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CindyMyLifeIsLit

CindyMyLifeIsLit

Joined May 2017

HS English teacher, lifelong book-addict, -lover, -hoarder, -reader, etc. I'm on GR (www.goodreads.com/user/show/6082517-cindy-newton)
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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
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The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas
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Puddin' by Julie Murphy
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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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A little late, but here goes!
1. My childhood favorite, Monopoly!
2. England—but anywhere in Europe, really.
3. I‘m pretty much on point having read 65 of 75. I‘m 2 books behind but have 3 books going, so should be caught up in the next few days. Hoping to pass up my goal!
4. I put off reading Georgette Heyer and now can‘t imagine life without her! 😂
5. Which is more important to you, the plot or the quality of the writing?
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Kaila-ann The quality of writing I think. Even if the book has a great plot, it can be ruined by bad writing. 4w
Sharpeipup Quality of writing. @Kaila-ann is right...a good plot can be ruined by bad writing. 4w
JessClark78 The quality of writing. 4w
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Guess what I got to do this week?!? Got to help our neighboring elementary library set up for their book fair!! Brought back that rush of anticipation, walking in with your money clutched in your hand, dizzy with the overwhelming choices! Ah, to have life that simple again!

Branwen That is the best feeling of childhood! 😀💕📚 4w
Sharpeipup Love that sign! 4w
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Dorothy Must Die | Danielle Paige
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I was SO excited about the world promised in this book, and so disappointed by the the delivery. What this could have been in the hands of, say, Brom, would have been amazing! Instead, it‘s a Mary Sue tale that falls apart at the end.

TheBookAddict Sad to hear, especially since I own most of the books in the series. Luckily I got them on one of BookOutlet‘s sales. I‘ll still read them, since I own them. Hopefully I like them when I get to them. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @TheBookAddict Yes, don‘t go by my opinion! I have friends who hate some of my very favorite books, and if I had been guided by them I would have missed out on books that are very important to me. Everyone has different tastes, so good luck with them! 1mo
TheBookAddict So true. Thank you. 🙂 4w
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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This was an engaging YA story of star-crossed romance. Eleanor‘s home situation caused me anxiety as I kept waiting for something to happen there. The story paints a poignant picture of children living in poverty in the midst of those with plenty.

Texreader Great review. I loved this book. Recalled my teen years in the 1980s (edited) 1mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I was completely enthralled by this book!! I wasn‘t sure what to expect because I know nothing about, and have no interest in, hockey. The story was gripping, the characters had depth, the pacing great. It‘s the kind of book that burrows into your brain and takes up residence there for awhile. I‘m still mulling over the complex issues addressed in it. Highly recommended!

Megabooks Totally agree! 1mo
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Halloween Treats | Carolyn Haywood
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The #screamathon opening day has arrived, and it does not disappoint! A Stranger Things Funko POP, three great books, a FABULOUS book journal, and 3 new bookmarks!! Thanks, Doug—I love all of it! 🎃👻👹🤡💀 Happy first day of Spooktober, Litsy!!

4thhouseontheleft Fellow #screamathon participant @DGRachel just started reading The Winter People! 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @4thhouseontheleft It looks really good! 2mo
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Sorry I‘m late!
1. I‘m on track to hit my goal of 75 this year! I‘m proud of that because I live my life constantly up to my eyeballs in grading (high school honors English) while also taking grad school classes in library science, so time for reading at all is pretty difficult to find.
2. I got married on Friday the 13th.
3. Classic rock (Def Leppard!!)
4. August for first date, July for wedding
5. 🙌
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Texreader Rock of Ages! I still have to turn it up on my car! 2mo
jillrhudy I have to seriously wonder about people who don‘t crank up Rock of Ages. 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Texreader @jillrhudy My kind of people!! ❤️ 2mo
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This is an entertaining story, and the writing was a cut above what I expected. I plan to continue the series!

xxjenadanxx I could never get into this one :/ 2mo
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Halloween Treats | Carolyn Haywood
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My #Screamathon package arrived, @BibliOHIOphile ! Can‘t wait to open it! 🎃👻👹🤡💀

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Halloween Treats | Carolyn Haywood
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Snapped a picture right before it was whisked away for shipping! Should be there Saturday or Monday. #screamathon

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Mehso-so

Pretty standard YA fare. A good mystery for teens, but I prefer the sharper teeth of adult whodunnits. That‘s just me!

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It‘s Kate Freaking Daniels and Curran! What else do I need to say? Read the series!!

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Funny and weird, but in a good way! Dino‘s ex-best friend, July, dies of an aneurysm, but sits up and starts talking while he‘s making up her body for her funeral in his family‘s funeral home. Together they try to figure out how she‘s alive, how to keep everyone else from finding out, and what went wrong with their friendship. Recommended!

