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BookInMyHands

Joined May 2016

Mom. Librarian. Reader. 2019 Goal: Reading and posting 50 books by women of color or indigenous women (a mix of youth and adult books).
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Keiko is thirty-six and has been working at a convenience store for half her life. She has trouble relating to people and understanding how they feel she should behave, but at the store the world makes sense to her. But Japanese culture is telling Keiko what she should want- a higher paying job or a husband and family, and she must choose between the life she wants and the life people tell her she must want.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I finally listened to this one, and of course I loved it. I expected to like it, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the perspective of a working mom and a black woman who was never excited to be in the public eye, but leveraged her influence for the best.

After listening to this on audiobook I feel like Michelle and I are friends, and of course I can‘t help feeling sad she‘s no longer in the White House.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

GypsyKat This has been on my TBR list for way too long, I need to move it up on the list! 3w
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I had another gum grafting surgery yesterday. The two most important things to know ahead of time:
1. Where are the drugs?
2. Which audiobook that I‘ve already listened to will I put on?
I don‘t remember a thing, but it‘s important to listen to old friends. Everything went well. 🤞 that I don‘t have to do this again for a very long time! Sometimes genes really suck.

JacqMac 🤞 Heal well. 4w
Bookzombie 🤞🏻Feel better soon! This is a good one to listen to again. They do feel like old friends. 4w
irre Feel better. 4w
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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America | Kekla Magoon, Jason Reynolds, Dhonielle Clayton, Tracey Baptiste, Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rene Watson, Lamar Giles, Coe Booth, Varian Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, Jay Coles, Leah Henderson
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I love short stories and how the good ones leave you feeling satisfied at the wholeness even in a few pages.

Every single one of these stories was fantastic. As the subtitles says, “Stories of being young & black in America.”

I‘ve read many of these authors before, but I‘m placing holds for books from the authors I didn‘t know. Since 12/17 of the authors identify as Black & female, I‘m still considering this #readingwomenofcolor2019

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Surviving the City | Tasha Spillett
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Among women in Canada and the U.S., indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people are more likely to be murdered or go missing.

This graphic novel follows two teenage girls, best friends, who each have their own struggles. Throughout the story the teens are supported by other indigenous women and their ancestors.

This is a great read to shed light on this epidemic of violence.

#readingbooksbywomenofcolor2019
#indigenouswomen
#graphicnovel

Peddler410 Main characters are teens — would it be appropriate for middle school. 1mo
BookInMyHands @Peddler410 Yes- violence is referenced, but totally middle school appropriate 1mo
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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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Amal helps her mother, and loves attending school in Pakistan. Some day she plans to attend university. On a trip to the market all her plans are suddenly upended when the vicious village landlord is upset by her words after almost running her over. In anger he recalls her family‘s debt and she‘s forced into indentured servitude.

Heartbreaking, powerful, and ultimately hopeful.

#middlegrade
#readingwomenofcolor2019

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For Black Girls Like Me | Mariama J. Lockington
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When Keda‘s white parents move the family to New Mexico, Keda is left to navigate a new middle school without her best friend, and just as her family life is unraveling.

This compelling story gives voice to life as a black youth in a white family, and the racism she faces every day while trying to figure out where she belongs.

#fivestars
#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Bilal Cooks Daal | Aisha Saeed
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Bilal begins cooking daal with his father, Abu, in the afternoon because “daal takes time.” As Bilal plays with his friends throughout the day his friends wonder when Bilal‘s favorite dish will be ready. Anticipation builds as the friends move from one activity to another, finally joining Bilal and his father at home for a delicious meal.

Great story about food, friendship and patience, followed by the recipe.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Hair Love | Vashti Harrison, Matthew A. Cherry
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Zuri shows off her hair in all of its awesomeness. When Zuri‘s mom is away it‘s up to her dad to figure out a special hairstyle for a special day. After a few misses, her dad rocks it when he masters the perfect hairstyle for the day.

Also, my kids love the cat in this story. It adds a whole layer of hilarity.

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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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I enjoyed the The Wedding Date and The Proposal, but this one was... meh. It was also the first one I listened to in audio and I wasn‘t a fan of the narrator, so I‘m sure that played into it some.

