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Kaylamburson

Kaylamburson

Joined May 2016

Reader, Writer, Thinker, Creator. Sales Manager at Workman Publishing.
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I've been writing #LitsyLove and #JB replies since 9 am this morning while getting in the Christmas spirit with a cheerful playlist! I'm so sorry for those that are still waiting for replies, as I still have about 15 left after this batch. But I appreciate all the cards and love!!
And to combine this with #BFCr4, another great week! I tried a new workout class which I loved and tried out a couple of work's lunch clubs to get away from my desk!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1d
LauraBeth I'm inspired by your great BFCr4! I've had a miserable two weeks 😔 I pledge to get my behind at the gym this week! 1d
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Kaylamburson It's so hard when the weather gets colder. I'm really trying to push myself, and I know this upcoming week will be hard. But it might help to have a playlist you're excited about or an audiobook that you can't stop listening to! @LauraBeth 1d
LauraBeth I've paid for a subscription to FitRadio - they have really great playlists. Hopefully, I can just get out the door tomorrow. It's going go be 65 degrees here - I have no excuse! 1d
Kaylamburson That sounds inspiring!! You can do it, @LauraBeth !! 1d
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Cub | Cynthia L. Copeland
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A cute graphic memoir of 7th grader Cynthia Copeland working alongside a journalist during Watergate. There's a bit about gender inequality, although I wish it dove into it a little more. It's a great coming-of-age story and aims to inspire kids to go out and make their dreams come true. I love the illustrations, and can't wait to see the final in full-color in January!

ScientistSam Ooh, I'll keep an eye out for this for the kids on my present-giving list! 2d
Kaylamburson It's a fun one for sure! @ScientistSam 2d
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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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This was super creepy and the last book for #LMPBC! I enjoyed the storyline and the writing, although so many of the characters made me want to scream. It was certainly creepy, but less so than I expected. Even with a witch on the scene, it felt realistic. At least until the end. I really did not like the last 30 pages or so (felt so rushed), and I'm curious how the Dutch version ended. Any Dutch Littens that have read the original??

Kaylamburson So sorry it took me so long, @Hestapleton , @Stacypatrice , @jb72!! I'm mailing it Monday. 😊 2d
jb72 It‘s taken me a few extra days to finish Brother. I felt the same about Hex...the witch was creepy, but I felt a bit rushed at the end. 2d
Kaylamburson Yes, I didn't realize how long it was and started too late. But so rushed. I was so confused lol. I think it of all four Brother was my favorite. @jb72 2d
jb72 @Kaylamburson so far Brother is pretty good. I‘m halfway through it. 2d
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Fascinating audiobook that reveals the true history of what's known today as NYC's Roosevelt Island. Anyone sent to the alm's house, mental institution, or prison was pretty much issued a death sentence. Forced to bathe in water that 30 of your inmates have already used and turned brown with dirt and disease; not enough beds; no heat; torturous treatments. It's all horrifying & a reminder that tragedy doesn't just happen in other countries.

Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too. Interesting that Rikers was meant to be the improved replacement for this place. 2d
Kaylamburson I know! And they just couldn't figure out how to make it work (or didn't care). @Hooked_on_books 2d
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Answering this #litsy questionnaire for @ljuliel with the hope that together we can make this a home we all continue to love and feel comfortable sharing in. Thanks for the tag, @MrBook !
1) The community, lack of drama inside the app, all the book recs!
2) The drama on the FB page, & I'm self-conscious posting swaps, surveys, & book adjacent posts b/c I feel they aren't wanted, but I like them.
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Kaylamburson 4) 1-3 times a week; 5) all of the above, but I've participated less because it seems many Littens get annoyed by them and I want this community to remain drama-free. It has become more prominent of an issue since the FB group. 6) For those that want to mute hashtags, in the settings there should be suggested hashtags to mute based on popularity. And have it available in the app. 5d
Sace Oh see... I didn't even know there was a FB page/group? I maybe that's why I felt slightly out of touch. I'm glad I deleted my FB in July 2016 🤣 5d
ljuliel Thank you. You brought up some very valid points. I‘ve never gotten into FB, so am unaware of anything that goes on there. I believe I‘ll keep it that way. I know there have been issues with swaps. I don‘t plan on doing any more myself. 5d
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vivastory I was also completely unaware of the Facebook group 5d
Kaylamburson The Facebook group was started when Litsy changed ownership to Library Thing so they could get a feel of what was and wasn't working in our community. It had a lot of good intentions, but it often feels more negative than anything I've witnessed inside Litsy itself. However, it is how I hear about new changes like hashtag muting and the new web version! @ljuliel @vivastory. Probably for the best you deleted it, @Sace 😂 5d
Sace @ljuliel oh. Swaps. Creating internet drama for me to avoid since the internet started. 🙄 5d
Sace @Kaylamburson FB is just a hive of scum and villainy. The Tatooine of the Internet 🤣🤣🤣 5d
Sace *sigh* My husband is now lecturing me. Mos Eisley is the hive 🙄 5d
vivastory @Sace Best FB analogy ever! 😄👏👍😂 5d
Kaylamburson 🤣😂🤣😂 I don't know the difference but an amazing analogy, hahaha @save @vivastory 5d
Sace @vivastory *takes a bow* 5d
sprainedbrain I think you should post what you want, and I‘m really sorry that you feel like you have to edit yourself. 🤗 5d
Kaylamburson Thank you, @sprainedbrain ! That's really good advice. I'm just such a people pleaser, but I should also think about my own desires. 5d
Kimberlone I sometimes feel the same need to self edit, but then I remember that I am on Litsy not Instagram and then I feel better about posting the things I am interested in anyway! 5d
mrp27 You do you and post away! 5d
Kaylamburson Thanks so much, @Kimberlone and @mrp27 ! 💜💜 5d
quietjenn I think you should do what you like. If people are about, it's on them. 5d
Sace @Kaylamburson apparently Tatooine is the planet and Mos Eisley the city. I think my husband was a little ashamed of me for not knowing. 🤣 5d
Kaylamburson I'm going to find a way to drop those in every day conversation with my boyfriend and he'll be shocked and impressed 🤣😂 @sace 5d
Sace Learn from my mistake young padawan. 😂 5d
Kaylamburson 🤣😂 may the force be with you @Sace 5d
ljuliel It sounds like all of you had a good talk in here last night. ✨🚀 ✨( Star Wars). 😁. I hope those who mentioned worrying about what you say in a post will feel more comfortable to just be yourself and post a comment. For the most part, Litsy is a good place to hang out without a lot of problems. @kaylamberson. @Kimberlone 5d
RainyDayReading I‘m in the same boat as you- as far as being self conscious about what I post now. I wasn‘t at first but after seeing the negative stuff on the FB page I‘ve definitely cut back on how much/what I post and I definitely don‘t interact on here as much as I used to. I thought I was the only one feeling this way 😅 5d
Kaylamburson You're not the only one at all, @RainyDayReading ! I have also really cut back on my interactions and participating in questionnaires and such, but I guess at the end of the day, why should I care who wants to follow me. Plenty of people also enjoy those posts. I'm going to try to follow the advice of all the lovely Littens here. Thank you, @quietjenn @Pamwurtzler 5d
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Dinosnores | Sandra Boynton
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The reception area of my office just makes me so happy! The Sandra Boynton bunny reading Dinosnores is a new addition and really encompasses what we are all about at Workman.

hermyknee What! Your office is the best! 6d
mrp27 Cute! 6d
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tracey38 This is so cute! And love the purple chairs, too. 5d
Kaylamburson Thanks! It really is the best office. Many of our walls are orange, purple, and green, too! And we have our main meetings in lawn chairs 😂🤣. @Rachel.Rencher @hermyknee @tracey38 @mrp27 5d
tracey38 @Kaylamburson seems like a fun place to work! 5d
mrp27 Sounds like a fun office! 5d
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My birthday present to myself just arrived today, thanks to a 50% off code from Out of Print! I'm so excited for this library sweatshirt.

In #BFCr4 news, I succeeded with most of my goals: worked out 4 times this week, read the Flatshare on audio and finishing up my #LMPBC book (I'm sorry I'm late, @jb72 @Hestapleton @Stacypatrice--I'll be done in about a week). I took two full hour lunches this week and water goal 1/2 the days. @wanderinglynn

Mandoul Thats cool 😀 1w
RachelO That‘s great! And well done on your goals! 1w
Kaylamburson Thanks so much, @Mandoul and @RachelO ! I just tried it on and it's soooooo soft! 1w
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Megabooks Cute!! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And I love the shirt ❤️ 1w
AutumnRLS I love their stuff. I'm wearing a Frederick Leo Lionni tshirt today that I've washed a ton and it's still as soft as the day it came in the mail. 1w
Kaylamburson So cute, @AutumnRLS. So nice to hear it's still so soft! 1w
LauraBeth Way to stay with your goals! 🙌 1w
Kaylamburson Thank you, @LauraBeth !! 1w
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#BFCr4 week 3 was a success! Read another book--The Flatshare, drank my water most days, sleep (ehhh, not so great), worked out 4 times!! Took my lunch twice plus extra break for birthday activities with my coworkers.
@wanderinglynn @MaleficentBookDragon @Blaire @LauraBeth

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
jb72 That is so good! 2w
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Adorable. A super fun rom-com and audiobook with English accents. Definitely recommend!

