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Jeannie
Ghosts | Raina Telgemeier
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I asked my 11 yr old if she wanted to do a graphic novel read-a-thon tonight with candles and pillows and blankets when it gets dark. Her stack is on the left, so I guess that‘s a big “yes!” I tagged one of Raina Telgemeier‘s books because my daughter reads all of them over and over.

Mitch Sounds a great night - have fun! 2w
Suet624 How lovely. 2w
Tamra My daughter does too. 😄 2w
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I know I‘m late to the party on this one, but so glad to be getting to it after it‘s been on my shelf for ages. What a good read!

sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo ❤️ 4w
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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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Jason Reynolds is one of my new favorite authors. I love this story and seeing the world through Genie‘s eyes as he and his older brother spend part of the summer at their grandparents‘ house. (Yummy Persian rice bowl lunch while I‘m waiting for my kid.)

monalyisha THAT FOOD LOOKS AMAZING! 1mo
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This is my current reading stack. Just started Good Talk and it‘s so good. I‘ve already read Binti, but I‘m reading the new short story in this edition and love it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does not disappoint with her short stories. And my daughter and I are reading Rosie Revere out loud - it‘s a quick read (maybe ages 7-9/10) but we‘re both enjoying the historical anecdotes about Rosie the Riveter.

AutumnRLS Binti is the best! 5mo
Jeannie @AutumnRLS Agreed! :) 5mo
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Gifts | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I have reached page 50 and it‘s still mostly background. Not much happening. Anybody read and enjoy this series? Is it worth it to keep reading?

ImperfectCJ I remember quite liking Gifts. I reviewed it on Goodreads, if you'd like to check that out (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2365056825). I don't remember it well now, but I apparently liked the first book enough to read the second, but didn't like those two enough to pick up the third. :-) 5mo
Jeannie @ImperfectCJ thank you for the link :) I think I might be comparing this book to the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. Although not the same at all, for me it has a similar feel. And I think this one is falling short. 5mo
ImperfectCJ @Jeannie I hadn't heard of the Chaos Walking series; I'll have to check it out. The mood of Gifts reminded me of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, which also isn't really the same at all but which I liked immensely. I think sometimes a book just hits you or it doesn't. 5mo
Jeannie @ImperfectCJ I think I have several Ishiguro in my shelf but not the Buried Giant. I‘ll have to check it out. 5mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I love Angie Thomas‘s character Bri in this book.
And Bo finally wore himself out tearing around the house and is tucked in for a long nap. Yay for rainy Sundays.

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Wrecked | Joe Ide
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This is the third in the IQ series and I love them - full of people behaving badly, sometimes it‘s even the good guys (looking at you, Dodson) behaving badly. And now I‘m being a bad library citizen because this thing is overdue but I‘m almost done and didn‘t want to wait weeks to get it again.

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“Kindred souls will always collide.”

This is a beautifully written book. I‘m about halfway done.

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Laguardia | Nnedi Okorafor
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I finished the year with Nnedi Okorafor‘s LaGuardia (I liked it but it felt was too short) and here are my 2018 year end stats:

# of books: 74
# of pages: 18,611
Fiction: 87%
Women authors: 61%
Graphic novels: 27%
Borrowed from library: 51%

I‘m pretty happy with this but I was trying to read 20,000 pages and more of what I own and not borrow so much.

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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“Yes, the giant transport bot is going to help the construct SecUnit pretend to be human. This will go well.”

I just cannot get enough of Murderbot. The humor is the perfect mix of dark and sarcastic. Love it!

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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I read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and loved it so I‘m trying a young adult title. Love the characters. Although this is marketed as for ages 10+ or grade 5 and up. I would probably suggest ages 11/12+ and be prepared to discuss gun violence, alcoholism, bullying.

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Warcross | Marie Lu
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I‘m almost done with Warcross and am so glad I have Wildcard (#2) to dive into right after. And then another Murderbot Diaries is waiting in the wings. I love having a stack of good books ready to go :)

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Goldie Vance | Hope Larson
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I haven‘t read a graphic novel in a while and this was the perfect one to pick up. Goldie is smart and spunky and willing to break a few rules. Fun, quick read.

RaimeyGallant Love the quote. 14mo
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A String of Beads | Thomas Perry
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I just picked these up from the library today and I‘m having a hard time deciding which to read first. Any suggestions?

