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AmandaL
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Just started this one in preparation for the coming new year. I've been keeping a hand sketched organizer the last two years, but it is bare bones and I'm hoping to make it work better for me in 2020. #bujo

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Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind | Sy Montgomery, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
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Super cute personal essays about the animals in the authors' lives. I will read just about anything that's heartwarming and has to do with animals. My favorite was the retellung of the wild encounter with a lion.

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The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story | Silvia Vecchini, Sualzo
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This is a MG graphic novel in translation. The author wrote it after devastating earthquakes struck Italy in 2016.It shows how a community comes together , and the many ways life gets turned on its head after natural disaster. I enjoyed the story of the three main friends, how they cope, and the illustrations. #MG #graphicnovel #translation

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⚡⚡🌠⚡⚡ This book was 🔥 ! I would never normally read grimdark fantasy, and yet this was definitely my favorite fiction of the year. The world building, the snappy dialogue, the characters, the setting - all of it was phenomenal x a jillion. I originally borowed the book from the library, then I bought this copy for my oldest for his birthday. I hope he loves it! ❤️

rachelsbrittain Not my usual genre either but I agree-- I was obsessed 4d
AmandaL @rachelsbrittain I keep pestering my son to read the book because I'm dying to talk obsessively about it. 😂 4d
rachelsbrittain @AmandaL that's me all the time with my mom and sister 😅 4d
LauraJ I‘m not big on fantasy either, but I can‘t wait for the next book! 4d
AmandaL @LauraJ Same! I was not expecting that ending. 4d
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Wow! It's been a year since I was last on Litsy. This was probably my slowest reading year in years. I'm not on track to reach my Goodreads goal, and it's the first year I haven't participated in the Read Harder Challenge. BUT, I still read a bunch a great books.

This cookbook I got my youngest for his birthday since he's a fan of the channel. There are a whole bunch of recipes I would never even attempt, but it's a fun read w/ great backstories

Q84 Glad to see you back! I too haven't read as many books as I had hoped but that's ok.😀 5d
AmandaL @Q84 Thanks! 😊 5d
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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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I'm really enjoying this fantasy. It's not what I expected. The details are intriguing. It's a little bit steam punk. It's a little bit of alternate reality. I love how pelotons of cyclists speed through the roadways instead of vehicles. I like the take on magic. I like the twist on Fae lore. There's a slow burn m/m romantic element and a mystery too. #Busterandabook

Clare-Dragonfly I just got this one from the library. Sounds like I made a good choice! 1y
mabell What a sweet book prop! 😂❤️🐶 1y
AmandaL @Clare-Dragonfly I can't wait to see what you think! 1y
AmandaL @mabell Thank you! 😂 1y
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AmandaL
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This was on Introvert Doodles Instagram, and I pretty much love all her book related cartoons. I had to share 'cause it's so relatable. 😊

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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#AugustTBR All these are my library loans and maybe I will get to them this month. 🤷‍♀️

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AmandaL
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This book is for anyone with a neurodiverse child. None of the information is new, but the second half of the book is laid out in a self-help style format, to help parents be their best for their kids. What I liked about the book is that it advocated helping atypical kids (no matter if that means dyslexic, ASD, ADHD, gifted or twice exceptional, etc.) to be their best selves, not try to change them. What often irks me about these books (below)

AmandaL Is that they are written by people who have a tremendous amount of privilege. The author did address this a bit, but not every parent has the resources to homeschool, hire private therapists, or even get the correct diagnosis for their child. Regardless, the book was very respectful toward neurodiverse children, and had tips anyone can implement to be a better, stronger, more helpful advocate for their child. 1y
Owlizabeth I have this on hold at the library. My boys have ASD and are both in their teens and doing really well, but I love to see new theories on parenting ND kids. 1y
AmandaL @Owlizabeth I'm interested to read what you think. I tend to 4 and 5 star all the books I read. The book is probably more helpful for parents of younger kids (my youngest with ADHD is almost a teen) but it has some good ideas. 1y
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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#July2018stats Ten books!
1 audiobook, 2 ebooks, 7 books
4 fiction (1 YA, 1 #romantsy, 1 children's classic)
6 Nonfiction (1 YA graphic, 2 memoir)