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This is my favorite book of the year. It's well-written, well-paced, and even includes a shocking twist. It's essentially the biography of actress Evelyn Hugo, & the fact that I care so much about this fictional woman's life is astounding to me. It shows Jenkins Reid's true talent for storytelling.
I highly recommend this one. I didn't really know what it was about going into it, and that made it all the more wonderful to see Hugo's life unfold.

marleed I‘m so impressed with TJR. She is so young but her research is so thorough that she can write a character at any age or timeline and pull you right in. 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This was one of my favourites of last year! Her latest one is really great too, especially on audio. 3w
Abailliekaras I saw & nearly bought this at the bookstore today and now I wish I had! 3w
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Freespirit Excellent review...I will put it on the list! 3w
Kaylamburson I am just so impressed, too. And Daisy Jones and the Six is next month's book club pick in my group, and I'm 1000 times more excited for it now. Have you read any of her others, @marleed? @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I'm so excited to read it now. It sounded interesting, but there was a lot of hype so I always get nervous it won't live up. 3w
Kaylamburson Aww bummer! Next time you go to the bookstore you should definitely get a copy. It was fantastic on audiobook, too! @Abailliekaras. Thanks so much, @Freespirit. Def add it! 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 2w
Kaylamburson Thank you so much, @MicheleinPhilly !!! It's been a good day 2w
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I had a pretty good week as far as my goals are concerned for #BFCr4.
I finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood as my one book, drank my goal amount of water 5 out of the 7 days, took my full lunch hour my goal amount of times (2), and even pushed myself to workout 5 times this week! All at the gym with classes. I have also been so into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, that that audiobook got me to run a full 45 minutes on the elliptical.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 3w
Kaylamburson Thanks so much!! @wanderinglynn 3w
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Blaire Great week!! Way to fit in those workouts! 3w
Kaylamburson Thanks so much, @Blaire ! 3w
LauraBeth Nice week! Way to get those workouts in! 3w
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I enjoyed the different voices on audio (although some chapters it took me a few minutes to figure out who was speaking). Overall, I enjoyed the story. I appreciated learning more about Gilead and the workings of the Aunts. With that said, it felt unnecessary and had plot choices that created needless obstacles. Perhaps trying too hard to align with the show? Not anywhere as close to as impactful as Handmaid's Tale, but I enjoyed the journey.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Wow, I am just beyond grateful for all the love and birthday wishes I've received through the kind and generous souls of #LitsyLove and #JB. It's still over a week until my birthday and I've been showered with cards and most unexpected, presents! You are all so wonderful and sweet! I've had a stressful week and coming home to all of this love has just made my week. Thank you all times a million!!! 🥰💜❤🧡💛💚
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Kaylamburson @Jee_HookedOnBookz I am so touched by your very full package of goodies. I cannot wait to read Chalk Man, use my scented pens, stickers, bookmarks, cards, and I adore Starbursts! You truly made my day. It was so unexpected, and as I opened the package, I just kept finding more and more goodies! It was like a Mary Poppins bag!! Haha. Thank youuuuuu 💜💜💜💜 3w
Kaylamburson @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie I couldn't wait, so I opened the gift pre-birthday, and I'm so excited!! I've been wanting to read One of Us is Lying forever now!! You guys are amazing 💜💜💜 3w
TheBookHippie @Kaylamburson awe!!! Enjoy!!! 3w
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Crazeedi I hope my little card made it too!! So glad you have such wonderful surprises!! 3w
Kaylamburson Thank you to the surprise card from England! (At least I think based on the stamp and postmark). I will have to properly thank you once I know who sent it, but I'm following strict instructions to not open until October 26th! You never want to mess with that birthday magic! 3w
Kaylamburson @Lovesbooks87 I think I included you in another post, but I'm just so grateful! I love the happy stickers and it's a "whale" of a good bookmark ?. Laughing at my own jokes, haha. Thank you!! 3w
Kaylamburson @UwannaPublishme , I can't wait to respond to your wonderful card. So sweet of you to send me a birthday card and the goodies inside. I love the mini fortune! "Happiness is not in our circumstance, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are." John B. Sheerin. That's so true and definitely something I try to live by. Thank youuuu!!! 3w
Kaylamburson @Jas16 you are wonderful and so so sweet of you to think of me! I'm loving our #LMPBC and so sad it's almost over! 3w
Kaylamburson Aww thank you, @Crazeedi !! So sweet of you! I don't think I got it yet (unless you're the yellow "not to be opened until 26th October card), but NYC is notoriously slow at delivering. I'm sure it will arrive soon! Did you send it recently? I'll keep an eye out! 3w
UwannaPublishme Thanks for sharing the great quote. I never get to read them, but I see you received the exact one meant for you. 👍🏻 Keep celebrating and having fun. 😘❤️🎉🎂🎁🎈 3w
Kaylamburson Scrolling on my feed today I came across LitsyLove cards with handwriting just like my special yellow international one. Is it from you @LapReader ?? Thank you so much! I'm excited to open it on my birthday. I'm following instructions! Haha. I also know people hate when you mix-up England and Australia, so so sorry about that! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
LapReader Nope not me but happy birthday anyway. 3w
Kaylamburson Lol, the handwriting looked so close. Thanks, @LapReader ! Also I love to know there's another pole dancer and reader on here. I also love the fitness activity! 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg YESSSSSS! It arrived this time! Doing my dance 💃🏽💃🏽Woot woot! Enjoy! ❤️ Have a great birthday, Kayla! 🎉🎂🎊🎈😘 3w
Kaylamburson Yesss success!!! Thank you so so much!! 🥰🥰🥳 @Jee_HookedOnBookz 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Kaylamburson you're so welcome! 3w
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Kaylamburson I got your card @Crazeedi !! Thank you so much!! I love the quill-like bookmark, and I can't wait to respond to your letter 💜 3w
Crazeedi @Kaylamburson yay, hope your day was special! 3w
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Congrats on this amazing milestone, @Librarybelle !! Such an accomplishment! 🥳📚📚💜