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Warcross | Marie Lu
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I liked the gaming aspect of this book. That‘s not really something I do, so a little more insight into it was interesting. Of course, a teenage girl who is able to hack into systems that teams of trained professionals are unable to crack with one hand tied behind her back is just par for the course in the YA universe. I didn‘t see the twist coming, though, and it is an engaging story.

Nebklvr Are you planning to read the sequel? 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Nebklvr Not sure. Have heard that it‘s not so great, so I‘m not in any rush! I have SO many other YA books I‘m trying to read for school. 2mo
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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This is late, but whatever! 😁
1. Gone Girl—I got mad at the ridiculously supernatural foresight of the MC. Also Pretty Girls—I wanted the villain to die SO BADLY!! 😡
2. Right now, What We Do in the Shadows 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️❤️. Forever favorites—The Office & Parks & Rec!
3. Cold brewed coffee
4. Central Standard?
5. Black Magic! ❤️
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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A beautifully written and heartbreaking tale of how the past is never really behind us. JoJo is a 13 year old biracial boy dealing with his drug-addicted mother and imprisoned father. His black grandparents are raising him and his baby sister, while his white grandparents refuse to acknowledge his existence. His mother takes them on a road trip to pick up his newly-released father. Healthy doses of magical realism!

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Death Without Company | Craig Johnson
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This is a cozy mystery with extremely likable protagonists. Walt Longmire is a laid-back sheriff with a wry wit. Very enjoyable!

Bookzombie I love this series too! 3mo
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Joe Ledger is my book boyfriend. Need I say more? ❤️❤️

Bookzombie I love this series! I love the narrator, Ray Porter. 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Bookzombie Yes, he really brings Joe and the others to life! ❤️ 3mo
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Has some great tips on writing!

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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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This is an eye-opening look at a fairly modern India. The only reading exposure I‘ve had to India has been through the historical novels of M. M. Kaye, but I did see familiar phrases and customs in this book. The plight of the impoverished is horrifying; made me really glad to be an American!

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I think readers who liked Speak will really enjoy this book. I saw a lot of similarities in the bare bones of the stories. Young girl traumatized by unknown events who is acting out with inexplicable behavior.

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I‘ve made it through the first week back! I‘m sleep-deprived, my feet hurt, and I‘m having trouble adjusting to eating lunch at TEN IN THE MORNING 🤬, but otherwise, it was clear sailing! 😁 Here‘s to a great year, #teachersoflitsy!

Lynnsoprano I don‘t miss the sore feet! #Retiredteacheroflitsy 3mo
laur89 I understand the struggle!! Lunch for me is now at 1 PM - I spend my pre lunch period talking over the growl of my stomach 😅 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @laur89 I envy you! I‘m not a breakfast eater and the usual things I bring for lunch are NOT appealing to me at 10 am, so it‘s been difficult. I just didn‘t eat anything the first couple of days, but that resulted in making me feel sick. There‘s an answer out there—just have to find it! Maybe you could surreptitiously grab a few animal crackers or something between classes—that might quiet the stomach beast! 😜 3mo
laur89 @CindyMyLifeIsLit I don‘t do breakfast either - I exist purely on coffee until lunch! I should start bringing a snack to hold me over. Maybe you could just bring a granola bar or some fruit, and save your lunch until a later break time! 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘ll probably try the granola bar thing, but they gave me all my breaks in one big lump in the morning. I‘m back-to-back classes until almost 3. 😒 3mo
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Rot and Ruin | Jonathan Maberry
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1. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
2. Just nailed the first week of school! Gonna sleep late, get caught up on chores, and READ! (And grade papers and finish grad school assignments 😒).
3. Pistachio almond
4. Does Chopsticks on the piano count 😁? Took lessons as a kid but didn‘t persevere, which I now regret.

Sorry it‘s a day late, but just came home and crashed last night! Have a wonderful long weekend, Littens! ❤️
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Bookzombie I love the Rot & Ruin series! I believe I cried at the end of each book. I hope you enjoy it. 3mo
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It | Stephen King
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The seats on the back row of my classroom are not for the faint of heart! 😂

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This was posted 2 years ago, shortly after I first joined Litsy. At this time, I‘ve only read 8 of them. Many were bought for my classroom library. My acquisition greatly outpaces my consumption!! 😢 #bookhaulchallenge

Joyfulmimi I‘m in your tribe. 🥰 4mo
Karkar I am in your tribe too! 4mo
Cortg It always does! Makes me read more! 4mo
Lcsmcat You‘re in good company! 4mo
ladym30 Me too🙋‍♀️! 4mo
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Started reading this in a PD session and had to return it after getting 125 pages in. 😢 Now I‘m on my Libby waiting list for it for two weeks.

tjwill Great title! 4mo
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PD swag from my district!! 👏👏👏. This has been on my tbr for ages!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I liked this pretty well. Teenage me would have swooned over it—old lady is a little harder to impress. Lots of twists and turns, and I didn‘t see all of them coming. An engaging YA book!

