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JDHawkins

JDHawkins

Joined October 2016

Her voice left a flavor of honey and gunpowder on the air.
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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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This book is so precious and also really insightful and I had a crazy morning and it healed my brain!

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Sun Is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon
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Late to the game but Ive got some Scotch and a comfy pair of pants. Let's read a book!

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Wolves of Winter | Tyrell Johnson
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Me and my Ripley girl enjoying this quiet day off. She's a good toe warmer.

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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It's been a long time, Litsy. But Facebook is making my anxiety so much worse and I need a peaceful place. So here's some of my 2018 reads!

SassyBookworm I can‘t hardly use Facebook because of so much negativity! So I maybe get one there once a day just to make sure I don‘t miss something important from one of my long distance friends/relatives 2y
JDHawkins @Chrysta23 I hear that! 2y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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I want to give this book to every person I've ever seen roll their eyes at the word feminism.I want to throw this book at the kid in my philosophy class who loudly proclaimed how much he hates "crazy feminists", even though he was roundly put in his place by our staunchly feminist professor. Because feminism isn't perfect. Because feminists are just people. But there's so much good. And so much to learn. This book is an excellent starting point.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Just started this for my book club this month. Whew. This is NOT an easy read. It is twisting me up inside.

Karkar I loved this book.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
Mehso-so

Okay so, it did have a crazy twist. But like, it was kind of dumb?

bookandcat I really disliked this book :-( 3y
irre I agree 3y
MyNamesParadise It was the dumbest thing ever. You do NOT just switch genres at the end...never!! 3y
OrangeMooseReads It was a predictable twist 3y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough

I went from loving this to rolling my eyes and sighing. What a dumb turn of events.

LeslieO It was...... different. 3y
MyNamesParadise Couldn't agree more! 3y
JDHawkins @LeslieO @MyNamesParadise I loved the direction it was going and then I was like, uh, did we just get into supernatural? Because I did not want that. 3y
MyNamesParadise @JDHawkins same!! That writer broke my trust which is a HUGE thing to me anyway- trust. So I will NOT be reading this writer again! 3y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Robe, coffee, book on this quiet day off.

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An Untamed State | Roxane Gay
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Apparently I have read a lot of books since I last posted on here.

Cinfhen This book was BRUTAL 3y
DaydreamingBookworm I read it in one sitting because I couldn't look away. It was a punch in the gut 3y
Suet624 Where have you been!!!??? 3y
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JDHawkins @Suet624 I don't know! I got a new job and had a broken phone and just fell out of the habit of Litsy! But dang I missed it. 3y
Suet624 Well at least you checked back in with us. 😀 nice to see you. 3y
JDHawkins @Suet624 and you!! I've missed it all and all my Littens. 3y
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Has anyone else read this and found it incredibly hard to follow??

Amie I started it but didn't get very far before I gave up on it. I couldn't get into it. 3y
Robothugs Hmmm... I didn't find it hard to follow, but it was one that I had to read slowly as to absorb what I was reading. 3y
MarticaMustRead I've heard the same complaint about this one on more than one occasion which had me now debating on whether to read it or not😕. I've been wanting to read it mainly because of all the high praise it received from the ladies at BookRiot. Good luck, hope it gets better!! 3y
mjdowens I bailed on it also. You can only say "WTF" so many times a page. 3y
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A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline

"It is a terrible thing to find the love of your life, Christina," she says. "You know too well what you're missing when it's gone."

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By Gaslight | Steven Price

We must think of grief as a kindness. It is how we know we have loved.

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Working from home today during Snowmageddon. At least it gives me the opportunity to do lots of audiobook listening!

