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BucklingBookshelves

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I can‘t remember a time I didn‘t love to read. Rediscovering children‘s lit and loving it 📚 http://bucklingbookshelves.blogspot.com
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Christmas Books | Charles Dickens
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Last year I wrapped each book individually. My son loved it, but all that wrapping is a pain! I‘m being lazy this year and refilling this cute little gift sack each night instead. Also, December snuck up on me this year. Anyone else?!

Apparently we‘re doing 2 books a night ‘til Christmas though since we have so many (thank you thrift shops & used books!)📚📚 I love the flexibility to decide as we go.

Do you have any bookish holiday traditions?

BucklingBookshelves P.S. @smilingshelves — letter in the mail to you today, FINALLY! :) 2d
smilingshelves Yay! I love the idea of the magically refilling bag. So much easier than wrapping all those books! 2d
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves soooo much easier! 2d
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The Story of Mankind | Hendrick Van Loon
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This book has VERY mixed reviews and I‘m sure it‘s just as biased/a-product-if-its-time as I‘ve read it is, BUT it‘s the very first Newbery Medal winner and I DIDN‘T EVEN REALIZE IT when I picked it up at a garage sale! This book is OLD and I‘m pretty sure it‘s a first edition. I‘m (trying) to read all the Newbery books, so this impulse pick will definitely be finding a home on my Newbery shelves. 📚📚📚

Have you read this one @smilingshelves ?

smilingshelves Ooh, I love the cover! I haven't read this one yet. I'm working my way backwards, and I'm only on the 1960s. I can imagine there's a fair amount of problematic things in there, but I'm sure that can be chalked up to bring written in the 1920s, like you say. Congrats on your garage sale find! 3mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves thanks! I wasn‘t sure if there were any you had read out of order, like maybe the very first one! — It sure will take awhile to get back that far! Seems like a good one to buddy read if you ever want to jump the lineup on this one (though not anytime real soon — I‘m itching to pick up Fall reads over the next couple months — and then Christmas before I know it!) 3mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m thinking i really need to try something like your system of reading through the list, but have to figure out how exactly. 🤔 I want to prioritize the ones I own for sure — I don‘t think I‘d want to borrow from the library before tackling my own shelves. I need to make a list! LOL 📚📚📚 3mo
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smilingshelves This would be a perfect buddy read! I have read out of order occasionally, and I'm certainly willing to do so for this one. I agree that it probably won't happen this year. Do we want to pick a month next year so we make sure it happens? I'll have to track down a copy. 3mo
smilingshelves As I go back in time, I definitely own fewer of them. For the 1960s, I owned half of them. But for the 1950s next year, I only have two! It kind of messes with my owned vs. library stats! 😄 3mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves great! Come January we will have 2020 winners to read, so how about sometime later in the year next year? Then you‘ll have time to try to track down a copy. We will have to decide if we read this original edition (that actually won) or one of the newer updated editions (that still have the medal on them!) or we could really go crazy and each read a different one to compare 🤔 3mo
smilingshelves I love the idea of comparing! And you've already done the hard work of tracking down an original copy. Any copy I get from the library will probably be a newer one, I'm guessing. I'm not quite sure how we'll go about comparing, but I think that would be really interesting! 3mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I guess we will have to try it and find out! I‘ll start keeping an eye out for a newer edition too — might help to have both on hand. Would help us figure out if the original text was updated or if they just added more at the end — given that there have been almost 100 more years of history since it was published! This will definitely be an interesting one when we get to it! 3mo
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Annnnd she‘s full! 🙊😬🤷🏼‍♀️😆📚

(And, yes, my son thinks the new bookcase doubles as a parking garage. 😆🤷🏼‍♀️)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love it, and the multitasking functions! 3mo
SW-T Looks great! 😊 3mo
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So this happened today! For $30 (second-hand) I couldn‘t pass it up! Bolted that baby to the wall (because, kids) and now I can get the piles off my floor. For now. 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️📚 But seriously, if I run out of shelf space again, some major culling will be in order. If you need me, I‘ll be happily rearranging all the books after my kids are in bed. 🤓📚🤓📚

