydsters @BookHoarder32

#HelloThursday #StPatricksDayEdition

Lydsters Thanks so much! Back at you 💕 4y
wanderinglynn I enjoyed Kim Harrison‘s The Hollows series. Thanks for playing! 🍀 4y
BookHoarder32 👍👍🍀 4y
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Tex2Flo
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Fruit: mango
Chunkster:City on Fire
Graphic: My Favorite Thing is Monsters
5 Years: RETIRED
@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs 🥂retirement 🎉 4y
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litenthusiast
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#wondrouswednesday
1. Watermelon
2. None recently, but currently reading N0S482 and Black Leopard, Red Wolf which are 600+ pages.
3. See tagged book.
4. Hopefully healthy and happy.
@Eggs

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xicanti
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Pickpick

Okay. WOW.

Emil Ferris knows how to construct a story, y'all. This comic has layers on layers on layers, and each one gives the reader about a million new puzzle pieces to consider. Nothing's simple, whether it's Karen's family dynamic, the politics of her Chicago neighbourhood, the murder she sets out to solve, or the true nature of each monster she encounters. The ending gets a bit abstract, but it's still damned remarkable.

Art-wise... ⬇️

xicanti to be honest, Ferris's style ain't my favourite. It's heavily crosshatched, and most of the characters have the sort of round, exaggerated features that hit my eye the wrong way. My aesthetic preferences aside, I can't imagine this would be as effective in any other mode. The story DEMANDS busy art that makes everyone look at least a little monstrous and forces the reader to dig deep. I admire Ferris's design choices very much. #caseyplusbooks 4y
GatheringBooks one of my greatest reads last year! :) 4y
Texreader Your pup is so precious!! 4y
BiblioLitten Those 👀. 😃 4y
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Kboltz
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Pickpick

The story here is one thing but the art in this is beyond amazing and impressive. Art!🎨

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Regi_C
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I went a little crazy at the library....

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ofbooksandme
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I'm looooooving this book. How gorgeous is it? Plus the story is intriguing and super fun.
I think I got this because lst year someone recommended it here si, once again, THANK YOU LITSY!

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ofbooksandme
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1. Yesterday I started "My favorite thing is monsters". I had it for a long time! Can't believe I didn't read it before.
2. ¿Por qué volvías cada verano? From 2018, by Belén López Peiró, an Argentinian author.
3. Probably The Illiad.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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FernsAndFairyTales
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Pickpick

Oh my goodness. I completely get the love for this graphic novel now. It‘s weird and endearing and sad and gripping and surprising and so lovely. It had a hold on my heart from the get-go. I absolutely cannot wait for the second volume to come out.

And the art is just beyond words.

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Soubhiville
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I‘ve never seen a graphic novel quite like this before! Great sketches and drawings, part cartoon part realism, cool mystery. I wish there weren‘t a cliffhanger ending, but at least that means there‘s a sequel coming! Thank you Holly!
#LitsyAtoZ #LetterF for author
Started during #24in48

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 4y
Valink The artwork in this was amazing!! 4y
Redwritinghood Still waiting for volume 2! Hopefully, it‘ll be out this year. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 4y
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Swe_Eva THANK YOU for the cliffhanger warning! 4y
AmyG I loved this. My first graphic novel. Just gorgeous. 4y
Leftcoastzen I loved it too! Longing for the sequel. 4y
vaanshere Mine too... 4y
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Soubhiville
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And.... time! Whew! What a great weekend of reading! I finished two of these that I‘d already started, read the entirety of three of them, and started two others. Reviews to come over the next couple days. I‘m going to rest my eyes and make dinner 😊. I‘m one happy reader!
#24in48

readinginthedark Wow, way to go! 4y
parttimedomestic Awesome job! 🎉🎉🎉 4y
Eyelit Fantastic!! 4y
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The_Heeler_Booklife Congrats! 🎉🎊🍾🎈 4y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 4y
saresmoore Brilliant! 4y
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 4y
Tanisha_A Wow! 👌😎 4y
Kalalalatja Well done! 4y
Simona Congrats 👏👏👏 4y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4y
vivastory Congratulations! 🎉👏📚 4y
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ElizaMarie
Pickpick

This was so beautiful how could I not just love it!?

