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JoyBlue

JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

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lifelong bookdragon/photographer/knitter/activist/advocate/library trustee https://debbybrauer.org
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Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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This farce unfolds in present-day Washington, DC, and Victorian England. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#enter-the-aardvark

CarolynM Glad to hear you liked it too 🙂 1d
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Blackout | Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D Jackson, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk
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This collection of Black teen love stories was fun and satisfying. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#blackout

JamieArc Looking forward to this next month. (edited) 2d
TheBookHippie I liked this! 22h
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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I got sucked into this story relayed from one college acquaintance to another in an airport lounge. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#mouth-to-mouth

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I‘ve finally found a self-help (or “self-care”) book for me! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#burnout-the-secret-to-unlocking-the-...

Chrissyreadit Yes! I use some of this with myself and clients regularly. I loved it too. 3d
TheBookHippie Well I feel the same and now, I need to read it. 😅 3d
JoyBlue @Chrissyreadit Yay—that's good to know! 2d
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JoyBlue @TheBookHippie 😂 Let's discuss after/if you read it! 2d
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue my copy arrives tomorrow 😂😂😂😂😂😂 2d
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Like short and sassy stories? Try these. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#shit-cassandra-saw-stories

vivastory I love this cover 3d
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I found this popular newish novel uninspiring. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-moon-the-stars-and-madame-burova

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Part history, part commentary, and part guidebook, this nonfiction piece from activist and YA fiction author Kimberly Jones is expected to be published Tuesday (1/18). Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#how-we-can-win-race-history-and-chan...

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #HenryHoltAndCompany #HowWeCanWin

TheBookHippie I‘ve heard about this one ! The bookstore lady is reading the ARC I think. 1w
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New to (or wanting to improve your) social/racial justice movement work? Check out this handbook for a how-to overview and additional resources. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#an-abolitionists-handbook-12-steps-t...

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #StMartinsPress #AnAbolitionistsHandbook

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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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This new release is dark, disturbing, violent . . . and recognizable. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#anthem

readordierachel I've been so curious about this one. My therapist actually recommended it to me, weirdly enough 1w
JoyBlue @readordierachel Oh, interesting!!!! Please let me know what you think if you read it. I'd love to have a conversation about it via email or messaging or some such. (edited) 1w
readordierachel Will do! 1w
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A Child of Books | Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
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December reading recap: Last month, 14 of 29 books read rated high enough to make the list. https://debbybrauer.org/#december-2021-recap

Moonprismpower Oh I love the fantastic flying books. Did you see the video of the books. I love it 2w
JoyBlue @Moonprismpower I haven't! I'll add it to my watch list. 1w
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Death in Cornwall | G.M. Malliet
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This cozy mystery is St. Just Mystery #4, but can stand alone. Expected publication date is January 18. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#death-in-cornwall

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #DeathInCornwall

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Love in the Library | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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This children‘s picture book is based on the true story of the author‘s grandparents‘ meeting in a Japanese-American prison camp in Idaho. Publication is expected Tuesday. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#love-in-the-library

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #LoveintheLibrary

EvieBee So glad you reviewed this! I‘m on the library hold list but hadn‘t read any reviews thus far. 2w
JoyBlue @EvieBee I hope we'll both enjoy the print book as soon as we can get our hands on it! 😃 2w
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If I had been wearing pearls when I start reading this book, I would have clutched them. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#finlay-donovan-is-killing-it

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Stuck | Oliver Jeffers
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I‘ve discovered Not-My-Favorite-Oliver-Jeffers book. All reports I‘m reading say that the target audience (young children) loves this absurd fun. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#stuck

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Better Luck Next Time: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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Did this piece of historical fiction about quickie divorces in 1930s Reno break my HF curse? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#better-luck-next-time

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The Last Chance Library | Freya Sampson
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I‘m so often disappointed by books set in bookshops and libraries that I hesitated to read this one. I‘m glad I did—it was better than average, and has an important message. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-last-chance-library

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Fans of Agatha Christie and her ilk might enjoy this mystery with theatre and fairy tale themes, set in 1950s England. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#smoke-and-mirrors-the-brighton-myste...

