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JackOBotts

JackOBotts

Joined August 2016

“If you think reading is boring, you‘re doing it wrong.”
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I finished listening to Dave Holmes‘ podcast, which I recommended to any/all 80s/90s kid, Waiting for Impact, so of course his memoir has jumped up my reading list. Not gonna lie, he should‘ve won the MTV VJ contest…Jesse who?! 😉 Looking forward to more of his story.

Megabooks 💯💯 Dave should‘ve won!! The memoir is great. I‘ll have to check out the podcast. 👍🏻 21h
JackOBotts @Megabooks yaaaaaaassssss! Let me know what you think of the podcast. I really enjoyed it and loved how it came together. I‘d lost track of Dave Holmes, so I‘m enjoying this binge session. 💜 20h
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How My Summer Went Up in Flames | Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
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2.5 ⭐️ - cute YA, but I‘m definitely not the target audience for this read. The author does a good job in creating Rosie‘s teenage voice.

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The Ugly Cry: A Memoir | Danielle Henderson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for my June #BookSpin selection. Henderson shares her journey growing up raised by her grandmother in Monroe, NY. A tough read at times…laugh out loud at others.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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July‘s #bookspin list is largely pulled from my Kindle backlog.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4d
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Audiobooks on the Go | Audiofile, Robin Whitten
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Audiobook subscription question:
I‘m thinking about getting my BFF a 1 year #audiobook subscription for her birthday…she is a single mom of 2 and in my book club…averages about a book a month. Thoughts on best audiobook subscription service? Is audible the way to go (she does use Prime)? Other services? Looking for ease of use and access to a robust selection of titles. TYIA

sprainedbrain I‘ve used them all, and while I do the vast majority of my audiobooks from the library through Libby, Audible is the best value for the money + selection if you‘re going to use a subscription service. Scribd can be good too, but they don‘t always have what I want. 6d
BookwormAHN I agree I've used most of them too and my favorite is Audible. I also get a lot from the library from Libby and Scribd is good but their selection isn't as vast. 6d
JackOBotts @sprainedbrain & @BookwormAHN - THANK YOU! I appreciate this. 6d
BethM I much prefer scribd bc I consume more than one a month. Yes the selection is different but I think it‘s pretty good actually. 6d
JackOBotts Thank you, @BethM 👍🏼 5d
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This novel hit every emotion. It was a wonderful read.
My May #bookspin pick.

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Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 for this #LMPBC selection! What a fun/bizarre read to close out this round!

kellyann28 I felt the same! Glad it was at least a little entertaining for us all 😂 2w
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - book is making its way back to you! Should arrive by 6/30! 1w
kellyann28 Thank you!! ❤️ 7d
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Enjoyed my book club‘s June selection…my first Christie in decades, but definitely not my last! And now I can check out the movie adaptations (my librarian said she prefers the original…but I do have a soft spot for Kenneth Branagh!).

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

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I enjoyed a few hours to myself yesterday and got to stroll slowly though B&N…and did I stroll. It was lovely, and I came home with these 4 titles…a little overboard, but good therapy. 😉💜

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Paper Girls #1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I didn‘t know much about Paper Girls going into it, but what a journey. I enjoyed every moment of the girls‘ adventure. April #BookSpin

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My thanks to @TieDyeDude for posting about this memoir earlier this week and to my library for carrying it and displaying it atop the YA Graphic Novel section. Kobabe‘s vulnerability in sharing eir story, eir pain, eir journey will help another (young) person/many (young) people understand that they are not alone; they deserve to live their life as who they are. #representationmatters
❤️🧡💛💚💙

TieDyeDude Glad your enjoyed it! 4w
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Paper Girls #1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Excited to dive into this graphic novel…which has been patiently waiting as my April #bookspin pick. 📚

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3.5 ⭐️ Picked this up at the library yesterday and quickly read through Prince‘s memoir. I related to her experience in some ways, as I definitely had a boyish presentation and style growing up. She grapples with the pressure of “being a girl” in society‘s eyes and - thankfully - comes to realize that “being a girl” on her own terms is what really matters. (I give kudos to Brother George for his support, which was unexpected.)

