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AliBG

AliBG

Joined May 2016

Reader, Writer, Teacher, Thinker. She/her.
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Mehso-so

Feminist macabre stories written in a sort of distant, snarky voice, lots of them as "advice." I did love "How To Be Grown-Ass Lady," which made me laugh out loud in a waiting room.

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Readers dilemma: I pre-ordered a romance book by an author I once loved BEFORE she said something belittling to & about me on social media.

Now I'm stuck with the book (ooops) that I'll probably love even though I've sworn off reading/buying any of her books in the future.

Do I read it anyway...? Already paid for it...but she had all the power and was so mean to me...but it's on my e-reader....but moral fortitude...but....

HELP.

MarriedtoMrT Hmm. You paid for it so might as well read it. You don't have to review it. I don't know if I could read it, though, knowing what happened. Good luck with your decision! 3y
AliBG Thanks, @MarriedtoMrT - you're right that I don't have to review it. That helps. 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 That's a tough one. I am prone to push through books that I've paid for though so I'd probably read it. 3y
monkeygirlsmama Ick, tough call. What did you end up deciding? I think I'd have either tried to return it (I recently learned that's a thing even when in digital format.) or just read it and not bothered reviewing it or tying myself to it in any way publicly. 2y
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Bed of Roses | Nora Roberts
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Winsome romance with a sweetheart heroine and steamy sex. FTW. Thanks for the rec, @Zelma

I loved this quote--she's right that the "unconscious slight's worse," because it always feels MORE true.

Zelma Glad you liked it. I was pleasantly surprised after not liking the first book. This was quite fun and it helped that Emma was so likeable. I am super interested in Laurel's story. Less so in Parker's but it will be nice to see everything wrapped up in a bow. 3y
Sassy_Steph All four books in this series were great!! 3y
AliBG @Zelma I feel exactly the same way. Though the seeds for both romances are already there, which is interesting. 3y
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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Most recently, A MAN CALLED OVE made me cry. But for years it was this book--and this copy of this book--that made me cry. I read it 55 times in a row in 5th grade before I realized I needed to pace myself or it would lose its meaning. I started a tradition of only reading it once a year, at Christmas time, which I continued until the first year I was married, and I read it aloud to my husband. #riotgrams #BooksThatMadeYouCry

Avidreader25 Ove and this one! 3y
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This 13-second video from Boston library is amazing! Where can I get one of these? https://twitter.com/bplboston/status/855059133338406912
#librarylife

LeslieO Oh wow! I have about 14,000 books in my school library that could use that! 3y
AliBG @LeslieO Right? A teacher's dream! 3y
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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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I LOVED this book--the voice was impeccable free indirect style and as a result, the character of Ove was developed so well that I couldn't help falling in love with the old curmudgeon. Bring Kleenex for the last few chapters!

[DELETED] 206653737 Such a good book! And yes, tissues are needed. 3y
JaclynW Agreed! 3y
Megabooks So agree! 3y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Loving this sweet romance...and it gave me another find for the #rippedbodicereadalong #ya #romantsy

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Alexie interviewed in NYT about this new memoir out today & said this. Made me wonder if college educated women are the main purchasers of most books in general?

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Loved this sweet novella (and went right back into re-reading my favorite @EloisaJames THE DUKE IS MINE. But woe is me, I can't decide which #rippedbodicereadalong category to use. #romantsy

Bianca I'm so glad other readers on here are doing this! 3y
EloisaJames Hi there! I'm slow to see this but none the less grateful -- thanks!! 😘😘 3y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Mr. BG quoted this a moment ago at the views out our car windows

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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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Loving this #audiobook on my #roadtrip

[DELETED] 206653737 Such a good book!! 3y
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Elena Ferrante gives us the gift of exquisite (sometimes excruciating) close ups full of richly textured detail, alongside a ruthlessness about Elena's inner life. I've never read a book like this.

I am especially glad that I listened to it, as that made some of the names and phrases in Italian more easy to "read."

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Ugh..at the weaver's cottage and freaked out even though I know what happens.