I've heard the tagged book is amazing and inspiring as it's about a high-powered woman climbing the corporate ladder. Definitely high on my TBR list! #200kGiveaway

Librarybelle Thank you! Great choice! 4w
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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I just started this #LMPBC book, and since I was just looking up this old Spongebob clip after seeing a cosplay of this scene, I am now imagining this as the Gramma mentioned in the text, haha. Definitely helping me to not be so afraid of what's going to happen, lol.

@Stacypatrice @Hestapleton @jb72

Hestapleton Hahaha that‘s amazing! 1mo
jb72 LOL good one! 1mo
Rhugen Read the book it‘s so good. Hope you enjoy it 1mo
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No idea who these characters are, but I got a photo with them at the International Literacy Association Conference #ILA2019 in New Orleans this week. Anyone have any clue? They were next to a business called I-Ready.

Stacypatrice So cute!! 1mo
ImperfectCJ Looks like i-Ready is a reading program and these are two of the characters that guide students through their reading adventures. And now I've learned something new. :-) https://edtechdigest.com/2017/11/16/cool-tool-new-i-ready-lessons/ 1mo
Kaylamburson Oh, awesome! I apparently failed at googling because I couldn't find this page when I looked 🤣. Thanks, @ImperfectCJ !! 1mo
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ImperfectCJ I googled "Snargg" from the one guy's name tag, and even then it took a bit of digging. I think it's a fairly specialized thing. And maybe it popped up closer to the top of my results because of my search history. The mysterious Google algorithm... 1mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, Detective @ImperfectCJ. You cracked the case! 1mo
ImperfectCJ Something for my resume. 😆 1mo
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Watched this YA movie adaptation on the plane this week! It was definitely cute and pretty similar to the book, but I definitely didn't like it as much as the book. Natasha wasn't as likeable on the screen, but still glad I saw it.
I also watched Booksmart which was hilarious and so much fun!

MommyOfTwo I need to watch that yet 1mo
Kaylamburson It was a good plane movie! @MommyOfTwo 1mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm I love Booksmart! So, so good. 1mo
Kaylamburson Yes!! Loved that friendship in there! @PerksOfBeingABookworm 1mo
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Week 1 check in for #BFCr4! @wanderinglynn @MaleficentBookDragon @Blaire @LauraBeth
Did better than I thought even with my work trip to NOLA this week. I read one full book--The Jumbies, drank the 7 tumblers in the office Mon/Tues. I went to bed by 11:15 4/5 nights, and one full workout and so much walking at the conference equaling over 60 minutes a day. Plus, took a lunch break with my BF monday and a full hour at the chiropractor Tuesday!

Blaire Awesome start to bfcr4!!! Way to get all those walking minutes in! 1mo
Kaylamburson Thanks so much, @blaire!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great work!! 1mo
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LauraBeth Amazing kick-off to the challenge! Way to go! Have a great week this week 😺 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week! 1mo
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The Jumbies is the perfect MG October read! Based on Carribean folklore, jumbies are types of malevolent creatures that come out at night to kill humans. There's a war going on between jumbies and humans, and although this is a creepy read, it's also a story of friendship, family, acceptance, and love. There's lots of action, so perfect for reluctant readers.

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Announcing my goals to make me accountable for @wanderinglynn 's book fitness challenge #BFCr4. I know this first week I'll have to modify my goals as I'll be on a business trip so lunch, water, sleep, and workout won't be happening, but I want to succeed the other 5 weeks!
Looking forward to cheering on my team! Good luck, @Blaire @LauraBeth @MaleficentBookDragon. I can't wait to hear your goals and work toward them together!!