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Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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If you're up for a sometimes-funny, schmaltzy, gay YA love story, this sequel might satisfy you. [I think it would work as a standalone, too.] Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#heres-to-us-what-if-its-us-2

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My first read of 2022 was a lot of fun. It‘s an urban fantasy with a female lead. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#minimum-wage-magic

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Day 31: Ring In the New Year

I'd like to think that 2022 will be remarkably better, but I just don't believe that it will be.*

Still from the relative safety of our home confinement, we toast the future. Happy New Year, my bookish friends. I wish you all good health and happiness.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

JoyBlue *Until/unless more people place their responsibilities to society above their own desires, we all continue to suffer (which is a relative term itself—so many are in *truly* dire straits, way beyond inconvenience and fear). 3w
JoyBlue P.S. Before I knit, I crocheted, including this blanket for myself—my last crochet project before learning how to knit. Except for a few crocheted bookmarks, I never looked back. 3w
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue PREACH 🗣🗣🗣🗣📢 3w
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Leftcoastzen Agree ! Happy New Year to you & yours ! 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year 3w
Pogue That blanket is amazing! Did you crochet it? 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy New Year! 3w
JoyBlue @Pogue Thank you! Yes. 💙 3w
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie You know you don't have to ask me twice (or at all). 😉 3w
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue 😂😂😘 3w
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Week 5 Game: . . . and aye, nay, eye, eyelash, naysayer. . . . I'm sure I could come up with more, but I want to celebrate with my honey. So, we'll settle for 416 words. [The collage feature cut off my edges. You trust me, right? Good!]

#TeamGameSleighers #WinterGames2021 @StayCurious

JoyBlue My New Year's book goals are to read pleasant and fun books to my heart's content (hopefully fewer stressful books about the world's ills), possibly including the few December TBR books I didn't get to (though I did a fine job on my considerable list). 3w
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Self Care: A Novel | Leigh Stein
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Here I am making time for self care in Cancun (12/10–19; photo taken Saturday 12/11), after *years* of going without. We made our travel plans *very shortly* ahead, so it was a scramble to holiday shop and finish our work before, as well as a scramble to do our work and last-minute holiday planning after. So worth it!

#WinterGames2021 #SelfieScavengerHunt #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good for you!! ❤️🙌🏻 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good for you ❤️🙌🏻 3w
tracey38 Glad you got this time! 3w
JoyBlue @tracey38 Thanks so much! 💙 3w
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It's a Wrap | Sally Walton
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Here I am, wrapping furiously on 12/22. Most-gifted within the family this year? Books, of course!!!!

#WinterGames2021 #SelfieScavengerHunt #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

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This Moose Belongs to Me | Oliver Jeffers
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Review to come.

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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1619 Project: Born on the Water | Rene Watson, Nikole Hannah-Jones
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Review to come. [between Pick and So-So]

This is an impulse read for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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California Girls | Susan Mallery
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Day 30: Winter Gear-Up

There must be something in my southern California–born blood that makes me continue to hate the cold Midwestern weather in which I've lived most of my life. Yesterday, you saw my comfy knit socks. Today, I present hat and fingerless mitts that I knit . . . and wear begrudgingly along with a winter parka and knee-hi black boots with silver buckles.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

TheBookHippie I'm pretending there isn't snow out my window as I drink cocoa under 5 blankets ..... 3w
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie We are peas in a pod/kindred spirits, my friend! 💙 3w
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue ❄️🤍💙🦋 3w
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Socks | Beverly Cleary
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Day 29: Comfy Socks

I'm partial to my Bomba's socks. I wear them on days that I need a pick-me-up. But, they're really pricey, and I'm unlikely to replace them once worn out. Also super-comfy are these lavender socks that I knitted my very own self!

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

DivineDiana Great job of knitting! 3w
JoyBlue @DivineDiana Thank you! I'm pretty proud of them. 😏 3w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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This debut novel about a Puerto Rican-American wedding planner grabbed me early on and kept me hooked. Read my full review https://debbybrauer.org/#olga-dies-dreaming

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #OlgaDiesDreaming

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Long on my TBR, I was underwhelmed, overall. Full review to come.

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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The Snowman | Raymond Briggs
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Day 28: Snowman

It's only just started to snow here in Chicago's 'burbs, but it's sticking. I'm not a fan. I *am* a fan of Number Two Son, for whom I made this adorable stocking when he was an itty-bit. It lives in his household now, but I smartly captured this photo before I handed it over to him. [NOS' Noah's Ark stocking—also precious—is, oddly, still in my possession.]