I should also note my son‘s toy toolbox he took out to *help* me 🥰

TheSpineView Looks nice! 3mo
SW-T Nice! Happy organizing 😊📚 3mo
Ddzmini Nice congratulations 🎊🎉 🙌🏽📖😋 3mo
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C. S. Lewis' Letters to Children | Clive Staples Lewis
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What a DELIGHT this slim volume was to read! You really must read it @smilingshelves if you haven‘t already! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

smilingshelves This looks awesome! I will definitely have to track down a copy! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I found my copy on Book Outlet — but you know how hit or miss that can be! Side note: Their new wishlist feature is sooooo dangerous for me — they email you if the book comes back in stock 😬🙊🤷🏼‍♀️📚 4mo
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I finished my library‘s Summer Reading Challenge! 🎉 Mostly from my shelves! 🎉 I wasn‘t getting to a science museum, so I read an extra ‘book of my choice.‘ 🤷🏼‍♀️

Top to bottom:
📚Essay
📚Book of choice
📚Sci-fi set in space
📚Book of choice 2
📚Historical fiction
📚National Book Award
📚Children‘s book
📚Book-to-movie
📚Published in 2019
📚Folk tale
📚Astronaut biography
📚Graphic novel
📚Audiobook (not shown): Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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I had no clue how this book would end — and still feel I missed some point the author was trying to make, but I loved this ending for our two main characters & the meditations on home in the last chapter or two. The idea of leaving home in order to really find it when you return resonates, especially for young people. I‘m old enough now to really embrace the idea of “settling down,” but getting there can be a journey in itself. #buddyread

smilingshelves Nice summary thoughts! I'm glad you took the lead on this one, because my main thought when I finished was "This was a weird book." ? It's like historical fiction but with an angel?? It really gave a picture of life in the Middle Ages, but then it turns out it couldn't really have happened after all. I mean, I believe in angels, but I don't think that's exactly how they'd show up on Earth... Or that someone could escape from Hell. 4mo
smilingshelves And yes, I feel like I missed some profound point at the end, too. I'm kind of surprised the Newbery committee picked this one. I guess it goes with the pattern of preferring more literary books. I don't see a lot of kids really picking this one up and loving it. What do you think? 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves you made a lot of good points! I too liked the historical fiction aspect most and kinda gave the book the side-eye when I realized there were essentially supernatural elements lurking beneath. I think the book could have been just as good or even better if they were both just human, but on a similar quest. Though the author seemed to emphasize that Secundus wasn‘t a demon or anything like that, but “just a man” — which worked well. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I think there are kids who would like it, but I agree it was an unorthodox pick for the Newbery. Betsy Bird who‘s an author and kidlit reviewer wrote a great review of it before it won the Honor that‘s worth a read: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2269889812 4mo
smilingshelves That was a good review, especially the last paragraph! I follow her on Goodreads, but I honestly don't read many of her reviews because they're so long. 😀 Have you listened to her podcast with her sister? It's hilarious and one of my favorites! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves you‘re right - they are sooooo long 😆 but when I‘m looking for an in-depth review of a MG book, I love checking hers out. I listened to the podcast from the beginning, but then sort of lost interest. I‘m not sure if it was the book selections or what — maybe I should check it out again and cherry pick a few episodes rather than letting it build up in my feed without listening to any of them! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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This was such a touching moment, too. #buddyread

smilingshelves Yes! And I loved the talking to animals thing, how every kind of animal had a different way of talking. It was a nice touch. 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I didn‘t understand the animal thing at first, but once I knew what was going on, I liked it too. 4mo
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What a great moment this was! For a character I was so iffy about the whole way through, I like the way things turned out for Secundus. #buddyread

smilingshelves Yep, he turned out to be an all right guy. 😊 I loved the scene where he got him out of the tomb and Boy thought he'd be all concerned about the relics, but he was just glad that Boy was safe. That might have been my favorite moment of the whole book! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I totally agree! “Neither are for sale. The pack is worthless!” (Or something like that was said right around that point) really got me. Definitely a high point. (edited) 4mo
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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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It‘s getting harder and harder to read holding my wiggly almost 7-month old, but she still lets me get away with it sometimes! I haven‘t been finding too many discuss-able moments/quotes so far, probably since the focus of this book is on the action of a quest, but I‘m hoping once we get to the end there will be more to talk about overall. How are you doing @smilingshelves ? I‘m up to chapter 24 and eager to get to the end! #buddyread

