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DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo

Joined May 2016

Works to buy books and take trips to the ocean. 🇨🇦
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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This is the story that young people need today. It deals with sexual identity and questioning, friendship, homophobia, bullying, and individual integrity. Plus Charlie and Nick are just so darn cute!

ShelleyBooksie Can I borrow this one @DebbieGrillo ? 4d
DebbieGrillo @ShelleyBooksie I borrowed, and returned it, from someone else. 4d
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Sasha Masha | Agnes Borinsky
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I liked this, but didn't LOVE it. It is a story of one lost soul discovering who they want to be. This would be a perfect addition to a middle or high school classroom. It seems it would be a fantastic read for anyone questioning their gender identity or sexuality.

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A Stitch in Time | Kelley Armstrong
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A wonderful story that includes mystery, romance, time travel, ghosts, and cats! Even though parts of the story was predictable, it was in all the best ways. The mystery part took some unexpected turns that kept me wanting to read.

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I loved this story of hope, triumph over trials. Alma and Francesca's stories told in alternating chapters and intertwining with each other are an important part of American history. These characters are true feminists of the early twentieth century, strong, determined, and brave!

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Speed Bump | Dave Coverly
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Texreader Amen! 1mo
Blueberry 😄 1mo
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This was the perfect book to listen on our road trip today. I can't believe this book was published 19 years ago and I just got to it now. It was an insightful look into the mind of a young man with autism.

jewright I loved this book. 1mo
LoverOfLearning This is sitting on my shelf! Perhaps I should read it. HA 1mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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AmyG So true. Quite sad. 1mo
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The Forgotten | David Baldacci
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I'm staying with dad while mom is at my brother's in Indianapolis. Last time I stayed with him, I got him started on audiobooks. Now he reads at least 4 or 5 books a week.

I'm sitting here in mom's chair, happily reading my book and I hear him laugh. The David Baldacci mystery/thriller must have had a good bit of humor.

If you've ever heard my dad's genuine laugh, you'd know why I cherish that sound. I admire him for so many things. >>

DebbieGrillo He taught me to think critically, to let the little things go, and the value hard work. And, he still has things to teach.

Today I'm learning from him how to grow old gracefully. It's true that he can't do what he one was able to do. He actually misses working. He was never a big social butterfly, but he to say he doesn't get out much anymore is an understatement. He's losing his sight and can't see the television very well. >>
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DebbieGrillo He can't folliw new shows with new characters. Many others might wallow in what they can't do, but not him.

Just being with my dad relaxes me. He has the best laugh, the best attitude, and the best stories. Once in a while he even tells one I've never heard before.

My sabbatical this semester is not turning out the way I had planned, but that's okay. I'm so grateful to have this time to spend with my family.
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AmyG That‘s beautiful. You are so blessed to hve auch a wonderful Dad and time to spend with him. (And 4-5 books a week! 🙌🏻) (edited) 1mo
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LeahBergen This is just lovely. ❤️❤️ 1mo
marleed Ooh, such a great tribute to your dad! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Awesome! ♥️ 1mo
CarolynM It's wonderful that he is enjoying audio books and wonderful that you can spend this time together ❤❤ 1mo
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We can think about anything. And so it makes sense that we end up sometimes thinking about everything. We might have to, sometimes, be brave enough to switch the screens off in order to switch ourselves back on. To disconnect in order to reconnect.

MegsBooks So true! 1mo
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"The thing with mental turmoil is that so many things that make you feel better in the short term make you feel worse in the long term. You distract yourself, when what you really need is to know yourself."

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For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.

Ruthiella Exactly! 2mo
CarolynM 🤣 2mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language... They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

Sapphire This shook me (in a good way) when I first read it. 2mo
sarahbellum An absolute favorite of mine and one I reach for often in hard times ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Jeepers. I have to get this book. I can't believe I haven't purchased it yet. 2mo
batsy This book 💜 2mo
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Home Body | Rupi Kaur
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TheSpineView Great choice! 😊 2mo
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"The rest of the animals pay once for every mistake they make. But not us. We have a powerful memory. We make a mistake, we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty, and we punish ourselves. If Justice exists, then that was enough; we don't need to do it again. But every time we remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and again, and again."

WJCintron This book is AMAZING!! 2mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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I'm joining #MarvellousMarch #Readathon late but the app I use to read on my phone tracks my time. Nine days of reading. My goal is to read a minimum of ten hours without counting audiobooks. I normally would count them but but since the new year I've had a steady diet of audiobooks except for this one that I just finished. I want to keep reading text, so this goal will help me with that.
At the end of day 2, I'm at 2 hours 10 minutes.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2mo
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Taking a deep breath and starting this one.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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Required reading for mortals. Especially anyone with a terminal illness or those of us who love someone with a terminal illness! I know my brother will live and die with as much integrity and grace as Kalanithi did. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The first book of 2022 for me not to be an audiobook. Hopefully Debbie's got her groove back.

Chelsea.Poole ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️heartbreaking 2mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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My brother found out a week ago Friday that his his cancer is terminal. He got married on Wednesday (instead of waiting until October). This book is giving me a glimpse of how the next two years might look. I'm so grateful for his wife!

Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you found something helpful to support you in this and am sorry for the sadness you will face. 2mo
jdiehr Wow. Both sad and uplifting at the same time... 2mo
CBee Wow. I am very sorry to hear about your brother - his wife sounds amazing ♥️♥️ 2mo
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squirrelbrain Sorry to hear about your brother; I hope you all had a lovely day on Wednesday. This book is very good: 2mo
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry about your brother! 😢 2mo
Jas16 I am so sorry about your brother‘s prognosis. I am happy he has so much love around him but cannot imagine what you must be feeling. 2mo
Librariana So deeply sorry to learn of your brother's prognosis, but glad he was able to marry the woman he loves. May their days together be long, may time slow down for them, and may they enjoy a beautiful happiness. Hope they (and your family) can navigate this next chapter in life with grace, resiliency, and strength. Glad you're able to find some comfort and perhaps peace in what you're reading 💜 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry. Cancer just sucks. We are in a similar situation with a beloved family member right now as well. Might go back to this book. Another I recommend is 2mo
DivineDiana How wonderful that your brother has found a loving partner to be by his side. I am happy that you have found a book to help you. Sending love to you and your family. ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
MicrobeMom ♥️♥️ 2mo
Simona ❤️❤️❤️ … that is beyond any words. 2mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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"Literature not only illuminated another‘s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection."

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Waiting for the Night Song | Julie Carrick Dalton
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Mehso-so

This asks: Can one moment define a person's whole life? It reminded me a bit of Crawdads, dealing heavily with the environment of the setting. Told from Cadie's pov, alternating between her childhood past and the present. Cadie Kessler, an entomologist and forestry scientist, returns to her hometown when her deepest childhood secret surfaces. The author continually tries to mislead the reader and doesn't do it well and the outcome is predictable.

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CoverToCoverGirl 🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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Eragon | Christopher Paolini
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Texreader Love this 3mo
TheSpineView Truth! 3mo
nichollinlove ❤❤ so true! 3mo
Kammbia1 Truth! 3mo
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Reading and discussing this one now, with my colleagues .

TheLudicReader Is it any good? 3mo
DebbieGrillo @TheLudicReader it is! Not earth shattering, but heartening for the times. 3mo
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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This is Della's story. Della's mom is an addict who has been incarcerated since Della was five. Della is 11 now and just entering foster care with her 16 year-old sister Suki. They were living with their mom's abusive, long-haul trucker, boyfriend, who left them alone all week. Now that they are in a safe environment they are beginning the process of healing. This important story should be in every classroom from 5th to 12th grade.

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Cosmos | Carl Sagan
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"To read us to voyage through time."

DivineDiana Wonderful quote! ❤️ 3mo
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I was drawn into this story. I didn‘t know until after i read it that it was a Reese's Book Club YA winter pick for 2021, but I can understand why. As a former summer camp kid, turned camp counselor, the predominant setting of this book really appealed to me. But, the conflict in this story would have kept me engaged either way. Although the ending was easily predictable, it was the ending I was rooting for, so I'll forgive the predictability.

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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TheSpineView Short but powerful! ❤ 3mo
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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BiblioLitten Haunting lines 3mo
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TheSpineView Cute poem! ❤🌠❤ 3mo
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We Are Water Protectors | Carole Lindstrom
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This book is based on an Ojibwa prophesy that warns against a black snake (oil pipelines) that will poison Mother Earth's waterways. The Book encourages readers to protect our planet and treat it with kindness and respect by being a steward of the Earth and a protector of the water.

Cortg I never think to listen to picture books! I might have to add this to round things out and add a new perspective. 3mo
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I listened to this while I got my walk on. 🚶‍♀️
It's a fast paced, LGBTQ friendly, YA thriller/mystery/love story. It is told from the dual perspectives of protagonists Veronica and Mikela, who are equally likable but vastly different. It deals with friendships, young love, teen/parent relationships, the nature of art, and environmental activism. The ending, while satisfying, leaves the story ripe for a sequel.

mhillis Great review! 3mo
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kspenmoll Ponyboy! 3mo
TheSpineView Love Frost!❤ 3mo
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Our Numbered Days | Neil Hilborn
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TheSpineView Perfect choice! 🤩📖 3mo
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Will | Will Smith
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1. Tagged
2. No
3. She's Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚📚 3mo
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Poems by Emily Dickinson | Emily Dickinson
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TheSpineView Great poem! 😍😍😍 4mo
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Poems by Emily Dickinson | Emily Dickinson
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TheSpineView 😍😍😍 ❤Dickinson 4mo
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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TheSpineView 😍😍😍 4mo
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I know too much of mud.
I know that when a street doesn‘t have sidewalks
& water rises to flood the tile floors of your home,
learning mud is learning the language of survival.
I know too much of mud.
How Tía will snap at you with a dishrag if you track it inside.
How you need to raise the bed during hurricane season.
How mud will dry & cling stubbornly to a shoe.
Or a wall…

#poetrymatters #mud
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DebbieGrillo Mud that suctions & slurps at the high heels
of the working girls I once went to school with.
Mud that softens, unravels into a road leading nowhere.
& mud got a mind of its own. Wants to enwrap
your penny loafers, hug up on your uniform skirt.
Press kisses to your knees & make you slip down to meet it.
“Don‘t let it stain you,” Tía‘s always said.
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TheSpineView Perfect! 4mo
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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TheSpineView Perfect! 🤩 4mo
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❄ I do. I find my cell phone easier to hold while laying down.

❄ I only read on my cell phone. I had a first generation kindle and own a brand new iPad, but why not use the device I carry with me everywhere I go.

How about you @DinoMom @ShelleyBooksie @FantasyChick @kspenmoll

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💙📖 4mo
kspenmoll Thanks for the tag! 4mo
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