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, @wanderinglynn ! And thanks for organizing!! 1mo
LauraBeth Those are excellent goals! I‘ll be over here cheering you on! 1mo
Blaire Wonderful goals! Happy to see you also have a water goal! It will motivate me to meet mine. 1mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, @LauraBeth and @Blaire !! Yes, we can work on the water goal together. I actually now have two tumblers on my desk that I fill up every morning so if it's a busy day and no time to fill up, I have extra water! 1mo
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Awwww!!! @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you guys are the absolute best and sweetest hosts of #LitsyLove. Thank you soooooo much for my birthday present!! I can't decide if I should open it now or have self-control and wait until my actual birthday. Thank you soooooo much!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

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TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Five Feet Apart (Media Tie-In) | Rachael Lippincott
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Sobbing! I watched this movie on a plane a couple months ago and decided I had to read it. It's pretty much identical to the movie, dialogue and all, but it's such a sweet and heartbreaking romance. You want nothing more than their happiness, but it outlines the sad truth of living with a disease like cystic fibrosis.

KarenUK My husband has CF, and although I don‘t usually go for much YA, I have this on my TBR.... just not sure if it will be too upsetting for me.... 1mo
Kaylamburson I completely understand that. It's always hard to know what will be triggering to someone else, and there are lots of sad and difficult moments. But without giving too much away, there's also hope and characters coming to terms with their situations and figuring out the best way to move forward. @KarenUK 1mo
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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Thanks, @Hestapleton for sending along Hex for the last read of #LMPBC!! The four months went by so quickly!! @jb72 @Stacypatrice

And thank you soooooo much to @Lovesbooks87 for my first birthday card!!! You're so sweet and the stickers were such a nice happy surprise! Great kickoff to my birthday month!

jb72 @Kaylamburson @Hestapleton @Stacypatrice I am just a few days behind, but I will get the book in the mail this weekend. I‘m having so much fun! 1mo
Hestapleton It‘s such a good book to end on! 1mo
Kaylamburson I'm excited for it! Although, I have a feeling this will be the scariest of all of them. Feeling nervous, haha! @Hestapleton 1mo
Hestapleton @Kaylamburson oh definitely read it in the daytime. I love horror but I slept with the lights on after this one. 1mo
Kaylamburson Ahhh, now I'm even more worried. Brother was the scariest book I've read this far, so it seems the order of books for me went from tamest to most intense! @Hestapleton 1mo
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The Scapegracers | Hannah Abigail Clarke
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There was a cover reveal for this amazing high school lesbian witch book today, and I'm completely in love! An amazing tattoo artist as the cover artist, and such a fun start to a new series.

Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?
https://www.tor.com/2019/10/02/check-out-the-cover-for-hannah-abigail-clarkes-th...
#recommendsday

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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Frederick Backman writes an open letter to his baby son with various chapters and vignettes, and it's heartfelt and quite funny. It's so relatable, even as someone who doesn't have children yet, but I can see the parallels with my own childhood and watching my sister and brother-in-law raise a daughter. It also shows that so many parents feel the same anxieties, regardless of which country they're from, making this book universal.

marleed I loved this book so much that I wanted to purchase extra copies while it‘s still in hardback so I could give them as future gifts! 1mo
Kaylamburson Yes, they would be such great first-time parent gifts! Great idea, @marleed ! 1mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Super cute! And the first family "scandals" in this book are much preferable to the ones we have in real life, Haha. Perfect combination of a royal romance with a US-based story. Cute romance and strong friendships that anyone would love to have.

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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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Fast-paced, f*cked-up, fantastic!! Thanks for picking such a winner @Hestapleton for our #LMPBC. I was terrified to read it, hence why I used a cheery bookmark and only read it on planes and trains with lots of people around 🤣, but I loved it. Details and character development are revealed at the perfect moments throughout the novel to make the biggest impact.
@jb72 I'll get this in the mail to you on Monday!!

Stacypatrice So messed up in the best way a book lover can enjoy isn‘t it? I don‘t know how to describe it except I want to read more of the author‘s work! 1mo
jb72 I‘ve only read one of her books, but I really liked it. 1mo
Kaylamburson Yes, for sure!! So many unexpected moments.@stacypatrice Can't wait for you to read it, @jb72 1mo
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Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I just don't think I understood this one. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but since this was based in reality and was from C. Kepnes, I figured I'd still love it. I have never read any HP Lovecraft, so I felt I was missing key analogies, and I just don't know what happened at the end. I like the idea of the all-encompassing romance, and Eggs was well-developed as a character. Kepnes writing is also amazing. I just personally didn't connect with it.