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Chelseabillups30 💥💥💥 4y
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rohit-sawant
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#CopSong
While the title refers to a body in the truck, Michael Connelley, a big fan of jazz, often mentions music in his books, especially Frank Morgan whose "Lullaby" is Harry Bosch's favorite song.

#Tomorrow's Child, a Ray Bradbury short story about a child who is shaped like a little blue pyramid.
(Image by Mark S. Fisher)

Conisdering one of #MyFavoriteThings is Monsters, I should really cross this off my TBR already. *sigh*
#MusicalNewYear

vivastory Great post & My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is amazing. I can't wait for the second volume! Have you heard of 4y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks! And I'm just hearing about Infidel. It looks soo terrific! 4y
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Cinfhen Loving your collages 😊 4y
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Thanks so much! 😊 4y
readordierachel I really want to read Monsters, too! It's gotten so much love. 4y
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ElizaMarie
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“Love is the weirdest monster out there”

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ElizaMarie
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It‘s beautiful!

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ElizaMarie
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My husband got this for me to read before he flew back home. He looked through it and believed I‘d love it. He usually is right about these things :)

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Cinfhen I was hoping somebody would choose this one!!! I still haven‘t gotten to it yet 🙈 4y
litenthusiast I love this book! It was so unique. I keep recommending it to others. 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf I preordered it over a year ago. They keep changing the release date. (edited) 4y
vivastory I. Can't. Wait. For. The. Second. Book. 4y
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eris404
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My favorite place to read: by the fireplace in this Starbucks. The day I was reading this, the person next to me told me he was friends with the author‘s mother and we had a nice chat about the book. Both of us had lived in Uptown (where the book is set) and I shared my favorite illustrations of the neighborhood. It‘s an odd feeling seeing a place you know well in a book (or a movie), especially when the creator knows it so intimately.

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Lisaw13
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Okay so my #18in2018 is more like 25, but I grouped the series together so it looks like 16 - a little fudging 😋

Was nice to look and see some of the great books I read this year!

sprainedbrain I see some of my favorites from this year on your list! Great year🥳 4y
Lisaw13 @sprainedbrain Glad you agree! 🤓 4y
Cinfhen I‘m thinking Evelyn might be my first read for 2019 4y
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Lisaw13 @Cinfhen I did the audio for that and it was good - I don't normally like audio books because my mind wanders, but the narrator did a great job. 4y
Cinfhen I find the only audios I can listen to are memoirs or NF and read by the author otherwise I completely tune out. 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great list! Circe is on my list for Jan. 4y
Lisaw13 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Circe starts a little slow, but it's totally worth it 😊 4y
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nelehelen
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5/5
I just loooooved everything about this. It‘s a beautiful big book of amazing artwork. And I loved that we see the world through the eyes of a 10-year-old as the author takes us through very “adult” or dark issues as she tries to solve a mystery.

#ReadHarder2018

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Soubhiville
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Holly, wow! Thank you so much for the holiday package! Every book I opened I immediately wanted to start reading, lol. I actually did read a little of Don‘t call me Princess right away.

The cross stitch you made is beautiful. I‘m touched that you spent so much time on something for me. Thank you so much! I‘m going to post a closer picture of it so everyone can sing it‘s praises.

I hope you‘re doing ok and Gunther‘s feeling well. 💕

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I have cross stitched for years but never done a project before with beading on it, so that was a fun new adventure. I am traveling and enjoying myself. Gunther is home and hopefully will make it for us to return home. Fingers crossed. Enjoy all the books! 4y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I will absolutely enjoy them. Safe travels to you, and hugs. 4y
AmyG Lovely gift! 4y
Leftcoastzen The tagged book is so amazing! 4y
Soubhiville @Leftcoastzen it‘s beautiful! I‘m excited to read it! 4y
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