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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Tired mom & school librarian, reading her nights away...
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We Could Be So Good | Cat Sebastian
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It's been awhile since I devoured a book in a day, but I could not put this down! Perfect combination of sweet, fluffy romance with great historical details that made it really compelling

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I finished this a few days ago and just realized I never posted a review. It was so silly and fun, and went in a couple directions I wasn't expecting. I suspect there were references and jokes that went over my head as I'm not a major Star Trek fan, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'll get it in the mail in the next couple days! #lmpbc @cseydel @bethM @peanutnine

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Role Playing | Cathy Yardley
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Honestly, this was one of the better Kindle First books I've read. I liked that the characters were older, introverted and nerdy. It was a little slow to start but ended up being a sweet romance.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I loved the first half of the book, got way too emotionally attached to the dog, and overall really liked this book. I felt that a few parts in the middle dragged, and it could have been edited down a bit.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I am feeling very anxious about the fate of the dog...

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I foresee a good portion of my summer spent in this chair, reading good books and watching the chickens wander the yard... such a peaceful way to spend the day!

Johanna414 Not having the litsy app on my phone is killing me... I hate how it flips the picture every time! 11mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww! Sideways chickens!! 🥰🥰 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly That sounds so relaxing! 11mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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The tedium of Regents week is made slightly more bearable by some time with Stephen King…

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Silver in the Wood | Emily Tesh
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100% purchased this for the beautiful cover art… fortunately the story within was just a magic and beautiful as the cover!

Nutmegnc The second is equally good!! 6mo
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Finished my grades, so I‘m rewarding myself with a little reading time at my desk… this has had me chuckling already in the first few pages! #lmpbc @CSeydel @BethM @peanutnine

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars | Christopher Paolini
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I think this is a little too epic for my current mood… putting it on pause for now, and maybe revisiting in a few weeks

paper.reveries Hahahahaha I didn't know "too epic" could be a thing!! ? 11mo
Johanna414 @paper.reveries a week and a half before the end of the school year, it‘s definitely a thing! 😝 I just don‘t have the mental bandwidth right now 11mo
paper.reveries @Johanna414 That is completely fair! Hope you find something that requires less juice ☺️ 11mo
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My 7 year old has discovered Dog Man and is *obsessed* - all he wants to do is read! 🥰 I had to try it out and see for myself what all the fuss was about. It's very silly, with lots of gross humor. I can see why he likes it lol

TheKidUpstairs My 9 year old is OBSESSED with all things Dav Pilkey. He started with Dog Man, he's read them all now multiple times. Pilkey really knows how to connect with his audience! 11mo
JackOBotts My son is a HUGE fan…and his little sister is an aspirational one (just needs to learn how to ready!😉). I‘m not sure where you‘re located, but Dog Man: The Musical is a thing, and it‘s a very entertaining live performance. 🤣 Also check out the tagged book 11mo
Johanna414 @JackOBotts it‘s funny you mention Cat Kid - we just checked a couple of them out from the library tonight! Unfortunately, we live in the middle of nowhere, a couple hours south of Buffalo NY so there‘s not many options for theaters. I‘ll keep an eye out for it in the future though! 11mo
BarbaraJean My only association with Dav Pilkey was Captain Underpants, and I was skeptical until my sister introduced me to the tagged book and I had to revise my judgement!! Dragon is now one of my favorite Christmas reads. 11mo
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I‘m not sure what I was expecting from this, but it was a pleasant surprise. The plot was pretty predictable, but I loved the magic and the writing. It was a very pretty fantasy, if that makes sense lol
Now I just need to get the sequel!

Tea_and_Starstuff Oooh good to know! It's been sitting on my bookshelf and I haven't quite gotten a reason to pick it up yet. That does sound promising 12mo
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TJ Klune has such a knack for writing characters you just want to hug... I loved them all! I was a little apprehensive about this being a Pinocchio retelling as it's not my favorite story, but I ended up loving this!

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Stumbled upon this on Amazon the other day and couldn‘t resist buying it. I don‘t remember anything about it except that I loved it as a kid… if nothing else, the kids will enjoy flipping through it

CSeydel We loved this one when my kids were young! 12mo
Bette Brings back memories. ❤️👍 12mo
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How cool to catch this tonight! Litsy is by far my favorite social media - I adore all you fellow book people! ❤️📚❤️📚

BarkingMadRead 💯💯💯 12mo
Eggs Agree absolutely 💯 12mo
LeahBergen Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
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julesG 🍾🍾 12mo
robinb 🥳🥳🥳🥳 12mo
IndoorDame 🎉🎉🎉🎉 12mo
JessClark78 🎊🎉🎊🎉 12mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 12mo
CaitlinR Wow. Brava! 12mo
Deblovestoread Congrats! 🎉 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations! Celebrate and read on! 📖 12mo
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Ana Maria and the Fox | Lian de la Rosa
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I really liked this spin on the typical Recency romance - this featured a member of Parliament who is mixed race and descended from an enslaved woman who escaped the Americas to England. He meets and falls in love with a Mexican heiress who is fleeing unrest in her country. It had all your typical romance tropes but also some interesting historical and cultural details as well. Overall a Fun read!

