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AshleyHoss820

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Secret Lives & Other Stories | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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This was another read for my Non-Western Civ Lit class...and it broke my heart. Post-colonial stories are hard for me to read because they‘re so frustrating, but these stories are so haunting, so well-done, that you can‘t look away, even if you want to.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Twain. however, I‘m saying pick b/c I think this is important to the Arthurian tradition. Railing against medieval mania, Twain seeks to de-glorify the Dark Ages. Is Hank a pretentious douche? Yes. Did I laugh out loud more than once? Yes. This sets up future generations of Arthurian tales that we adore today. Once the legend didn‘t have to be taken so seriously and reverently, it could really take on new life.

rabbitprincess Is that Bing Crosby?! 2d
AshleyHoss820 @rabbitprincess Yes indeed it is!!! 😊 2d
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Idylls of the King | Alfred Tennyson
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Oh, wow. This was absolutely gorgeous. If you don‘t read any of the other idylls, you must read Guinevere and The Passing of Arthur. Absolutely touching work. I don‘t have a soul, but if I did, Arthur would have shattered it in Guinevere. 😂 My Arthurian Legend class is my favorite!!

BarbaraBB Great review 😂 2w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! 😂😂😂 2w
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This Non-Western Civ Lit class is the best idea I‘ve ever had! I don‘t know why she has chosen the works that she has but I am so grateful! A Season of Madness is probably my favorite story. Many of our works have been characters caught between tradition and modernity.

BarbaraBB Seems like a great class. Keep us posted about other books you read in there! 2w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I will! So far, we‘ve read Selected Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, In the Shade of Spring Leaves by Higuchi Ichyo, Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang and this book! 😊😊😊 2w
BarbaraBB Wow. I only know Tagore... 2w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB They were all wonderful! I‘m gathering that Tagore‘s short stories are better than his novels. 😊 2w
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American Psycho | Bret Easton Ellis
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The increasing absurdity along with Bateman‘s escalating psychosis is fantastic. This book is extra. The sex scenes become torture scenes and, after a while, you become desensitized. Bateman is one of the best unreliable narrator‘s I‘ve read. This whole book is a trigger warning. Cruelty is constant. But is Patrick any different than the yuppies he‘s friends with? #1001Books 163/1,001 Christian Bale deserved all the acclaim for his performance.

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Nine Stories | Jerome David Salinger
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This is the moment I understand Holden. This book knocked me out and I wish terribly that I could call Salinger up and talk to him about it. Bananafish, Esme, Teddy. This was a glorious, heart-breaking, question everything read. I really dig cynical, depressing reads, I guess...😂😂😂📚

rachelm I was today years old when I learned JD Salinger‘s name was Jerome David 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @rachelm I am really glad it wasn‘t just me... 1mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @Ddzmini 😂🤷🏻‍♀️😂🤷🏻‍♀️😂 1mo
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Love in a Fallen City | Karen Kingsbury
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This was a fascinating read. We only looked at 4 of her stories for my Non-Western Lit class, but they were otherworldly. We‘ve been reading books that seem to have a old world clashing with new world theme. They were brilliant, poignant, moving, and painful. I‘ll be returning to this again once the semester‘s over. “Between memory and reality, there are awkward discrepancies.”

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Okay. The only time Arthur is interesting in this work is in the chapter on his death, BUT wowzers is this the best or what!? Beautiful language! This works gives us The Holy Grail (not just the grail but the Holy Grail!), Sir Galahad, and King Arthur becomes a mythic figure. Definitely worth the read. I have the Oxford World Classics edition with more modern spelling. Go for that. 😊

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*Re-Read*
This book is absolutely one of the most powerful, moving, agonizing reads and it affects me EVERY time I read it. It is one of my most recommended books. 163/1,001 #1001Books

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This was so good. The alliteration was fun. The plot was a ride. Before this Arthurian Legends class, I *thought* I knew Arthur. I was Jon Snow. I knew nothing. I‘m keeping this forever and always & I will read it to my students!

