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LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan

Joined May 2016

Book crazy, or just crazy? You decide. ----------Same screen name on Litsy, Twitter, GoodReads, LibraryThing, BookSirens
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Want | Cindy Pon
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4 ⭐For a book written in 2017, about a futuristic Taipei society, it feels eerily like today. This book starts with the heist of a high society girl. She is kidnapped for money. However, the money isn‘t for nefarious reasons, but so that a group of young people can infiltrate high society in order to make society better for all. You see futuristic Taipei is polluted so bad that the Mei (poor people) have a life expectancy of just 40 years,

LibrarianRyan and most don‘t even make it that far. They die from the brown smog they breath every day, that is not helped much by a mask, by the polluted water they drink, and the lack of food. Its so polluted that no part of society remembers the blue skies. But our gang of young people know that the reason the government won‘t do anything about the pollution is because the big corporations are paying the legislature to look the other way and someone, main 1d
LibrarianRyan mainly them, have to stop it. Not only that. People are sick. Sick of things we think of as easily curable like pneumonia, but also of a new strain of avian flu. This flu has a mortality rate of 80%. But only the poor suffer because the Yo (rich people) have these special suits that not only protect them but do some other neat things as well. I really enjoyed this book. I was not expecting it at all. Based on the cover I was expecting a 1d
LibrarianRyan space book, but I am very happy with what I read. This book does have a sequel, Ruse, but book ends on a nice point that does not require a book two, but you will probably want to read it anyway. 1d
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Hey All,

Sorry for the info dump. I am almost caught up. I should just have 3 books I need to finish tonight and 2 I DNFed.

Also i don't want anyone to think I have not been thinking about the #BBRC. I have. The new list was posted to The Story Graph earlier today. The new list is here and I will post more info tomorrow and start to post my results soon

https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/7f60b62a-efd1-4581-b8d4-a32d64f...

LibrarianRyan For those doing the challenge that ends TOMORROW, GET YOUR LISTS IN THE STORY GRAPH. It will not let you add to the list after tomorrow (learned that one the hard way). I need to see who completed so I can send out prizes. 2d
Librarybelle I‘m not going to finish this year‘s challenge, but I think I‘m closer than other years. Thanks for hosting, and I‘m definitely signing up for the next one! (And thanks for introducing me to StoryGraph through this year‘s…I‘m loving it!) 2d
LibrarianRyan @Librarybelle I am finishing by the skin of my teeth. I am glad you love it. Hope you like this prompts.
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J. R. R. Tolkien | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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⭐4 This is a lovely beginning biography of the father of modern fantasy. All the main points of his young childhood are hit: growing up, losing parents, getting married, going to war, etc. My favorite part of this book happens to be the illustrations. They portray the real person and his fantasy life in a very wonderful way. A stand out addition in this long running series.

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Claudia's Dream | Marta Morros
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3 ⭐ This book is supposed to help break the habit of sexualizing nonsexual things. Like how a dragon isn‘t always male or a unicorn isn‘t always female etc. They have just been portrayed that way in modern media. The author does this by saying if a one thing is Miss or Mrs. or Mrs. but never actually explains what that means. Sometimes it‘s Mr. but once again what does that mean?

LibrarianRyan You‘ll have one animal saying hello to another and another animal going “oh but I‘m not a”, “but I am a”, and there is no explanation. There‘s also no representation of nonbinary. So overall I think this is a nice try not quite there. 2d
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Free Kid to Good Home | Hiroshi Ito
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1 ⭐ I don‘t know if this galley is purposely missing most of the illustrations or not but I‘m not impressed. The thing about a picture book is it needs the pictures to help tell the story, so reading the story without pictures is very lacking. There‘s no movement just a plethora of words dumped on the page. Without the pictures to help move the story along this is boring and uninteresting.

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Pippin Paints a Portrait | Charlotte Mei
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2 ⭐ Art is the eye of the beholder. In this book Pippin the dog wants to paint their portrait and they go through various art styles trying to find the one that‘s right for them. In the end they learn that you have to find the art within yourself to really find yourself for self-portrait. The book started out very narcissistic which I didn‘t care for and then got a little “lecturey”. Overall, this book was not for me.