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Loved it!! Written in free verse and covering the span of a few minutes, this book has a powerful message. Definitely going in my classroom library! Highly recommended!

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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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I liked this much more than Gone Girl. There were still some pretty unrealistic coincidences that held the plot together, but overall a more believable premise. I like her writing—it‘s just the believability factor that becomes an issue.

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Getting in some YA reading before heading back to work tomorrow. Where did the summer go? 😫 #teachersoflitsy

hermyknee I knoooowwwww 😭😭😭 4mo
ElyssaReads Agreed! Good luck with the new year! 4mo
kspenmoll Best of luck with your new teaching year! 4mo
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Getting ready to teach creative writing again this year! I‘ve heard that this book offers some great insight. I need to up my game—some of the kids coming in this year are talented writers and I need to be able to challenge them. #teachersoflitsy

Shakespearience I have been reading this as well and definitely think it offers some good insight. 4mo
merelybookish I taught comp for years and found her shitty first draft helped a lot of writers. Especially the perfectionists! 4mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Shakespearience @merelybookish I‘m only on page 27 but have already used a significant number of post-it flags! 😁 4mo
Shakespearience @merelybookish I love having my comp students read that one! 4mo
KathyWheeler Her advice to take things in short bits so you don‘t get overwhelmed was useful to me. The idea of a book frightened me, when I was writing my theses, but thinking about as as writing separate papers for each chapter allowed me to finish it. 4mo
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Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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Here are some of the books I have acquired over the summer for my classroom library. Can‘t wait to introduce these to my kiddos—we‘re going to be all about choice this year! #classroomlibrary #teachersoflitsy

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Thursday's Child | Sandra Brown
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1. I‘m on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6082517-cindy-newton), Twitter, have a bookstagram (cknewton2202), and belong to several book groups on Facebook.
2. I have one pen pal, the amazing @Emilyrjones22 and we exchange letters regularly. I like any venue that allows me to hold forth at great length on my opinions! 😁
3. Reading.
4. As my mother predicted, I‘m sorry I quit piano lessons!
#hellothursday

Tashreads Followed 😊 4mo
Emilyrjones22 Same on #4! 4mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 4mo
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I‘m in Ch. 10 of the audiobook and so far not impressed. Does it get better? 😒

MelissaSue81 People rave about this book but i couldn‘t get into it (I had trouble following a lot of it too.) I‘m not a fantasy reader, so I think that‘s why. Wasn‘t for me though. 4mo
TheReadingMermaid If you're already at chapter 10 and you don't like it then it really doesn't get any better honey. I find that either people like this book or they just don't. But it is pretty much the same throughout the book. 4mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @MelissaSue81 @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! I haven‘t given up on it yet—I just cranked the audio speed up to 1.75! I have a hard time dnf‘ing. We‘ll see! 😁 4mo
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Pen Pal | Francesca Forrest
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Here is a long-delayed picture of the goodies my wonderful pen pal sent me! When I opened the box, the Stranger Things pen was right on top, and that would have been enough right there! (❤️Stranger Things)! Thanks so much for everything, @Emilyrjones22 , these books have been on my tbr for too long—now I can do something about that! 😁❤️❤️

Emilyrjones22 Yay!! Let me know how My Brilliant Friend is - I‘ve heard a lot of good things. And writing is always better with a fun pen! 4mo
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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2. Avengers End Game. We don‘t go to the theater very often but my students were about to explode from holding spoilers in!
3. Beautiful big strawberries and green grapes!
4. 13
5. @Emilyrjones22 @RachelO @Sharpeipup @APLitlife
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Bookzombie I love Lonesome Dove and grapes! 4mo
Sharpeipup I don‘t think I‘ve ever read 4mo
Sharpeipup Ps. Thanks for the tag! 4mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Sharpeipup You‘re welcome, and you might want to check it out. One of my top favorites! 4mo
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These are fantastic questions!!
1. A beautiful beach with crystal clear waves breaking on the white sands. I‘d be in a hammock with my books and the literary characters from the book du jour would be strolling on the beach.
2. Litsy, Goodreads, and Audible
3. Diet blackberry sweet tea and ranch sunflower seeds
4. This cutie is Henry, my son‘s dog (my grandpuppy), posed next to a bag of coffee beans from my son‘s coffee company!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Lovely island!! 4mo
Crazeedi I'd be having your sons coffee every day! I love ordering good coffee beans 4mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Crazeedi If you‘re interested, here‘s the link to his website. He‘s spent years learning how to roast, and it shows! https://radiantcoffeeco.com (edited) 4mo
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Powell's Books on Hawthorne | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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Book mail from myself!! These are the books I bought at Powell‘s in Oregon on vacation and mailed to myself so I didn‘t have to take them on the plane. I showed remarkable restraint, I might add—this is not a big box! 😁