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AmandaL
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This version of Cinderella was not as terrifying as the version I listened to as a kid, where the step sisters cut off a toe and a heel to fit in the glass slipper, but the illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia are wonderfully creepy. I bought this book for the illustrations, and I was not disappointed. 👠

Centique Oh wow those illustrations are to die for 😍 1y
AmandaL @Centique Right?! 1y
Kelican17 @wife **whisper voice** i must find this book. 1y
Wife @Kelican17 I was going to tag you on it!❤️ 1y
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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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#Currentlyreading I guess this is my week for fantasy.

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A Promise of Fire | Amanda Bouchet
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This was the exact kind of book candy I was in the mood for. Did the lady protest too much? Yes, but it was a fun fantasy romance that I plowed through in two days. I liked that the world building was based on Greek mythology. I can't wait to dive into the next book.

robinb I loved this as well! I need to get to the next 2 in the series. 1y
AmandaL @robinb Luckily I already took out book 2 from the library. Now let's see if I get to it before I have to return it. 😁 1y
robinb @AmandaL I purchased both two and three when they came out. I‘ll look forward to seeing what you think about the second. 😊 1y
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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This small poetic memoir is a punch to the gut. It covers abuse, relationships, poverty and mental illness in a way like I've not read before.

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I really enjoyed this book about traditional crafts. It's amazing the sustainable technologies people have created through the ages with locally available resources, and the amount of know-how that went into them. Unfortunately, that ingenuity is dying out as people rely on mass manufactured, cheaply made products. Although this book focused mostly on the U.K., it's message of the importance on supporting and promoting craft is universal. 👍👍

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AmandaL
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I started this yesterday morning and flew through it. But, now I'm at an emotionally uncomfortable part and I had to put it down. I just realized I did the same thing with Heart Berries last week, and I still haven't picked it back up! I think my brain is hoping for something light and fluffy from my TBR soon.

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#Bookhaul The Camille Rose Garcia illustrated Cinderella I had to have when I saw it. The Dialogues just sounded cool, plus my youngest will read anything in comic format, so he won't even realize he's learning from MIT Press's first graphic novel. The Batman mints are for my husband. And the other two books are gifts for my kids. My suitcase will be noticeably more heavy on my trip home tomorrow. 📚

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I switched to listening to this audiobook because my eyes were bloodshot from reading The Hazel Wood on my iPhone for hours yesterday. I'm seven chapters in and I still have over 12 hours left!

Bradleygirl I listened to this one in May! So epic. 1y
AmandaL @Bradleygirl I'm excited for the new Book of Dust book, which I think takes place 15 years after the events in Amber Spy Glass. 1y
Bradleygirl @AmandaL ooh, I have that on TBR but I thought it deadly with characters around baby Lyra- I'd have to double check! 1y
AmandaL @Bradleygirl The first Book of Dust takes place when Lyra is a baby. That book is fantastic! 1y
Bradleygirl @AmandaL ahh thanks. I thought I must've got something crossed there! 1y
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Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I started this atmospheric YA fairytale on the plane and I am hooked! I love the creepy factor.
In other news, I spilled a Cafe Mocha down the front of my white shirt right before boarding. 😳

hermyknee This sounds like my life!! I was just wondering which book I should take with me on my vacation, and I think now I know which one! Thanks for your post!! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I just bought this the other day for my classroom library- I'm planning on reading it before it goes on the bookshelf! 1y
AmandaL @hermyknee I hope you like it! 1y
AmandaL @CoffeeNBooks I don't blame you! The cover and title sucked me in before I even knew what the book was about. 1y
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I downloaded two ebooks on Libby, then my hold for the audiobook for The Amber Spyglass came in... and they're all due in 14 days. This should be enough reading material for my 4 day business trip.