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Pina | Elif Yemenici
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
Many of us spent so many months inside hidden away from others that reemerging is an anxiety inducing event. And that is exactly what it is for Pina. They have run out of cheese and the only way to get more is to walk down the road into town and to the cheese shop. The task is daunting but doable and with a little anxiety busting can be repeated. The story is a great one that is heavily needed in our current times.

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Lisette's Lie | Catharina Valckx
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1 ⭐ What did I just read? The book starts out with Lizette wanting to tell a lie just because she can. So they tell a lie and that lie becomes a reality. The lie is that they are going are going to the mountains and instead they go to molehill. They make a fishing hole and have a campfire. The whole day turns out to be a perfectly fun day. Lisette gets back and tell her mom to remind her that she shouldn‘t lie. Talk about a confusing moral point

RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣 2d
Kenyazero What even 😆 1d
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4 ⭐ This story has cute written all over it. Little polar bear is just out playing when they went into Hugo a scared little hair. They go on a grand adventure and Lars even get stuck inside a police station and only his friend can help him out. I love these books I love the illustration they are a wonder to share for any age.

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4 ⭐ Lars can make friends anywhere. His new friend is Sasha the tiger who just wants to see the ocean. But as usual for Lars he got a little lost. But new friends along the way will help Sasha find home and Lars make it back to his dad. Love these books! I love the heart. I love the sentiment. I love the illustration. They just work.

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4 ⭐ This is a very well-done biography of the famous author Arthur Conan Doyle. While most of the story looks at Arthur‘s life as compared to Sherlock Holmes, it also looks at his upbringing and the things in life that kept him grounded. It‘s hard to put a life as loud as Conan Doyle into a picture book but this author has done it with aplomb. The illustrations are bright colorful and match both Arthur and the themes in settings of the book well.

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, would love to read this 👍 2d
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4 ⭐ Not being of Indian descent I am probably not the person to review this book. With that in mind please know that any misunderstanding of meaning or anything else is mine and mine alone. Now overall, if I skipped the message from the Dalai Lama and from the supreme head of Buddha dharma and just read the story, I probably would have generally liked it. I did like the note from Dalai Lama because it gave me, a non-Buddhist and non-Indian,

LibrarianRyan a little understanding of the idea of the leaf. However, the message from the supreme head of the institution of Buddha Dharma should have come in at the end. I am not 100% sure if this book was translated or not, but if it wasn‘t translated then what the the institute put their message doesn‘t make sense because this is not a rhyming book, this is a repeating book. Overall, I find the story interesting, and the graphics go with it perfectly. It‘s 2d
LibrarianRyan a light introduction to the thought of “me” as part of a circle of life and ever after. In this instance I think the guidance for parents and teachers at the end is very helpful.

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3.5 ⭐ This was not a picture book as expected. It‘s not quite a chapter book and way harder than easy reading. This is a book that sets forth to explain punctuation in a story setting. At the beginning all words are just babble running into each other nonstop. Until a character comes in and hands somebody a period. Then more things arise the more she hands them. It helps the world learn to communicate with each other and with themselves.

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4 ⭐ This book has all the steps necessary to train your cat. It‘s not only true to life, it is extremely funny. And I really feel for noodles the dog. A picture book for all ages loved by adults and kids alike.

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4 ⭐ This is a very sweet story about a girl‘s love for her bicycle how that love is returned and how that love is passed on into the future. This book was just all-around cute. It could be read again and again. The illustrations are soft but heartwarming and fit the story perfectly.

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Sumo Shapes | Sanae Ishida
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4 ⭐ This was a fun way to learn about Japanese culture. It‘s a baby book that looks at shapes. It gives the English word and the Japanese word both written in English and written in Japanese. Each shape is represented somehow within the sumo culture. At the end there are other important Japanese words and cultural items to learn about. Overall, this is a great baby book fun for rereading over and over again.

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Sumo Colors | Sanae Ishida
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4 ⭐ Just like it‘s companion this is a fun way to learn tellers and Japanese at the same time. The concepts are easy and shared both in English and Japanese not only in both spoken Word but also in both written words.

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You Kind of Kind | Nina West
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3.5 ⭐ I love this book but at the same time it was too long. Honestly it reminds me some of those Ludwig Von Drake (the professor duck) cartoons from the 60s and 70s that would explain things. And this would actually make for a great animated short. The illustrations are amazing they grab your attention. The way the story is written has that overly excitable mishmash words that just put a pow to the reader in a good way.

ozma.of.oz Love the art! 2d
LibrarianRyan @ozma.of.oz Yes, it could have come strait out of a pixar movie. I think it would make a great short for them. 2d
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3 ⭐ This was a nice beginning but advanced reader. It says it‘s a level 3 so it has “chapters” but it still frequently repeats, and has fewer words on the page than a beginning chapter book. The story is nothing special, but it works, and will do as intended.