Bookwormjillk If you go with Still Life you have to commit to the series- they get better and better 1y
Jeannie @Bookwormjillk good to know - thanks! 1y
Earlene My vote is for Still Life. 1y
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Librarybelle Still Life...though Sing, Unburied, Sing is a good choice as well 1y
Jeannie Ok - Still Life it is! Thanks, everyone :) 1y
Mdargusch Still Life 🙋🏼‍♀️ 1y
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Jeannie
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Library haul from today. I‘m so grateful to have a library where I can get almost anything I want but I check out way more than I can actually get read. I want to start all of these right now.

MinDea I enjoyed The Chaos Walking Series! 1y
Jeannie @MinDea I love it too! It makes me wonder what my “noise” would sound like lol! I know I‘ll be checking out his other titles as well. 1y
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@That-Bookish-Hiker Thank you so much for the bookmarks! @TheAlwaysReader and I hung out today with the kiddos and we opened your envelope then :) we love them and we totally got the “due date” on them 💕

MinDea Those are awesome!!!! 1y
MinDea Dangit I knew we shouldn't have gotten this troublesome puppy! 😆😆😆 1y
Jeannie @MinDea right?! I love library and bookish things 💗 1y
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Jeannie @MinDea but he‘s so very adorable 💙💜❤️ 1y
MinDea 😆😆😆 I'll trade you him for your bookmark, freedom and sleep! 😁😆 1y
Jeannie @MinDea my teenager would take that trade. She wants a dog so much! 1y
MinDea 😆😆😆 tell her how much work it is! 1y
TheAlwaysReader These were so creative! I love it 😁 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker @Jeannie sorry it took me so long to send them. I‘m so happy you guys like them and knew what the date was. After sealing the envelope I thought to myself that maybe I should have sent a note along to explain it lol. 1y
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Great read! Murderbot is part robot, part organic material and works as a security unit. It has lots of attitude and snark and has hacked its governor module so doesn‘t respond exactly like it‘s supposed to. When things go awry on a remote planet, it has to figure out if and how it will protect its human team.

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Ayiti | Roxane Gay
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June stats: 11 books, 2600+ pages. Favorites were: Ayiti, A Man Called Ove, The Ask and the Answer. Edit: and Saga! I can‘t forget Saga!

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Saga, Volume 7 | Brian K Vaughan
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This series is still amazing. Next up: Volume 8 and also The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness. This is my reading spot this morning on a tucked away little island in the San Juans. One I‘ve never been to before. Beautiful view of the sound in the distance. Could not ask for better...

Zelma Beautiful view! 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker I love the San Juan Islands! 1y
Jeannie @That-Bookish-Hiker we do too- so beautiful! 1y
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I‘m only about 100 pages in but oh, Ove... I just keep shaking my head. He certainly has a way with words, doesn‘t he?

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 1y
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Afar | Leila Del Duca
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The art in Afar is amazing and beautiful. I liked the story but it seemed a little rushed and/or under developed in places. Some of the conversation was awkward. The other world travel was fun and interesting but at times very short. The main character, Boetema (my favorite) seems to be one of the only characters with critical thinking skills.

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Ayiti | Roxane Gay
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It‘s a rainy day in June and I have an hour before I have to be anywhere. Perfect for tea and reading. I read the first story in Ayiti and liked it. So looking forward to rest of the stories. (And I love the cover 😊)

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We Need New Names: A Novel | NoViolet Bulawayo
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These are the hardbacks I acquired in the last few bookstore visits. I was glad to find used copies of all of them. The only one I‘ve read is The Hate You Give - loved it and picked up a copy b/c my daughter wants to read it. Some have been sitting a while until I could put Brodart covers on the dust jackets. Does anyone else put covers on the dust jackets?

Libby1 How do you put covers on the dust jackets? 1y
Jeannie @Libby1 I buy either a roll or a package of sleeves from Brodart and insert the dust jackets. It makes them all shiny and protects them. Like what the library puts on them but you don‘t have to tape anything to the book. http://www.shopbrodart.com/search/ 1y
Jeannie @Libby1 sorry- that link was meant to go to a specific page for book jacket cover rolls. They also have small assortment packages that are precut. I like the rolls because one roll lasts a long time. 1y
Libby1 Thanks so much, @Jeannie ! 1y
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I started this book many years ago & didn‘t finish it because I was afraid of a bad ending. (I did this back then. Atlas Shrugged was another that I didn‘t finish due to fear of bad ending but later finished & liked it.) Back to this one...I liked the community in the future Connie was visiting as she seemed to have more connection with them than with most people in her time (1970s New York). Slow at times but worth it for some of the messages.