Daisey I would be stacking this from your review, except I think I already own a book that includes it. It definitely needs to move up the TBR. 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @Daisey This class is my favorite class this semester! It has been SO fun! Tolkien worked for a long time on these translations and I think it‘s fabulous! Definitely read the introduction that Christopher Tolkien wrote! 😊😊😊 2mo
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I am SO pissed that it took this Non-Western Civ Lit class to find Tagore. I love, love, LOVE this book! I can‘t even describe it, but it‘s made me gobble up the short story genre!

AshleyHoss820 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa YES! Please do! They‘re such good stories! I‘m so glad I took this course! 2mo
Liz_M Have you read his 1001list book? I liked the writing, but maybe not the form. I guess I should try his short stories. 1mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M Oh my gosh, I didn‘t even know he was ON The List!! 😱 I really loved his short stories, but I haven‘t read the one you tagged! I wonder if it will be like Steinbeck? I adore his novellas but I slogged through The Grapes of Wrath. 😕🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Arthurian Romances | Chretien Troyes
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Ya‘ll...Arthurian Romances are structured SO differently that what we are used to but dang it if they‘re not fun. Episodic, atemporal, ahistorical, random af (that‘s a technical term that I made up) Glorious. 😄#ArthurianLegendsCourse Also, can we talk about Arthur‘s lazy ass? 😂😂

AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Thank you!! It‘s stacked! 😄 2mo
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How bomb is this book!? Why am I all alone in the review section!? The short stories collected in this book are magic! Such a powerful command of imagery!

batsy Thanks for putting it on my radar. Promptly stacked! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @batsy You‘re welcome! It‘s a shame it‘s not more widely known! We didn‘t get to all of the stories but I WILL be reading more of her work! 😄 2mo
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In case you needed any ideas for Banned Books week! I found this in The Joy of Children‘s Literature by Denise Johnson! 😊📚

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Bookmark Days | Scot Gardner
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I‘m procrastinating on homework, so I decided to clean out my bookmark drawers (yes, plural...😂) and I think I have a problem...this isn‘t counting my magnetic bookmarks and the random pictures and drawings my kids have given me that I use as well...😂🙄🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Same 👍🏻 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @TrishB I knew I‘d be in good company on here! You guys get it! 😄 2mo
MrBook I see no problem here. 😎 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @MrBook Thank goodness! I knew you guys would enable, I mean understand me...😂🤣 2mo
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Othello | William Shakespeare
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Guys. Maury, nay, Jerry Springer couldn‘t have come up with a better show! Are we really supposed to only hate Iago when Othello was carried away THAT far, THAT quickly with SO little provocation!? What fools these mortals be...

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I read this a while ago and forgot to review it...🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyway, I‘m only picking so-so because I wasn‘t emotionally invested in the characters. I‘m not sure if it was just me or the book, honestly... I really enjoyed the fairy world and really wanted to know more but was left a bit let down by the end. I love Maguire‘s work usually. This was just a miss this time, for me.

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Starting Monday, my reading time will no longer be my own yet again! Associate of Arts ✅ English Major and 7-12 Language Arts teaching degree: in progress!! If you‘ve ever told yourself it‘s too late, knock it off. You wouldn‘t tell a friend that. Why are you talking to yourself that way!?