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Mud Puddle Early Reader | Robert Munsch
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2 ⭐ While I do not like this book for the same reason I have not liked the other Munsch Readers, I do like this story of a little girl who keeps getting attacked by mud puddles.

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2 ⭐ The potty humor in this feel dated. But for parents who do not like Captain Underpants, or other underwear books, this one might work better. I still hate the Munsch Reader format.

slategreyskies This happened to us yesterday when we went for a drive and the road dead-ended on the top of a mountain with no bathrooms for a half hour or so. My son‘s first time peeing on the side of the road! 🤣 2d
LibrarianRyan @slategreyskies Ahhhh. My nephews follow after their dad and Uncle Josh and pee outside every chance they get! it's annoying. 2d
slategreyskies It‘s really quite gross if you think about it. My son made it to 14 without needing that option, so I‘ll take that as a win! 2d
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2 ⭐ Cute Story – bad format.

Twainy Interesting artwork. 2d
LibrarianRyan @Twainy Robert Munsch was really popular in the mid 80's early 90's. There has been a bit of resurgence in his books, which they usually deserve. They are cute and fun and have a very 80s style of illustrations that is not much seen now. However, the publisher has tried to take these stories and make them easy readers and the formatting that they did with all the front and back matter, just ruined the books. 2d
Twainy A lot of the kid books I just love for the illustrations. Interesting they‘re from the 80‘s! 2d
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2 ⭐ The same problems that exist in the other Munsch Readers exist here. It‘s like the author took a 30 year old book and tried to update it for modern kids, and it just does not work.

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1 ⭐ Once again, the front matter and the back matter are above the level the story is written at. All this front matter should be moved to the back. For this story, I didn‘t really like the story. Thomas needs to get in his snowsuit, but he fights with everyone, and gets adults to fight, just because he does not want to wear his snowsuit. I think this is a bad message, and a bad example. The cloths switching thing could be fun if done better.

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2 ⭐ Not Impressed. The actual story is okay. It seems a bit old fashioned, (like something I would have read in the 80‘s) and a bit long for the level it states its is. What is the worst part is all the front matter. There are pages and pages of things that explain the story or ask the reader to pay attention to something. But this front matter is written at a higher level than the rest of the story. Then it repeats again in the back matter

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Fiona's Train Ride | Richard Cowdrey
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4 ⭐ Cute story. Fiona the baby hippo wants to see the new baby red panda. However, the baby is across the zoo. She Fiona and her friends hop a ride on the train. This is what a beginning reader is supposed to be. I think the level is a little hard to be labeled 1, but each publisher sets their own standards.

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4 ⭐ Another cute Fiona story. This time she learns what school is and knows she really wants to go. So, they create a zoo school and go about finding the best teachers.

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4 ⭐ The author has found the perfect way to explain rocket science that is easy for those beginning to read to understand. The words are simple, and so are the illustrations, but that helps make a complicated subject, easy to learn. It all works together quite well, and I hope the series continues.

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4 ⭐ This is the second book in the Do you Know series of scientific easy readers by Chris Ferrie. They are done to perfection. They take complicated concepts and break it down to its finest points, then make it easy to digest for the earliest of readers.

RaeLovesToRead I think I need this. I'm reading about quantum physics at the moment and I don't understand a word 😅🤯 2d
The_Book_Ninja @RaeLovesToRead I‘m also reading about quantum physics (lord knows why) in an old book called The Dancing Wu Li Masters. It‘s supposed to make the subject accessible and relate it to Chinese mysticism. I‘m only 40 pages in so I can‘t say if it‘s good…but…I‘m FORTY pages into a book about quantum physics! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @The_Book_Ninja I'm reading A Short History of Nearly Everything... it's not ALL physics, but a lot of it is 😖 I think my brain starts noping out the minute someone mentions the spacetime continuum 😅 2d
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LibrarianRyan @RaeLovesToRead just remember this is for kids just learning to read. 2d
LibrarianRyan @The_Book_Ninja @RaeLovesToRead I love this. I studied physics and I loved this topic but it can make your eyes loose focus. 😁 2d
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4 ⭐ Some of my favorite stories were Libba Bray and her car accident, Angie Thomas talking about how worried she was for the release of the hate you give, or (I can not remember which author) talking about their immigrant experience and having to be told as a teenager to remember they are an immigrant. This was not a book I set out with a purpose to read, other than to fill a challenge, but the idea of hope worked.