MrBook Great review, as always. 😊 2mo
Kaylamburson Thanks, @MrBook !! Hope you're well! I cant believe how many months it has been since BEA! 2mo
MrBook @Kaylamburson Time does indeed fly by. I‘m doing well, thank you! Readjusting to the bachelor‘s life, lol. We should hang out before BEA. A bunch of us, if possible. Maybe a Holiday Season get-together. 2mo
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Kaylamburson I'm glad to hear you're adjusting!! We should definitely all get together. A pre-holiday get together would be lovely! With a book or bookish swap or something. @MrBook 2mo
MrBook Indubitably! 2mo
Kaylamburson Good word of the day! @MrBook 2mo
MrBook 😆🙌🏻🍻 2mo
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Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Trying to get through the Providence audiobook before it expires in three days, so doing a puzzle! (Not as riveting as YOU or HIDDEN BODIES yet). I've been thinking about doing one for a while, but I was worried about where to put it in between puzzling. Hopefully this cookie sheet works!

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I loved the humor in Evvie Drake. There were so many laugh-out-loud lines that the essence of this book reminded me a bit of Eleanor Oliphant. The story slowed down a few times, but I was always rooting for the romance and the characters' success. The sweetness of the story pushed me to the end. It's a feel-good read, even though it touches on some more difficult subjects, and it was the perfect close-out to summer reading.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review!!! Stacking! 2mo
BittersweetBooks Can‘t wait to start this one as soon as I get that notification from the library 😉 2mo
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So excited for the #LitsyLove Swap!! Helping out @SamanthaMarie by filling this one out!

1) Yes 😊 I even added a bunch of titles yesterday.
2) Bookmarks, my book sleeve (so books don't get bent in my bag), a book light
3) Love candles! Fancy pens in fun colors, bath bombs, stickers for #LitsyLove mail!
4) I love so many candies. Just no nuts or coffee flavors. Milk chocolate is preferred, & love it w/ caramel or coconut. All fruity gummy candy!

SamanthaMarie Yay!!! So fun. I definitely saw that you do NOT like nuts or coffee hahaha!! Easy to stay away from those. :) looking forward to our swap! 2mo
Kaylamburson So excited for it!! This will be so fun!! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Kayla! How are you? Not sure if you received my mail? Might have gotten lost😭 gahhhhh looks like our mails aren't fated to reach each other! 😢😭 2mo
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Kaylamburson Ohhhh, no!!! How long ago did you send it? I'll double check the mail area tomorrow when I'm back home. Is it a letter or package? So sweet of you to send me something 💜💜 @Jee_HookedOnBookz 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz A letter and it was very looooong ago can't recall 2/3 months? I didn't wanna ask you about it coz I didn't wanna sound like I wanna rush you for a reply but not hearing from you didn't feel right so I decided to check. Looks like I'm right😭 2mo
Kaylamburson Ahhh, sorry! I definitely got that letter and your nice stickers and such! Thank you!! I am pretty sure we had mailed our stuff at the same time and they crossed paths in the mail, and then I had assumed my package would arrive. And then it never did, and well here we are, haha. I do promise to respond! @Jee_HookedOnBookz 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Kaylamburson 😘😘❤️ 2mo
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This was the perfect end to summer read. It's a mix between Miss Congeniality, The Parent Trap, and The Princess Diaries, and it's so cute! When Charlotte's twin sister can't compete in her lifelong dream pageant because of an allergic reaction, she reluctantly agrees to take the stage in her place. It's all about finding your confidence and coming into your own. And the adorable romance helps, too!

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Just finished this audiobook this morning. Admittedly I tuned in and out of it and didn't feel the need to back up when I missed parts, but it definitely makes you think about a few things, including the future of AI. The work chapter was most fascinating to me--which jobs can and will be automated (doctors before nurses before musicians). The creative fields your parents told you to shy away from are actually the safe ones in the future...

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The rest of my boxes finally came and my booth is completely set-up! Thank you so much for all your support while I stressed. Phew! Hopefully I get some shoppers now!
@sammisho @TheSpineView @Alfoster

Alfoster Yay! Looks great👏👏👏👏👏 3mo
TheSpineView Looking good!🤩 3mo
aprilpohren Looks amazing!! 3mo
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sammisho Yaaay! Looks great! 3mo
LauraBeth Looks great! 3mo
saresmoore Woohoo! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3mo
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Well my missing boxes for my show still haven't delivered, so passing time by doing projects from our books. Here's a glittery tree from the forthcoming Paint by Sticker Kids Christmas book! It was actually quite the stress reliever. And glitter stickers make me happy, haha.