smilingshelves I'm on chapter 18, but go ahead and read away! I should have time to catch up tonight. There was an unexpected twist there at the end of part two, and I'm curious to see where this is going! Have fun snuggling your little girl as long as she'll stay still! 😀 4mo
smilingshelves Okay, I caught up! My kids are finally to the point where I can read while they play in the sandbox. Well, my daughter did put sand in her mouth... But only once, so I call that a success! 😄 Are we trying to finish the book tonight? 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘d love to try to finish tonight! That sandbox trick sounds amazing to me! I find I‘m much less fazed by stuff in the mouth the second time around myself. 😆 My older one gave up his nap ages ago and it‘s kind of killing me now with 2! 😬🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
smilingshelves My kids take naps at completely opposite times, so I rarely get an overlap. But at least I'm down to one kid for some of the day. That must be so hard to have no breaks from the energy! 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I do get breaks when my son goes to my in-laws once a week, but YES, so much energy! I miss the solo time I used to get during naptime quite a lot! (edited) 4mo
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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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It‘s #buddyread time! So excited to dive into this one with @smilingshelves this weekend — and then we will have read all the 2019 Newbery titles! 📚📚📚

smilingshelves I'm excited to start! I probably won't get to it until tonight, though. We're going to Day Out with Thomas today, so my day will be taken up by a very excited three-year-old! 😄 4mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves oh my goodness, my son would LOVE that — I can imagine how excited your little guy must be! We have 2 birthday parties this weekend, so I‘m trying for an early start. I‘m only a chapter in and I‘m getting drawn in already! I think it will be a quick read — it‘s shorter than it looks if you see how the pages are formatted. 📚📚📚 4mo
smilingshelves Thomas was amazing yesterday! Highly recommended if there's any railroad in your area that does it. I hope your birthday parties are a lot of fun. I only read a few pages last night. I was mainly trying to finish the book I was in the middle of (mission accomplished!). What page are you on? I'll try to catch up tonight. 4mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m only on page 34 right now! I am hoping to read a little more today/tonight — it seems fast -paced once I get the chance to actually sit down and read it! 4mo
smilingshelves Oh, good! I'll aim for at least page 50 tonight. 😀 4mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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I love the image of harmony this passage evokes. That harmony and acceptance between individuals that can be so hard to achieve among larger groups. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I was very unsure about this story‘s format when I first started, but I really came to love it! Thanks for the #buddyread @smilingshelves 😊

smilingshelves Yes, the diary format did work well. It wasn't just a gimmick, but actually had a reason and played a role in the story. It was a powerful way to tell this story, I think. And I loved that part, too, with their sounds and music mingling together. It's amazing that Kazi made it all the way to them. Love and family should triumph over everything. Let's hope and pray that it does in our world, both in big ways and small. 8mo
smilingshelves This buddy read was definitely fun again! When shall we aim to read The Book of Boy? 8mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I loved that Kazi made it back to them so much. That was a very touching scene when he talked about them being family. Love is the only way. 8mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves well, we had originally said September, but then we moved this book up — so do you want to go for sometime in summer instead? June, July, or August? I‘m pretty open — and I already have a copy! 8mo
smilingshelves August will work! We can get it in before the craziness of the school year starts. 😀 8mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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What a perfect description of survivor‘s guilt. That feeling that your own pain and hardship don‘t count because you know others have been through worse. It‘s a hard place to be in, for sure.