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4 ⭐ The kids are out but still running for their lives. Will they find the exit to the human world or are they due to be food of the demons? Another great book to keep the story moving.

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4 ⭐ The kids have done it, they have escaped! We get to witness the last half of the escape and the first chance at being alone. Things are not easy, but could they be doable? Only time will tell. Another great book a great series.

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4 ⭐
Shirley and Jamila are two girls with the same problem. They are destined for summer camps they don‘t want to go to. Jamila is the youngest of three children: a 20 year old brother, a 16 year old brother, and her. She loves to play basketball, but she can only play it on hoop in her driveway. Shirley is unusual. Sam called her weird and Shirley does not like that. What Shirley is, is observant. She notices things that others don‘t.

LibrarianRyan This is a gender bent Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Jamila is fun-loving and she wants to get to know people, and have friends. Shirley loves to read, finding things out, and solving mysteries. Shirley, being super smart hatches a plan to keep them out of summer camp. Instead she has found a way for Jamila to spend the summer on the basketball court and Shirley helping the neighbors solve mysteries and find lost things. This book was an absolute 3d
LibrarianRyan joy to read. The illustrations are appropriate, they‘re funny, and I think people will see themselves. I think kids will find this a lot of fun and while Shirley may not be a bumbling detective she‘s bumbling through life trying to make friends and not be seen as the weird child 3d
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
This story is just wow. Taylor is a teenage boy who is not a teenage boy. Taylor is an alien named Galaxy hidden in a teenage boy‘s body. And they know they‘re not themselves as Taylor the human. They may play basketball, but they do not really fit in. They get picked on, they feel different, they are just not like everyone else. After a first glance of Galaxy, they want to be themselves more and more and more.

LibrarianRyan What they are is a female purple alien princess. This story is amazing, the illustrations are powerful; they are colorful, they stand out, and they suck the reader in. When you think of DC you are usually thinking of superheroes, and yes galaxy is a superhero. She‘s a superhero some kids need as they grow up not feeling like themselves in their own body. She is a superhero they want, someone to represent them and say it‘s OK to be you even if it 3d
LibrarianRyan may be dangerous. Galaxy knows that if trouble wants to find you it will, but that you need to stand up to it and be who you are born to be. I loved absolutely everything about this. 3d
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2 ⭐ Once again, I think this book is way too long. The little prince is just used as advocate instead of really going with the beloved little prince stories that have been around forever. This book sets out to showcase architectural greatness across the world, but it focuses on very common things like the Sydney Opera House the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, etc.. Overall, it is interesting but at the same time kind of a disappointment.

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2 ⭐ I‘m a bit disappointed in this book. Tt started out pretty good with describing each emotion has a color. I think that works. Each page also has a description of that emotion, and these get a little long. It has a little blurb from the Little Prince. Mainly the Little Prince is the illustrations the story part is extremely lacking. To me this is the book I would check out once.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐Originally, I wanted to read this for the cover, but this book needs to be read because it‘s fantastic. This is a true story of four very famous people: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs. They went camping together and there are pictures and home movies of their wild adventures. I love a book that teaches me something I did not know, and this fits that bill perfectly.

LibrarianRyan What I think is the best thing about this book or the illustrations. They feel old timey, like 1920s, but they are so vibrant and colorful and wonderfully odd that children cannot resist picking up this book and flipping through the pages. 3d
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Five Hiding Ostriches | Barbara Barbieri McGrath
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
This was wonderfully done. Start with five ostriches and unlike other books where one expects a countdown, all these ostriches get to stay together. Which is a good thing since there is a lion on the prowl and they‘re playing hide and seek. One of my favorite things is that at no point in time do the ostriches put their heads in the sand. The author knew that that is not what truly happens. Overall, this book works!