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Jeannie
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I just redid my cookbooks today, getting rid of one shelf of them (gasp!) but I just had too many and it made room for my little teapots and cups. The tagged book is one of my favorites but pretty much all of these are my favorites :)

LauraJ That looks really nice 💕 2y
DebinHawaii It looks lovely! The tea sets are beautiful. I spy a lot of books I have too--we definitely have many cookbooks in common! 🥄📚❤️ 2y
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Weaponxgirl There's a lot of great cookbooks I spy on those shelves 2y
Nebklvr Gorgeous 2y
Zelma Wow, looks so pretty! 1y
tpixie Great tea pots! 1y
MinDea I love your teapot collection! 😍😍 1y
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The Dispatcher | John Scalzi
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This a super quick read and very entertaining. Kind of a mystery/sci-if where anyone murdered comes back to life (not a spoiler; that‘s on the book flap). Also, I read the hardcover; didn‘t listen to it.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Great essays on gender, race, entertainment, feminism. I didn‘t agree with all the points she made but I enjoyed most of the essays. I especially liked the parts where she discussed books - some of them were pretty funny. This was my choice for an essay collection in the #readingwomenchallenge

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Jeannie
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Wow! I just started this and am on page 85. I feel like I could stay up all night and keep reading. Crazy intense! I see why it gets all the good reviews.

MinDea I really enjoyed this series. It is going to be made into a movie! 1y
Jeannie @MinDea I have the second book checked out from the library (you know, one of the 21 library books I currently have - lol!) I really, really liked this first book. Can‘t wait to read the others. (edited) 1y
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Anna | Niccol Ammaniti
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Two of my acquisitions from National Independent Bookstore Day in Seattle. And these don‘t include the four we got at the poetry bookstore. So fun even if a little rainy! @TheAlwaysReader - thanks for caravanning with us and taking one of my kids :)

tammysue 😍 2y
TheAlwaysReader So fun! Looking forward to next year & tackling more shops 😁 2y
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Jeannie
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It‘s really windy out and I have 60 pages to go and I must know tonight how this book ends up! Hopefully the power won‘t go out...

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Saga 5 | Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
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I didn‘t read much in March due to crazy busyness with non-reading things so I‘m telling everybody all I plan to do in April is read. Tonight I‘ll finish Saga vol. 5 and see how far I get in vol. 6. And hopefully soon will get to the 3rd Binti.

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I‘ve been waiting for this one from the library for a while. Normally true crime creeps me out (and this one does too!) but it‘s so well-written and engrossing. #readingwomenchallenge

LauraJ Patton Oswalt is doing a reading of this at my local book store. Hoping to go. 🤞🏼 2y
Jeannie @LauraJ I hope you get to go! 2y
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Definitely a pick. I wouldn‘t have thought a book written in verse could be so gripping and suspenseful, but it was. Topics include gun violence, gangs, revenge. And revenge for revenge.

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This is a heartbreaking read of one man‘s struggle to survive and later support his family after he moved with his parents and siblings from Japan to North Korea in 1960.

Although the account itself is not lengthy, the desperation permeates every page. Recommended for readers who would like to read a firsthand account of what living in North Korea was like for one man.

MinDea Oooh. This is on my TBR. I was just going to message you earlier today and then forgot! I'll do it now! 2y
Jeannie @MinDea This was due back at the library soon. I‘m so glad I picked it up before having to return it. (edited) 2y
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Welcome Aboard | Victoria Farnsworth
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Please welcome my friend @TheAlwaysReader to Litsy. The photo shows some of the books we both own and hope to read together this year.

BookaholicNatty Welcome @TheAlwaysReader I think you will like it here!!! 😊😍❤️ 2y
TheAlwaysReader Thanks! A little slow starting, but I love the idea :) 2y
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Who Fears Death | Nnedi Okorafor
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I just finished Who Fears Death and...wow! It was an intense, raging, magical wild ride. I feel like I still need to catch my breath. (Bo is tolerating being a book rest for a moment.)