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By Gaslight | Steven Price
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Yayayayay!!!! I love all my #littens!!

quirkyreader Hurrah for you. 🐸🐙 3y
BookishJess Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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rubyslippersreads 🎉📚🎉📚🎉🎉🎉 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Awesome!🎉🎊🎉🎊 3y
Bibliogeekery 🎉🎉🎉 3y
vivastory Congrats 🎊 👏 👍 💪 📖 3y
Suzze Ice! 🎉🎊👍🏼🍾👏 3y
BibliophileMomma 🎉🍾💗👍🏼🙌🏼🎊 3y
Suet624 ❤❤❤ 3y
Dragon 👍😀🎉 3y
MyNamesParadise Yay!! Congrats!!! 🍾🎊🎈🎉 3y
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By Gaslight | Steven Price
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I have a reading buddy today. My niece is not feeling good so we are hanging out in my bed. Ive got a book. She has Zootopia and a pile of stuffed animals.

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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#bookishpetpeeve The top shelf in my bookshelf isn't tall enough to stand my hardcovers up. So some of my books on that shelf are out of alphabetical order. Argh!!

#marchintoreading

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This book was fascinating and well-written and I rather wish I hadn't read it. I picked it up on the assumption that it was a psychological horror with the supernatural elements only really the outward signs of mental illness. And while it absolutely COULD be that, it could also play in any number of ways. So yeah. Too scary for me.

BibliophileMomma I listened to the audiobook of this and had some crazy nightmares that week. Liked it but it scared me. 3y
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Thunder Boy Jr. | Sherman Alexie
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Sadly I do not have any photos of the #diversepicturebooks that I love. So here is my beautiful niece reading in the picturebook section of my library!

#marchintoreading

Reviewsbylola She is adorable. 😍 3y
JDHawkins @Reviewsbylola Thank you! She is my little best friend. 3y
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Reading with my best friend and her pup, Drake. Perfect freezing Saturday morning!

#scarybook #fire #cozymorning

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Fairest | Gail Carson Levine
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Mehso-so

A cute little departure from heavier reads.

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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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So. Good. God I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

#readharder2017 #collectionofstoriesbyawoman
@bookriot

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Out of The Easy | Ruta Sepetys
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I have an upset tummy so I am relaxing and catching up on reading! This is book number three this weekend!

LauraBrook You know how to weekend! (Minus the upset stomach, of course.) 3y
JDHawkins @LauraBrook Thanks! Since starting a new job I havent had as much time to read so I am making the most of a quiet weekend! 3y
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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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Two excellent reads in a row.

#letteri #litzyatoz

@BookishMarginalia

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Truly gorgeous.

Thekelburrows +1 to my TBR 3y
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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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Enjoying the outrageously warm New England weather with my book journal, a new book, and a latte.

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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Mehso-so

I wanted more from this book.

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T4 | Ann Clare LeZotte
Mehso-so

This was recommended by our library's children's librarian. And while I wanted to love it, and it certainly taught me something about a Nazi program I had not known about before, to call it verse felt like a stretch.

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The Hike | Drew Magary
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TheLibrarian Good to know you enjoyed it! I was kinda nervous about it until now! 3y
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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Reading at the gym while I wait for my ride. For the record, I worked out. This is post workout and shower.

#readingatthegym #gymlife #booklife

@ChrisBohjalian

Laalaleighh Is that a chai tea? 3y
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The Serpent King | Jeff Zentner
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What a beautiful book.

#litsyatoz #letterz

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melrailey I thought so too. One of my favs from last year. And it was totally not what I was expecting. 3y
kspenmoll In my TBR- will get to it yet! 3y
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Paper Princess | Erin Watt
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Mehso-so

When it looks like this outside one simply must stay inside and read trashy new adult books!

#newengland #snowday

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Whoa. This book.

RanaElizabeth Agree totally on your notes! The story could be read in so many ways, so many interpretations. 3y
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March: Book Two | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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So incredibly moving. I am ashamed at how little I knew of Congressman Lewis before reading this series.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm reading that one today too! 3y
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Orphan Train: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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BookishMarginalia I enjoyed this one 3y
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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Started slow but picked up like whoa. It was definitely an uncomfortable read. It is meant to be a work of speculative fiction. But a United States where slavery never ended did not feel all that far off from our current social climate.