Bklover Good for you! Go for it!! 👏👏👏👍 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @Bklover Thank you!! 🥰🥰🥰 I‘ve waited a long time to finish this! 😊 3mo
wordslinger42 Congratulations!! How exciting! 😊 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @wordslinger42 Thank you so much! I am very excited and nervous! 😄😄😄 3mo
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I keep starting and stopping books. When that happens, I turn to the TBR Bowl of Destiny. I re-organized it, and typed up the titles because reasons. This is the first book I pulled out...Okay, Universe. Have it your way. #1001Books

suvata Wow 😮 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @suvata My thoughts exactly! 😊😊😊 4mo
Amiable It‘s really a good book! Much more accessible than it appears. 4mo
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AshleyHoss820 @Amiable That‘s good to hear! I read, and liked, Anna Karenina. I‘m hoping it‘s similar in style. 4mo
Readerann I liked this way more than I thought I would. 4mo
Billypar It's a fun method- I use it for authors I haven't yet read. I don't make myself read them next, but I don't let myself choose a new name until I've read something from the one I chose. Hunter S. Thompson is my next jar read. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @Readerann That‘s good news! I felt the same about Anna! I love when that happens! 😊😊😊 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @Billypar That‘s a good idea!! I like this because it makes me read books I already own and pushes me out of my comfort zone, especially while tackling the 4mo
sudi It's a good book but the size might seem intimidating. I was surprised by how much i liked it 😄 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @sudi I‘ve been encouraged by how many people have liked it! I was intimidated by Infinite Jest, but it ended up being one of my favorite books! 😊😄 4mo
Liz_M Have fun! And I say there is no shame in skipping the second epilogue. 😁 4mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M Hahaha!! I‘ll try and I‘ll keep that in mind! 😂😂😂 4mo
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Marriage Plot | Jeffrey Eugenides
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This earned a place among my favorites. I loved this book. A modern take on the love story. Maybe our first love should be ourselves? It was a ride, being on each character‘s journey of self-discovery. Leonard‘s depression was uncomfortably realistic. Leonard, Madeleine, Mitchell, even Alton and Phyllida...such wonderfully drawn, fleshed out, relatable characters. 162/1,001 #1001Books

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Asylum | Madeleine Roux
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This was a tough one. I both liked it & was let down a little. The characters felt younger than they were supposed to be (I kept picturing 13/14-year-olds) Just when I started to get sucked in...meh... Maybe I need to read the rest of the books for it all to come together. I am aware this is YA, so that‘s why I‘m not being harsh. I REALLY dig the premise and I was just hoping for more a little more oomph. Dame Agatha has spoiled me...

mydearwatson These books look interesting, but how is its treatment of mental health? The description makes me a little wary, but I think the whole old photograph thing is really cool. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @mydearwatson They don‘t really go into it. It‘s more of a focus on the former warden and two specific patients that were “criminally insane.” It‘s fairly lacking in details and the end leaves too many questions, for my tastes. 😕🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @mydearwatson I LOVE the found-photographs premise and find it really interesting, which is why loved the Peculiar Children series so much! Have you tried those? (edited) 5mo
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The Surgeon | Tess Gerritsen
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I wasn‘t as emotionally invested in the main characters as I would have liked, but I WAS invested in whodunit. The villain was sufficiently creepy to keep me reading. Honestly, the first book in a series can sometimes be problematic. The author hasn‘t quite gained their sea legs. I will definitely be giving the rest of the series a go. If anything, it‘s helping me get out of this Book Distraction Syndrome/slump BS. 😂🤣

Bookzombie I really like this series. It‘s been so long since I read the first, but you definitely get more invested in the characters with each book. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Bookzombie I was certain that was going to be the case, so I definitely want to keep reading! First books tend to be a set-up book and the characters get more fleshed out as the series goes along. That‘s the hope anyway, right? 😊 I really did enjoy the story and the writing! 5mo
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I ADORE Welcome to Nightvale, so I was sure this would be up my alley and I was right. Keisha‘s wife, Alice, is presumed dead but Keisha sees her popping up in the background on the news all over the country. She becomes a long-distance truck driver to seek out her wife and the truth...which is so SO much stranger and more complicated than she was prepared for. I love Fink‘s wit, dark humor, and realistic characters. (Image from tumblr)