TheBookKeepers Eek! Good luck! I recently read The Hazel Wood and enjoyed it! Very creepy but I loved it! 1y
AmandaL @TheBookKeepers Thanks! I hope I love it too! 1y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I couldn't wait for my commute to finish listening to this audiobook, so I did some #audioknitting tonight. I really enjoyed the narrator and the language. Once I got into the story, I was riveted. It's hard for me to imagine some of the stories she told repeating themselves again and again. #audiobook

LaurenReads Yay!! This is up next in audio for me! 1y
AmandaL @LaurenReads I hope you like it! 1y
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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I read this on #Libby in one sitting. I wasn't sure what to expect. At first, I thought it would just be campy and ridiculous. It was actually pretty heartbreaking.

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AmandaL
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This was a great little graphic book with short biographies of cool ladies. Some if it is a little scandalous, all of it is really interesting. Many of the women I had never heard of before, so it was a neat surprise to see that one of the profiles was of a lady who was from the town next to where I grew up, and that she saved the most iconic building on our island. 👍👍

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome, that sounds great! 1y
Kelican17 I just bought this the other day! I‘m really looking forward to it! 1y
AmandaL @Kelican17 I hope you like it! 1y
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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This is a small memoir. The language is poetic. I thought I'd finish this is a day, but the writing is gut wrenching, and I've been reading it in small bites.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I am really enjoying the language and the narrator, but this is my reaction to so many of the stories: 😱.

Suet624 Yup. 1y
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AmandaL
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This is the summer of nonfiction for me, especially books about sustainable living. Rather than a 'how-to,' this book discusses traditional crafts, what they meant to British culture through the ages, and the author's experience with them. So far, it's made me want to take up weaving and keep bees. 🐝

8leagueboot It‘s so handsome! 1y
Reecaspieces Awe....peanut says hey! #pugsoflitsy 1y
AmandaL @8leagueboot Thank you! 1y
AmandaL @Reecaspieces 😊 Buster says hey to Peanut! 1y
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AmandaL
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I've spent the last couple of days emptying three giant storage bins filled with my kids books. These were all my oldest's. My youngest feels like he just won book lottery. 😂

Cortg That‘s awesome! 1y
2BR02B Aww, wish I still had my manga collection so I could donate them and make some kid's day. 1y
AmandaL @Cortg Thanks! @2BR02B That would be awesome. 1y
LibrarianJen All the Naruto!! 😍 1y
AmandaL @LibrarianJen You should see his One Piece collection. An absurd amount of my paychecks have funded my kid's manga addictions. 😄 1y
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This was about new ways to think about economics. Rather than relying on GDP to gauge economic success, the author proposes looking at such factors as sustainability, quality of life and networks of interconnectivity to rethink economic success. My biggest beef is the ideal the author describes working toward is global communism, but she never calls it that. Interesting to read, and I think it's important to look at subjects from alternate POVs.

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Truth Or Beard | Penny Reid
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So... I haven't been on for two months, but I used that time to read A LOT. I've finish 30 books. I finally read Penny Reid's Winston Brothers Series. I read a bunch of crafting, gardening and lifestyle books, and I listened to some great audiobooks. 😊

Godmotherx5 Sometimes a break is good. 1y
LiteraryinLititz That‘s awesome! Did you have a favorite read during your time away? 1y
AmandaL @Godmotherx5 It is! I told my penpal that sometimes even social media is just too social for me. 😄 1y
AmandaL @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! For pure entertainment, I really enjoyed the Penny Reid romances, which I read out of order and one after the other. But the book I couldn't put down and that kept me up too late was 1y
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AmandaL
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This evening's plans. #audiobook #libby

Traci1 That series is so amazing on audio. 😍 2y
AmandaL @Traci1 Yes! I loved the new Book of Dust Philip Pullman novel on audio too. 2y
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I requested this #nonfiction from the library after seeing something about it on Shelf Awareness. I'm about a quarter in and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, especially since he hasn't even started the journey yet. Has anyone read his other books?