I‘m sure I‘ll read her next one, which will be about a 50- something year old woman for a change. I‘ll stick with reading next time though, and skip the audio.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Another awesome book in the 5 Worlds series. This fast-paced speculative adventure addresses climate change, racism, privilege, power, poverty AND has body positive representation. Books like this give me hope.

Also, my ten year old spent his time at Crafter Camp making this piece from the book.

#graphicnovel
#middlegrade

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5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince | Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel
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The eight-year-old got her hands on it first so she could look at the pictures before reading it with her dad.
When she went to bed the ten-year-old took it to read.
When he went to bed my husband took the book.
Since I‘m sick today I claimed the book.
We. Love. This. Series. # 2 in the series did not disappoint!

Peddler410 My daughter loves it too! She asked for book three at the library. It wasn‘t out yet. The librarian put it on pre-order and entered it in the system as such allowing it to be on hold for her. 😊 She is now waiting for the next one. 2mo
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Malala's Magic Pencil | Malala Yousafzai
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My almost third grader and I listened to this one together. We‘ve read picture books about Malala Yousafzai, but this short chapter book was a more in-depth look at this amazing young woman and her fight for girls‘ rights.

#readingbooksbywomenofcolor
#oregonbattleofthebooks2020

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“Folktales, street rhymes, spirituals - rooted in spoken word.”

Short bursts of texts and gorgeous illustrations give a brief history of rap.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Bri was born to be a rapper. Like her father before her she hones her talent, which is considerable, but life is complicated. As promises of fame and fortune are made Bri struggles to answer the question, “Who are you?”

This is another stellar book from the writer of The Hate U Give, and another brilliant audio performance from Bahni Turpin.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

britt_brooke Bahni Turpin is 👑! 2mo
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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When Jude‘s home in Syria becomes too violent she and her mother flee to the U.S. where her uncle and his family live. As Jude navigates school in a language she is learning, she also finds excitement in trying out for the school play, even as she worries about her father and brother left behind in Syria.

This beautifully told novel in verse is a great read for upper elementary and early middle.

#readingwomenofcolor2019
#immigrationstories

Peddler410 I bought my copy about a month ago. I‘m making it next in line. 2mo
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“Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings and reflect on our struggles- daily, throughout the year, and across the seasons.”

A lovely reflection on the passing of a year reflected in daily activities. Cherokee words throughout the story are accompanied by a pronunciation guide on the same page.

#readingwomenofcolor2019
#indigenouswomen

Peddler410 I bought this for my middle school. 2mo
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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I‘m a fan of this series, and number 2 didn‘t disappoint.

The big flood that destroyed most of the world also gave rise to the gods & monsters of Navajo legend, & clan powers to some. Monster hunter Maggie Hoskie has survived Black Mesa, but a new monster is on the loose in Dinétah. To find the person she loves Maggie will have to team up with friends against body harvesters & a powerful cult.

#readingwomenofcolor2019
#indigenouswriters

Joe_Jones I loved both books in this series! I enjoyed the Native American mythology and folklore and Maggie is a great lead character. 2mo
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Fablehaven | Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman
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Ugh.
I liked the action, but what I didn‘t like was much longer: fat shaming, ageism, and, yes, racism. Europeans who “save” the indigenous people, people of color referred to as “exotic.”

Also, one character always making all the bad decisions is boring. The impetuous boy and perfect girl trope 😖

I had to read this one for #oregonbattleofthebooks2020 but usually I would have put it down instead of finishing it. On to better books.

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I haven‘t loved every Maisie Dobbs book I‘ve read in the last few years and considered giving up the series, but this was good. I love the character development in this series. I think it‘s unusual to find that in a long-running series.

Also, I ruined this library book on accident when a water bottle I thought was completely empty got left open in my bag 😞.

mcipher Oh I hate that! I usually ruin mine with coffee. 🙄 3mo
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The Shergill sisters didn‘t have a happy childhood in England, and they didn‘t get along growing up. When their mother dies she leaves them with her last wish- a list of all the places they must go together in India.

Life is complicated for the three sisters. They lead vastly different lives with only their unhappy past in common. But perhaps what they all need the most is each other.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

Megabooks I liked this, too! 3mo
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“If you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams...and follow your star... you‘ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren‘t so lazy.” - Miss Tick

Finished this just in time today (and the audio). Happy Pride Day, Portland! I had fun cheering with family and friends today 👏🏳️‍🌈💕 Also, it was very l o n g, and my son asked why so many people were there “advertising.”

