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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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My nine-year-old son read The Witch Boy twice before I could get my hands on it--I've already put book #2 on hold! Molly Knox Ostertag's graphic novel tells the story of thirteen-year-old Aster, a boy who lives in a world in which girls become witches and boys become shapeshifters. Aster, however, has not found his spirit animal, and he's MUCH more interested in witchcraft than in ever shapeshifting. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Aster's family, however, can't accept that he's not just going through an awkward stage that he'll soon grow beyond. He has no one in his life in whom he can confide . . . until he wanders outside his magical world and finds a friend who also doesn't fit in to her world.⠀⬇️ 16h
UnabridgedPod Ostertag's artwork is beautiful, and Aster's internal conflict is moving and emotional. I love the world building and the mythology that weaves through the story. I loved it.⠀

Who else has read this one?
LiteraryinLititz I‘ve read it! I thought it was really different and well done! 16h
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MandaMT I LOVE these books! There‘s a 3rd one out now. Can‘t wait to read it! 16h
UnabridgedPod @MandaMT I have the second on hold at the library, but they don‘t have book 3 yet. 😕 16h
emtobiasz This series is great! 14h
UnabridgedPod @emtobiasz Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!! 14h
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Steeple #3 | John Allison
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Yay for Wednesday and the excuse to visit Chicago Comics on #NCBD. Small haul today—Steeple #3, The Dark Age #2 and Pretty Violent #4. Not pictured is Middlewest, Vol. 2 which is also out today—instead of getting it at the store with the others, I purchased a signed copy from Skottie Young‘s newly relaunched store. Can‘t wait to see it!

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#litsyresolutions I LOVE planning out resolutions and goals - I also do monthly goals for myself in my enormous planner, I guess I love having plans to stick to and feeling like I‘m making progress. So I have lots:

- Read at least 50% books by people of colour and women
- Read 50+ books from my owner tbr (books I own as of January 1)
- Participate in more challenges etc but probably not swaps just for budget reasons unless they‘re small ones

Scochrane26 Those are good goals. I‘m with you on the 2nd one. 3d
ljuliel I‘ll bet everyone in here wants to do #2. We all seem to have the same disorder. 3d
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Shadows .Charlotte is fascinated by them and Frank then takes them on seeing them everywhere. A foretelling ? Does this feel like an elaborate chess game? Is he falling for Charlotte?

AmyG The shadows, to me, represent what they are running from...what lurks behind the scene. You can try to escape, but is always there. Yes, I think he is falling for her big time. Frank sees what could be...a different kind of life. 5d
TheBookHippie @AmyG I think the big time falling in love is happening -talk about bad timing !!! Running from their shadows I think too. 5d
JaclynW @AmyG @thebookhippie Agreed. I love the shadows representation. 5d
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Mitch @thebookhippie @amyg @jaclynw He's falling for her and the romance of having a family big time i think. Maybe he's liking playing the role of someone else - and maybe being with her removes him from the reality of the situation and his near death predicament. 5d
Mitch @thebookhippie @amyg @jaclynw He's falling for her and the romance of having a family big time i think. Maybe he's liking playing the role of someone else - and maybe being with her removes him from the reality of the situation and his near death predicament. 5d
Sargar114 He is absolutely falling for Charlotte as well as the girls I think. Good analogy on the shadows @AmyG I also think it‘s human nature for people to be more aware of something once it‘s pointed out to them. So I totally missed the shadows being something more. 5d
JaclynW @Mitch Good point. Maybe it is a bit of a distraction too. 5d
AmyG @Mitch I think what started off as something to disguise himself became a distraction...like you said. But now has become what could be...a possible future. 5d
CoffeeNBooks I definitely think the shadows are foreshadowing- Charlotte eventually realized that she didn't know any more than what Frank showed her on the surface, but she knew there had to be more to his story in the shadows of his life. Frank is playing a game of chess, with his life and the lives of others, and there's more to it than just each move he makes. 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think he is totally falling for her and she is for him also, but she knows there is more to him than he is sharing... 5d
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks I think too that the shadows are symbolic- both are living in them in a sense. I think he is falling for her, definitely. At first Charlotte & her kids were camouflage but now he seems to be enjoying being with them all. , I also like your idea that Frank is playing a game of chess, with all their lives. 5d
kspenmoll @Mitch He is playing a role, which is why Charlotte senses there is more to him. And it can let him escape a bit from the reality if his situation. 5d
Mdargusch Facing his mortality, I think he‘s thinking about all the things he‘s missed out on. Family life probably seems pretty good right about now. 5d
Hooked_on_books It‘s a total game of chess! And he‘s playing against Carlos, Seraphine, Barone, Ed, and even Charlotte. I think he‘s falling for her inasmuch as someone who has hardened himself to emotion can. He certainly sees her as a person rather than a piece of meat, like he treated women in chapter one. 5d
Hooked_on_books I think the shadows may represent that aspects of a person that we don‘t notice unless we truly look for them. Charlotte starts focusing more on the shadows as she understands she really doesn‘t know Frank—maybe she‘s trying to see his other aspects more clearly. 5d
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books Chess it is and so suspense filled!!!! I agree she is starting to really think. 5d
Librarybelle Oh, they're falling for each other! I honestly didn't read into the shadow representation, but reading everyone's responses, it makes perfect sense. There is this build up happening...the last section we read has to be explosive! 5d
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle I‘m staring at my book I‘m going to finish tomorrow when I‘m certain of no interruptions !!!! Ha. 5d
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11.22.63 | Stephen King
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🍁 👍🏻
🍁🍁 For the first time ever, all four of us (me, hubby, 2 daughters) are on stage together in community theatre. Monday was our first rehearsal. 🎭
🍁🍁🍁 Audition for daughter #2. Story of my life.
🍁🍁🍁🍁 2
🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁 👍🏻