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The Ugly Cry: A Memoir | Danielle Henderson
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Looking forward to these Book Spin picks for June! Tagged is my Spin. Double Spin is the book on the right. 📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The Intuitionist: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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April #Roll100 complete ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I took a break from this as it got off to a bit of a slow start for me. However, after coming back about 2 months later, I was pulled into Lila Mae‘s journey into the unknown of the Department of Elevator Inspectors.

PuddleJumper Sometimes you aren't in the right head space. Taking a break can be really helpful 1mo
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Ugh…Darcy Fitzwilliam…why is she compelled to constantly refer to her wealth?! We get it, it was firmly established that you‘re a very successful partner at your firm…why do we need to keep hearing you state how you‘ve paid for everything and/or how much money you‘ve made for yourself?! So glad this ended quickly. #bookspin #bookspinbacklog

TheAromaofBooks I remember thinking that a huge problem with this book is that it was terrible at being a P&P variation... I just felt like de la Cruz got all the character motivations wrong when she was “updating“ the story and it annoyed the bejeebers out of me. 1mo
JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks agreed! This is only the 2nd P&P variation I‘ve read, and I much prefer the former 😆 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Always sad when you feel like the zombies improve the story better than the 21st century 😂 1mo
JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks HAHAHAHAHAH! Yes! 😆😆😆 1mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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JUNE!!! I can‘t believe it‘ll be June next week! #bookspin and #doublespin list, though I‘m still playing catch-up for prior months. All in good time. At least I‘m in no short supply of titles to pick from! #silverlining

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Book spin backlog from April…let‘s see how this goes… 🤔 🤨

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The Book of Polly: A Novel | Kathy Hepinstall
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#Roll100 complete - enjoyed this mother-daughter duo. Polly is such a character. Would love to share a Margarita or two…or three with her.

PuddleJumper Yay! That's great! 1mo
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The Book of Polly: A Novel | Kathy Hepinstall
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Starting my May #Roll100 today…I‘m digging the cute lil 🐿 squirrel on the cover of my edition (a gift from the wonderful @BekahPat 💜).

PuddleJumper The squirrel is super cute! 1mo
JenReadsAlot Oh I adored that book! 1mo
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I‘m so glad this was a #LMPBC selection for #GroupE. Masood weaves just two tales of two very different Muslim/Muslim-American experiences. Anvar was hilarious, definitely laugh out loud moments, but also gave good attention to parent-child dynamics…he provided the levity at times to Safwa‘s trying experience.

JackOBotts @kellyann28 - the book is on its way to you. Should arrive my next Tuesday! 1mo
kellyann28 Thank you!! 1mo
kellyann28 I got this in yesterday! 🎉 1mo
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My kids got to see their first play today…Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at the State Theatre (in New Brunswick, NJ). It was lovely to experience the play with them; we love the book and both movies…my husband and I are partial to the Gene Wilder adaptation. 🍫🍫🍫

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Both movie versions creep me out. 2mo
JackOBotts @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hear ya! The Tim Burton (Johnny Depp) slowly grew on me, but still second yo the original. A special mind melt is the book‘s sequel: Charles & the Great Glass Elevator…such a trip. 2mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book left me with a smile. Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Ron, & Joyce are a delightful crime-solving crew. #doublespin for May

Pogue I loved this book. 2mo
JackOBotts @Pogue I look forward to reading the others…💜💜 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Murders in the Rue Morgue | Edgar Allen Poe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ My first @SerialReader in too long. I like the small bites format. It always takes me some time to adjust to Poe‘s language/style; I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfold to its unexpected conclusion.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Up next…my Book Club/Double Spin selection. 🤗