StephanieMarie Very disturbing for sure! 3y
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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"She was." Two words that do say a lot, especially about a mom. #rereading

FictionFox This was one of my absolute favorite mini-passages. ❤ 3y
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Lady Bridget's Diary | Maya Rodale
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To be fair, no one ACTUALLY laughs. But I do think I spend a disproportionate amount of my life not getting it "right" somehow.

mjdowens That club is bigger than you know😂. 3y
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Read it in less than 24 hours because --as usual--it was PERFECT: gutsy, sweet heroine, hunky wonderful hero and plenty of loooooooooooove!

Plus, this book is also a great excuse for rereading BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON. (😍❤️) AND it makes me look forward to the next one...

Thank you @JuliaQuinn

#romantsy #recommendsday #bestofmay #maybookflowers

AliBG Okay--but I do have to add that you may want to THROTTLE the gutsy heroine for not just fessing up asap. 3y
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Vision in White | Nora Roberts
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So my first Nora Roberts. Except for the first kiss, it was fine (yes, that's damning with faint praise) The inner conflict was really forced/heavy-handed, & the ending was too deus ex machina for my taste. Honestly the wedding business set up was the most interesting element.

I'll stick with Kristan Higgans & Susan Mallery for contemps, and I still prefer historicals a la Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, & Mary Balogh.

#romantsy #readalong @Zelma

Zelma Hmm, I'm not done yet but feel like this might be my feeling too. I really like the wedding business and friendships but finding some of the other stuff a bit over-the-top. I'll post more with spoiler tags once I finish. 👍 then we can pick it apart. 3y
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Dog Songs | Mary Oliver
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Missed yesterday's #maybookflowers - so combining these two.

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Vision in White | Nora Roberts
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I think I'm really liking this book--though the wounding parent thing doesn't quite ring true; feels a bit authorial. #readalong #romantsy @Zelma

Zelma The parent thing is a bit heavy handed but I'm going with it. Really enjoying it too. Haven't gotten to sex yet, and I am a tad apprehensive. My mom loves Nora Roberts. I am hoping for not overly steamy scenes. 😱😂 3y
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Vision in White | Nora Roberts
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Zelma Woo hoo! I only got to them meeting before falling asleep but should get further today. I really like it so far! 3y
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Reading this one for dinner. "This will kill that" may be the most succinct insight I've heard or understood in a long time. The author presses us to consider what "that" our "this" (the internet) will kill, is killing, or has killed.

Put here with a table cloth my mother sewed, as she sewed everything in our home for so many years...the question is irrevocably pertinent.

AliBG I'm also offering this as #farflung for #maybookflowers - spans the world and many disciplines in an extended meditation. 3y
AliBG FWIW: "This will kill that" originally spoken by the Archdeacon in Victor Hugo's NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, about the printed book and the cathedral. 3y
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Vision in White | Nora Roberts
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So @Zelma and I are reading Nora Roberts for the first time--together. Feel free to join in! #romantsy #readalong

Zelma Yay, so excited!!! Am starting tonight. 3y
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Pretty Face | Lucy Parker
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Love love love this West End theatre romance just as much as I loved the first one -- ❤️❤️❤️ #romantsy

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear | E.K. Johnston
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Thank you for hosting gifts, done with school for the year gifts, and special day gifts...lots of reasons to give books and 20% off everything this weekend at my local indie, Prairie Lights. #bookhaul #gifts

LectricSheep Prairie Lights is such an awesome bookstore. I went there every day for two weeks when I was at Iowa for a summer writing camp at 16 and have never forgotten it. ❤️ 3y
AliBG @LectricSheep that makes my heart happy! 3y
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I'm on team #romantsy when I'm #introverting -- just learned a little more about my go-to genre from this article (also where I got this graphic): http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7192588 #maybookflowers

Zelma I was in a romance mood today and picked up a few at the library. My first Nora Roberts, can you believe that? 3y
Ms.Story What an interesting graphic!! 3y
AliBG Ha! @Zelma - that is surprising. But honestly, I've never read her either. Or Danielle Steele. I feel too overwhelmed with choices. 3y
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AliBG @BrittanysBookshelf I know, right? 3y
Zelma @AliBG that was always my reason. Way too many options, plus I tend to prefer historical romances. However, I keep seeing her wedding quartet series recommended, and I think the covers are pretty. And I am running out of Julia Quinn. 😂 3y
AliBG Okay. Maybe we can read it together? I'm happy to check it out. 3y
AliBG Got the first one, @Zelma ! 3y
Zelma @AliBG cool, let me know when you start and we can read together. 👍😁 3y
AliBG I'll start today! @Zelma 3y
Zelma @AliBG excellent. Me too! 3y
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1. I plead the fifth.
2. Dog ear
3. Off! I hate those things, except as art
4. Poetry. Though I'd miss Hoffman and Alexie
5. Including covers? Colorful. If not, black and white.