Patchshank I loved the podcast. I haven't read the book yet, but I plan to. I also want to read the two Night Vale novels. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Patchshank I haven‘t listened to the podcast yet but I‘ve heard it is different from the book! I‘ll have to check it out and see! I own the first Welcome to Nightvale novel but I‘m scared to read it because I want to love it so bad! 😂 After reading this, though, I know I will. Might be time to break it out! 😄 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much!! 5mo
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter | Jeffry P. Lindsay
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Say what you will, but this series flipped the script on anti-hero/serial killer narratives. Are we really rooting for him!? Are we really annoyed with Sgt. Doakes for being the only instinctually accurate detective!? Are we clapping our hands gleefully along with the Dark Passenger!? Yes. Yes, we are. I enjoyed this book‘s dark humor and sharp wit. While it‘s different from the show, I ain‘t bovvered.

Amiable Great review! Agreed! 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Amiable Thank you!! 😄😄😄 5mo
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I personally loved this one. Near-absent father, overbearing mother, a small community...and poor can‘t-fit-in-anywhere Jeanette. This book has wit and a heroine who doesn‘t change who she is just to make others comfortable. 161/1,001 #1001Books #ReadingRainbow

Liz_M Have you read the tagged memoir? I actually enjoyed it more -- more straight-forward. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M I haven‘t, but it keeps popping up, so I added it to my TBR on GoodReads!! Thank you! 😄😄😊 5mo
Liz_M Excellent! 5mo
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The Red Queen | Margaret Drabble
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I was fairly interested in the first part of this book, about the Crown Princess and the Crown Prince Sado‘s tragic tale, especially since the majority of it is true. But it never really has that punch. And it didn‘t interweave with the second part, which I waffled about the entire time I was reading it. This one fell short, for me. I didn‘t HATE it, but I coulda died without reading it... 😊😊😊 160/1,001 #1001Books #ReadingRainbow

BarbaraBB One day I‘ll read it but I am in no hurry! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Yeah, no rush...😂😄 It was an easy read, but my attention drifted off and on. The main character in Part 2 shares your first name! 😄😄😄 5mo
BarbaraBB Have you read that other one on the list, by Drabble? 5mo
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Not yet, but now I‘m nervous! 😂😄 5mo
BarbaraBB Me too. I haven‘t read that one either. It‘s been on my shelves for years 🤣 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB If you end up reading it before I do, let me know what you think! 😄😄😄 5mo
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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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Instead of making an individual post for all of these, I‘ll just sum up: the majority of these were so great! I wasn‘t too sure about Curious George and Babar...I‘m not sure the originals (while totally beloved characters now) stand the test of time! 😊🤷🏻‍♀️ But Madeline, Mike Mulligan, Little Toot, and the tagged book (among the others): OUTSTANDING! 😊❤️📚 23-35/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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The tale of poor Jemima is more cautionary tale than anything. It reminded me of Grimm‘s fairy tales and the like. Get out of your comfort zone, learn a little of the world, so you don‘t end up trusting foxes. Not everyone who says they‘re helping you is actually doing so. 22/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

Texreader You are just roaring through all those books you checked out! 😁 what fun! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Texreader I know! 😂 We took a break so I wasn‘t posting every five minutes for a while...😂🤷🏻‍♀️😂 It‘s been a nice brain break, though! (edited) 6mo
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I liked this one! It reminded me of Frog and Toad. I‘ve already said I‘m a sucker for anthropomorphism, so it isn‘t a surprise I liked this. The names are preposterous, they go about their lives in such an ordinary way. Up until the fish tried to eat him, this could have been about an eccentric man! 😂🤣 Just a fun little story with beautiful illustrations. 21/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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This is a nursery rhyme turned book. (Right?) Its a cute board book and it‘s nice to sing with tiny munchkins. But it‘s definitely for a certain age group and not one you would read past that. 😊😊😊 Side note: the illustrations are super adorable! 20/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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Owl Babies | Martin Waddell
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I have three kids...and dang this is relatable. I really feel children‘s books are written for the parents reading them as much as they are for children. That Bill is just like my Middle. “Hey, Dad. Where‘s Mom?” 😄😄😄 This was cute. Not a lot happening, but these babies aren‘t ready to leave the nest yet. And really, who doesn‘t love some owl babies!? 19/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks (Picture represents my face with my needy-AF kids...😂🤣)

