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Karisa

Karisa

Joined December 2018

☮ ❤ 📚 😺 Teacher and mom who loves reading across many genres.
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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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Important and beautifully organized. This powerful book has a lot to say about our justice system and how we treat our prisoners today despite being set in the future. I found it tough to read at many points but I‘m glad to have done so—almost feels like bearing witness to a tragedy. Hamara, Loretta, and Sunset are so fully rendered and the footnotes pack a real punch… Just amazing

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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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Tough but important fiction. Set in the near future, prisoners are given a chance at freedom—Hunger Games style. It is filled with footnotes giving insight into our prison system which is clearly its own blunt weapon disproportionately hurting people of color. This book does not let up the intensity. Whew!

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The Wild Robot | Peter Brown
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Feels like a classic! Beautiful slim novel following a shipwrecked robot just trying to make sense of the world and make friends. Thanks for the recommendations here on Litsy, and I‘ll be sure to recommend this to my middle schoolers. 💗🤖🪿🌲

monalyisha Have you read his picture book? A favorite. 2w
Karisa @monalyisha Oooh. I might need that for my classroom. Looks great!💗 2w
Tamra Yes, a beautiful classic! 2w
TheBookHippie The whole series is wonderful ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#LitsyFoubdFamily

This swap sounds like so much fun and perfect for many of us on Litsy! The theme is Found Family 💗Check it out on @KateReadsYA for more details. Link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemAWZtg0XYwqHIs2PvW_MQxyUlJZixHegQF0Nd...

KateReadsYA Thanks for sharing 🤩 I'm excited you're joining us. 3w
Karisa @KateReadsYA Thanks for coming up with such a great idea and hosting! 💗 3w
KateReadsYA @Karisa You're very welcome. 3w
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Wowza! Only 25% into this book, but I don‘t think there‘s ever been a main character I‘ve needed to yell at more! This book comes in fast and packs a punch! Almost scared to read what June will do next… 😵‍💫

AnnCrystal 😂, that's how I felt with the character, Daphne in Never by Jessa Hastings. Exhausting, right? 3w
Karisa @AnnCrystal 😂 I‘m reading like 🫣 3w
dabbe June needs a good jab! 🤩 3w
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Karisa @dabbe 👃🥊 🫢😂 3w
Birdsong28 I didn't know whether to feel sorry for her or hate her!! 3w
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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Fun adventure that‘s part folktale and part historical detective novel. One of the pov characters is a fox female who is straight out of a storybook. The other is an aging detective with a magical gift. It was enlightening to learn more about foxes (both feared and worshipped in some parts of Asia). Added bonus of this on audiobook is that it is read by the author—beautiful voice!

Special thanks to NetGally and MacMillan audio for early access.

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Just started this audiobook on NetGalley and loving her voice! It‘s read by the author and is a cool mixture of folktale/detective novel. Delicious!

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Diva: A Novel | Daisy Goodwin
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Imagine a life of tremendous fame and unparalleled singing talent. Diva shows the life of Maria Callas vividly. Filled with celebrities and abuse, her life was like a soap opera. I went into this book not knowing much about her but feel like I have a better appreciation for her strength. The audiobook is well performed by Lorelei King who took on a challenge bringing so many famous voices to life (Onassis, Monroe. . .).

TheBookHippie I love her and I preordered this. So glad to hear it is good! 1mo
Crazeedi I saw this one and definitely want to read!! 1mo
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Diva: A Novel | Daisy Goodwin
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#FactfromFiction
The famous opera singer Maria Callas actually was using a stage last name (real name Kalogeropoulos) and was pregnant at one point with Aristotle Onassis‘ child while he was still married to a lady named Tina. 🫣

Her life seems like a soap opera according to this historical fiction book! @ShyBookOwl

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Missing the views but not the responsibility of being in charge on the sixth grade camp trip last week! Had some time to finish a couple of books though while sleeping little. 😂 One book completed there was Throne of Glass. Typical but solid YA fantasy—I enjoyed it. Tough, strong, smart protagonist gathering her allies while kicking butt. Celaena is a convicted assassin with a chance at freedom via an evil King‘s competition.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 🌅 1mo
slategreyskies So pretty! 🥰 1mo
AnnCrystal 😍👍💝. 1mo
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A fun blend of historical fiction and fantasy in the vein of Mary Stewart and Simone St. James. This novel follows Laura Iven, an injured Canadian WWI nurse, who longs to find her younger brother, Freddie, a missing soldier. She finds help in unexpected places. Reality blurs with some characters facing an impossible choice: to rejoin the harsh, fast-changing real world or hide in an enticing fantasy world.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Hey Litsy! What‘s a great picture book for fifth graders who are about to be in middle school? I‘ve been invited to read aloud at a school and want something good, inspiring, fun, etc!