Buster was not interested in posing with the book. He was also not interested in staying awake while I took the photo. 😂 #dogsoflitsy #pugsoflitsy

Debiw781 Buster 😍😍 2y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Ohmygod... Rescue Remedy for the injuries she describes... I can't . 😱🤢

Nikki15 This sounds like it could be so sad but so wonderful at the same time 2y
AmandaL @Nikki15 So far, I'm baffled by her parents' decision making. It's not quite sad to me yet. I'm just horrified by their choices. The language is very literary and I'm enjoying listening to the audiobook. 2y
hermyknee I know! It‘s so intense. 2y
AmandaL @hermyknee I was squirming. It was so hard to listen to. 2y
hermyknee @AmandaL There are several moments like that, but it‘s soooo good 2y
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Paper Girls Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Without giving anything away, I loved this. How long 'till the next volume?! #comics
🤖🎇🏙

britt_brooke December!! 2y
Mimi28 Oooooooo!! I didn‘t know about this. Thanks!! I haven‘t been on here much. I just put it on hold at the library and I am only number 3 in line. Yea!!! 2y
AmandaL @britt_brooke Now I know what I'll be asking for for Christmas. 2y
AmandaL @Mimi28 It's so good! 2y
britt_brooke @AmandaL Exactly!! 👏🏻 2y
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This one was still mindless fun. I like the colors. It got a bit gorier than I care for, and I'd probably like it better if that was toned down, but I'm curious where the story will go. #comics

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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My library hold came in. #currentlylistening #audiobook

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Thursday's Child | Sandra Brown
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1. I'm doing the #WeveGotIssues #CBBR because comics are my comfort reads and I can handle one trade paperback a month. 😁
2. I actually like my name but when I was 5 I desperately wanted to change my name to Rosie.
3. Oh, this is so hard! Right now it's Kendrick Lamar and SZA, All the Stars ✨

#TrivialThursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Amanda! 2y
batsy I love that song so much ⭐ 2y
AmandaL @batsy It's so good! 2y
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Yesterday's #bookmail because I'm only allowing myself to buy #comics lately. I am three issues behind in Saga. Maybe I'll catch up this weekend.

TricksyTails YESSSSSSSSSS!! 😍♥️🙌 2y
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I am so excited that the Hidden Legacy Series will be continuing with three more books!!! This trilogy was such a fun read and one of my favorite paranormal romances last year. #romantsy

CoffeeK8 What! OMG, that is the best news ever! You totally made my morning 😀 (edited) 2y
AmandaL @CoffeeK8 Yay! I think the next book comes out November 6th! 2y
Beachesnbooks I was so excited to see this!! More Ilona Andrews is always a good thing 😄 2y
AmandaL @Beachesnbooks Yes, always! 2y
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I wanted to read something diverting and this did the trick. It's an interesting look at UFO phenomena from international and national expert witnesses. It makes no claims other than their is something happening, there is evidence, including radar corroborated pilot testimony, and that it shouldn't be ridiculed but studied. #nonfiction Has anyone here seen something they can't explain?

AmandaL Ugh! I just saw I used the wrong there! How did that happen?! 2y
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Less than an hour left, and I can already say that everyone who told me this was so good and I needed to read this was right! #audiobook

AmandaL Just noticed I took the screen shot when I had more than an hour left. 😂 2y
Traci1 That is the best audiobook. I recommend it to everyone. 2y
Tamra On impulse I bought the paperback today. I am not generally into fantasy but I thought I really need to see what all the buzz is about. So glad you posted! 2y
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LibrarianJen Are you going to continue with the series? The second book had my favorite characters I think. I would have to go back and look for certain. 2y
AmandaL @Traci1 It was so enjoyable! 2y
AmandaL @Tamra I hope you like it! Once I read the whole series, I'm going to see what I think of the movie. (edited) 2y
AmandaL @LibrarianJen Yes! I've already put a hold on the next audiobook. 2y
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I finally read this! Now I also wish I listened to the audio. The art was interesting and I liked it with the story. Gaiman writes fairytales exactly as I think they should be.

tjwill Yes! I ❤️ Neil Gaiman. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Loooooooove this book. 2y
AmandaL @tjwill Me too! 2y
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AmandaL @TobeyTheScavengerMonk It's so good. I love the opening, because it tells you everything but it doesn't reveal anything. You have to wait and read to understand. 2y
readinginthedark The audio is amazing, too! 2y
AmandaL @readinginthedark I love everything Neil Gaiman narrates. 2y
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This was such a super fun comic. I never would have thought to read this if not for the #WeveGotIssues buddy read. Now I want to read more. It's got wizards and spurned lovers and a koala. And ummm, what IS the deal with Margaret? That one panel had me like, huh???! I love this varient cover for issue four. #CBBR