mabell Sounds great! Mom, mom, mom... 😂 6mo
Texreader Great photo pic! And if I fall in love with a kids‘ book, then that author has done their job! I can name a few I love love love to this day from my kids‘ baby, toddler, and kid days. 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @mabell Aaahahaha!! YES! 😂 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Texreader Exactly! I have a few faves from all stages! I can even tell you my favorite from MY childhood! 6mo
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I‘m not 100% sure the tagged book and the book on the list (pictured) are the same, but the Maisy stories are all fairly similar in style, if not content. This would work as an excellent social story. There is clear narration. Bright, primary colors are used. And I always dig anthropomorphic characters! 😄😄👍🏻 18/1,001 #1001Books

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This book is STILL fun to do with all the motions and sounds! Here‘s a video of Michael Rosen performing this gem for you! https://youtu.be/0gyI6ykDwds
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Texreader This one terrified my daughter when she was little when I thought she‘d love it because she loves bears. At 16, she still loves bears and she still recalls the trauma this book caused her. 🤣 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Texreader Oh my gosh, that‘s so cute!! At first, my kids were like that with the Three Little Pigs. My husband was a little too convincing as the Big, Bad Wolf! 😂 6mo
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Mr Gumpy's Outing | John Burningham
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This one was a bit of nothing for me. I realize that it‘s for kids around 2-4 years old, but I wasn‘t digging it and I don‘t think my kids would have at that age either...sorry!!! 😕🤷🏻‍♀️ There‘s nothing to be learned, it‘s aimless, and nothing comes of the obvious shenanigans all those animals are going to cause... 16/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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I mean, come on...It‘s Eric Carle! He can‘t put a foot wrong, in my opinion! This book is bright, educational, and downright adorable! 15/1,001 #1001Books

BooknerdsLife 100% agree with you 🤗 My now teenage daughter still adore this book and will always be our favorite 🙌🏼💖🐛🍎 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BooknerdsLife Absolutely! I love that she still loves it! Good job, Mom, associating love and good memories with reading! 🥰 My daughter, my youngest, is almost 11 and when she saw I had checked this book out, she said, “When you get to that one, will you read it TO me?” The answer to that will always be yes!! 😊😊❤️❤️📚 6mo
BooknerdsLife @AshleyHoss820 awww Thank you & Same to you too💖🙌🏼 How sweet your daughter still want you to read to her🥰 I really miss that! It‘s so wonderful to be able to share the love of reading with our kids 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BooknerdsLife It really is!! Probably one of the smartest things I ever did, is raise readers! 😄😄😄 6mo
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I loved reading this to my kids when they were tiny! My middle, Dane, would giggle every time the fox got into a mess! This book encourages parents and kids to talk about the action of the story beyond what the narration is giving you! ❤️❤️❤️ 14/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

Texreader You are clearly a great mom sharing all these books with the kiddos!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Texreader Oh, thank you!! I‘m a firm believer in reading with your kids. When they were small, we‘d have a HUGE stack of books and we‘d read until they were asleep. This is nice because we get to revisit that time together! 😊😊😊 6mo
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Bedtime for Frances | Russell Hoban
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I cannot tell you how relatable this is as a parent. I have made this exact face so many times during my kids‘ bedtime shenanigans. Frances is so cute and her parents are so good. Eventually she learns to self-soothe, a valuable skill my night-owl self never learned...😂😂😂 13/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

