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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Tired mom & school librarian, reading her nights away...
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The Lost Man by Jane Harper
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The Missing of Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos
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Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I'm having a hard time putting this book down, but Zoey and Toby did insist I take a break for cat cuddles... #catsofLitsy

Soubhiville You gotta have priorities! 🐱❤️ 5h
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I really need to stop reading so many books at once... I'm loving all of these for very different reasons and have wasted entirely too much time trying to decide which one I'm in the mood to read tonight...

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Legos are such a godsend when Mom would really like to just read her book... the kids are happily building a town!

tokorowilliamwallace The curtains and legos match! It makes for an interesting juxtaposed aesthetic, and the constellations clothing adds to it. 1d
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The Nothing Man | Catherine Ryan Howard
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I just noticed that a bunch of Catherine Ryan Howard‘s books are on sale for $0.99 today! I really liked 56 Days, so I‘m looking forward to reading a few more of her titles! #kindledeals

FelinesAndFelonies I have The Nothing Man but haven't gotten to it yet. 1d
Clare-Dragonfly Thank you! I have this stacked already so I went ahead and bought it! I never do that when people post deals 😅 1d
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Oh! Christmas Tree! | Holly Berry-Byrd
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I have a senior doing an internship in the library with me this year and she's just the best. Today she made a Christmas tree!

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@TheAromaofBooks I had to make a change to my original #bookspin list, as I inadvertently finished my original book in slot 10 on November 30th… so here is my updated list! 😉

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2d
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I, Claudia | Mary McCoy
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It really is a shame this book has such a terrible cover, because it was actually quite excellent. I don't think I would have given it a second glance if it hadn't made the Michael Printz list but I'm so glad I picked it up!

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Planets | Gail Gibbons
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We're supposed to be reading a book about the planets. In reality, Nina is telling us everything she knows about space, gravity, why the earth is hard (because there's dirt under the grass, of course!), and so much more... Did you know that the reason we can't live on Mercury is because it's too hot for our feet?! "You can't wear sandals!" ???
#raisingreaders

Texreader Oh my goodness that is so cute!! 4d
AmyG Love the reasoning. 😂 4d
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ❤️ 4d
Nute I like everything about this post!💕 3d
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Cytonic | Brandon Sanderson
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Happy book mail day to me! This got delivered today, along with the books I ordered for my #JolabokaflodSwap and #littlechristmasswap partners 😁

kellyann28 Oooh, have you read books 1 and 2? They've caught my attention 4d
Johanna414 @kellyann28 yes, I really liked them! And I've been passing them around at work where they've been really popular with the teachers too! 4d
kellyann28 Thank you! That gives me the push I needed 😀 4d
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I can‘t believe we‘re already preparing for the final month of 2021! Here‘s my #bookspin / #doublespin list for December!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
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Aurora's End | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Someone stole my book... it's a good thing she's cute! #raisingreaders

AmyG That she is. ❤️ 7d
Chrissyreadit Adorable! 7d
Cathythoughts She is very cute ❤️ 7d
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It took me awhile to get into this one but once I did, it was a quick, fun read. The trope where the relationship starts on the basis of some sort of lie is not one I generally like, so I think that's where my initial hesitation came from. But I do like characters who can admit they were wrong and grow together...

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Aurora's End | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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So very thankful this series includes a "Things You Should Know" at the beginning so I don't have to reread the previous book - I wish more series would do this!! My brain is getting too old to remember everything I used to...

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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Before this, the only book I'd read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was Mexican Gothic and they were very, very different stories. It seems the author enjoys trying out different genres, which is kind of cool.
This felt like sort of a Jane Austen-ish period drama with magic, and it was a lot of fun!
@TheAromaofBooks this is my November #bookspin

Cathythoughts Another amazing cover 💫 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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My principal asked for some book recommendations over the weekend - it's always fun getting messages like this and knowing your suggestions hit the mark!

Aims42 Yes, definitely a great feeling! That goes in the ‘win‘ column 🙌🏻 1w
peanutnine Oh I love that! 1w
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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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What an excellent way to start Thanksgiving break! Meeting @LittleMouse5708 for coffee, but I got here a little early to sneak in some reading time...