#friyayintro @howjessreads

ImperfectCJ What a cool family experience, being on stage together! 1w
Hoopiefoot That sounds so fun! I used to do community theater with my dad and sister. Lots of fond memories there 1w
wanderinglynn How awesome! Break a leg! 1w
mom2bugnbee Thank you, all! My husband & my younger daughter are regulars on stage at several of our local theaters, but I've been content to be a stage mom for many years. My older daughter has never done theatre before, but she has a strong voice & is a strong dancer, & she won the role of Chava in Fiddler on the Roof! (daughter #3) She's a senior, so I'm soaking in the minutes with her. ☺ 7d
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1. “A Saturday afternoon in November . . .”
2. It‘s happening tonight - I get to meet Margaret Atwood!
3. See #2
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5. 👍🏻
#friyayintro @howjessreads

Lindy Have fun tonight! Where will you be meeting Atwood? 1w
Lcsmcat @Lindy Thanks! She‘s giving a talk at NC State, and my cousin got us tickets to that and to the reception afterwards. 1w
Lindy @Lcsmcat Sounds lovely. 😊 1w
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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The narrator was AWESOME. She kept the content easy to stay engaged with.

Queenie is inspiring and relatable. I could never pretend to understand the racism she faced, even (appallingly) in her sexual encounters, but I can understand the depression paired with anxiety that drives bad decisions that you regret before making. The rawness of her story brings her to life. I hope to someday see a book #2 of a happy and healed Queenie.


Megabooks I absolutely loved this book!! One of my favorites this year. 1w
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Words of Radiance | Brandon Sanderson
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I‘m pleased to see the Shallan endpapers reproduced in my digital copy of WORDS OF RADIANCE. So pretty!

I didn‘t have much reading time today, but I‘m hoping to sink a small ways in before I fall asleep. I‘m also praying WoR doesn‘t suffer from the second book slump that‘s plagued every single one of Sanderson‘s other second books.

Come on, WoR! Don‘t disappoint me like THE WELL OF ASCENSION, SHADOWS OF SELF, or ALCATRAZ #2!

Texreader Beautiful!! 1w
xicanti @Texreader I don‘t normally love Michael Whelan like other fantasy readers do, but this piece I can get behind. 1w
GrilledCheeseSamurai I didn't find any slump in this 2nd book! Very much loved it (as well as the 3rd). Your mileage may vary...but I for one haven't been disappointed with this series yet (they're my favorite of all the Sanderson's). 1w
xicanti @GrilledCheeseSamurai that‘s encouraging! I‘m enjoying it so far. 1w
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I‘m posting like mad today! It‘s rare for me to have proper time to sit with Litsy! #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I have v strong synaesthesia so words with Ws, As and Hs always show up lovely colours for me. Willow and wash are two gorgeous ones, deep black shot through with green or red

2. I prefer standalones so 1?

3. Yes! Short stories. I‘m out of practice but trying to get my confidence back

4. I‘ll tag in comments no space here 💖

Emilymdxn Hi new followers @loveroflearning @coleenv @Dhanya2277 consider yourself tagged 🥰 1w
TheBookHippie #2 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
Megabooks Agree with both of you Emily and @TheBookHippie 🚫 series! 1w
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TheBookHippie @Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
Eggs Is there a downside to your synesthesia? 1w
Eggs And thanks for playing🥳💕🤗 1w
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The Rainbow Fish | Marcus Pfister
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This F book by Marcus Pfister is about a beautiful rainbow fish learning how to make friends by sharing something that it holds deep to its heart, the scales. It would be a great PR as you share a book with a friend while learning about sharing and making friends. #ucflae3414f19

maciforster This pairs with EL strategy #2 to help with making friends and UDL principle 8.3 as well. This link gives plenty of activities that younger kids can do relating to the book: http://themes.atozteacherstuff.com/118/the-rainbow-fish-lesson-plans-activities-... (edited) 1w
Alexush Omg this brings back so many memories! As soon as i saw the book i started remembering my mom reading it with me! 1w
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