Ruthiella @mandarchy @LibrarianRyan These two might have some idea! 😃 1mo
LibrarianRyan Hum. I might suggest some biography picturebooks. Mainly because the age group. I would stay away from lipple people big dreams but more non series ones. Let me think. I‘ll have more suggestions later. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Another thing, maybe instead of picture books, maybe some stories out of anthologies. There are some fantastic stories in robots bs fairies and other popular anthology book. 1mo
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LibrarianRyan Let me think k on some of my favorite picture books for older kids. Oh, old book, and horror, but I love it. It‘s about the dog eating the mailman I. It‘s dreams. 1mo
Karisa @LibrarianRyan Hurray! Thank you! I‘ll check them out 😊 1mo
mandarchy I read picture books to 5th graders weekly. I've listed books I've read aloud on Goodreads. But my favorites are always the fairy tales that are too grotesque for the little kids. They've loved Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and the Little Mermaid. They also love true stories about people or animals that have overcome adversity. 1mo
TheBookHippie This one is a fav 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m currently reading chapter book 1mo
thewallflower0707 An oldie but goldie: Percy Jackson and the Olympians! For something easier, I recommend Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. If they don‘t like fantasy, Lord of the Thieves by Funke is great. 1mo
thewallflower0707 Nevermind, just saw you asked for picture books 🫣 1mo
Karisa @mandarchy Good advice! Thank you! 1mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie Great ideas! I‘ll check those out! Thank you 💗 1mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie those are great ideas. If they already know The Wild Robot, they will love Brown's picture books. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE finding Winnie. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mandarchy I read to 5th once a month but I read picture books to all ages k4-12. I read them at the alternative high school over lunch time. As for The Wild Robot I‘ve been reading that since it came out so if they had a sibling they know it‘s coming I read one and two in that series. I‘ve not read the third one yet. I love Finding Winnie too. It‘s been a hit. 1mo
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Great on audiobook read by the author. It alternates between fascinating, sad, and funny often in the same sentence. The historical sexual slang terms were hilarious (flapdoodle?!) and the author often cites the year said slang was first used. The topics range from serious (sexual assault) to odd (what was first used for condoms). Thanks, @thewallflower0707 for the #AuldLangSpine recommendation! @monalyisha 😊

thewallflower0707 I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It‘s definitely an unusual but very fun read. I highly recommend her podcast “Betwixt the Sheets” where she covers a wide range of topics on sex, scandal and society. It‘s amazing! 2mo
Karisa @thewallflower0707 Ooh, thank you! She‘s such a badass! It sounds great! 2mo
monalyisha Flapdoodle! 2mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Wow! This beautiful novella packs a punch. Set in Ireland, a girl goes to live with another family and sees how different life can be. Not a word is wasted. It‘s absolutely perfect!

AmyG No word is wasted. Bingo…great way to describe her writing. 2mo
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Ok, Spotify, how can an audiobook be “included in premium” but your service only allow a certain amount of time to listen to audiobooks? And if you listen at a faster rate, it still counts it as regular speed. Irritating! 😤

5feet.of.fury How many hours do they allow? 2mo
RamsFan1963 @5feet.of.fury You get 15 hours of listening time. The same thing happened to me on Monday, stopped mid book. I had to wait until today, when I played my monthly subscription, that I had another 15 hours. Of course I'll end up using 8 of those to finish the book I'm on now. 2mo
5feet.of.fury @RamsFan1963 ugh. I saw that they started doing audiobooks & I figured maybe I‘d get out of the dark ages & finally get a subscription since that‘s an added benefit. So, good for short books, but have to time it right… I‘d be so annoyed 2mo
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RamsFan1963 @5feet.of.fury It's kind of my own fault. I'd listened to 60 Songs That Explain The 90, which was 9 hours long, then started the Doctor Who book. I didn't check its length, which is 15 hours, so it stopped after 6 hours in. I still like they added audiobooks without raising the price. I'll just have to pay more attention to the lengths in the future. 2mo
Karisa Yeah, it feels like it‘s better to think of it as one audiobook a month. You can pay for more time, but it‘s $12.99 for 10 more hours. It‘s odd they‘re using hours to count the time allowed with their audiobooks but don‘t use the actual hours you used if you listen at a faster speed setting. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
quietlycuriouskate I'm still peeved that only my husband (main account holder) gets the 15 hrs of audiobook listening. Daughter and I get NOTHING on our linked accounts, even though they're still on a premium subscription. 🤔 2mo
Megabooks This is just such an odd way of selling audiobooks. I just listened to a 14 hour one, so I‘m done for the month. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I guess it‘s better than nothing! 2mo
AnnCrystal ?? That is odd. They're taking away our CDs and DVDs, make the printed book more difficult to find locally...and then control the way we listen, watch, and read! All too strange!! 2mo
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I‘m audiobooking in the new year with a book from my #AuldLangSpine and this amazing memoir (maybe my daughter showing me how to listen to audiobooks while playing Stardew is dangerous—lol).