Julsmarshall I loved this soooo much! 2mo
JackOBotts @Julsmarshall I‘ve heard such good things…I‘m looking forward to diving in! I‘m so clad my Book Club went for my rec, too! 🤗 2mo
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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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This was a delight…makes sense that this library copy is so well-loved and worn. I first met The Mysterious Benedict Society through the Disney+ series, and am delighted to have finally met the source material! My TBR is overwhelming, but I hope to hang out with them again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1) | Octavia E. Butler
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I learned this morning that a beloved professor from my college days passed away this week. Diane Nelson was a Cultural Anthropology professor with such passion and vitality. I remember my class with her (Cyborgs) fondly, where course materials included the tagged book, Dawn. Rest easy, Diane. 💙💙💙

https://culturalanthropology.duke.edu/news/memoriam-diane-nelson-1963-2022?fbcli...

Chrissyreadit ❤️ 2mo
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Mother May I: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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It‘s gonna be May…and I cannot help myself (N*SYNC 4 Life! 😆) - Here is my #Bookspin for May. For the record, I have not made any progress on April‘s reads, but we‘ll figure it out.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ - A kid-friendly biography of Abe Lincoln.

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My April #tbr is way off track, but when your son (7) recommends his library book to you, you jump right in.

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Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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I mean…wow…what an emotional experience. I don‘t have the right words to articulate my feelings.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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My library hold came through, so we‘re bumping this to the top of my reading list.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an okay read. It moved quickly and kept me curious, but I had some issues with some plot points (or lack there of). Grief is hard…and so different from one person to the next. I think Silver did a good job taking Lydia through her devastating grief with honesty. #lmpbc Group E

sprainedbrain My sentiments, much better expressed. 😉 2mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - Lydia Bird is making her way to you…should arrive by Monday, 5/2! 2mo
kellyann28 Thank you! 2mo
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Harriet the Spy | Louise Fitzhugh
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I think this is the first time I‘ve “panned” a book…⭐️⭐️ - This did not age well for me. Picked up on a nostalgic whim from the library, I‘m thankful my kiddo wasn‘t interested in reading this when I first recommended it.

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2.5 ⭐️ for my March #doublespin…this was cute, some Love, Actually vibes. I felt there were a few too many characters to keep track of. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Now that Aprils there | DAISY NEUMANN
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My April #TBR is coming together. On top is my #roll100 pick, bottom two are my #bookspin and #doublespin picks…middle two were recent picks from the library (we‘ll see if I can make those happen…Middle Grade selections). Also my #LMPBC read…this is a bit ambitious, but we‘ll see. First I need to finish my March #doublespin! 😉

keys_on_fire Is that the entire paper girls series in one book? 3mo
JackOBotts @rubyslippersreads - yes! 💜 I‘m not sure my son is ready to read it, but I got a wave of nostalgia and couldn‘t resist! 3mo
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JackOBotts @keys_on_fire it is! I picked it up at a comic book shop in Hudson, NY. 3mo
keys_on_fire That‘s awesome!! I will have to keep my eye open for that! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society!! 3mo
JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks - we watched one episode of the Netflix(?) series, and I thought this would be a fun read. I‘ll keep you posted! 😉 3mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Finishing my March #bookspin before calling it a night. This got off to a slow start for me, but picked up speed about 1/3 of the way in. I enjoyed how Elvis‘s & Maite‘s storylines flowed. 3.5 ⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Laughterhp Oh that‘s good to know. I started this one yesterday and wasn‘t sure if I was going to continue. 3mo
JackOBotts @Laughterhp - definitely give yourself some extra time to warm up to it. I hope you enjoy. 3mo
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Now that Aprils there | DAISY NEUMANN
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April #Bookspin & #Doublespin list…April?!