#readharder2017 #allpovarepersonsofcolor @bookriot

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Euphoria | Lily King
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Great audiobook. I actually loved the story. I worried it might be casually racist. But in putting these three anthropologists in a tribal setting, what we got instead is a glimpse at humanity without all the fuss of western culture and society. Humanity at its most basic, sometimes nasty, core. And in doing so, it was never the tribal peoples who were really portrayed as "savage".

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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My #januarywrapup, written up on the plane as a distraction!

Reviewsbylola Great month! I've vowed to read ALL in 2017! 3y
Mommamanzi Great job! 3y
JDHawkins @reviewsbylola it ruined my life in the best way. 3y
JDHawkins @Mommamanzi Thank you! 3y
DaydreamingBookworm Ahhhhh! This book also ruined my life and ripped my heart out 3y
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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Trying to read while I wait for my anxiety meds to kick in at the airport. I am heading to California to visit my sister but husband isnt coming. And even after nine years, it still breaks my heart to not be with him.

LauraBeth 😔💕 3y
Reviewsbylola Aw, I hope you have a fun trip. I feel the same way when I leave my husband. 3y
Suet624 😩😩 3y
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A List of Cages | Robin Roe
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There is so much to love about this book. I love YA. I read a lot of it. But I get tired of the teenage drama and overblown contrived issues. Here, the problems are very real and very serious. But the good is just as weighty. The characters never feel like caricatures, even when they are sometimes so GOOD it brings a tear to the eye.

"Hate ricochets but kindness does too."

Cinfhen You articulated so well what I dislike about YA, but now I'm intrigued by this book. I hear it's a gut kick!?! And lots of squirm??? True?!? 3y
JDHawkins @Cinfhen VERY true. 3y
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A List of Cages | Robin Roe
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This book is going to break my heart.

kspenmoll 😢 3y
readinginthedark I can't believe I haven't heard of this before! 3y
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Midnight Star | Marie Lu
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I love Adelina as a villain so I was almost sad to see her have a redemption arc but it was done very well. My only qualm is that the romance between she and Magiano doesnt always work because she is so dang crooked.

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Carve the Mark | Veronica Roth
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This took a long time to get going and the world building was kind of weak. But the second half was fun. There were uncomfortable similarities to Shatter Me but I liked some of the trope-defying in Akos and Cyra.

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I am such a sucker for retold folklore and fairy tales. This was done so well. It was atmospheric and creepy and magical. And our heroine was powerful and smart. Loved it!

#readharder2017 #afantasynovel @bookriot

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara

#Littens, I want so badly to be reading. But I have a major #bookhangover. I am not emotionally ready to move on from A Little Life!

RanaElizabeth Yeah, ALL is a heck of a book hangover. 3y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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So. I just finished this book, sobbing uncontrollably and moved beyond words. My husband asked why anyone would want to read something so profoundly upsetting. And I said that I have never in my life felt closer to characters in a book than these. And while the story is not romantic, it is a truly incredible portrayal of true love. Not fairy tale love. Not perfect love. True love.

#litsyatoz #letterY @BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼👏🏼 3y
Reviewsbylola This year I will read it! 3y
Suet624 Awww, I know how you feel and I love what you've written. 3y
MrsMalaprop Here, here. Totally amazing book. So devastating and so wonderful ❤👏. 3y
Foxybaxter Beyond amazing! Broke me into pieces in a beautiful way! 3y
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Letter S for #litsyatoz and an #allagescomic for #readharder2017 #bookriot.

Truly wonderful. At times hilarious. At times touching and poignant. And so needed today.

@BookishMarginalia @bookriot

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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This came so highly reviewed and I just didnt love it! I had a hard time really believing the romance. I wanted to get swept up in it but it just didnt happen.

#litsyatoz #letterA

@BookishMarginalia

Cinfhen 😯☹️loved this book so much, sorry you didn't enjoy it. 3y
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HOW DARE YOU, FREDRIK BACKMAN?!?!?!

Ugh. How does anyone write something that only takes twenty minutes to read and carries enough emotional punch to reduce me to a weeping mess? God I love this author.

Suzze I'm gonna read this for the readathon this weekend. Can't wait! 3y
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