In her book, Lamya H. uses a pseudonym to protect her identity and help her tell her stories of being an immigrant, Muslim, and queer more honestly. Her life stories and insights are powerfully organized around different prophets. This book is a must read!

SamAnne One of my best reads of 2023. 2mo
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Penance | Eliza Clark
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A fictionalized true crime podcast wrapped in a book. I listened to it as an audiobook via Spotify and that just added to the feel of authenticity. Clark captures the callousness and the fixation of this style of news(?) story(?) so perfectly. I found myself getting frustrated that the victim becomes lost then realized, yep that‘s what happens. She captures the warped online worlds of fandom too well as well. Great pick, @thewallflower0707

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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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Happy New Year‘s Eve, Everyone! 🎆🎉

Megabooks 😂😂 2mo
Ruthiella The Count! 😂👍 2mo
dabbe How cool is that? 💙🖤💙 2mo
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Reggie lol, awesome, Happy New Year! 2mo
AnnCrystal 👏That's Wild☺️👍! Here's to🥂 2024. 2mo
AnnR 🙂🎉👍 Good one! 2mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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Warm and fuzzy novel set in the UK mostly in a small library and homes. It‘s a book about the power of books to bring people together and to help heal from grief. Just lovely!

#JolabokaflodSwap Thank you, @Lovesbooks87 for the sweet book pick! Perfect for traveling and vacation time with family!

CogsOfEncouragement I liked this one. 2mo
AmyG I just posted this…my favorite read in Feb. enjoy. 2mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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This book looks perfect for me! I‘m a sucker for books about books and those that love them! 💗 Thank you for the great book pick, @Lovesbooks87 ! You nailed it for me on the chocolate choice too. I‘m going to start the book while on the road this morning. 😊🎄 Happy #Jolabokaflod!

Lovesbooks87 I glad you liked everything! Happy Holidays! 2mo
CBee SUCH a fantastic book ♥️ 2mo
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So excited to read from @thewallflower0707 ‘s list for this year‘s #AuldLangSpine! These are the three I plan to read in January (Libby-willing). I‘m especially excited for the tagged book. I‘m a sucker for books about fellow book lovers. Thanks again, @monalyisha for another great match! 💗📚🎊

Chelsea.Poole I‘m curious about this because I read Boy Parts and it was a very memorable read. 2mo
Karisa @Chelsea.Poole Ooh, I‘ve never read anything by Clark. If I like Penance I‘ll have to check that out. 2mo
thewallflower0707 You definitely picked 3 amazing novels! The Hyunam-Dong Bookstore is just PERFECT for this quiet time of the year. Curious History is genuinely hilarious & interesting. Penance is a fascinating look into our true crime obsession. Happy reading & am looking forward to your notes! 2mo
Karisa @thewallflower0707 I have a good feeling about your list! There were a few on there I‘d already read and loved. Can‘t wait to dive into these. I‘ve found Curious and Penance on audiobook already and am in line for the Hyunam-Dong on Libby app. Thanks for making great picks! (edited) 2mo
Karisa @thewallflower0707 Whelp, I just found out that Welcome to the H-D Bookstore doesn‘t release in the U.S. until February 20th. I guess I‘ll still be reading from your list at least into February. 😊 Happy New Year‘s Eve! 2mo
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Hi @dabbe your #JolabokaflodSwap is on its way from me. 😊 @Lovesbooks87 the package from you arrived yesterday—thank you! I love this swap with two of my favorite things so much! Thank you for organizing it, @MaleficentBookDragon !

📕 +🍫 = 🥰

Lovesbooks87 There is another package still on the way. Amazon shipped the book and chocolate separate. 3mo
Karisa @Lovesbooks87 Thanks! I‘ll keep an eye out. Can‘t wait for opening day 😊 3mo
dabbe Woohoo! Thank you! 💙❄️💙 3mo
Karisa @Lovesbooks87 Second package is here safe and sound. Thanks again! 💗 2mo
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Winter Wonderland | Dick Smith, Felix Bernard
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And they‘re off! #Naturalitsy mail is on its way from me. 💗

Tamra So pretty! 3mo
dabbe 💙❄️💙 3mo
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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I enjoyed this historical fiction book on audiobook so much. It reminded me of stories my grandmother still tells of her family who had come over to California from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. She was born in CA—the youngest of 9. The events and people captured in this novel bring the Great Depression to life vividly.