TheSpineView Sorry your boxes are still missing! I love glitter stickers too!😍 3mo
Kaylamburson Thank you, @TheSpineView ! It says out for delivery now. Fingers crossed. And glitter stickers are just the best! 3mo
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Slade House | David Mitchell
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Well, I'm in Reno for a convention and 3/4 of my boxes for my booth didn't show up 😭. I'm trying to let it go, and just enjoy the sun, pool, and my #LMPBC read Slade House. Stress can wait until the show starts tomorrow... or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

Alfoster Oh dang! That‘s gotta be hard! But hopefully you will rock this thing!👍 3mo
Kaylamburson Thanks so much for the support, @Alfoster !! You're wonderful. 3mo
Alfoster I used to go to conventions with my mentor teacher when she published packets for AP English teachers. One summer we discovered that all the packets she‘d mailed there were in the dumpster!😳 We literally climbed in the dumpster the night before to retrieve as many as we could and run to Kinkos to make copies before morning. So I get the frustration and pulling for you!👊 3mo
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Kaylamburson Ohhh nooo!! How did that even happen?? But I'm glad you were able to solve it! Hopefully I'll be fully set-up tomorrow before end of day so I'll at least have a full booth Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you!! 💜 @Alfoster 3mo
Alfoster Let us know how it goes!👏👏👏 3mo
sammisho My friend designs cakes and goes to conventions to teach other designers. One time none of her boxes of supplies made it to the hotel and the night before she was running though wal mart improvising everything! Apparently, this is a common happening! Enjoy your relaxation! 3mo
Kaylamburson Ugh, that sounds so stressful. Luckily I don't have to be prepared for any demonstrations, ha! Thanks for the support, @sammisho !! 3mo
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I finished this on audio earlier this week, and cruised thru the story rather quickly, but it didn't leave an impression. It's only been a few days & I'm struggling to remember the details. It's very much a slasher with no character development. I cringed when people were murdered but more because of the gory details, not because I cared. It was also jarring to mostly follow the MC, but change perspectives to the victims during attacks.

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How to Raise a Reader | Pamela Paul, Maria Russo
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Went to the launch of Hullabaloo Book Co this week, in partnership with How to Raise a Reader, and they gave me a gorgeous tote bag, some wine, yummy chocolate, and a gift card to their website so I can buy a gift! It was so much fun, and I'm hoping their business does well. They hand-select picture books based on amazing attributes like "strong spirits" or "big feels" & they come ready for gifting in a sturdy tote or kids' backpack.

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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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Thank you so much for the extra goodies in my #LMPBC package, @Stacypatrice !! So sweet of you, and with Fall on the horizon I'll be climbing into those aloe socks in no time! Can't wait to get started!! I have a long flight today, so hoping to get through most of Slade House!

@jb72 @Hestapleton

Stacypatrice Yay - glad your package arrived safe 💌💛 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Officially completed my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge with 4.5 months to go! 📖📚🔖 Feeling accomplished! 🤓

GenreMinxReviews Congrats!! 🎉🎊 🍾 3mo
Sarz Great work! 💃🕺 3mo
MrBook Awww, heck yeeeaahh!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🥳 🕺 3mo
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Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🥳🥳💕💕🎉🎉📚🎧 3mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
Birdsong28 Congratulations🎉🎊 📚📖 3mo
Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! 🎉🎉 3mo
rmaclean4 🎉🎉🎉📖🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Simona Congrats❣️🍾🥂👍 3mo
irre 🎉🎉🎊🎊 3mo
jb72 Wow that‘s awesome! 🎊🎉🎁🎈📚 I‘m a few away from goal which I hope to read this month. 3mo
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 3mo
Kaylamburson I hope you crush your goal soon, @jb72!!! 3mo
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Ugly Love: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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This is my second Colleen Hoover book and it's just as full of emotion, 3-dimensional characters, and dynamic dialogue as the last. I stayed up way too late listening to this audiobook and both character perspectives were just as enthralling. I laughed out loud, sobbed, smiled, and lived vicariously through these characters. It's sexy but devastating, and I feel like I was part of the relationships in this story. Hoover is a master of this genre.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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This memoir was amazing on audio. It truly feels like you're just sitting with Michelle at home whole she tells you about her life from early days, through her schooling and career, her time as a first lady, and after it's all behind her and Barack. She's so likeable, and I enjoyed hearing the inside moments of what it's like living in the White House with all that security and how hard it is to even go to the store yourself. Highly recommend!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa The best part about this on audiobook. 3mo
Nute Yes!!! 3mo
marleed My favorite audiobook is a memoir read by author. I own this book but I read and listened simultaneously. It was great! 3mo
EmilyM I loved listening to this! I would listen to her narrate anything! 3mo
Bklover Loved it! 3mo
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I can't even believe the craziness surrounding this "religion". I was horrified and fascinated by Jenna's memoir about her experience in scientology and as the niece of the current leader. How do they get away with all the forced child labor and separation from their parents? After finishing it last night I found Remini's interviews about her experiences and went down a wormhole about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige. I want to read more!