#buddyread @smilingshelves

smilingshelves Yes. Counting blessings is important, but it doesn't invalidate the sufferings you experienced. 8mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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When you get your car inspection done and they drive it back around for you and you realize the audiobook you listened to on the way over automatically connected to the Bluetooth 🙄🙊 I don‘t think they run the car for long, but I hope the mechanics enjoyed the snippet that played because they didn‘t even turn the sound down! 🎧📚🎧🤷🏼‍♀️

#buddyread @smilingshelves I might finish tonight while doing household stuff after big boy is in bed!

smilingshelves That's funny! 😄 I should be able to finish tonight after bedtime, too. I've got about twenty pages left to read. Let's do it! 8mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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Audio was definitely the right choice for me for this book! Now I might be reading too fast for our #buddyread! 😬 There were a few really great lines in the section I listened to today — I‘m going to have to go find them in the print copy now for my reading journal. 📖 How are you liking it so far @smilingshelves?

smilingshelves Don't worry, I'll catch up! It makes a good excuse to read instead of washing dishes. (I guess that's where the audio would come in handy, wouldn't it? 😄) 8mo
smilingshelves I like it so far, but I have a feeling this is another book that's going to make me cry! 8mo
smilingshelves And it is incredible and awful to think that this really happened to real people! 8mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m all for good excuses to not wash dishes LOL But, yes, the audio was super handy and actually a good excuse to get more done around the house than usual because I wanted to listen more! 8mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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Finally starting The Night Diary #buddyread!

I‘m only a couple pages in and already struggling a bit with the format. As an epistolary novel, the letters are written by a 12-year main character. I am an adult reader and clearly not the book‘s intended audience, but I‘m still not so sure about an entire middle novel written at an actual middle grade writing level. What do you think so far @smilingshelves ? I‘m thinking about switching to audio! 🤔

smilingshelves I always have a hard time starting epistolary novels because it's so difficult to figure out who everyone is and what's going on. This one is no exception! If you do go with audio, I'd be curious to know how your reading experience is different. It would be interesting to listen a kid-narrated audiobook! 8mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves you‘re so right about the different characters — glad it‘s not just me! FYI I did realize there is a glossary in the back — so for example Dadi is a term for paternal grandmother — I had a feeling at least some of my confusion was not knowing too much about this culture. I have so much to learn, I must admit! Also, I read the author‘s note at back first because I read in a review it was helpful for context 📚 8mo
smilingshelves Why do they put things like the glossary in the back?? I'm so glad you told me that. I'll definitely start referring to it! I'll probably read the author's note, too. My grasp of history in this area of the world is most definitely fuzzier than it should be. Good thing we have books to counteract that! 8mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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Gearing up for another Newbery #buddyread in April! I won this free ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and never got around to reading it 🙊 but since it was named a 2019 Newbery Honor, it‘s been bumped up my TBR list. When should we start Julie? @smilingshelves

smilingshelves I'm so excited! However, I'm on my library's hold list, and it looks like it won't be available until the middle of the month. 😟 I'll let you know as soon as I have it in my hands! 9mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves no problem! Just looking ahead a bit! It looks like it will be a quick read too, so we will have plenty of time once your hold comes in 🙂 9mo
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What a great ending to a great book, deserving of all the honors it has received. I‘m so glad this book exists, especially for all the kids who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer‘s Disease. ❤️❤️❤️

Thanks for buddy reading with me @smilingshelves ! Looking forward to reading the 2019 honor books with you later this year! 📚📚📚

smilingshelves I loved the ending, too! Perfect realizations, perfect writing. This one definitely deserved the Newbery! 9mo
smilingshelves Should we make a loose schedule for the honor books, just to make sure they happen? Buddy reads are so much fun. Like maybe, one in June and one in September or something? (Those months were picked completely randomly, so feel free to pick something else!) 9mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves Good idea! Those months sound good to me. (I did try to see if either book had any seasonal elements, but nothing was jumping out at me — so no reason not to just space them out a few months apart 😊) 9mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I was just looking at the line-up of authors (so far) for the children‘s book festival near me and the author of The Night Diary will be there this year! You are one of few people who will understand my excitement about this! I will have to replace my ARC with a signed copy when I go! 🎉📚🎉 https://hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com/authors-illustrators/ (edited) 9mo
smilingshelves That festival looks amazing! I'm so jealous! And it looks like it's in May? Should we read The Night Diary in April, so you've read it before you go? Or would you rather wait and read your signed copy? ☺️ 9mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘d love to move it to April if you don‘t mind! I always feel super awkward and don‘t know what to say meeting an author, but reading the book beforehand seems like a good way to not sound like a complete idiot! (I say that like I meet authors all the time, which I don‘t, but I went to this same festival last year for the first time and was kinda starstruck — I mean Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, & Jane Yolen were there! 🤩) 9mo
smilingshelves April it is! Those are some seriously big names! That's so awesome that you have this festival so close to you! 9mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves awesome! I have to say it was so cool to see how excited the kids were. And I really love how the organization that runs the festival fundraises so every kid in the school gets a free (signed!) book. Its not in our district (about a half hour away) but anyone can go — my son was really too little even for the storytimes they had, but I can see this being a yearly tradition for me and then also the kiddos when they are older. 📚📚📚 (edited) 9mo
smilingshelves Oh, my goodness, I love that free book thing! What a great way to inspire a love of reading in kids! 9mo
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smilingshelves Yes! I almost posted this earlier! This was the first time I cried in this book, but I have a feeling it won't be the last! 9mo
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Can I get a 🤣 from all the parents of littles?

