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Karisimo

Karisimo

Joined July 2022

I ❤️ MG fiction! Also literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, and sci-fi
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Trust by Hernan Diaz
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The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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This book is worth all the accolades it has received! Very realistic and sympathetic characters. For those who read middle grade fiction, this is a more mature read alike to Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

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I have 19 books remaining to finish my Goodreads goal of 200 books in 2022, so I'm making that my #winterreadathon goal! (also finishing up #autumnbingo2022 with some of these 😁)

Thanks to @andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader Looks good! Happy to have you finish the year with us♥️ I‘m also hoping to reach/beat my 2022 GR goal🤓📚 1w
Andrew65 You‘re more organised than me, I not even pulled my list together yet. Here‘s to getting to that goal! You can do it. 💪🥳 1w
Andrew65 Loved the Matt Haig books and they are good quick reads. 1w
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Under the Egg | Laura Marx Fitzgerald
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This book is much better than the cover would lead you to believe! It‘s a great middle grade example of my new favorite sub-genre: historical mystery. My only complaint is flat characters (the mom especially), but the historical research behind the mystery plot was great!

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The Last Chairlift | John Irving
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Bailedbailed

Five hours in I stopped to read more reviews and concluded it‘s not going to get any better 😔 Sorry, JI, I tried.

Also, now I need a new #snowysetting for #autumnbingo2022

Soubhiville First snowy setting Book that comes to mind for me is a dystopian by indigenous author novella that I loved- 2w
squirrelbrain I foolishly read to the bitter end…(I struggle to bail!) and it really doesn‘t get any better! 2w
Karisimo @squirrelbrain quitting is hard/new for me too! It feels like failure. But I‘m learning! Thanks for your confirmation! 2w
Karisimo Thanks, @Soubhiville I‘ll check it out! 2w
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This was definitely my favorite Inspector Gamache so far! I had heard they get better after the first few. The addition of a historical mystery to the normal murder mystery was fun! And seeing our hero in his human weakness worked well also.

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#authoramonth

Excited to try this! Here is my plan ⬆️

Some authors are new to me and others I had to search their backlist to avoid re-reading.

Super excited to learn Kate Morton has a new one coming in 2023!

Soubhiville Yay! 3w
Ann_Reads A stellar list of books! loved Daisy Jones and the Six which surprised me. The audiobook is really well narrated too. I need to cut back on some of my reading activities in 2023 but given the authors chosen, I'm really tempted to try #authoramonth this time. 3w
Graywacke Great plan! 3w
Karisimo @Ann_Reads I loved Daisy Jones so much that it is the one re-read I am considering!The full cast audiobook really makes it great! I can‘t imagine the paper book being as good. Also TJR‘s backlist doesn‘t tempt me much 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Odder | Katherine Applegate
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“In their defense, sharks do not (as a rule) eat otters.“

This is a super cute (yet realistic) middle grade novel in verse from the perspective of a young sea otter!

#firstlinefridays
@shybookowl

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War Stories | Gordon Korman
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#MGbookwhisperer #VeteransDay
Wolf Hollow features a girl who befriends a reclusive WWI veteran who is misunderstood in his community.
War Stories takes a boy and his great-grandfather back to France to be honored for his heroism, but the memories aren't all good. Deftly exposes the reality and grey areas of war.
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA contrasts a celebrated white veteran and an unsung black veteran. Gently tells a story of injustice.

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The best thing about this book was the relationships between three generations of women! It was a light and enjoyable break from my usual reads! #amazonfirstreads

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This read was motivated in part by nostalgia, but also by #autumnbingo2022 !

@ann_reads

Ann_Reads Excellent! 🍁 I hope you liked the Nancy Drew novel too. 1mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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This was a library book club read- everyone loved it! Good research on wolves and rewilding, good mystery that kept us turning pages, and good characters that all needed therapy but felt real!

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The Christmas Pig | J. K. Rowling
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Halloween has past, so Christmas books are fair game, right? This story is one big crazy magical adventure of a boy searching for his toy. The talking toys give major Toy Story vibes. Lots of feels- starts off sad, several scares along the way(on the same level as most Disney movies), but in the end love conquers all.
#MGbookwhisperer

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#MGbookwhisperer #boardingschool
Of these 3 boarding school books, Mystwick School of Music took the cake! It had great world building and magic based on music!
Mystwick and Black Hollow Lane shared the classic boarding school elements of a mysteriously missing parent, the enemy roommate, and a few faithful friends to aid in the quest! Either would be great for fans of Harry Potter.
Midnight for Charlie Bone was just so-so.

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This is crazy! I literally just finished listening to The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford last night, then read this ⬆️ in Babel! So fun when random books overlap like this!

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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I was concerned that this would get too political for my enjoyment, but it skirted around the edges widely enough for me! Very different (more serious/sad) from Little Fires.

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I think I‘m off to a good start! Any suggestions for a grinch-like character??
#autumnbingo2022
@Ann_Reads

Ann_Reads Way to go! You're doing well! 🍁🎃🌻 (edited) 2mo
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Yonder | Ali Standish
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This a a great middle grade historical fictional that takes place in the 1940s on the home front of WWII in western North Carolina. The author does a good age-appropriate job of highlighting the unseen injustices going on in the US while we sacrificed so much to fight for freedom and democracy overseas. Good for fans of Lauren Wolk!

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“A typewriter shattered my destiny”

#firstlinefriday from one of my all-time favs!