Samplergal Well at 62 I‘m starting to think about it more often. Holy moly! 2y
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IQ | Joe Ide
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I wasn‘t sure what I‘d think of this one, but I love the main character, Isaiah. He‘s very sharp and keenly observant. There is lots of rough language and people behaving badly but I can‘t put it down!

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Saga Volume 4 | Brian K Vaughan
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This is my January wrap-up. I enjoyed all of these for different reasons so it was a great reading month. Most of these were from the library and I‘m trying to read more of what‘s on my own shelves, so I‘ll see what I can do in February.

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This was my first book for the #ReadingWomenChallenge - a book with a food item in the title. Her books are always good when I want something a little lighter and quicker and they‘re set in Seattle, a city I love.

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I love the way Roxane Gay tells her story, navigating through some very difficult things in her life. Very honest, open, and powerful.

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This will be my last complete read of 2017. I saved something by a favorite author to read on the last day of the year.

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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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I just started reading this and I love it. Huge plus is sometimes Esperanto is spoken. I only studied it for a few months so I can‘t understand everything but still cool.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Love this series! 😍 2y
Jeannie @GrilledCheeseSamurai so far, me too! I just requested as many as I could from my library. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Jeannie Yay 👏👏! Every volume is awesome. It gets better and better even! 👍 2y
Jeannie @GrilledCheeseSamurai I can‘t wait! 2y
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Funny, sad, and true, this book was a delight. I also love how the journal endpapers relate to the graphics and text throughout the pages. This book was a nice surprise.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I‘m not done with 2017 reading but couldn‘t help pull some books from my shelves for the 2018 #readingwomenchallenge

TheAlwaysReader Looks like a good stack! I'm in! 2y
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So... my Goodreads challenge for myself was 60 books this year which should have been a piece of cake (I think I read 65 last year). But this has been a heck of a year with several big yucky things, one of which prevented me from reading for about 4 months. This feels a bit like cheating but I‘ve gathered a few shorter novels and graphic novels to try and hit 60. I have 20 more books to go.

rachaich I'd be interested in what you make of this book :) 2y
Jeannie @rachaich I‘m about 40 pages in and so far I like it. I haven‘t done well with Nobel Prize winners in the past so I was a little skeptical. This is me trying to keep an open mind ;) When I finish I‘ll try to remember to post here what I thought. 2y
Jeannie @rachaich I just finished Life & Times Of Michael K. I enjoyed some of the existential musings but maybe the author‘s style isn‘t for me. Did you read it? 2y
rachaich @Jeannie I found it quite hard to appreciate... I wondered if it was due to the translation but think it was the writing. I almost tried another of his but decided not to :) 2y
Jeannie @rachaich Yes, I‘m with you on that. One of his is enough for me. 2y
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I saw Isabel Allende speak last night in Seattle and she briefly discussed her new book. When asked which part she enjoyed writing about most in this book, she said it was writing about the (dead) body. Her stories during the talk were touching, sweet, sad, and often funny. She seems like an amazing woman.

MinDea Are you in/near Seattle? 2y
Jeannie @MinDea not in Seattle unfortunately, but close enough to visit often. Are you? 2y
MinDea I am! I am putting together a PNW meet up for people in Seattle and Portland. Would you like to be included? 2y
Jeannie @MinDea Sure! Thank you! 2y
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#bookstack I picked up from the library today. I have way more books than I have time but can‘t help myself. I think I‘ll start with Nnedi Okorafor‘s short story in the Star Wars book.

scripturient I just finished More Than This and loved it. 2y
Jeannie @scripturient Yes, that one looks good too! 2y
Coco Omg Uprooted is one of my all time favorites!!! Enjoy!!! 2y
Jeannie @Coco i can‘t wait to get to it! 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Okay, so this wasn‘t The Martian but I was still pretty entertained with Jazz, her criminal activities, and life in a city on the moon. A quick, fun read.

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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Wow - raw, powerful, beautiful. I flipped through this when I bought it and was pretty sure I would like it. I didn‘t expect that it would break me apart and put me back together all at the same time.

BookMaven407 Good review. I felt the same. 2y
Nute Yes!!! 2y
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Fish Girl | Donna Jo Napoli, David Wiesner
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I loved the art in this story about a mermaid who is held captive in an aquarium by Neptune. It has some dark undertones but when the mermaid meets a girl, she begins to realize her capabilities.

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