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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Tired mom & school librarian, reading her nights away...
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Well, I'm going to hate myself tomorrow... I started this after putting the kids to bed tonight, thinking I'd read a few chapters and go to sleep early myself. Then i just didnt stop until it was done.... 'dating the famous person' isn't usually a trope i like, but this was such an oddly charming book. I couldn't put it down!

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I don't know what to say, other than I loved this one! @kellyann28 I will get it out to you asap! @Readergrrl @EclecticBookLover #lmpbc

AmyG I loved this, too. Wonderful story. 1d
kellyann28 Excited for this one! 💜 1d
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Since I know there's quite a few #knittersoflitsy out there... here's what I was #knitting while I listened to Remarkably Bright Creatures. Anyone else do the Bear Paw KAL challenge this week?! #audioknitting

Beatlefan129 Very nice 🧦 4d
SamAnne Love the color combo! 4d
Scochrane26 Love those! 4d
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Tamra 😍 I wish I had the skill already! I think I just need to try over the holiday break. 4d
IndoorDame They look great! 4d
Saknicole Nice socks! I am finishing up a sweater for my husband before Christmas. 🎄 4d
julesG 🧶like the colour combination. 4d
StaceGhost Beautiful socks! 3d
rabbitprincess So pretty! 3d
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I had visions of reading all the books over thanksgiving break but that clearly did not happen… I did manage to listen to this while knitting in the evenings, and really liked it. Various lonely characters come together in unexpected ways to make a unique family. My favorite character was the octopus, naturally.

kellyann28 I loooved this book! 4d
Johanna414 @kellyann28 me too! I've been in a bit of a reading slump, and this was apparently the book i needed right now 4d
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This was an entirely implausible,but nonetheless fun, romcom. It made for an entertaining diversion while I worked on Christmas gift knitting #audioknitting

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The Deep, Deep Snow | Brian Freeman
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The kids and I are having dinner with my parents tonight and my mom handed me this when we got here saying, "I finished this the other day and you should read it." Then she sat down and opened the book she's currently reading. My dad is entertaining the kids, so don't mind if I do! I'm only a few chapters in, but it's compelling so far

Clare-Dragonfly That sounds like a fabulous visit! 2w
Johanna414 @Clare-Dragonfly plus, she fed us soup! It was great. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s a very good read. 2w
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I loved this story so much! Pretty much a perfect middle grade novel ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I thought I was saving this for Thanksgiving break, but I'm in between audiobooks and knitting projects so now seems as good a time as any to get started 😊 #lmpbc @Readergrrl @EclecticBookLover @kellyann28

kellyann28 I've seen so many good things about this recently 🤩 2w
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My first read from this author, but I will definitely seek out more of her books! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and how Davis wove together stories of women from two different time periods.

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Apparently I was in a grey & pink mood today, as I inadvertently matched my book with my new knitting project. Enjoying both so far! #knitting #audioknitting #sockknitting

Clare-Dragonfly Lovely! 3w
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I didnt love this as much as A Psalm For the Wild Built, but it was still touching and enjoyable.

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Another evening with audiobooks and my knitting... tonight I'm trying to finish up a pair of socks I started over the summer. #audioknitting

StaceGhost Gorgeous socks! 3w
Tamra Lovely colors! I‘m still intimidated by socks. 🥺 3w
Johanna414 @Tamra i was intimidated by them for years, but now I'm totally addicted! Its all i want to k it lately! 3w
Tamra @Johanna414 I need to find an easy circular needle pattern and just dive in! 3w
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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Im a little torn on how to review this one... the writing was beautiful, I loved the characters and was totally engaged. But it was so bleak... which yeah, its a Great Depression/ Dust Bowl novel so that is to be expected. But there were so few glimpses of hope that I struggled to get through it.
On the plus side, I was literally binding off this sock as I finished listening to the audio - perfect timing! #audioknitting

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A fun listen while working on christmas gifts! #audiostitching

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Greenglass House | Kate Milford
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This was such a fun mystery! I would have loved it as a kid, right around the time that I was obsessively reading The Westing Game and Harriet the Spy 😊
@TheAromaofBooks this was my November #bookspin