MrBook Great! 😁👏🏻 (edited) 3mo
BookInMyHands 🤣 Just realized I tagged Big Magic and not 3mo
LauraJ Nice work! 3mo
Bradleygirl @BookInMyHands I thought that was an odd Gilbert quote 🤣🤣 3mo
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I‘ve listened to Elizabeth Gilbert‘s “Big Magic” once a year for 3 years. It‘s my reminder that creativity is a necessity, and I love her voice. So last night when I got to see Liz in person it made my heart so happy. She was, of course, amazing.

readordierachel Fun! At Powell's no less. Are you in Portland? 3mo
BookInMyHands It was sponsored by Powell‘s but at a theater. I‘m close, about 45 minutes away. Unless you hit rush hour, then I discovered I‘m actually about 1.5 hours away. We still made it in time though! 3mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This is the feel-good story I needed right now.

What would happen if the son of the president (a woman, by the way) fell in love with the Prince of Wales? In an election year? All. Of. The. Feels.

#LGBTQIA #bisexual #gay #steamy #ichoosethisrealityplease

Peddler410 I went to the bookstore today for three books. I came home with eight ... this is one I went for. It is not among the eight 😢 Since I did not have it on my phone I forgot to head over to where I saw it Monday. Sigh 😔 I guess another trip is in order. 3mo
BookInMyHands @Peddler410 Bummer OR Yay! Another trip to the bookstore! 3mo
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I used to really like dystopian novels, and I keep placing them on hold, starting them, and realizing I just can‘t right now.

So- this book is great. I‘m intrigued. And I‘m quitting after an hour and a half because I just can‘t right now.

emtobiasz Yeah, I kept this one out from the library for too many renewals before I came to the same conclusion. 3mo
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Coming Home | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Last week a young child came running into the library, unceremoniously ditched her shoes, and continued into the children‘s area to play with the learning toys.
I could not love this more. The library is a home for the community, a place of welcome for all ages.

#publiclibrarian

RebL 🥰 4mo
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My amazingly talented friend, Bethany Lee, had her first book of poetry published, and I got to have her book release party at the library. She‘s received accolades from the poet laureate of Oregon and many others.

My favorite kind of poetry is the kind that makes you think, “Yes! That‘s exactly it, you understand!” and “Wow! I hadn‘t considered that, now I understand!” I loved this book, and not just because she‘s my friend, I promise.

kspenmoll Fantastic!!! 4mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I stayed up way too late to binge read this one last night. Not only are Hoang‘s romances lovely and steamy, but I love her #neurodiverse characters and their stories. You don‘t have to read Hoang‘s “Kiss Quotient” first, but some of the minor characters star in this one.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

kgriffith Does the neurodiversity get named, or is it more coded? 4mo
BookInMyHands @kgriffith Autism is specifically named and talked about. The author is also Autistic. 4mo
MaggieCarr I'm reading it right now too. Love the hair cut scene. 4mo
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White Rose | Kip Wilson
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I first learned of Sophie Scholl and The White Rose in my high school German class. Sophie and her brother, Hans, along with others fought the Nazis through distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at their university and beyond.

Wilson‘s novel in verse tells Sophie‘s story in verse, a heroic look at a young women, her brother and friends who spoke truth to power and stood for what they believed.

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We love this book, in fact the boy checked it out from the library so many times we bought it for him for Christmas. When I saw the puzzle I couldn‘t resist. 500 pieces and the illustrations are fun and color coded. Good times!

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The Undefeated | Kwame Alexander
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“This is for the unforgettable....

The ones who survived
America
by any means necessary.

And the ones who didn‘t.”

Kwame Alexander‘s poem combined with Kadir Nelson‘s illustrations makes for a magnificent telling of courage, heartbreak and hope.

At the end the historical figures and events represented in each page are outlined, so we know and remember these American heroes and our American history.

#protagonistsofcolor

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I enjoy knitting, but I didn‘t call myself a “Knitter” because I only made things I knit or purled. However, I asked this yarn what pattern it wanted to be, and clearly, so CLEARLY it told me this was the ONLY acceptable pattern. So I had to learn 3 new stitches, because rainbow yarn should get to choose the pattern, and it turns out, I needed to do something different and creative.

And now that I know 5 stitches, I‘m a Knitter.