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Grandma's Baby | Krystaelynne Sanders Diggs
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4 ⭐This book is too long. The book rhymes quite well but it has no cadence which can make it a bit of a tongue twister to read. The illustrations are soft and colorful and will grab the reader. But younger kids may find it hard to sit through. I love the characters interaction with their grandmother and think the story is full of warm and full of home

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4 ⭐ This story is a rhyming adventure on a bee‘s life from spring through summer and fall. It shows how bees help grow gardens and make nature a beautiful tastier place. At the end of the book there are infographics about different types of bees and what they do and why they are important. Overall, this book really works the illustrations are lovely watercolors and I think kids will enjoy it.

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4 ⭐ This is one of the better picture book biographies of Dolly Parton. I would expect nothing else from Susan Slade who has a long history of putting out excellent children‘s books. This book focuses on Dolly‘s young life. The information is new but it is put in such a way that children will find the story enjoyable. The illustrations perfectly match the tone in the text of the story while bringing the appeal of the age for which it is written.

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4 ⭐ one of the oldest three children is going to be fostered. But Ray and emma do not want Norman to go. However, all of them will do everything they can to escape the orphanage. Some plans are better than others but only one plan will work, and we finally get to see that plan put in the action. This is a great continuation of an amazing series. A little bit more violent than the others have been, but still entirely worthy.

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Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black | Karl Bollers, Brandon Perlow, Paul Mendoza
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2.5 ⭐ The art in this book was amazing, but the violence was so over the top that it was hard to put myself in the story. This modern version puts Watson and Holmes as Black men in Harlem. Holmes is still a private eye, but one willing and likely to use a gun and get in street fights. He still uses his mind but comes off more brute than brain. Watson is just a medical intern, and he has lost his heart.

LibrarianRyan . He is an Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD who feels pulled to Holmes. However, the friendship between the two does not feel real. It feels more like hero worship. Watson seems more inclined to find action like his military duty, while Holmes is not so much about showing and learning, as bragging and snobbery. I wanted to like this but didn‘t. However, I think the main problem is I am the wrong audience. 3d
LibrarianRyan . I have never lived in Harlem or neighborhoods like it. I have never had to deal with the issues and hardships of inner-city life. So, to someone else, this book is probably amazing, and I think libraries should carry it, but for me, it just was not my thing. 3d
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Hellboy: Wake the devil | John Byrne, Michael Mignola
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4 ⭐ I read Hellboy to fill a diesel punk prompt for a reading challenge. Hellboy is a monster, but a friendly one with a poor attitude. He is a great anti-hero. I have read newer iterations of Hellboy but going back to the original really shows off that Hellboy is not just another Merc with a mouth, or a supped-up version of Deadpool, but a sensitive, broad backed character, with unusual friends and abilities, that turn a teddy bear rock hard.

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Status Update | Annabeth Albert

Hey All,

Sorry I have not been around. Between Union stuff (I am now the AVP) and just life in general, plus this weekeds devasting news for the nation, I have just been swamped.

I'll pick things back up, starting with reviews in the next day or so. I have a ton to load.

AmyG You do you. We are always here. 4d
suvata We miss you 4d
marleed Yes we do! 4d
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Winnie-the-Pooh | A.A. Milne
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2 ⭐ Sometimes we should NOT revisit childhood classics. This was a case of the wrong book at the wrong time. I thought I knew most everything there was in the Winnie the Pooh stories. I grew up reading them or having them read to me. I grew up watching the many versions on the Disney channel, from the original animated to the puppet interpretation, this was my childhood. I looked forward to revisiting this, and the idea of the Fireside Chat.