Elizabeth2 This really was a fun book. My book club read it and we all liked it. It‘s the first in a series. One of the members continued and read them all and liked them. 4w
BarbaraJean Oh, I need to read this! I bought another book by this author because it sounded SO good, and then I discovered that the one I bought is intertwined with this series and that I should probably read some of her other books first. And I never really figured out the reading order other than that Greenglass House was a good place to start. Someday I will determine the recommended reading order so I can read the one I originally bought. 😆 (edited) 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is on my TBR!! 4w
Johanna414 @BarbaraJean This was the first I had read by the author, and I didn't feel like I was dropped into the middle of anything. I'd say it's a good place to start. 4w
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My November #bookspin list is ready to go! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Trick Or Treat | Leo Landry
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Happy Halloween! Here's Lane and Nina trick or treating at my grandparents' house. We only hit a few houses since Lane has been sick, but the kids had to get out and show off their costumes! 🎃🍁🍬🍫

Jas16 So adorable! 1mo
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House of Shadows | Darcy Coates
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@MaleficentBookDragon thank you so much for the books! They all sound really good and i can't wait to read them! Between the kids, my husband and I, we made short work of the peanut butter cups long before i thought to take a picture... but the coffee and tea are coming to work with me so I don't have to share!
#allhallowsreadswap

Johanna414 Honestly, today was a really difficult day as we had a major tragedy involving some students in our school, and we all had to go in for an emergency faculty meeting to talk about grief counseling services and how the next few days will go. Tomorrow is going to be hard. This was a bright spot in my day, so thank you! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon Oh my gosh. I am so sorry. You and the students are in my thoughts. 1mo
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It's here! I can't wait to open it up!! @MaleficentBookDragon #allhallowsreadswap

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Jane, the Fox & Me | Fanny Britt
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A strange, hopeful story of a lonely young girl who find solace in reading Jane Eyre. I liked it!

IndoorDame I love this book! 1mo
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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The story was really dragging for me despite how much i wanted to love it, but the ending did pick up quite a bit. Ultimately a pick, but more a case of loving the idea of the book more than the realitt of it... #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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I was expecting to LOVE this one, but it just isn't there for me... I'm enjoying it enough to keep going but it will probably end up being a low pick. Part of the problem may be distractions in the form of cute animals? #dogsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱🐶 1mo
RebL Ohmygosh, I thought you were blurbing your pup. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Johanna414 @RebL OMG! 😂 My love for this guy is a bit more than a low pick 😉 1mo
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Pestilence | Laura Thalassa
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Picked this up from kindle unlimited after seeing a positive review here on Litsy. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

sprainedbrain I was also pleasantly surprised by this one! 1mo
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I have started a faculty book club at work this year and Turtles All the Way Down is our first book. Which means I probably ought to start reading it... 🤣

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I really like the Pocket Change Collective, a series of essays written by teens about various current issues. This one is a great introduction to the topic of plastics pollution.

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This just didn't work for me... the writing was overly flowery and nothing happened, I didn't like any of the characters. I'm glad I finally read it because its one that people are always surprised when I say i haven't... but I won't feel compelled to continue the series. #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

IuliaC I understand why this book is not very appealing anymore today. I've read it about 25 years ago and at that time it was quite an original drama for its genre 1mo
Johanna414 @luliaC I can see how it would have been groundbreaking at the time it was written! 1mo
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Of my two vampire books this week, Kristoff's was by far the better! It read very much like an epic fantasy and I enjoyed every page. #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

kellyann28 Looooved this book! 2mo
Johanna414 @kellyann28 I wasn't really sure what to expect going in, but it blew me away! Waiting for the next book might kill me... I'm trying to convince my husband to read it 2mo
kellyann28 I'm dying for the next book but also looking forward to a reread of book 1 in the future 😍 2mo
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This just… wasn‘t good…
Reverse harems apparently aren‘t my thing, but aside from that I found the plot and writing really frustrating. Every time the characters came across a new challenge, a solution just magically fell into their laps and they never had to work for anything. Which just left more time for weird bloody sex, I guess? 🤷‍♀️ #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Here's a few options I'm thinking about for #lmpbc - any look good? Have you already read any of them? @kellyann28 @Readergrrl @EclecticBookLover