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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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I couldn‘t put it down! Practically perfect novel set on a cherry farm during the quarantine. It explores family, sharing memories, choices, and fame. Comparing family in quarantine sharing a life story to Our Town was a stroke of genius.

GinaKButler I loved this one! 3mo
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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Swashbuckling tale of a pirate captain who sails the Indian Ocean with her motley (but lovable) crew. So much fun!

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Thank you, @DinoMom for the sweet bookish mail! You made my day yesterday! #athingaday You rock!😊

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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Watching Apple TV‘s adaptation of Dear Edward… I‘ve given it several episodes and am about to bail. It‘s just cringey at times. The book is soooo much better!

EKonrad I gave up after three episodes. 😩 Glad I‘m not the only one! 5mo
Karisa @EKonrad It was so disappointing! So many different characters and Shay/Besa are not even Shay and Besa 😭 … 5mo
EKonrad Seriously! I don‘t know what they were thinking with this adaptation. 5mo
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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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Wow! Another stunning book by Ann Napolitano. Like her book Hello Beautiful, it deals with the themes of grief, family, and love. This one is equally powerful but not to be read on a plane journey.

It centers around a the sole survivor of a commercial plane crash and is based on a real 2010 story! Now I‘m going to have to check out the Apple TV series.

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Thank you for the sweet book mail, @TheBookHippie! I‘ve already found the perfect spot for one of the book stickers! 💗📚

The line up for #SundayBuddyRead 2024 looks fantastic!

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
dabbe I have got to find the “I'm with the banned“ sticker! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
dabbe @Karisa Thanks! I'm going to get it for my sister so she can wear it to the next school board meeting! 🤩🤓😃 5mo
Karisa @dabbe 👏👏👏 Good trouble 💗 5mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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Interesting book set in New Zealand with worlds colliding (an American billionaire meets an eco-farming collective meets an aristocrat). This book has elements of techno-thriller (drones tracking every move) and lots of political philosophizing (a la Ayn Rand).

The first part was a bit dry. Then the story really got going. Then it went off the rails and landed in batshit crazytown. Can‘t say that I loved it or hated it, but it kept my attention!

GondorGirl I have this one on my shelf... I think I need to move it up the list! 5mo
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The Most Likely Club | Elyssa Friedland
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So disappointing! This felt more like a draft of a book than a finished book. The characters were not relatable, and the plot made little sense. Friedland‘s book Last Summer at the Golden Hotel was much more enjoyable. I only stuck with it for the beloved #SundayBuddyRead 😅

Prairiegirl_reading Good on you for finishing. I couldn‘t. 5mo
Karisa @Prairiegirl_reading There was some skimming involved to make it to the end. 😂 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Karisa you still did much better than I did! After week one I tried to stick with it but I think I read three pages and I couldn‘t force myself to do it! It was just so bad!!! 5mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Maggie O‘Farrell‘s historical fiction books are a joy and a wonder. I finally got my turn with this one after the longest library hold wait time ever. It was worth the wait and I loved every minute of this look at Shakespeare‘s life and times through the eyes of his family. Just a beautiful read!

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Took my distracted self awhile to get through, but this book is indeed beautiful. Sisters, grief, mothers/daughters, love, Chicago, and a little basketball, books, and art thrown in for good measure. Plus, Whitman is mentioned in a few key moments. What‘s not to love?

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Golden Retrievers For Dummies | Nona Kilgore Bauer
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This guy has kept me hopping the last couple of weeks! Been reading at a much slower rate (probably also because this teacher is back to school too). Can‘t wait until he‘s finished his puppy vaccinations and can go for a proper walk. Then I can dive into some audiobooks!

AmyG He is so cute! 6mo
IndoorDame 😍😍😍 6mo
TheBookHippie So sweet. 6mo
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dabbe He is absolutely adorable! 💙🖤🩵 6mo
5feet.of.fury Such a cutie! 6mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 6mo
wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐶 6mo
Clwojick Angel face! 😍 6mo
Roary47 So sweet! I hear you on not getting as much reading time. I have way too much to grade already. Hang in there! 💛 6mo
Bookwomble Aww! 🐶💖 6mo
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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Just saw this post on FB and am so excited! SAA is an auto-read author for me. 😍

wanderinglynn She is for me too! Thanks for sharing! 7mo
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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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Fun, feel good summer read about a teenage girl in 70s Baltimore. Mary Jane gets to see beyond her country club upbringing when she takes a summer nanny job with the groovy Coens (and their rockstar houseguests).