TricksyTails You‘ve made my night! I love that cover too! Do you have Hoopla? The second volume is on there! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai That's a fantastic variant cover! 😍 2y
AmandaL @TricksyTails No! I checked and it doesn't look like my library subscribes to it. I just went ahead and ordered vol. 2 and the new Paper Girls that comes out this week. 😊 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai @AmandaL This makes me smile and feel all warm inside! Happy reading! 🤗 2y
AmandaL @GrilledCheeseSamurai Thank you! 😊 2y
TricksyTails Aw what a bummer your library doesn‘t offer Hoopla. Happy you‘re continuing the series! 😁♥️ 2y
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AmandaL
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Saturday night plans. #teammargaret #CBBR #WeveGotIssues

TricksyTails YESSSSSSSSSSS!! 👏🤩 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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I love the gang from Giant Days - Daisy, Susan, Esther, Ed and especially McGraw. #belovedcharacters #readingresolutions #april @Jess7

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AmandaL
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It's been a few years since I read this, but it takes place in a future where what is real and what is replicant is indistinguishable. #virtualinsanity #aprella @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well played!!! Nice recovery!!!! 2y
AmandaL @Cinfhen Ha! Thanks! 2y
emilyhaldi Philip K. Dick seems to be a good author for this prompt!! 😁 2y
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Mdargusch Good choice! 2y
Reviewsbylola My husband just read this within the past few months! Based on what he has told me, I would absolutely hate it. 😂😂 2y
AmandaL @Reviewsbylola Yeah, it's definitely not a book for everybody. 😂 2y
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Neil Gaiman is my #favoriteauthor. As I was taking this photo I realized I'm missing The Ocean at The End of The Lane, and I have no idea what I did with it. #ReadingResolutions #April @Jess7

TheLibrarian He‘s my favorite too! 2y
GatheringBooks i bought the portuguese version of how to talk to girls while in brazil late last year. couldn‘t find an english version. :) i think i have practically all his books as well, except for unnatural creatures. 2y
AmandaL @TheLibrarian Nice! 👍 2y
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TheLibrarian @AmandaL Did you see the trailer for How to Talk to Girls at Parties? 2y
AmandaL @GatheringBooks Very cool! 2y
AmandaL @TheLibrarian No! Now I'm going to go look for it! 2y
DivineDiana Hope you found it! 2y
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Hey @TricksyTails @GrilledCheeseSamurai , look what came in the mail today! #WeveGotIssues #CBBR

GrilledCheeseSamurai Yeeeeees! Awesome! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
TricksyTails 🙀👏😆 Yayyyyyyy!! #TeamMargaret! 2y
DGRachel I started this last night on Hoopla. The #teamMargaret thing cracks me up. @TricksyTails 2y
TricksyTails @DGRachel It‘s my favorite part! #TeamMargaret #NotMyMargaret. Margaret steals the show! 2y
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Make Trouble | John Waters
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This is a transcript of John Waters' commencement address to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design. It's short, funny, with some good advice in the mix. It would make a great gift for a grad, but it's an enjoyable, inspiring read for anyone. 💗

readordierachel Love him 💕 2y
DivineDiana I am from Baltimore and a fan of this creative man! Did not know about this book! 2y
AmandaL @DivineDiana Oh cool! It's a one sitting read and I liked it as much as Neil Gaiman's Make Great Art speech book. 😁 2y
DivineDiana @AmandaL Another one I need to read! 😉 2y
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This book about books was a #blameitonLitsy buy. I've read a few in here, but there are so many more to add to my TBR. #BooksAboutBooks #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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Nobody's Fool | Richard Russo
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From the large library pile of books I may read this month, this story takes place in upstate #NewYork. #aprella @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola This is one of those books I‘ve been meaning to read! 2y
AmandaL @Reviewsbylola Same here! Maybe this is the month. 😂 2y
Mdargusch Sounds good! 2y
emilyhaldi I love any stories involving cranky old men 😆 2y
Cinfhen This is meant to be excellent 😇 2y
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