#bookishwouldyourather
@Kalalalatja

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Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini
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This is one of three books I tell my students comes with a "money back guarantee," because I've never had a student make it to the end and not love it--or at least be glad to have read it. Of course they don't buy their books, but the idea has gotten lots of kids to read this powerful work. They like knowing "this book will not waste your time.". #maybookflowers #setinthemiddleeast @RealLifeReading

Bklover What are the other two? 😉 3y
Zelma I'm curious as well. 3y
AliBG A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I only give the guarantee on Secret Life to girls, though... (edited) 3y
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Love in the Time of Scandal | Caroline Linden
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Compromised into marriage story with an adventuresome heroine who has a penchant for scandalous reading. ❤️

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The Bookstore | Deborah Meyler
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Hip hip hooray for @KarenUK

KarenUK Oh my! You just made me cry! So kind of you! My heart is so happy💕 3y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! @KarenUK That's so awesome! 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations @KarenUK !!! Way to go!! 🎉📚👍🎉😀 3y
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Love love love OLIVIA books. In the tradition of Snoopy and Calvin and Christopher Robin, this young pig's imagination makes her world a wonderful, big, glorious, and (only sometimes) scary place. #maybookflowers #missing @RealLifeReading

Zelma I adore these books too! 😍 3y
rubyslippersreads ❤️🐷❤️ 3y
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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY starring millennial New Yorkers.

Look, I appreciate that this novel is beautifully written, but I'm over glorifying juvenile romance in adults (all for it with YA, where the characters actually ARE juvenile).

I also hate when people justify adultery as romantic.

BookMusings Granted she did believe he was cheating too, but she was wrong. She was not sufficiently emotionally destroyed by this situation. I didn't realize she is a YA writer. Totally makes sense now! 3y
AliBG @BookMusings - ooops! I didn't mean she writes YA (& I definitely don't mean that would translate to emotionally false writing; just the opposite! I think MG & YA is some of the best writing out there now). I more meant that when adults make juvenile romantic choices, it reads false. It's okay for ROMEO AND JULIET to be passionate about their first loves, but married with kids and still hung up on it just rubs me the wrong way. 3y
BookMusings Got it! I liked the emotional roller coaster that she goes through, but yeah I don't think the ultimate decision to cheat was the right way to go. I think the book could have worked if the love had gone unrequited at the end, and she would have felt more nuanced to me. 3y
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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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If this is the trans moment, as many folks think, then IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is the trans YA novel. The author and cover model are both trans and the story is so much more than a coming out story. It's about a trans girl living her life. And it's gorgeous. #maybookflowers

Alfoster Agreed!!😍😍😍 3y
Zelma I loved both, but I am a big Julie Anne Peters fan. (edited) 3y
AliBG @Zelma I love her too, but this particular book is so problematic now that I've stopped recommending it. It did such amazing things in its time...but reading about it from Vee's POV over at The Gay YA really shifted my own perspective. (edited) 3y
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BestOfFates @AliBG I really enjoyed that article, thanks! 3y
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Meet Cute | Kara Landhuis
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Cool idea, @maich
1. Chicagoland
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Harry Potter, of course
4. You've Got Mail
5. Don't have TV
6. Whatever makes me feel like singing
7. Blue 🌊💧💙🌎🦋🐳
8. Romance. I read and write YA, but #YAisnotagenre
9. High school English teacher, author, MFA student, mom
10. A cat named Phoebe

