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Kat.Kao

Kat.Kao

Joined May 2016

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Cath‘s aesthetic is my aesthetic.

LeeRHarry I still haven't read the copy of this you sent me....hopefully I'll get to it soon 😊 I saw you read Crazy, Rich Asians - what did you think of it? And did you check out the title page? 😏 2y
Kat.Kao Yes, I loved it! My husband is Taiwanese and we‘ve been to Singapore, so it was especially fun having a little more context. 2y
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She Persisted | Chelsea Clinton
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This year I‘m going to try to meet this goal without needing to read 20 books in December.

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YA: 4; MG: 3; Total: 10; Favorite: Turtles All The Way Down

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Swing It, Sunny | Jennifer L Holm
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Books I read last week, thanks to not having any classes to teach.

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The Way to Bea | Kat Yeh
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“She didn‘t used to be a cosmic phenomenon, but something happens to people when they become teenagers and their brains explode.”

Laura317 😂😂😂So that‘s what happens!! 2y
Kat.Kao @Laura317 That is why I teach 6th and not 7th or 8th! Don‘t need cosmic phenomena in my life. 2y
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Mehso-so

It‘s kind of goofy and the writing is serviceable, but if you like cozy mysteries with receipes, pick this up.

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Going to a wedding in Miami the weekend before grades are due => slightly hysterical literature circle grading at 8:30 at night

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This is my favorite John Green book already. If it stays this level, it might be in my top five in general.

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Terrifying look at the extreme conservative donors pushing their agenda on the country. I knew this was happening, but I didn‘t realize the full systematic extent of it. Very thorough and a solid read.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Sadly not a big reading month.

Gezemice Looks like mine. 2y
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Any book that starts with a Brandeis quote gets an instant warm feeling from me.

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Anyone want to beta read a YA cozy mystery about high school debate with biracial, LGBTQA, Muslim, and Asian main characters? I‘m at the point in this draft where I‘m remembering how much easier writing was when I wrote theatre and was constantly collaborating.

Laura317 Wow! I'm impressed with the diversity. Oh, and also the fact it's a cozy set in high school. I don't think I've seen that before. 2y
Kat.Kao @Laura317 Thanks! It‘s not too different from my own high school experience, which was also pretty diverse. I also want to write books my future half-Asian kids can see themselves in. 2y
Laura317 @Kat.Kao Mine high school was fairly diverse, too. I love that you want to write for your children. It's important for kids to see themselves in books. My kids struggle finding books with Chinese kids in them written for kids. 2y
Kat.Kao @Laura317 It‘s such a frustrating challenge. You shouldn‘t have to search to see yourself. 2y
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Girl Mans Up | M-E Girard
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This book has a lot going on, involving issues relating to gender identity, dealing with immigrant parents, sexual orientation, bullying, sexual assault, and abortion. As a result, it‘s a pretty intense read, and is very much more of a high school YA than a middle school one.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/girl-mans-up/

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This book is amazing and now I‘m going to read the whole series.

Laura317 Its such s good series, and you start to love the people of Three Pines like they're your friends. 2y
Kat.Kao @Laura317 As I was reading I was hoping the rest of the series was about Three Pines! Husband is Canadian so that connection gives me even more enjoyment. (Not from Quebec though.) 2y
JamieArc @Kat.Kao I found you because you posted about Still Life, and I have an affinity for anyone who love 3 Pines like I do. I agree with @Laura317 - every time I read one it's like coming home. 2y
Kat.Kao @JamieArc Aww yay! I‘m so glad the other books are just as great! 2y
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This is what it‘s like to teach brown 11 year olds in 2017. Every time I hear the latest horrible/crazy thing this administration has done, I worry about the impact on my kids.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Breathe out. Scream later.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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@LeeRHarry your #hyggeswap package arrived and I love it! Been planning on reading this book, and I‘m excited to ise the tea and stickers! I love the Australian touches. Thank you!!!

LeeRHarry You're welcome - I'm glad it arrived in one piece since it's been travelling for a while! 😊 2y
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Hillary Clinton has my fashion mantra and packs the way I do.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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I had a short conversation with my role model today.

Jess7 🤗🤗 2y
LeeRHarry Ooh very nice! 😊 2y
Laalaleighh Omg amazing!! How did it go?! I would have fainted probs. 2y
Kat.Kao @Laalaleighh So incredible. I expected to say a sentence and move on, but she asked me about where I teach and my kids and thanked me for being a teacher. She was so present and did not rush me at all. Everything people say about what she‘s like in person is completely true. I was shaking and almost cried. 2y
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Rules | Cynthia Lord
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This is a heartfelt look at growing up with a sibling with disabilities–one that doesn‘t gloss over the resentment and jealousy that can occur when a 12 year old has spent much of her childhood expected to make sacrifices because of her sibling.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/rules/

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Paper Girls #1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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September books. Paper Girls was no question the favorite.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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1. Plan
2. 5 star
3. Harry, because HP sass is amazing, & then I can hang with his more interesting friends.
4. I've been agonizing over a hypothetical Rainbow Rowell tattoo for months, so clothes (less stressful).
5. 1st half