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Powell's City of Books (Portland) | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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More of Powell‘s Books, the happiest place on Earth (I don‘t care what that giant mouse says)! I didn‘t have a huge book haul (picture to be posted later). I have SO MANY books at home that I haven‘t read!!! And the truth is that my physical space is getting scarce. These days, a place on my tbr list dies not guarantee a place on my shelves! It‘s a sad state of affairs. I miss the days of indiscriminate book-grabbing! 😢

rather_be_reading couldve spent a whole day there! 5mo
Lcsmcat Someday I have to make the trip out there! 5mo
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Powell's Books at PDX | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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Powell‘s Books!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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1. Ugh! How to pick just one?? Okay, the Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake. It‘s been highly recommended by some trusted friends, so I think it should prove to be an excellent read.
2. No, because my summer has been very hectic so far.
3. I don‘t do fitness at all, which is the problem! 😒
4. Our fur baby and Lord of All He Surveys (which is mainly us and the birds that land in the backyard), Oliver Kingsley!
#humpdaypost

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Sorry this is so late!

📚A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
🎬 Little Miss Sunshine 😂😂😂
🎼 Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
#manicmonday #emojimadness

JoScho 💙🌞💙 6mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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1. Ignatius J. Reilly.
2. This is a love/hate relationship. ❤️😡
3. While his self-centeredness can be astounding in its obliviousness to reality, he is a fascinating, larger-than-life character. He whines a lot, but much can be forgiven a person with his vocabulary. I‘m just sayin‘!
4. I think I‘m doing this really late, so whoever hasn‘t participated yet, consider yourself tagged!

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I finally figured out how to get text on the picture! I‘m slow, but I eventually get there! 😜 #alphabetbookishquiz

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The Librarian: A Novel | Larry Beinhart
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Spending Saturday learning to be a librarian at the University of North Texas in Denton! #librariansoflitsy

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1. School‘s out for the summer!! And I saw Penny Kittle this week! ❤️
2. Gone With the Wind, The Far Pavilions, Shogun, Lonesome Dove
3. Houston Astros?
4. I live in high school, so the tagged book and Animal Farm
#humpdaypost

DebbieGrillo 😍😍😍 Penny Kittle! I met her several years ago, did a full day workshop. First time I've ever cut a vacation short for a workshop that was optional. 6mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @DebbieGrillo If it was anything like this one, it was totally worth it! It was great and very inspiring! 6mo
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Met and attended an all-day training with the amazing Penny Kittle yesterday. It was SO inspiring and revolutionary to the way we traditionally do things. Her personal anecdotes of various students moved me to tears. Needless to say, I have LOTS of YA reading to do this summer! ❤️❤️ #teachersoflitsy

APLitlife I went in February to see her and Kelley Gallagher together. It was inspiring. 6mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @APLitlife Wow! That must have been a real treat, to see them together! I think that‘s the English teacher equivalent of the Elton John-Billy Joel concert!! 😜 Our Curriculum Queen (can‘t think of her real title, but this one‘s pretty accurate) was there, too, so I think we‘re going to be riding that train as a district. Very exciting! 6mo
APLitlife Yeah, I tend to “fangirl” around them and others like Donalyn Miller 6mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @APLitlife Don‘t we all! I actually texted that to a friend while I was there! 😂 6mo
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Carrie | Stephen King
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Scooped a first edition of the first edition at the library book sale!! (Carrie was King‘s first book—get it? 😜)

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My book haul from last week—pretty sweet, right? Thank God for library book sales!! ❤️❤️📚

Avanders Whoa. And look at those shelves! 6mo
wanderinglynn Those shelves look amazing! 😍😍😍 6mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Thanks, @Avanders and @wanderinglynn ! My shelves are quite full, but I keep acquiring new books—the dilemma most of us face! 6mo
Avanders Lol definitely! I‘m trying not to get too excited .. in anticipation for a not-too-distant future move, I packed up 6 boxes of books to put in storage.. all of a sudden my internal self wants to keep buying books to fill the recently vacated space! 😆😆 6mo
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