Johanna414 The Measure 2mo
Johanna414 When Women Were Dragons 2mo
Johanna414 The Daughter of Doctor Moreau 2mo
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Aims42 I loved, loved, loved “Other Birds” 🥰 Would definitely recommend that one 👍 2mo
EclecticBookLover I haven't read any of them, but Othee Birds and The Measure sound good, different. 2mo
Julsmarshall I loved When Women Were Dragons! So strange and wonderful 🥰 2mo
kellyann28 I'm currently reading The Measure right now. I have Other Birds on my TBR too! I'd read the other 2 also! 2mo
Johanna414 As long as it‘s good with @Readergrrl I‘m leaning towards Other Birds! @EclecticBookLover @kellyann28 2mo
Readergrrl Hi!! I‘m happy with any of these!! ❤️📚❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
Readergrrl Sorry that it‘s taking me a bit to put together a some choices for my team. I‘ve been a bit busy. I will do that this weekend!! 1mo
Johanna414 @Readergrrl no worries - we‘ve got plenty of time! 1mo
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Some days you just have to spend your lunch period hiding in your bestie's classroom with an audiobook and a craft... I can't people today... thanks, @LittleMouse5708 for the use of your space, even when you're out sick! 🤣

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@MaleficentBookDragon this has been sitting on my kitchen counter, waiting to go out for almost a week - finally got it in the mail today! I'm not sure if we're supposed to tag our matches, but i forgot to sign the card with my Litsy handle... so @MoonWitch94 it should be there early next week! #allhallowsreadswap

MoonWitch94 🥳🎃🥳🎃🥳🎃🥳 2mo
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Join me in Group J is you'd like to read some sci fi or fantasy! #lmpbc
Link for the sign ups are with @suvata on her page 😊

kellyann28 Are you good if I join you? It's been awhile 😍 2mo
Johanna414 @kellyann28 DO IT!!!! 2mo
EclecticBookLover @kellyann28 you both found me before I got to request either of you 😆 2mo
Johanna414 @EclecticBookLover so excited you're joining us!! 2mo
kellyann28 @EclecticBookLover I get so excited over LMPBC 🤣 2mo
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Autumn Leaves Used Books | Ithaca, NY (Bookstore)
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The autumn leaves are putting on their best show in western NY this week! Not my photo (taken by a fab local photographer), but Buster and I enjoyed some beautiful views on our walk today!
Tagging a local used bookstore, because it's great and the name was particularly fitting...

IndoorDame Gorgeous! 2mo
AmyG Wow! 2mo
Chrissyreadit This is gorgeous- where in NY is it (NY in the Fall is my favorite place) 2mo
Johanna414 @Chrissyreadit this photo is near Letchworth State Park, just a short drive from me. I live in very rural Allegany County (edited) 2mo
Chrissyreadit That makes sense!!! One of my favorite camping weekends ever was Letchworth. I told my family I‘d like to go to the Letchworth, Fingerlakes and somewhere in Adirondacks for a week next Summer. 2mo
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"Mrs. Ross, i just finished this book and it was so good! You have to read it!" With an endorsement like that, I don't think I have much of a choice! #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy #schoollibraries

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 🖤💜 2mo
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Halloween Crafts | Fay Robinson
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In other #scarathlon news... the kids and I knocked a few items off out October bucket lists! We made some Halloween crafts and paintings and raked up a leaf pile. They had a great time playing in the leaves until Buster decided to pee in them... 🤦‍♀️🤣 #teammonstermash

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Tonight's post-bedtime activities... I'm like an hour away from finishing a cross stitch project I've been working on for like 8 months, so naturally tonight seemed like a good time to start a new crochet project.
I had the idea to crochet a stuffed animal for all the kids in my son's class by Christmas, so I'm going to see how many i can get done in the next couple weeks to gauge whether it's a realistic goal lol
#scarathlon #teammonstermash