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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Mostly I‘m feeling sad right now that I have finally read all of the published Murderbot books and now I have to wait… Martha Wells (and Murderbot) is a gift!

Saknicole I read the first and loved it. Good to know the rest are great as well. 12mo
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This was SO much fun! I probably never would have picked it up if not for a recommendation from a coworker, but I‘m really glad I did.

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Witch King | Martha Wells
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I completely forgot that I had preordered this… what a happy surprise I had waiting in the mail for me today!

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My mom has been telling me to read this for years and years. I really need to start listening to her, because she was right as usual... it was excellent! Now I need to watch the show!

AmyG The book was amazing. The show was wonderful. 12mo
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Weekend reading plans… I‘ve got 3 VERY different books going right now! I‘d like to finish The Alienist this weekend as I have the audio and plan to spend the day gardening tomorrow

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Teen Titans: Robin | Kami Garcia
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This series is so fun! As ever, Beast Boy is my favorite.

dabbe Da sleepy, sweet puppy! 🩵🐾🩵 12mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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I really, really liked this! I‘ve been slowly making my way through a book on my kindle that has a similar premise, and struggling with it. The ideas are cool but the execution just isn‘t there. Weyward is exactly what I was hoping for when I started that other book… the 3 female main characters are well-written and have distinct voices. I liked their affinity with nature and subtle empowering magic.

Quirkybookworm ??? Wow! I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it. I really enjoyed it a lot. 12mo
paper.reveries Yesss this was so, so good! What's the book you're struggling through with a similar premise? 12mo
Johanna414 @paper.reveries It was The Witch of Tin Mountain by Paulette Kennedy. It was one of those Prime First Reads so I got it free on my kindle. My main issue was that the 3 perspectives were really hard to distinguish from each other - the author didn't do a great job giving them their own voices so I kept losing track of who was who 12mo
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Reading has really clicked with Lane in the last couple months and he is so excited about it! The kids usually have a half hour or so of quiet playtime while I read before bed on weeknights and then we read stories together. Lately, he has been choosing to join me and read together, which makes me soooooo happy! #raisingreaders

Tamra Yay! 12mo
dabbe As a former English teacher, this makes me so HAPPY!!!!! Thanks for sharing! 🤗 12mo
IndoorDame Yay!!!! So heartwarming! 12mo
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Kingdom of the Cursed | Kerri Maniscalco
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Not going to lie, the shift from YA in book 1 to smutty New Adult in book 2 is a little jarring…

Bookzombie I can‘t decide if I‘m interested in this series. I enjoyed her other one though. 12mo
Johanna414 @Bookzombie I mostly enjoyed the first book but didn‘t love it. Struggling through book 2… I might bail. Definitely liked her other series better! 12mo
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Two Graves | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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I‘m mostly just glad to be done with the Helen trilogy, and hope that the series gains some momentum in the next few books… this trilogy was a slog for me! I am excited that it seems like Corrie and Constance will be getting some development but I really didn‘t enjoy the main storyline.

Bookzombie Yes, I was ready to be finished with the Helen Trilogy too. 12mo
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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I loved everything about this book! This is exactly my favorite type of magical realism. Thank you for choosing it, @peanutnine and thank you for the lovely bookmark! I will get it in the mail in the next week so you won‘t have to wait so long for this one, @CSeydel #lmpbc @BethM

peanutnine So glad you enjoyed it! ☺️ 12mo
CSeydel Space Unicorn Blues arrived yesterday! Thanks! 12mo
CSeydel Garden Spells arrived today! Ack, I‘m still reading Space Unicorn Blues. I‘ll finish it in the next couple days & mail it out @peanutnine 12mo
peanutnine @CSeydel 👍🏻 12mo
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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Weekend plans...

IndoorDame My favorite of hers 💚💚💚 12mo
DebinHawaii What @IndoorDame said! 💚🍎 12mo
Aims42 Such a great book! Enjoy!! 12mo
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Super fun! I love Talia Hibbert‘s humor and the main characters had great banter.

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This was exactly my kind of nonfiction… part memoir with lots of personal stories of the author‘s own experiences with her chickens, it also touched on many chicken related topics from the egg and meat industries, to wild chickens, the history of backyard chicken keeping, 4H & FFA etc., and had a vey conversational tone. Since I‘m currently obsessed with my new chickens, I was all in with this one!

SamAnne She‘s speaking in my town this week-Spokane. I love my ladies. 12mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover ❤️ 12mo
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Kingdom of the Wicked | Kerri Maniscalco
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I didn‘t love this, but it was enjoyable enough that I would like to continue the series. I think I like her Stalking Jack the Ripper series better.