#buddyread

BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves How are you doing on the book Julie? I have about 100 pages left and I *think* I can finish it this weekend. 9mo
smilingshelves I'm on page 215 right now, but I think finishing it this weekend is feasible. Especially if I read during naptime tomorrow instead of doing something more productive. 😄 9mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves we shall do our best then! 100 pages seems doable but you just never know with little kids around 🤣 9mo
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All my photos for this #buddyread are basically the same! 🤣📚🤣 Playing catch-up while big brother is at nursery school this morning. Up to chapter 12 (pg. 140), and @smilingshelves is right, this book is totally going to break my heart and make me cry, I can feel it coming...

smilingshelves Yay! And seriously, holding a baby is the best possible way to read. 😊 I haven't been reading any so that you could catch up. I'm surprised at how much I've missed these characters in just a couple of days! 10mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it really is! And thank you! The last couple days were a little crazy, but big brother just left for a last minute sleepover at grandma & grandpa‘s instead of driving over tomorrow in the snow (they live 5 minutes away & watch him 1 day a week). So I‘m now planning to do all the reading LOL I‘m totally hooked on this one now I‘ve got my momentum back and time to read something other than audiobooks. Taking advantage! And sleeping! 10mo
smilingshelves All the sleep! All the reading! All the baby snuggles! Sounds like the perfect night! 😀 10mo
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I found this brief passage so unexpectedly touching. There‘s something about holding hands like that that just gets me. Two of my grandparents passed away when I was in 5th grade, but two decades later I was sitting in church one day and suddenly felt my eyes well up. I had looked up to see a little kid walking past holding her grandfather‘s hand and it all came flooding back. It‘s funny how the littlest thing can remind you of someone.

smilingshelves That is absolutely true! You can never tell what will bring the memories rushing back. Both of my grandfathers passed away before I was born. I always missed having that sort of relationship with someone. 10mo
smilingshelves I love the relationship Merci has with her grandpa, but I can't help feeling an impending sense of doom... Sometimes it's hard to relax and enjoy books that you know are most likely going to make you cry! 10mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I do love a book that can make me cry —though that might be admittedly even more easy to do lately, crazy hormones! I was so lucky to have have all of my grandparents alive as long as I did. And I have one grandma still with us — I try not to take any of that for granted ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Playing catch-up on my #buddyread with @smilingshelves ! I suddenly was alone in the house with just the baby and I can‘t tell you how quickly I ran for my book! 📖 📚

I still haven‘t read very far, but I‘m loving these characters and this family so much. ❤️❤️❤️

smilingshelves You have the snuggliest reading sessions! My daughter is only 8 months old, and I already miss those days! 10mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m really trying to soak them in — I feel like time is going so fast already and she only was 1 month old yesterday! 10mo
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Starting a #buddyread of this year‘s Newbery Medal winner with @smilingshelves today! I‘m only one chapter in, so I only have two observations so far:

1. I love how strongly Merci‘s voice is coming through from page one — I often struggle when a book starts off without a clear sense of voice for the main character, so I love when an author nails it right from the start. 🙌🏻