RaeLovesToRead Ooh... Nice mug! 👀 2w
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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I was a little unsure how reading a book about the pandemic would make me feel, especially since we are seeing a major surge in my area again right now... but I actually really liked this! I guessed a couple of the twists, but not all of them and I liked the ending. I will definitely be reading more from this author!

vivastory CR Howard is one of my favorites that I read for the first time this year. I recommend 2w
Johanna414 @vivastory thanks! I'll definitely check that one out! 1w
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😍😍😍😍😍
#raisingreaders

Amiable ❤️❤️ 2w
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Beverly Cleary is timeless as ever, if this guy's requests for "one more chapter" are anything to go by...
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monalyisha So cute! (And I love your hunter green bedding! Looks cozy! 💚) 2w
Soubhiville I loved this book when I was little too! 2w
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So very excited for this #newyearwhodis list from @sebrittainclark - I've already read a few titles, and thoroughly enjoyed them, so that makes me hopeful for the rest! The tagged book is definitely top of my list since I own it, but there's a bunch of others I'm interested in!
@monalyisha thank you so much for organizing this, and taking so much care in matching readers up!

sebrittainclark Glad you like the list! 2w
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The kids and I just finished reading this together, after starting it only a week ago. It was very silly and we all had fun with it. The kids liked the Wumpires best! #raisingreaders

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I can see where this book might not work for everyone, but it was just what I needed this week... I read it slowly and savored every page 💙
@suvata @DGRachel @rsteve388 I've got to double check who I'm sending this to, but I'll get it in the mail sometime next week! #lmpbc

rsteve388 I get to read it next! I am.so.excited. 2w
Johanna414 @rsteve388 I forgot to tell you that I put this in the mail yesterday! You should have it in a few days! 4d
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A fun, fast-paced conclusion to a trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed!

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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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This has been been a month of one excellent book after another, and this might be my favorite yet. The story, the writing, even the author's note at the end... all of it was beautiful. I listened to most of it on audio, and even that was so well done!

megnews I loved this! 3w
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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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Half my 6th grade book club is quarantined right now, but we finished reading our first book of the year yesterday! They loved it, and wanted to take a picture with the book - which we sent to the author on Twitter. Are they not the cutest little things?!?! #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy #litsyloveslibraries

Soubhiville That‘s so fun! 3w
IuliaC Lovely photo! 3w
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Today I parked myself on the couch, did zero housework, and ignored the kids as they trashed the house. I read an entire book. This book was exactly the fun escape I needed - I'm so glad I saved it for a day when I just wanted distraction!

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It's the last day of the marking period, and except for a couple students who are late turning in final papers, I am done with my grading! Time for a little break with a good book 😊 #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

rsteve388 Excited!! 3w
kellyann28 This is on my list! 3w
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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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It's an #audiocrochet kind of night... so far, this book is every bit as lovely as the title would imply.

SamanthaMarie Ahh! Your WIP is beautiful 😍 3w
Read4life Love those colors 💙 3w
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The Camelot Betrayal | Kiersten White
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I've noticed a trend with Kiersten White's books... I read the first book in a new series or trilogy and absolutely LOVE it. I anxiously await the publication of book 2, start reading as soon as I get my hands on a copy, and then completely lose interest in the story. I've tried 3 times to get invested in this story and it just feels like a chore to get through it, so I'm giving up.

Johanna414 @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin way back in March - finally admitting defeat! 🤣 4w
TheAromaofBooks haha sometimes it's hard to admit that a book isn't the right fit, especially when you enjoyed the first one!! I still have the first book for this series sitting on my shelf... one of these days... 3w
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We Are Not Free | Traci Chee
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This book is everything that historical fiction should be, and the forced removal of Japanese Americans during WWII is such an important topic right now. I learned so much while truly coming to care for the characters. The author included a note in the back where she explained how certain characters and events were inspired by her own grandparents' experiences and the explained some of her language choices.

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Got this in the mail yesterday - I can't wait to read l of your comments! Thanks for a great #lmpbc, ladies! @DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28

DanaManiac Awesome!! It was a great round indeed! 4w
kellyann28 I still think about this book! 4w
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We Are Not Free | Traci Chee
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I was in the mood for some historical fiction this weekend, so I brought home a stack of 4 different books to choose from. Intending to read the first chapter of each and deciding from there, I picked this one up first... and then didn't put it back down until I was almost 100 pages in! Decision made 😂

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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This was just pure fun - I can't wait to read the sequel! It wasn't perfect; the love triangle annoyed me... but the riddles and games reminded me of The Westing Game in the best way.

Daisey This is on my list to read before the end of the year, and your review makes me even more ready to read it. 1mo
Johanna414 @Daisey it was a fun, quick read! 4w
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Feeling inspired by all the fun Litsy swaps, @LittleMouse5708 and I decided to organize our own at work. I made a survey and sent it out to faculty and staff an hour ago and there has already been so much interest- I can hardly contain my excitement!! #schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy

LittleMouse5708 I am so excited! 3w
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Haven't even passed the dedication and I already want to gift this book to all my friends...