IamIamIam Frances is the BEST!!! For bedtime, we always liked these 2 books. My kids dawdle something terrible when it's bedtime! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @IamIamIam Don‘t they all! 😂😂😂 This was just so cute and l‘ll have to check out the first one you tagged! One of my absolute favorites to read my kids at bedtime was one of the Mercer Mayer Little Critter books! We had (still have actually) a LOT of her books but Just Go To Bed was my fave! (edited) 6mo
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Goodnight Moon | Margaret Wise Brown
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This book is so smart. The cadence one reads eventually gets slower and more hushed and the color drawings get darker until Bunny is finally asleep. You don‘t even realize you‘re doing it! This is a staple on so many bookshelves for a reason. 12/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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The Runaway Bunny | Margaret Wise Brown
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My Grams, when telling me stories about my Mom and her siblings, always says “My babies...” This just proves that no matter what age you are or where you go in life, good Moms will always be there for their babies and their children will always be their babies. My three kids are tween to teen age and I know this feeling. I loved this one! 11/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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Make Way for Ducklings | Robert McCloskey
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This book is awesome on many levels. It explores Boston, it makes you long for a world where the biggest concern for policemen is escorting a family of ducks to the park... The illustrations are fantastic and I exclaimed more than once, to my 10-year-old‘s annoyance, “”LOOK AT THEIR LITTLE DUCK BUTTS!” 😂🤷🏻‍♀️😂 10/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

Chelleo 😂 6mo
tammysue Cute! 😂 6mo
Texreader Yes the duck butts are super cute 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Chelleo @whatshesreadingnow @Texreader Right!? I can‘t help it! I love baby animals! Who doesn‘t, though? 😂😂😂 6mo
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Pat the Bunny | Dorothy Kunhardt
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I‘m not sure, but I think this was one of the first interactive children‘s books. I bought a copy for all of my kids because each one loved it so much, they wore it out. The page pictured was their favorite because my husband has a goatee and he used to tickle our babies‘ noses with it. 😊😊😊 9/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks (I had to Google a picture of it because they seriously all wore their copies out...)

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It would be hard to find someone who didn‘t know the mantra: I think I can! This is a timeless story of perseverance and kindness. I can‘t tell you how many times I‘ve said this mantra to myself, even as an adult. 😊😊😊 8/1,001 #1001ChildrensBooks

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So...we made a library trip...the library is going to be closed (rightfully so) on Monday, so we stocked up for the holiday weekend. These are the books my library had from the 0-3 section of the tagged book and some titles from the 3+! As if the adult 1,001 list wasn‘t enough of a challenge. I clearly have no restraint...🙄🙄😂🤣

Brace yourselves. Book reviews are coming...
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Well, that was...something...I both liked this and felt it missed the mark. Parodies are difficult because they become dated. Hemingway wanted out of a contract, so he wrote this in 10 days, taking shots at the literary greats of the time, including his mentor Sherwood Anderson. But there are sparks of the beauty that is Hemingway yet-to-be, so...there‘s that...(picture is of Hemingway a little before he wrote this.)

Liz_M Woah, I am so used to the bearded older pictures. I had no idea he was this good looking! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M Poppa Hemingway was a young hottie, for sure! (Side note: Google young FDR, Jr.!) 6mo
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What a poignant little novel! It tells the story of Harriet Frean from birth to death. What‘s interesting (and sad) is Harriet‘s insistence on “behaving beautifully” and self-sacrificing, to please her parents. Our behavior and decisions don‘t just affect ourselves. 159/1,001 #1001Books