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Taught sick today so this was perfect. I've been meaning to read Louise Penny, and I'm excited for the Agatha Christie themed book. I'm going to have to eat the cookie before my husband does 🙄Thank you so much, @Avanders ! Gonna drink my new tea and grade #letsgetcozy

kspenmoll ❤️Louise Penny 2y
Avanders Yay you're welcome!! 💖💖 2y
mabell Lovely box! 2y
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The Hearts We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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A modern society in which demons grant wishes in exchange for physical body parts fits perfectly with contemporary America. The book is focused on Dee, but it does touch on the larger ramifications of living in such a society–the rumors about celebrities and what they may have traded; the fascination around having a prosthetic; the rules the demons lay out to earn humans‘ trust.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/the-hearts-we-sold/

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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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Avanders The Wheel of Time is a book series I've been meaning to read since 2003! 🙈 Also, been meaning to try that vegan Ben & Jerry's.. 2y
Kat.Kao @Avanders READ IT. It's obviously very long, but I love it so much. 2y
Avanders Yes'm! 😉🤗 2y
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The Hearts We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Do you like female friendships, diverse protagonists, badass middle school girls, dinosaurs, some kind of future inter-generational war, and time travel? The answer is yes, so you need to read all 3 volumes of Paper Girls immediately. It is the comic book series you didn't realize you have needed your entire life.

Bambolina_81 This is such a fun series 😀 2y
Kat.Kao @Bambolina_81 Waiting for the next trade to come out is killing me. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Yes! Just read the first collection! 💚 2y
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Monty starts out behaving badly, sure, but he changes over the course of the story, and gets called out multiple times. His obliviousness to the challenges Percy faces feels believable and speaks to character. Percy‘s repeated attempts to distance himself from Africans who were not raised as British is fascinating, and I wish that had been explored more.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/the-gentlemans-guide-to-vice-and-virtue/

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This is what back to school month looks like, sadly. On top of writing a new 40k word draft. September will be better!

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Ahh my #letsgetcozy package arrived today!!! Mailing mine out in a few days--still waiting on an item. I love how many of us are reusing OwlCrate boxes.

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My Leadership students are so close to getting a great collection of LGBTQA books for the resource center they're creating and running! We have no resources for our middle schoolers, so my students are pulling this resource center together from nothing.

Any little bit helps: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/fight-hate-with-a-middle-school-lgbtqa-r/27...

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Reading a bunch of Asian/Taiwanese American stuff as research for the current novel (half-Taiwanese protagonist) and the YA about Taiwan/Taiwanese-America that's been percolating.

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RoseBlood | A. G. Howard
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The book often veered into melodrama–which, given the story, could have been really fitting, but instead was so over-the-top it pulled me out. The parts of the story told from Thorn‘s point of view were the most ridiculous. The story would have been served better if we had experienced the mystery along with Rune, instead of knowing so much about Thorne and the Phantom.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/roseblood/

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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway & was very excited about it. It's ridiculous, but the characters are amazingly written, and it deals with so many fascinating issues. My husband is Taiwanese, so I loved how culturally specific it is. The exploration of the relationship Taiwanese-Americans have to Taiwan and China is so great to see.

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Sweettartlaura Love #19 ❤️ - I have my Italian grandmother's bedroom set 😍 2y
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4thhouseontheleft Yes to #7. I was a late bloomer, too. 2y
Kat.Kao @4thhouseontheleft I have a mental list of late bloomers I cycle through every so often. Like Tina Fey! 2y
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Ok caught up now.

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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Fell behind in posting reviews so trying to get caught up, sorry for all the posts!

bookhoarder513 I was given this recently. Sounds great! 2y
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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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This book is crazy fun. The narrative tone of the book is hilarious without distracting from the characters and story, and it subverts so many tropes in a creative way. Despite that, it's not jokey or gimmicky--there's solid character work and genuine emotion, and the specificity in description is great. The concept and humor is a selling point, but not the main feature. I love that an LGBTQA Latina is at the center of the story, too.

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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Avanders I can't wait to read this... 2y
Kat.Kao @Avanders I was unprepared for how good it was. Not to overhype it :) 2y
Avanders lol I have a problem w overhyping books too, sometimes 😁 2y
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Bye month of no school and tons of reading.

Bookworm83 I'm right there with you. Only one week left for me 😢 2y
Kat.Kao @Bookworm83 2 more weeks, then a week of trainings/meetings/room set-up. So not ready for 11 year olds to roll their eyes at me and try to avoid reading for another nine months. 2y
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This is a sweet little anthology about being thirteen that hits all the usual marks: bullying, trying to fit in, friend drama, first crushes. Each story has a distinct voice, but they definitely feel part of a unified whole. This is a great way to bring up a lot of the issues kids face in middle school.

Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/13-thirteen-stories-that-capture-the-agony-and-ecsta...

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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This book is pretty amazing.

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Really loved this book. There's a level of manic absurdity I completely relate to. I'm also concerned I'm too much like Eleanor.

Sweettartlaura This was my favorite quote from this book ❤️ 2y
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Better Late Than Never | Jenn McKinlay
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So glad the love triangle is settled! These books are like popcorn, but ugh no time for love triangles in my cozy mysteries.

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