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

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Alice in Wonderland | Walt Disney
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Day 27: Fave Gift

Picking a favorite gift is akin to picking a favorite child. I just don't feel comfortable with it! Here's my haul from DH (all the books and an Australian Firefighters calendar), NOS, and DIL (the Disneyland 65th anniversary Funko Pop!). The top 6 books are signed by the author(s). We'll celebrate again once NTS is well and we exchange gifts with him.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

JoyBlue Welp, Litsy wasn't being cooperative about uploading the photo, so I had to do it from my phone and it cut out the bottom of the pile (3 books and the calendar). Whatever! 🙄 4w
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Sleepless Over You | Sydney Smyth
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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Full review to come soon.

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

keys_on_fire Woohoo! 4w
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Day 26: Family Time

Our Chanumas dinner was, of course, built around the latkes. Everything was delicious!

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

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AkashaVampie Love the plates. 4w
JoyBlue @AkashaVampie Awwww—thanks. The zebra plate is one of a kind. I painted it years ago, when the boys were little and we regularly painted pottery as a family. DH was using one of his painted plates, too. Usually we don't get down to these plates in the stack anymore, but feeding extra people last week meant we were short on our everyday plates (the ones across the table, which are from IKEA). 💙 😉 4w
AkashaVampie @JoyBlue wow... u did an awesome job on that plate!!! 4w
JoyBlue @AkashaVampie You're so sweet! 4w
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The Santa Clause | Daphne Skinner
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keys_on_fire 🤣🤣🤣 4w
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Day 25: Merry Christmas

Our fireplace is no longer conducive to hanging the stockings. Still, they were filled with a whole lot of love and care.

Merry Christmas to all my bookish friends who celebrate. Happy New Year to all. I wish you good health and great happiness!

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Nute Merry Christmas, Debby!💚🌟♥️ 4w
JoyBlue @Nute Merry Christmas, Kimberley! 🌟💙 4w
TheBookHippie Happy Christmas friend! 🤍 4w
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie Happy Christmas, my dear! 💙 4w
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Day 24: Holiday Traditions

I liked this book when my kids were young, and I'll plan to read it again before/if I'm lucky enough to have grandchildren someday.

One of our holiday traditions is playing dreidel with M&Ms. One year we custom-ordered blue & white (pricey!). Usually we use what's readily available. Pictured dreidel painted by yours truly.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

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Day 22: Get Your Bake On

The dessert plan for tomorrow's celebration is chocolate whoopie pies (p2 of tagged book) with peppermint filling (Country Living recipe). A third day of brutal post-vacation adulting is getting in the way of my baking fun. Then came stocking-stuffing and present-wrapping. When will the whoopie commence?

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Reggie I KNOW!!!! I told myself, Reg, bake on your days off last week. Did I do it? No so guess what tomorrow‘s all about. Good luck on your whoopie commencement! 1mo
JoyBlue @Reggie Thank you! I'm glad *and* sorry that I'm not alone. Good luck on your baking, too! 1mo
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Dreidelcat | Evelyn Loeb
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Day 21: Holiday Crafts

Now that we share holidays w/our DIL's family, we tend to get Thanksgiving, but defer Xmas to her family. This year that means that we're celebrating Chanumas (Chanukah + Christmas) on 12/23.

I hope to knit up these cute/tiny dreidels to tuck into stockings. We'll see if there's time after baking and cleaning. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Texreader Awww how cute! Good luck! 1mo
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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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keys_on_fire Interesting artwork! 1mo
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Poison for Breakfast | Lemony Snicket
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Mehso-so

I may reassess my rating later—I'm still digesting.

This is an impulse read for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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I finished this yesterday (Week 3), but didn't have Wi-Fi in the airport. It's not as good as I remember it being (nor as good as I remember his other books being).

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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Max & Ruby's Christmas Tree | Grosset & Dunlap
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Day 19: Tree Topper

Knowing that we'd be away, I downloaded Number One Son's second night of Chanukah photo. You can see their beautiful tree and topper in the background.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Moll Lovely!! 1mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 1mo
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Hope Was Here | Joan Bauer
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Loved it just as much on the reread!

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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Day 18: Festive Drink

Today‘s festive drink of the day at our resort was called Storm (the green one).

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

TheBookHippie You can take me out of the suitcase now… 1mo
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie 😂 & 💙 1mo
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