Kaylamburson Thanks, @Megabooks ! Just stacked it. 3mo
jb72 It is scary. I used to live near Clearwater Florida where they have a big head quarters. The windows are blacked out or there‘s plastic hanging on the inside. They walk around like zombies. There is a guard posted at one of the delivery entrances. 3mo
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Kaylamburson Wow, I cant even imagine. Were you ever approached to join living there? @jb72 3mo
jb72 @Kaylamburson Thankfully no. But I‘m not exactly their wholesome type. 3mo
Kaylamburson So interesting. Some girl in NYC stopped me and I dont think it was for scientology but some other cult about Mother Mary. I was freaked out by it @jb72 3mo
jb72 @Kaylamburson it‘s such an odd location for the cult. I mean It‘s near the beach and that area is always crowded. It‘s like party time during parts of the year. One rumor is there‘s some sort of weird machine in one of the buildings that does who knows what. Plus Hubbard‘s sperm is supposed to be housed there too. 3mo
Kaylamburson Eww lol. I'm sure there are many secret crazy things there. The whole thing is crazy. @jb72 3mo
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Thirteen | Steve Cavanagh
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Just got these beauties in the mail this weekend after winning a thriller ARC sweepstakes by @bookbrag! So excited to dive in!

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I visited a BAM! for the first time yesterday (there aren't any in the northeast where I grew up), and they had a buy 2 get 1 free deal! This is my haul! Which should i read first??

LibrarianRyan Bride test. 3mo
Hestapleton I loved Bride Test! 3mo
brit91 My favorite place and my happy place! I haven't read any of those so I can't help you and say which one lol but they all sound good the bride test sounds like my kind of book. Happy reading!!🙂📚📚📚 3mo
Kaylamburson I did love The Kiss Quotient, so I'm super excited for The Bride Test! Thanks all! @LibrarianRyan @Hestapleton @brit91 3mo
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This is an amazing coming of age novel as Brie learns who she is and how to be herself when she was taught from a young age that her feelings are wrong. It's more than a coming out story for Brie, and I like that it wasn't an easy time for her after she did come out as that's rarely the reality. Another powerful MG novel from the talented Nicole Melleby!

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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First, I'm dying to read this book!

Second, thanks for the tag on this fun game, @Hestapleton
Never Have I Ever...
1) read Pride & Prejudice 👫🏻
2) dove into a pool 🏊🏼‍♀️
3) highlighted or dyed my hair 💇🏻‍♀️
4) gotten over a 200 while bowling 🎳
@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

Tagging @MrBook @jb72 @swishandflick

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Hestapleton 🍷🍷 Girl I can‘t even get a 200 in Wii Bowling 😂 3mo
jb72 I‘ve never really read P&P 😱 3mo
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jb72 @Hestapleton 😂 yeah me either. I need the kid bowling ball to even attempt to bowl. 3mo
JackOBotts 🍺🍺🍺 3mo
Hestapleton @jb72 gutter guards ALL DAY 3mo
Kaylamburson Bahaha, I feel like I've never actually beat 150, but couldn't say for certain. I often struggle to hit 100 😂 @Hestapleton @jb72 3mo
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Confessions of a Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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I was a bit of a shopaholic this weekend (and I never am!) Not only did I buy new clothes for a wedding next weekend, but I got some great bookish items that I know Littens will appreciate! A letter box for all the #LitsyLove and #JB mail I've been getting, more candles from Waxspurts, some fancy pens, and this adorable stationery portfolio with a clipboard and lined paper inside. Can't wait to use it at a big meeting I have coming up on Tuesday!

tracey38 Love it! 3mo
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I just finished reading an advanced copy of Kate Klise's new MG chapter book, and it's adorable! It brought me right back to my 5th grade class when our librarian read us REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN, and we all found it hysterical. There's even more fun puns in her new book which with kick off The Appleton Files series. I cannot wait to see Sarah Klise's illustrations as I know it will bring the whole book together when it pubs spring 2020.

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Kaylamburson You'll love it @MrBook! This one also takes place in a school but the Librarian is a main focus! Ivana Beprawpa (the president of the school board and owner of Beprawpa Attire) doesn't like the new libararian, Rita B Danjerous', books as they are causing kids to stay up past their bedtime reading... 3mo
MrBook Interestiiinnng... 3mo
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The Fortress | S A. JONES
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I have so many thoughts rolling through my head about our society, this dystopian society, and the balance of right and wrong and what makes it one or the other. This is essentially like an inverse Handmaid's Tale where men are sent to The Fortress as punishment or to submit to the lives of The Vaik. Men can't ask questions, must obey all Vaik, and can't refuse sex. I definitely think this will provoke lots of conversations upon pub in 2020.

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