CafeMom I haven't heard of this list book. Sounds like a good one. 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @CafeMom I bought the app ($5) and it has the complete list from all of their editions! I enjoyed this one! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks I have that app too (love it!) but somehow don‘t remember ever seeing it (it‘s definitely there though!) @AshleyHoss820 @CafeMom 6mo
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AshleyHoss820 @ValerieAndBooks It‘s funny because, were it not for The List, I would‘ve missed this little gem entirely! 😄The app keeps me from double-buying! 😂😂😂 When you own over half the books on the list, you start to forget what you have...🙄🤦🏻‍♀️📚 bookish problems... (edited) 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @AshleyHoss820 over half?! That‘s impressive even if some are still TBR! I looked at mine and I only have 18.4% that are combined books read and in my TBR 😂. And yes the app does help when at the bookstores, especially for authors with several books on the list 😊! (edited) 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @ValerieAndBooks I know! It‘s become a bit of a project/obsession! Whenever I get birthday money or Christmas money, I head over to ThriftBooks. 😂🤣 The majority of them are TBR (and I‘m not counting books I‘ve read before I knew about the list, I‘m re-reading them.) but I‘m going to try and make some headway this summer before heading back to school to become a High School English teacher! (Go figure, right!?) I think 18.4% is impressive!! (edited) 6mo
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This is amazing. I don‘t even know how to explain it. A man who has never contemplated his certain mortality, suddenly must face it head-on. Maybe it‘s my depression/anxiety talking but it was so relatable and thought-provoking. 158/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Great review 💜 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! I wasn‘t sure how to explain how this one made me feel! 😊😊😊 6mo
BarbaraBB I think you did explain it perfectly! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! 🥰😊 6mo
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Return of the Soldier | Rebecca West
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This is a slim novel but I was genuinely invested in what was going to happen! I dang near finished this in one sitting. Chris comes home from the war (WWI), but he is shell-shocked and has no memory of the last 15 years. He thinks he is still 20 and still in love with Margaret. Margaret, along with Chris‘ wife, Kitty, and his cousin, Jenny, must try and cure him...right?... 157/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB I was captured by this one too. A slim novel with a lot to tell! 6mo
Henrik_Madsen I too enjoyed it. It is a great book on the horrors of war without actually showing the war. I also kiksede the double meaning of the title revealed at the end. 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Yes! It reminded me of Of Mice and Men! A whole lot of book packed into a slim novel! I loved it! 6mo
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AshleyHoss820 @Henrik_Madsen Yes! That was very clever! And, I may be wrong, but wasn‘t this the first novel to really deal with shellshock? There‘s so much going on in this short book! I really liked it! 6mo
Henrik_Madsen @AshleyHoss820 It must be one of the first to deal with shellshock. Have you read Pat Barker‘s Regeneration-trilogy? Probably the best fictional books about the subject. 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Henrik_Madsen No, I haven‘t! I‘ll have to add those to the TBR stack! Thank you! 6mo
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Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima | James Bradley, Ron Powers
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Okay. Here‘s what I have to say about Bradley being misidentified. It was the second flag-raising, he definitely scaled that mountain with the first group and raised the first flag. He ABSOLUTELY earned his Navy Cross many times over by ignoring his own personal safety to help others. He wasn‘t a braggart. As far as I‘m concerned, any American with boots on that island was a hero. This book is well-researched and a worthy read.

Hestapleton My husband LOVES this movie and I keep trying to get him to read the book! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 @Hestapleton The book was very good! He didn‘t just write about the 6 boys, he wrote about the war, all the soldiers on the island, and so much more! Very well done!! 6mo
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First of all: can we talk about grumpy, old, pony-tailed Kal-El?
Second of all: can we talk about this gorgeous, multi-layered piece of awesome!? I wasn‘t expecting this to hit me in the feels in so many different ways, but here we are...absolutely worth the read.

TK421 This is my favorite DC comic. Alex Ross' art still blows me away. He painted every panel in this! 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @TK421 Rightfully so!! It is phenomenal art! I can‘t believe he painted every panel! That is insane! The panel of the preacher‘s hands in the beginning is frame worthy. 7mo
TK421 The character design for the preacher was his late father. 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @TK421 I read that at the end! That made it so much better! 7mo
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The Bats. He‘s “old”. He‘s hung up his cape. But the vigilante still burns inside Bruce Wayne. When he comes out of retirement, what will be the outcome? This isn‘t my favorite but I loved the new Robin!