Would make a fantastic book club read and I‘d love to watch a screen adaptation! Audiobook was great especially with the singing. 🎶🎵

S3V3N I‘m currently reading this and I‘m enjoying it so far. 7mo
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Bake Off + Cozy Mystery = Fun, fast read that‘ll make you hungry 😂

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How this reader is dealing with a puppy to be joining our family in August! 🐶😅

Bookwomble Exciting! 😆🐶 Have you picked a name yet? 8mo
Karisa @Bookwomble Yep! My son picked out the name Stoic. He liked the Roman philosophy when he learned about it in the sixth grade and said he‘d name his dog that two years ago! 8mo
Bookwomble @Karisa Really held to his decision! 😄 Cool name, too 😎 8mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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Really enjoying this book so far! This article made me think of the #FoodandLit group. https://www.oprahdaily.com/entertainment/books/a43965709/abraham-verghese-the-co...

Tamra Oh, I‘m going to check this out! 8mo
lynneamch Love him and looking forward to reading. Now even more so. Thx for the link! 8mo
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Intersectional coming of age novel set in 1950s SF Chinatown with McCarthyism lurking in the background. Despite touching on many issues, this novel also feels sweet and simple with themes of finding oneself and first love. #PrideMonth 🌈
(Photo from author‘s website)

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La Vie, According to Rose | Lauren Parvizi
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Hurray for rose gardens in June! I found a rainbow 🌈 of colors while out in a walk today. Even nature seemed to be celebrating #PrideMonth 😊

I‘m reading way too many books at the moment but loving them all. The tagged book is so sweet and cozy with themes of finding oneself, mothers/daughters, sisters, and travel (in this case to Paris—ooh la la💋🇫🇷).

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Almost forgotten gods and clan matrons vie for control across fantasy lands inspired by the pre-Colombian Americas. Sun goddess Nara, Teek “princess” Xiala, crafty spy/warrior Iktan, crime boss Ochi and many others flesh out this rich world with its own rules of sorcery, family, and society. The characters are easy to root for (even if they are at odds with each other). Loved this sequel to Black Sun.

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Hey Librarians, Just saw this… https://bookriot.com/kirk-cameron-public-library-events-august-5/

Books are so powerful! Otherwise, they wouldn‘t be attacked and wouldn‘t be weaponized.

OrangeMooseReads Ugh! Gross! 9mo
Aimeesue So he‘s finally found a way to get people to show up at his readings? Tell me you‘re desperate for book sales without telling me you‘re desperate for book sale, Kirk. 🙄 9mo
Karisa @OrangeMooseReads I know right. It‘s yucky. 9mo
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Karisa @Aimeesue 😢 Makes me feel bad about watching his show as a kid. 9mo
Aimeesue @Karisa Same! 9mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Any time his name shows up, I'm thanking my younger self that he was never one of my many celebrity crushes. 9mo
Reggie Ugh, him and his sister could step away from the light and neither would be missed. 9mo
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In Praise of a Mystery, the poem (just a part above) to be sent to Jupiter‘s moon Europa by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón made me cry. It‘s so beautiful!

You can read it and add your name to be sent to Europa here:
https://europa.nasa.gov/message-in-a-bottle/sign-on/?mibextid=Zxz2cZ

vivastory This is SO COOL! 9mo
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

“The Miss Chinatown contestants were clustered together behind a canvas screen near the stage.”

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

“I have done great deeds both good and evil, and who is to judge me but the gods, and what shall they say to me but that I dared?”

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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It‘s hard to put down this high fantasy book inspired by Pre-Columbian civilizations‘ traditions and stories. The book is filled with members of battling clans in the vein of Game of Thrones and the Grishaverse but feels fresh and new. I liked all of the POV characters and can‘t wait too see what happens next. On to the next book in the series!

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Outrun the Moon | Stacey Lee
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Stacey Lee writes riveting historical fiction featuring Asian American characters. This one is centered around a driven, fearless teen growing up in San Francisco‘s Chinatown in 1906 who seeks a quality education. Our #SundayBuddyRead group also read Lee‘s book Luck of the Titanic last year—also fantastic with an equally brave teenaged hero.

Karisa Another connected historical fiction (for kids) set in SF‘s 1906 earthquake is Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (reads like a companion book). 9mo
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