#meetthelittens

maich Hy! I thing that YA is genre😂😘 3y
AJBowers Aww you got mail ❤ 3y
AliBG @maich 😀 It's not, actually. It's a category. There are genres within categories, for example you could read YA SciFi or YA Romance. There are lots of great explanations about this issue all over the interwebs, but this is a particularly friendly one: at http://avajae.blogspot.com/2013/07/ya-its-not-genre.html?m=1 3y
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AliBG @AJBowers I know, right? 😍 3y
maich @AliBG Thanks for that. 3y
LectricSheep You've Got Mail!!! ❤️Best film ever made. 3y
Tanzy13 🐱 3y
kaysworld1 @LectricSheep totally agree I watch it many times on repeat x 2y
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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The most epic cliffhanger--not a big deal now that the third book is out, but DANG. How she manages to make everything resolved but ALSO leave us hanging? Masterful. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

StephanieMarie I second this, I was dying for the next book to come out! That last sentence 😍😍😍😍 3y
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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When your daily tear-off calendar fails, it's best to take your revenge swiftly.

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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Loving this...it reminds me a bit of ELIGIBLE, honestly. Something about the voice.

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Kitchen Dance | Maurie Manning
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Some favorite picture books from that era with my kids--slightly less well known than Goodnight Moon and Snowy Day (which were also favorites), but just as good. #maybookflowers

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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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HOW TO CHOOSE A BOOK: Today in the library, I loved this cover,
then the summary,
then realized it was by Anne Tyler (& swooned),
then thought "This will look good on my GoodReads" (& worried I was hopelessly shallow),
THEN realized it was a retelling of TAMING OF THE SHREW (& got a little skeptical).

Finally I brought it home, where Phoebe gave it a sniff, & I began reading.

#catsoflitsy (her debut) (she knows she's gorgeous)

MrBook I love it 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 😻 3y
LeslieO It's a process. 3y
tpixie 💕🐱💕 stacked but maybe I need to read Taming! 3y
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This is an older book pairing the steamy nights of contemporary regency romances with our beloved Elizabeth and Darcy. So bad it's good for #maybookflowers #sobaditsgood #romantsy

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"The ministry has fallen. They are coming."

I've thought about this book more and more this year-- #war in Book 7 is the inevitable outcome of Book 5's blustering, fact-ignoring leadership, which we are living in the US right now. #maybookflowers #litsygetspolitical

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Scoundrels of Summer | Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, Katharine Ashe, Miranda Neville
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The first 2/3 are charming, the 3rd just so so.

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A Separate Peace | John Knowles
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One of my favorite books to teach has #peace in the title, even though it's mostly about war--both the world wars and the furious, petty social wars we too often participate in. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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Realized that finding friends on Litsy is as easy as seeing who else loved my favorites, Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell. 😍

Foreversweetserendipity Lol yes!!! So easy to find friends that way. And this book 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 3y
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The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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I fell in love with this movie as a junior in high school so much that I bought a pair of isotoners and wrote with fountain pens in the hope I could live so passionate a life. THEN I read and loved the book. So thank you #Hollywood for today's #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

Kmmsellers Oh, I love that book! I also saw the movie first. 3y
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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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RIP my once-upon-a-time #obsession with these books. For a while there, I didn't even want to be separated from them, TRAVELLED with them, and wouldn't loan them out. I hated the writing, but I loved the story--she made me feel the feelings of first love all over again. The emotional point was the whole point, as Cheryl Klein points out. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

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Charming little story with a whiff of magical realism.

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Quidditch Through the Ages | Kennilworthy Whisp
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I may not survive this #maybookflowers challenge!I'm limiting myself to books I've actually read, am reading, or own. Today I barely made it with this slim volume made for those of us who never want to leave Hogwartlandia. @RealLifeReading

StephanieMarie Oooh.good one I never even thought of that! 3y
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This was the first book I added to my TBR from Litsy --almost a year ago now. And I am loving it now that I finally have a chance to read it. Well done, Littens! Good recommendation! 😍

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Language of Life | Bill Moyers
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I "met" Sharon Olds, Rita Dove, and Li-Young Lee for the first time in the pages of this book. It has been fruitful for my life and my work--both writing work and teaching work. Plus it has an apple on the cover. #maybookflowers #fruit
@RealLifeReading

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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This is a book about how your mom sees you even when you don't especially want her to, and how you often don't see your mom until it's too late. I lost my mom two years ago April (decorative frogs were her thing), and this book is close to my heart. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

Zelma I'm so sorry to hear this. ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen ❤️❤️ 3y
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