LibrarianRyan To be read Winne the Pooh as it was originally intended. Yeah, that was probably a bad idea after Uvalde. You see I forgot that Christopher Robin shot Winne the Pooh. It is in the first 30 minutes. Winnie the Pooh is attached to a balloon trying to get to the honey, but he‘s stuck. Christopher robin shoots him down. Now in the animated version it is a cork gun, but if it was mentioned that way in the audiobook telling, I didn‘t catch it. 3w
LibrarianRyan But once that gun went off, I was taken completely out of the story. I could picture Pooh with a rifle when he feared the heffulumps, but I did not remember this incident. And it ruined the rest of the book for me. When I was a child, shootings were not as prevalent as they are today. Children dying for lack of gun control was not a big thing in the media. And now it is so common and heart wrenching that I just could not get back into the 3w
LibrarianRyan story after this. I made it through two of the three hours of the book, but then gave up. I just kept picturing Christopher Robin with a gun pointed at Pooh. And that is it. I‘m done. It will take a bit to get over this, and to get back to the love of Pooh. It will come in time, but for now this book is just not for me, and could trigger young readers, and adults alike. 3w
mandarchy My mom read this to me when I was little and I read it to my godson and my son, but most people don't realize how mature it really is. Even so, having read it 3 times, I don't remember the guns. Last week I couldn't read at all. When the news becomes overwhelming, I just can't read. 3w
LibrarianRyan @mandarchy I didn't remember the guns either. An I can see reading being hard last week. I wasn't too lucky their either. 3w
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Wingbearer | Marjorie Liu
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐ OMG! Get a copy and read this book NOW!! It is soooo Good. Zuli has spent her life with the Great Tree. As far as she knows, she is the only one of her kind. When the souls of birds get lost on their way to the Great Tree, Zuli adventures outside her realm, into a new one, to save all those who are lost. Along the way she will meet dragons, goblins, griffins, manticore, etc. This story is amazing.

Branwen Oooh! It looks and sounds AMAZING! Is it a graphic novel?! 3w
LibrarianRyan @Branwen YES!!!!! It was SOOOOOOO GOOOD 3w
TracyReadsBooks Loved this book! Truth be told I love everything written by Majorie Liu—she tells fantastic stories for all ages! 3w
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LibrarianRyan @TracyReadsBooks I completely agree. Sometimes when I tired I mix her and Marie Lu up but it doesn‘t matter as they are both excellent. 3w
TracyReadsBooks Agreed! 3w
LibrarianRyan @TracyReadsBooks have you read the new DC Galaxy yet. I hope to get my review posted soon. It was Excellent. 3w
TracyReadsBooks I haven‘t but will correct that oversight quickly—sounds really, really good. I look forward to reading your review! 3w
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Lakesedge | Lyndall Clipstone
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4 ⭐ There is some debate if this is “gothic”. To me, yes. I find it very reminiscent of the look and feel of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak. Lakesedge is a “poisoned” estate. The lake is black and dangerous and has caused the death of many people. And the rumor is that Rowan, the current lord of the land, used the lake to kill his family. All most anyone really knows is that he is dark, mysterious, and moody.

LibrarianRyan Violeta is just a young woman trying to protect her brother from a world that does not know or understand him. Leta doesn‘t really know him either. She just knows he has nightmares. But these are more than nightmares. It is his dark alchemist powers that are growing everyday, and Rowan needs his help to drive bac the poison at Lakesedge. But this story is so much more than that. Leta herself is very special as well, she can call to the Lord 1mo
LibrarianRyan Under. He saved her years ago when she was driven from her home with her young brother. And now he is back, and will complicate things at Lakes Edge.

I really enjoyed this book. It was haunting and dark, and as mentioned before it feels like Crimson Peak, crossed between A Court of Mist and Fury. Huh? That‘s right. Rowan and Lord Under remind me a bit of Tamlin and Rhys. (Please be aware I have only read the first book of that series).
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LibrarianRyan One thinks the other is evil, but still needs their help to keep a kingdom peaceful or at least under control.

The sequel to this is out soon, and based on blurb alone, I feel it may go the way of ACTAR, but I sure hope not. I loved the quite story between Leta and Rowan. It has its dark parts, and two people finding light in each other. The side characters are just as compelling. We shall see where the story goes, because unfortunately,
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3 ⭐This is a local artist‘s graphic novel that was a little hard to find. It came up in a list of detective graphic novels. While this book is a detective story it‘s all over the place. There is the original case where the detectives are trying to find a man named Chow in Chinatown. Then the second story is about a dead man who was mauled and what kind of animal mauled them.

LibrarianRyan The story is way too short. It‘s one of three books, but nothing happens other than a lot of gunplay. There are no clues, or no real anything to the mystery. I think the illustrations are well done and I would like to see more from this illustrator but as a story writer, they need a little help, a little practice

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐ There are various books that explain homelessness for children. What makes this book different is that the kids never say they‘re homeless. To them it‘s just various versions of home. Sometimes it somewhere, sometimes it‘s anywhere, and sometimes it‘s nowhere, but since they are family, and they are together they are home. This book is written to show empathy and it does a fantastic job of it and I would suggest it for any collection