2. My other (tiny) reading buddy is very snuggly 😍🥰❤️

smilingshelves Now that's the way to do a buddy read! Even the little part I can see of her is adorable! I've gotten 8 pages in so far, and I totally agree about Merci's voice. This is going to be a good read! 10mo
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My book arrived early @smilingshelves ! I‘m pretty sure it was in the mailbox since Saturday 😬🙊🤷🏼‍♀️ But at least now it‘s been retrieved, I‘m ready for our #buddyread Friday! 📚📚📚#lifewithanewborn

smilingshelves Yay! Hey, it's winter. Who wants to go out and check the mail everyday? I don't! 😄 I'm looking forward to Friday! And I love your hashtag. How is life with a newborn going?? 10mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I definitely don‘t either as evidenced by the fact that BOOK MAIL didn‘t even get me out there promptly 🤣📚🤣 Life with a newborn is going pretty well! It‘s definitely the preschooler who is more of a challenge 😬🤷🏼‍♀️ — though I feel bad saying that! Enjoying the snuggles while I can — especially with book in hand! We will both be ready to pick up our #buddyread later today, I‘m sure. 😊📚 10mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I know what you mean! Meeting the baby's needs is so much simpler! 😄 Soak up every minute of those snuggles. I'm learning all over again how quickly the time goes! I'm hoping for some overlapping nap time so I can get some reading in this afternoon, but that doesn't happen often. Otherwise I'll start after they're both in bed tonight and hope I can keep my eyes open! 😂 10mo
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#in2018 I did all these things except the one I crossed out! It was a good book year!

smilingshelves Impressive! 12mo
RealLifeReading Wow!! 12mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves @RealLifeReading the translated books were a stack of picture books, I must admit! But this really is the first year I could have said I went to a book festival & met an author — those were one and the same for me and I can‘t wait to go back in 2019 now I know there is one near me! 12mo
RealLifeReading Picture books work too! 👍👍 12mo
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Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery
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❤️📚❤️📚❤️

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Anyone here also on bookstagram? I‘m dipping my toe into the whole Instagram thing: https://www.instagram.com/bucklingbookshelves/

Litsy is great, but there are several Instagram-only projects/challenges I‘m working on and not wanting to participate with my personal account finally prompted me to make a separate bookish one.

P.S. I ❤️ this book. Oh, the irony of all the bookish social media that takes time away from actual reading 🤷🏼‍♀️

Lola I‘m over there, too! I actually started an Instagram account because of Anne. I‘ll look for you there! This is me: https://www.instagram.com/ferociousreader/ 1y
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Summer of the Swans | Betsy Byars
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Book 2 done for #TwoInThree! This one checked a lot of reading goal boxes for me!

Summer-themed ✔️
Newbery Challenge✔️
Classics Club ✔️

Samplergal Yessss! 1y
smilingshelves I read this one a couple of months ago. Congrats on completing two books this weekend! 1y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Finished the last 100 pages for #TwoInThree! 😭😍💗 WHY have I not read this til now?!?! I could hardly put it down and that NEVER happens for me with classics. This is a very promising start for my 2nd attempt at The Classics Club and I‘m so glad there is an entire series I can keep reading.

P.S. I randomly grabbed this bookmark from my stash & forgot it had an Anne quote on the back! SO MANY great quotes going in my journal 📓📚📖

Samplergal Excellent!! 1y
smilingshelves So glad you loved it! 😁 Onto 1y
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Finishing 2 books over the holiday weekend sounds great to me! I‘ve learned that books in progress count, so I‘m probably going to have to start with Anne of Green Gables — then I have a stack of short, summer-themed Newbery novels I‘d love to dig into before fall officially sets in — who knows, could I actually finish more than 2? We shall see!

Samplergal You got this! I‘m reading two half finished books. Kick off September with two finishes. Lol! 1y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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Isn‘t this edition so pretty?! I snuck in a chapter at the library while my son plays. I can‘t believe I‘m an Anne newbie at 33 years old 🙊 I tried picking it up in the spring, but didn‘t have the patience to get past the first page. Now I‘m a few chapters in, I‘m finding it easier to read than that first page led me to believe. I‘m participating in an online discussion Sept 6th — that deadline is not going to be an issue as I originally feared!