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Well Gary is certainly nothing like the unicorns 🦄 my 5 year old loves so very much! I can't say that I loved this, but it was definitely entertaining! I will get it in the mail ASAP #lmpbc @cseydel @peanutnine @bethm

Johanna414 Also, I haven't been able to download the Litsy app on my new phone and have to use the web version. For some reason, it keeps spinning my photos sideways... 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
BethM I can‘t say I loved it, but it was nuts and I was enthralled 😂 13mo
CSeydel I‘m looking forward to it! Sounds like it will be different anyway 😃 13mo
Johanna414 @CSeydel I forgot to post the other day, but this is in the mail & on its way to you 12mo
CSeydel @Johanna414 terrific, thanks! 12mo
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Space Unicorn Blues | T. J. Berry
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My brother is visiting for the first time in years, so my reading time has been seriously limited in the last couple weeks... I am slowly making my way through this wild ride of a book - and sneaking in a few chapters during middle school state testing today. #lmpbc @bethm @cseydel @peanutnine

CSeydel Take your time! I‘m glad you‘re getting to reconnect with your brother. There will be time for reading. 13mo
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The Clackity | Lora Senf
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Just finished this up with my 6th grade book club. I felt like it dragged a little in the middle, but it was a cute story overall. My kids really liked it. #schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy

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There were some chapters that were very informative and useful, others less so. The author made a couple of political hot takes in the epilogue that rubbed me the wrong way, and felt totally unnecessary in a book about chicken care…

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We have library chicks! I help with the gardening aspect of our school‘s agriculture program and somehow my duties have expanded to include the poultry as well… (it might have something to do with the fact that I went out and bought 6 chicks 🤣) Their brooder box is in the library and they will eventually move out to the chicken coop in our gardens. The kids are super excited for them to summer at our house! #schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy

IndoorDame 😳 so cute when they‘re that tiny! 13mo
Suet624 How fun! 13mo
Tamra I love their cheeping - I can hear them now! 😍 13mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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I want to keep working on my cross stitch project, but can‘t decide on my next audiobook… which is probably a sign I should just go to bed 😂

CBee How lovely! Cardinals are one of my favorites 😊 13mo
Magpiegem That‘s gorgeous. Please post another pic when it‘s done… if you ever decide on what to listen too 😂 13mo
dabbe Go, AZ Cardinals! 🤣 Beautiful cross-stitch! ❣️ 13mo
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I‘m feeling well enough today to at least sit up in bed and cross stitch while listening to my audiobooks, so that‘s definite progress! I guessed the ending pretty early on, but that in no way detracted from the book. The narrator did a fantastic job and Tana French‘s writing is superb!

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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I‘ve been sick and done nothing but lay in bed for the last 2 days. This was an excellent distraction from the yuckiness that is Covid, even if the story had me in tears in more than one occasion

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better ❤️‍🩹 13mo
TheBookHippie Sending healing vibes! 13mo
dabbe Hope you're on the mend soon! 🤗 13mo
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Space Unicorn Blues | T. J. Berry
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It‘s here!! I can‘t wait to dive in! #lmpbc @BethM @CSeydel @peanutnine

Bette I liked this. She wrote a 2nd book too, but that was a while ago. I keep looking, hopeful. 13mo
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While I didn‘t love this as much as I had hoped, it was cozy and fun - I will probably read the next book when it comes out in January.

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While I did miss the Scholomance in this book, I still loved the characters and enjoyed the twists that came along with the story. A solid conclusion to the trilogy!

dabbe 💜 your bunny! 🤗 14mo
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Wild Seed | Octavia E. Butler
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This was an amazing story, and Robin Miles did a stellar job narrating. I‘ll definitely be continuing the series!

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House of Secrets | Darcy Coates
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This wasn‘t as good as the first book, but still a fast, entertaining read.

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Our library is starting a major renovation of its childrens area on Monday, so we went to stock up on books today. The kids are happily analyzing their haul and my 7 year old is reading a picture book to his 5 year old sister… it‘s a good day! #raisingreaders

dabbe 🥰 14mo
Bookzombie I‘m excited for the new Penelope Rex book! 🙂 14mo
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Shubeik Lubeik | Deena Mohamed
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Me: “I‘m not taking home any books to read over break - I‘m just going to read books I own.”
Me, 20 minutes later: “Ooh new books! Which ones should I take home?!”
I have already started reading the tagged title…
#schoollibraries #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
TheBookHippie Me. Everytime! 😅🤣 14mo
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I could not love this series, or Murderbot, more! Murderbot made some important decisions in this installment and it was nice to see it forming some relationships with other bots in addition to its human team.

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Remote Control | Nnedi Okorafor
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We had a sub no-show today so I filled in for my friends high school English classes. They‘re reading Frankenstein and I was able to read this whole novella. Nnedi Okorafor never disappoints!

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Malice House | Megan Shepherd
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A low pick… the story started out strong and spooky but I lost interest right at the point when I should have been most invested. Without giving anything away… there were definitely some things that were done well,but I ended up a little disappointed with a few of the twists at the end.

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Half a Soul | Olivia Atwater
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When I said I wanted to read some lighthearted fantasy, this is exactly what I had in mind. It just made me happy! I‘m realizing that I read it so fast that I stopped leaving annotations about halfway through so I‘m going to go back through it tonight and get it in the mail on Monday. I hope you all like it as much as I did! #lmpbc @peanutnine @CSeydel @BethM

CSeydel It arrived today! Can‘t wait to get started 😊 14mo
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