Trashcanman That's beautiful 1mo
Blaire I just finished this and loved it. 1mo
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Can't wait for this swap!! #LittleChristmasSwap @bookish_wookish

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This was so well written and I loved every page. I can't believe this book hasn't gotten more hype! I will be recommending it to my students for sure!!

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I'll Fly Away | Rudy Francisco
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We have a small group of high school students who have recently discovered poetry and its been really fun to watch how excited they are about it! These are some books that were recommended or requested for the library... I've never been a huge poetry reader but I think much of that is because of how it was taught when I was in school.
Fortunately, the English teachers I work with are fabulous, right @LittleMouse5708 ?!

LittleMouse5708 I can't wait to read Fierce Fairytales! Poetry is normally how I solve my book hangovers, when I want to keep reading but can't fully commit to a new series. 1mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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'Twas the night before Halloween, and the kids were finally sleeping...

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I Hope You Get This Message | Farah Naz Rishi
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When it's Friday at 2pm, the end of a very. long. week... you choose books to take home for the weekend, completely disregarding the piles of books waiting at home already. As if I'm even going to have time to read any of them 🤣

Soubhiville May just gazing at them bring you joy! 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence I completely understand this instinct! 1mo
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When you're supposed to watch a movie with your husband, but he falls asleep while you put the kids to bed... you start a new book instead!
Reading this on the recommendation of @LittleMouse5708 and loving it so far!

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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Well. That was certainly something...
There were aspects of this book that I really loved (spoiler tagged comment below), but I did struggle with some of the gruesome body horror. I think it was partly because I was reading this in small bits during breaks at work so I never got fully into the story, but some of the horror aspects fell a little forced. I liked the concept, but felt like the execution was a little lacking.

Johanna414 I'm a sucker for anything with the "portal to another world/ doorways to other dimensions" trope, so I was pretty excited when it seemed to be going in this direction. I just wish I had been able to fully get sucked into the story. 1mo
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Ready for another month of #bookspin / #doublespin with @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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Anger Is a Gift | Mark Oshiro
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I thought it was kind of interesting that I picked up two YA novels I was thinking of reading and flipped through the first few pages, the tagged book and Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian. Both started with a quote from James Baldwin...
Both had compelling first chapters and now I can't decide what to read!

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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@kellyann28 I am SO glad you chose this for #lmpbc because who knows if I ever would have gotten to it otherwise, and it was just fantastic! Exactly the book I needed right now!
I'm finishing up my final thoughts and will get it in the mail in the next few days. @DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers

DanaManiac Wasn‘t it sooo good?! I don‘t think I would have come across it either! 1mo
Johanna414 @DanaManiac Honestly, this was one of the best rounds of #lmpbc I've done yet. The book I chose was probably my least favorite of the 4, and I still really enjoyed it- I just LOVED all the others! 1mo
TheBookKeepers I loved this one!! It really has been an awesome round! @DanaManiac I may be a little late mailing mine again 🙈 we‘re still renovating the new house and im behind my reading schedule. Also congrats on getting married!!!!!!!! Your new profile pic is so cute! 1mo
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DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers That‘s okay- no worries! And thank you! ☺️ 1mo
DanaManiac @Johanna414 I agree! This was such a great round. The books were all so different and great! 1mo
kellyann28 I'm glad you all liked it too. I'm not sure how to describe this book other than it felt...refreshing? Unique? Uniquely refreshing?! 😂 I'm not sure but I loved it 1mo
Johanna414 @kellyann28 finally got this in the mail today! You should have it by Tuesday 1mo
kellyann28 Thank you! 😍 1mo
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It's Fun to Be a Furmaid | Make Believe Ideas Ltd
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Book fair night!! The kids made out quite well between the grandparents and me both letting them pick out books...
#raisingreaders

Crazeedi So awesome 🥰 1mo
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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Almost at the halfway point, and this book is real weird... still trying to decide if it's a good weird, or just weird.

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Kindergarten germs are no joke... we spent a good chunk of our morning waiting to get covid and flu tests for this little guy.

Karkar Hopefully he feels better soon! 1mo
DGRachel Oh no! Hopefully COVID comes back negative and it‘s just a cold that passes quickly. 1mo
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Black Juice | Margo Lanagan
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My favorite work days are when teachers come to me and say, "so I have this idea..."
Today I am pulling together short stories that 9th graders will enjoy. They're ending their short story unit by creating a set of podcasts where they discuss some of the stories they've read. #schoollibraries #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

kellyann28 That sounds so fun! 1mo
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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The library has been busy today, but I'm taking a few quiet moments to start this... loving it so far!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover! 2mo
DanaManiac I can‘t wait to read your thoughts!! 2mo
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