#audioknitting

rather_be_reading gorgeous! 4mo
Oryx Beautiful colours. I was very excited to learn a new knitting stitch this week too. It's the little things 😀 4mo
julesG You were a knitter. You are a knitter. #knittersoflitsy 😉 4mo
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BookInMyHands @Oryx It absolutely is the little things. 4mo
BookInMyHands @julesG 😊 Also, I would consider anyone who knits a “Knitter,” I just felt for myself that I had to up my game if I was going to claim it 😆 4mo
Beatlefan129 So pretty! I love the color 4mo
SarahHarts_books Very pretty!! 👍 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 👏👏 looks so cool! Im working on 2 scarves - trying cabling for the first time 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful!😍 4mo
DGRachel Fun! 4mo
readordierachel Love the colors! 4mo
WhatWouldJaneDo This is looking gorgeous! 4mo
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I‘m incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Rachel Held Evans. I met her several years ago, and saw her speak twice. She was a wise person, a much needed voice advocating for acceptance and love.

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Elle has lived for years with her family as a free woman in the North, but she chooses to serve as a spy and goes back to the South posing as an enslaved person to spy in a Confederate senator‘s house.

There she meets Malcolm McCall, a Northern spy posing as a Confederated captain. There are a million reasons they shouldn‘t be together, and yet...

#romance
#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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I enjoyed this audio so much!
Lois works at a tech company in San Francisco. Her life is predictable and not terribly interesting. When a sourdough starter enters her life, the unexpected happens, friendships bloom, and suddenly Lois gets interesting as she gets interested in life around her.

nelehelen Oooh I‘m reading this right now! Glad you liked it. 5mo
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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I spent the day taming our tiny yard and cleaning off the deck table and chairs while listening to my audiobook. It‘s been just what I needed.

I‘m loving Sourdough but I have absolutely no idea where it could be heading, which is nice!

Cortg I got a little yard work done this afternoon! Baby steps. 5mo
LiteraryinLititz This was a bizarre but delightful book, I found. 💜 5mo
RealLifeReading What a lovely view! 5mo
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BookInMyHands @Cortg Yes! Every little bit helps. The weeds seem to spring up full-grown overnight this time of year. 5mo
BookInMyHands @RealLifeReading Thank you, it makes the tiny yard feel wonderfully big! 5mo
BookInMyHands @LiteraryinLititz So far I‘m completely delighted and bemused. It feels like a cozy blanket. I do really want sourdough bread though. 5mo
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This picture book biography follows George Fletcher, a black cowboy growing up in the early 1900‘s. Growing up in Umatilla County, Oregon, Fletcher always wanted to ride in the rodeo. In 1911 he rode in the Pendleton Round-Up where his epic ride and subsequent (racist) shut-out earned him the title of “The People‘s Champion.”

This is a great story for elementary, but the display font is hard to read as text 🙄

#readingwomenofcolor2019 #oregonian

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Don't Touch My Hair! | Sharee Miller
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Aria loves her hair: “It‘s soft and bouncy and grows up toward the sun like a sunflower.” But she does not like people touching it without permission. As she tried to escape the hands in her hair she even goes into the ocean and a jungle for peace. Finding none, she tells everyone, “Don‘t touch my hair!”

This fun and silly story carries a firm message: Don‘t. Touch. The. Hair. And, it‘s okay to say, “No.”

#readingwomenofcolor2019

SaraFair I remember kids on the bus in elementary school touching my hair! Stop it! 5mo
CouronneDhiver Omg yes! 🙌🏽 Don‘t mess with the curls people. 👩🏽‍🦱 5mo
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The slim Teen memoir paints a picture of what life was like before and during the Iranian revolution, a well done and relevant look at what happens when freedoms are taken away.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Oh my goodness I love this girl. I just found this book selfie on my phone. She loves this series. I‘m so proud of how hard she works at reading.
#graphicnovel

julesG Future Litten in training. 😉 #raisingreaders 5mo
BookInMyHands @Jules For sure! Half of the pics on my phone are book pics 😂 5mo
tournevis It's coming in French first week of May. My son is very much looking forward to it. 5mo
SaraFair She is gonna kill it on the SAT! 5mo
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Hanging out reading to my eight-year-old at the coffee shop. The youth version of the story is great. I thought she might get bored or lost in the history but she‘s soaking it up.