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Bailedbailed

After trying for over a week, I gave up. The setting and premise intrigued me, but I just couldn‘t get into the story. I think too much happened to the characters before I cared about them? Similar feel as War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman.

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Middle grade version!
🔥Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen
📡Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
🍞 The Patron Thief of Bread by Lindsay Eager
🗺 The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
🧌The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 3mo
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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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So far:
🐙Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
🎾Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
📖Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
🎮Tomorrow and tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
🐴Horse by Geraldine Brooks

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The first two are on my tbr list! 📚😊 3mo
maxfolsom A Connie Willis fan, need to add the Doomsday Book to my list since I haven't read it yet. 3mo
Karisimo @maxfolsom I haven‘t read anything else by Connie Willis, but considering how much I like Doomsday, I probably should!! 3mo
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I blew through this latest from Taylor Jenkins Reid! I don‘t even care a thing about tennis, but I was immediately captured by the story. And her connections between books is fun too!

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Puzzles to Puzzle You | Devi Shakuntala
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Jigsaw Puzzles! And bonus if it‘s a puzzle of a bookshop! Or my other favorite- scenes from all Jane Austen books!
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#littenswanttoknow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Our pre-ordered copy from bookshop.org arrived today! Woot woot!

Bookworm04 I got this on my wish list to reserve next 3mo
Bookworm04 It available on my library which didn‘t think be available being new but it is winner 3mo
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Lines of Courage | Jennifer A. Nielsen
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#currentlyreading (listening) to Lines of Courage set in WWI and just finished Jubilee by Margaret Walker set in The Civil War, so lots of historical fiction! Both are good reads!

#littenswantoknow
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A portrait of #marriage x2 that I found surprisingly honest and relatable.

#indeliblemoments
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 💙🧡 3mo
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On the lighter side of #breakdown moments. An enjoyable read, but dare I say it… the movie was better!!!

#indeliblemoments
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this!! 3mo
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Quitting a book is very hard for me because I‘m afraid I‘ll miss a good ending where my investment of time pays off. I‘m trying to give myself permission, thinking of all the others books on my TBR helps a little! I have only done it a handful of times so far.

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You can do it!! ❤️ 3mo
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This was more gothic and dark than I expected- in a good way! Knowing that bad things were going to happen I was on edge the whole time.

*spoiler alert*
I thought the ending was very interesting and kind of sad, very similar to how I felt about Frodo at the end of LotR!

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I only re-read when I have to lead book club discussion on a book I read more than a year before, which happens more often than I like.

I‘ve been thinking of going back to read older favorites of mine to see if they have the same appeal as before, but I never want to actually take the time to do it!

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 3mo
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Our library book club discussed this one last night and opinions were split. Top criticisms were flat characters and plot points that were too obvious/forced. Others liked the exposure of a lesser known part of history. What do you think?

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#indeliblemoments #childbirth

So many in this one! 😅 Also a great TV series!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚 3mo
Eggs Now I want to see this! I was born the early 1950s 3mo
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I‘m taking the liberty of adding my middle grade version!

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Ranger‘s Apprentice by John Flanagan

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#littenswanttoknow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👍🏻 3mo
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the first two!! 3mo
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Tagged is my middle grade choice!

The characters are endearing including a curmudgeony gargoyle! The setting in medieval times is fun too! The story of an orphan searching/finding a “home” is always a good premise! Well done! 👏🏼

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#two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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1. Tagged
2. The characters and their tumultuous friendship over time. And it was a well told story overall!

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#two4tueaday

TheSpineView I loved this book! Great choice!💙📖📘 3mo
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Started as a nickname in college then became a user name I regularly choose

#littenswanttoknow
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I read to experience things that I never will in real life, sometimes for the thrill, other times to gain perspective.

I‘ve been an avid reader since before I can remember! I loved when my teachers and my mom would read aloud to us.

Almost any time I‘m not at work (which is funny because I work at a library). I read real books before bed every night and have audiobooks going anytime I‘m doing chores, driving or exercising!

#littenswanttoknow

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I love interesting formats so I enjoyed the news report style of this #letterz ! (Very different from the movie!)

#alphabetgame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 3mo
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This middle grade story is a great example of historical setting with a magical twist. The characters are faced with an ethical dilemma of how/when to use magic. And the bookshop itself is a character! So fun!

New Kid on the Book The book cover looks great! 3mo
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Is anyone else super excited about this???!!!

https://amzn.to/3PKfftX

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This #letterY was my intro to Geraldine Brooks who has become a favorite of mine!

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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If you haven‘t listened to Elizabeth Acevedo read her own books, you haven‘t fully experienced this #letterX and also her second work With the Fire on High!

#AlphabetGame
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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This #letterw is my favorite comfort read- gives me all the good feels!

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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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Had to dig into my MG books for this #letterv - A heartwarming tale of four siblings in the city.

#AlohabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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This #letteru reads like a James Michener novel except that it‘s the history of a person instead of a place.

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Themis Files | Sylvain Neuvel
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The Themis Files trilogy is accessible science fiction told in a sort of epistolary format.

Very close runner up #letterT is The Time in Between by Maria Duenas.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Like everyone is saying- too many #letterS books to choose from! I recommend this one on audio- it includes music composed by author🎶
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 4mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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#lettterR was hard to choose, but this is def a favorite of mine so far this year!

#AlphabetGame
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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This #letterq is an investment of time- 46 hours on audio! It got a little weird for me in places, but the complex way it all comes together is masterful!

#AlphabetGame
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