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The Magic Pumpkin | Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault, Robert J. Lee
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Tonight's bedtime reading with the kids. Nina is discovering that she likes her books and movies a little *dark* so she thought the twist in the tagged book was awesome! #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Not sure why I decided that a 700+ page book was a good idea in a reading competition where number of books counts… I need to look into the different readathons this month so I can get points for all the hours I‘m spending on this beast! 😂 Otherwise I‘m going to feel like the team slacker… 😉 On the plus side, almost 400 pages in and it‘s SO GOOD! #scarathlon #teammonstermash

StayCurious ooh this looks good 2mo
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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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My library hold came in, so I'm going to try to play some catch up with this one. I thought I remembered seeing a schedule for reading it... does anyone remember where that was or who posted it? Thanks! #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I tagged you in a comment in the original post. 👍 2mo
KristiAhlers It‘s going to be easy to catch up as this is really a good read. A little. TSTL at times but still 🤣 2mo
StayCurious I'm reading about ten pages a day 2mo
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While it may not be the best haunted house story I've ever read, it was a fun, quick book. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but enjoyed the rest of the book enough that its still a pick.
#scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious
#scarathlondailyprompts 10/7 - This heroine was determined not to be a VICTIM

Sleepswithbooks I‘m going to read this one for #TeamSlaughter 😅 I was hoping it was a scary one 🕷 2mo
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I'd love another cup of coffee, but it looks like I'm staying put for awhile... #scarathlon #teammonstermash

Bookzombie Such a sweet photo! 2mo
BookNAround Awwww. I love that the cat has maneuvered themselves to be closer to you than the kiddo. 😂 2mo
Johanna414 @BookNAround he really knows what he's doing 🤣 2mo
DanaManiac Awwww too much snuggling to be had. Enjoy! 2mo
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I've got a couple of sick kids so we're cuddled on the couch watching all the Halloween episodes today, while I work on finishing up my current ghost story!
#scarathlon #teammonstermash
*Nina and her kitten snuggling last night just because they're the sweetest. #catsoflitsy #kittensoflitsy

StayCurious very sweet picture - sorry the kiddos aren't well 2mo
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This one covers all the #teammonstermash bases - werewolves, vampires and witches, oh my! Add some zombies, fae, a coyote shifter and a few others and there was definitely a lot going on. Probably not my favorite of the series, but I did like it. One of my yearly goals was to make progress on some series, so this counts towards that as well as the #scarathlon event! @StayCurious #scarathlondailyprompts Vampire

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Autumn in Western NY is unparalleled. This guy agrees we should be taking more #audiowalks than we do! I just started the group read. #scarathlon #teammonstermash

Bookzombie Beautiful! 2mo
EvieBee What a cutie! 2mo
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Watching the 2019 animated Addams Family with Nina. So far she loves it, but it's nowhere near as good as the ones from my childhood
#scarathlon #teammonstermash

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One of the main reasons I'm able to read as much as I do is that my husband works evenings, so I've got the house to myself after the kids go to bed each night. But I also seem to have the house to myself on his nights off, since he can't lay down to read stories to the kids without falling asleep himself... 🤣
Anyways, I'm making good progress on what seems to be a pretty straightforward haunted house story! #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Shake Dem Halloween Bones | W. Nikola-Lisa
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This may not have been the best book for bed time since they're now too busy singing and dancing to even attempt to sleep... they loved it though! #scarathlon #teammonstermash

BiblioLitten 🥰 2mo
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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun | Cornelia Funke, Guillermo Del Toro
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I guess I was expecting a lighter version of the movie since this is targeted towards middle grader readers, but it was still very, very dark. Way more intense than I would have been able to handle as a kid... visually, it was amazing - the illustrations and overall design were beautiful! #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover 🖤 2mo
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I Am a Witch's Cat | Harriet Muncaster
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This book was sooooo cute! The kids and I all loved the illustrations - they were amazed when they realized they were made from paper and fabric, and had to go back and look at them all a second time. #scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

StayCurious wow! 2mo
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I've got a couple sick kids and we haven't had much sleep in the last few nights, so I needed a light and fluffy read last night. I don't know why i thought this was about a witch and a werewolf falling in love? There was definitely not a werewolf in this book, but it was slightly witchy 🤣
#scarathlon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

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