smilingshelves I love that cover!! 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves Elly MacKay‘s work is so beautiful! She‘s done a whole bunch of covers for L.M. Montgomery‘s books (I hope eventually she‘ll do all of them!) And some really stunning picture books too — which reminds me I want to check if my library got her new one 😊📚 1y
smilingshelves I don't normally collect multiple copies of books, but these are definitely tempting! 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves since I‘m new to Anne, I was on a mission to figure out which set I wanted to get! They are mostly available in Canada and I got mine from the Amazon CA site, but I‘ve seen them on Book Outlet too! I got all 3 Emily books from Book Outlet 😊📚I try not to collect multiples either (with a few exceptions), but some new editions of books are so lovely, I‘ve replaced what I had and donated or traded the older copies 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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I‘m not sure what‘s going on here, but I actually completed my #boutofbooks stack this past week! I finished Summer Wives, Pooh, and my book club audiobook; caught up on the poetry collections AND I threw in an extra book I read in just 2 days (+2 Paddington audiobooks) Normally stacks and lists backfire on me, but between this readathon and my library‘s summer reading program (previous post), lists have been working for me this summer 📚🤷🏼‍♀️📚

Mdargusch Great job! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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I finished my Library Summer Reading stack!

✔️Essay: Tell Me How It Ends
✔️Children‘s Book: Heartbeat
✔️About Music: 1000 Perfect Notes
✔️Play: Wilde
✔️Made Into Movie: Book Thief
✔️Musician Bio: Walk to Beautiful
✔️Pub. in 2018: Summer Wives
✔️Set in Mountains: Those Who Wish Me Dead
✔️Natural History: Planet Earth

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✔️Historical Fiction: The Lake House
✔️Audiobook: Read-Aloud Family
✔️eBook: The Ark Plan
✔️Free Choice: Code Name Flood

smilingshelves Impressive! How did you end up feeling about 1y
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The Final Six | Alexandra Monir
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I forgot about audiobooks when I did my stack post for #boutofbooks! I was 2/3 of the way done with my September book club book at the start of the week and I finished the final third over Monday and Tuesday — I‘m 3 weeks early too, which pretty much never happens for me 🙌📚

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My stack for this week‘s #boutofbooks is all books in progress! I‘m about 50 pages into the novel, a chapter into the Pooh book, and I got behind on both poetry collections over the summer. If I can finish the first two and catch up on the poetry, that would be a highly successful readathon for me!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner & Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, Aug 20th and runs through Sunday, Aug 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com

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Part 2 of my out of control used book sale haul! There‘s a DBC pick, some Louise Penny mysteries (I‘m trying to track down the whole series), poetry, some Christmas books, The Read-Aloud Handbook (which I keep taking in and out of my Book Outlet cart — for 50 cents though? Yea, I finally got it!) and a few others. Eek! That‘s a lot of books! 📚😬🙊📚

TheSpineView Some good stuff you got there... and you can't beat the price.💰 1y
BucklingBookshelves @TheSpineView you really can‘t! 1y
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Part of me thinks I have completely lost my mind — where am I going to put all these books?!?! But this kids stack PLUS a huge adult stack (next post) cost me $15 at a local used book sale 😳 There were just SO MANY great books, authors I‘ve been intrigued by, Newberys, and random books I‘d never heard of that just looked awesome. Now just to find more time to read 🧐🤔📚

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I wasn‘t sure at first, but I think I‘m starting to get drawn into this one now.

Also, I seem to be making it an unofficial tradition to read a Printz book on my birthday! A year later and I can still vividly recall reading A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (I highly recommend). Not a bad tradition, though now little man is outgrowing his nap, I can‘t say I got a whole lot of reading in today 🤷‍♀️📚

smilingshelves Happy birthday! 1y
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The Lake House | Kate Morton
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When your birthday card from your aunt has a note in it about the book you recommended and lent her 🙌

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Classics for Pleasure | Michael Dirda
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I just joined The Classics Club (again!) with a huge list of children‘s classics from my TBR. Anyone else working on a list?

My post: https://bucklingbookshelves.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-classics-club-round-two.htm...