I feel strongly that my kids know from a young age that Martha & George Washington were racists who owned enslaved people. The story of Ona Judge is remarkable and I‘m so excited to be sharing it.

rretzler 💕 5mo
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Today at the library I used the vacuum cleaner for a mess & the wet vac to clean up pee. I forgot my dinner at home. So at almost 8 p.m., without a filter left, I accidentally devastated a child with the news that Daisy Meadows is not an actual person, and then I somehow thought it would be better if she knew it wasn‘t a new thing and listed off other non-authors.
Holy Fuckballs, where‘s the 🍷

cobwebmoth Aw! I hope you have a better day tomorrow! 5mo
SleepyDragon I actually didn't know that, either. Lol 5mo
Eggbeater It sounds like you did a really hard job and you did amazingly well . Hugs to you! 💕 5mo
LibrarianRyan I didn‘t realize daisy wasn‘t one person. Thanks. I did know the others. I wonder if it started as one person? Now I have to go look this up. 👍 5mo
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George | Alex Gino
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Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility. Today we got to meet Alex Gino, author of “George!”

Reviewsbylola So cool! 6mo
Tamra Yay! 6mo
Christine Aww how great! 6mo
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Under My Hijab | Hena Khan
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A young girl moves through the day with the women of her family and her friends, showing them with their hijabs in public, and without them in private.

A note from the author at the end explains how the hijab is worn as an expression of faith for Muslim women, and how some women (like the author) choose not to wear hijab based on their interpretation of Islamic religious requirements.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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Wizards of Once | Cressida Cowell
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Today we started this audiobook (read by David Tenant) on our trip to Kyra‘s Bake Shop for some Celiac-friendly goodness. Both the audiobook and maple donut were a hit!

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Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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This fantastic middle- grade book follows Isabella as she navigates between the worlds of her divorced parents- her black father and white mother- as she figures out what it means to be herself.

#racism #microagressions #divorce #middlegrade

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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It‘s my birthday today. Here‘s the clue, so how old am I you beautiful Litten nerds?

Christine I‘ve never read the book but am nerdy enough to google...which leads me to guess it‘s the same age I‘ll be turning next month (but will leave it to a true Hitchhiker‘s nerd to answer!). Happy Birthday!! 🎈 6mo
MicheleinPhilly I have no idea but Happy Birthday! 6mo
emtobiasz It‘s the answer to life, the universe, and everything, isn‘t it? 😂 Happy birthday! 6mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker Happy birthday! 6mo
MCYmermaid Happy 42! 6mo
Aims42 Happy birthday!! 🥳 6mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 6mo
wordzie Happy birthday🎉 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 6mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎁🎂🎈 6mo
CaitZ Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉🎂 6mo
BookInMyHands @emtobiasz @MCYmermaid 🤣 👏 👏 👏And @Christine I love that you looked it up! 6mo
Bradleygirl Happy birthday! If you're 42 I have 2yrs to catch-up 6mo
Christine ? I had to know! And now that I‘ve learned that it‘s the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" (thanks, Wikipedia and @emtobiasz !) I have more reason to look forward to turning 42 in April! Happy Birthday again! Hope it‘s been a great day. ❤️ 6mo
KendallMorganHall Happy birthday!! 6mo
Nute Happy Birthday! 6mo
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 6mo
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Forest Queen | Betsy Cornwell
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This female retelling of the Robin Hood myth was fun, but fell flat in the ending for me. I did like the examination of how little power even women of wealth were afforded, and the juxtaposition of wealth and poverty.

I finished this one for my March book club, but not sure I would have otherwise.

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Heartbreaking, beautiful, moving, and powerful, Fatimah Asghar writes about her experience growing up as an orphaned Pakistani Muslim woman in the U.S., as well as giving voice to other marginalized peoples.

#readingwomenofcolor2019
#poetry

Weaponxgirl This has been on my tbr for ages, gonna have to try and bump it up the list 7mo
mrozzz 🙌🏻👏🏻👌🏻 7mo
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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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This was so much fun.

Lady Ada has been on the run from her father for 2 years, refusing to marry a man she despises for the good of politics. When she‘s finally captured by mercs she‘s thrown in a cell with the most wanted criminal in the universe. Can they join forces to both get what they need?

Non-stop space action, a bit steamy and a nod to Whedon‘s Firefly, I‘m looking forward to the second book in Oct. 2019.

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