I gotta get cracking on my MARCH spin selections!!! Too much basketball, not enough books! #MarchMadness2022 🏀 📚🏀📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘ll take it. Happy Weekend, everyone!
#CoffeeandBooks

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a wonderful read. So many of her essays resonated with me. There is a special blend of humor and reflection, vulnerability and honesty. I‘m so glad to have finally read this for my #Roll100 pick.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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I‘m looking forward to this #Roll100 pick (#5) for March! This book was shared with me by my dear pen pal, @BekahPat and came highly recommended. It‘s a long overdue read, so I‘m excited to jump in! (And I‘ll be sure to get it back to you after holding it hostage for 3 years!!! I‘m so sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️)

JackOBotts @BekahPat - LOL and I‘m so confused…I may have your copy…or I may have sent it back and picked up my own copy?! What is going on with me?! 😆😉HELP! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 4mo
PuddleJumper Awesome! 4mo
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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This Breaking Bad quote hits for this #LMPBC selection. This was borderline my so-so/pick, and I bumped it up to “pick” given its resolution. It‘s a novel about family, relationships, and understanding (others and ourselves).

I‘ll be putting this in the mail to you soon, @kellyann28 👍🏼

kellyann28 Sounds good, thank you! 4mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - the book went out with today‘s mail; should arrive by 4/1! 🌈 3mo
kellyann28 Thanks! Can't wait! 🎉 3mo
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Finished this in about 36 hours…with pleeeeeenty of time before my book club meets at the end of the month! I enjoyed the formatting with Pip‘s research notes and files interspersed in the narrative. 3.5 ⭐️

Also, I just love it when libraries tell you how much you saved by using their services! 💰

EvieBee I love that library feature, too! 4mo
SassyPants617 I just finished the 3rd book in this trilogy! This one definitely got me hooked. I also love the library feature! 4mo
JackOBotts @SassyPants617 - I‘m hooked, as well. BUT I‘m making myself wait until after my book club meets before diving into the others. I know I‘ll somehow mix up plots! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😆 4mo
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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1. Chemistry & A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder
2. Waiting on my Maus hold to come in
3. A Good Girl‘s Guide… & an “I Survived” book for my son (about the American Revolution)
#WeekendReads

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The people you love weren‘t calculated, subtracted, or held at arm‘s length across a decimal point.

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If February were just a few days longer my #DoubleSpin would have happened in the selected month! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3.5 ⭐️ I enjoyed this dive into E.O. Heinrich‘s legacy and contributions to criminal investigations. Amazing to think about the way this man‘s mind worked & the legacy of his efforts. I like Dawson‘s writing style, and look forward to reading her next publication (research from Season 1 of her podcast “Tenfold More Wicked”).

EvieBee I really enjoyed this one, too! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
JackOBotts @EvieBee -yes! I was lucky to have both her books picked in this year‘s book spins(!)…now I have to wait patiently for #3 to hit stores… 😳 4mo
EvieBee I didn‘t realize she has one coming out in October! Just preordered. (edited) 4mo
JackOBotts @EvieBee 🙌🏼 - do you listen to her podcast? She‘s such a great storyteller. I‘ve enjoyed her 1st two seasons very much and def. recommend! 4mo
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My March #bookspin & #doublespin list!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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Happily moving on to my #doublespin pick for February.

EvieBee I really liked this one! 4mo
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Not a love connection on this #BlindDate from my library…and there was so much promise, as the genre is 100% in my wheelhouse! Too many secondary/tertiary characters that cluttered my reading experience…and too many typos and odd editorial issues…one character‘s name was spelled wrong mere lines from another (correct) instance. All the same, this author has talent, has published other titles. I just won‘t be reading them. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2.5⭐️

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Paper Girls | Cliff Chiang, Brian K Vaughan
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A responsible #bookhaul from a weekend getaway. Not pictured are a few more comics, but I‘m very excited to have the complete Paper Girls, which I‘ve seen such good things about here. Kindred was on my #NYWD21 list, and my hubs picked up The Memory Police, which I‘m also interested in reading.