More info: https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

#theclassicsclub #classicsclub #childrensclassics

Avidreader25 I was actually one of the original moderators who started the club. I finished my list and now just keep really more classics! 😊 1y
BucklingBookshelves @Avidreader25 that‘s awesome — THANK YOU — I‘m so glad the club is still going after so many years! I didn‘t do so great at my first attempt, but I‘m excited to try again now I‘ve figured out the classics that work for me 😊📚 1y
Avidreader25 @Bucklingbkshelf That‘s awesome! The whole goal of the club was to help readers figure out what they love and get them to try something new that they might not have thought of as a classic before. 1y
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smilingshelves Awesome! I can't wait to check out your list (and probably steal a bunch of titles to put on my list)! 😁 1y
BkClubCare Yay Classics Club! I‘m surprised more members aren‘t Litsy-zing.... 1y
BkClubCare That was auto correct that just would NOT let me make Litsy a verb. Ugh “Litsy-ing” is a verb! If you do Litsy, you are Litsy-ing 1y
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I didn‘t track my time for #24in48, but I really enjoyed everything I read! I finished the 2nd half of Edge of Extinction: Ark Plan and got 40 pages into the sequel, Code Name Flood. I also listened to the 2nd half of The Read-Aloud Family —a re-read in anticipation of an upcoming online book club event.

I had fun with a lot of the challenges, but I gotta say, it partially contributed to me being on my phone WAY too much — a readathon conundrum!

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The Flint Heart | Katherine Paterson, John Rocco, John Paterson
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#24in48 Literal Bookends Challenge: My shelves begin and end with overflowing, double-stacked piles! 🙃 🤷‍♀️ The beginning is adult fiction and was at one time alphabetized — there are still a bunch of “A” authors there, but it doesn‘t take long for that to fall apart. And somehow Christmas got plopped in front of them? My shelves then have sections for picture books, classics, YA, and end with MG — which is particularly overflowing these days!

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Finished off this middle grade adventure while my sniffly 3-year old took an unexpected nap next to me 😴 Diving into the sequel next! #24in48

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The Worm and the Bird | Coralie Bickford-Smith
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I forgot I ordered this! I love Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s artwork and I‘m glad I finally remembered to read this short, but thought-provoking fable. #24in48

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This is one of only 2 books I still have from my childhood. There are a few more at my parents‘ house, but we gave away or traded in almost all of them over the years. I have second-hand copies of books that are surely older and I have replacement copies of books I remember reading back then, but this is the best fit for the #24in48 Childhood Reads challenge for sure. In addition to age, it‘s tattered because I reread it SO MANY times.

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The Summer Wives: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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I missed the cutoff to officially enter the On Your Nightstand challenge for #24in48, but thought I‘d post a pic anyway. This pile may be neat (now, after I corralled all the strays from around the room), but it‘s really a messy jumble of titles I‘ve intended to read for various reasons, but haven‘t gotten to. I don‘t even have my current read in there!

smilingshelves James Herriot! 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I actually started that one! I loved the beginning, but I got distracted by other books 🤷‍♀️ 1y
smilingshelves I thought I saw a bookmark in there. ☺️ I hope you enjoy it whenever you get back to it! 1y
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Scrolling through all my 5-star ratings on Goodreads, I realized SO MANY of the books I‘ve loved are pretty popular titles. So finding a favorite under-the-radar book for #24in48 was definitely a challenge! I haven‘t read this since high school, but tracked down a used copy (semi-)recently because I would like to re-read it. The author spoke at my high school and the book certainly made an impression, even if I‘m fuzzy on details.

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I forgot this weekend is the #24in48 readathon! I just signed up and this is my “stack” for the weekend. I‘m starting at 53% in the tagged book and The Book Thief is next in line. Both are for my library‘s adult summer reading program. With a 3-year old and my husband out for the day tomorrow, I won‘t need a big stack! The only other book that may sneak in is the 2nd Edge of Extinction book I ordered that might arrive before the ‘thon ends!

smilingshelves The Edge of Extinction books are so good! 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I just finished the first one and it was really good! It was an ebook, but I‘ll have to get a hard copy because I think it will be fantastic to share with my kiddo when he‘s older 😊 1y
smilingshelves I read a library copy, then had to buy a copy for myself and my school library. Book Outlet had it then, so you might want to check there... ☺️ 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I did see that they still have it! It‘s in my cart, (you know, for later) but I‘ll hold off awhile yet as I‘m already expecting a Book Outlet order soon 😬🙊📚 1y
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