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MaggieCarr

MaggieCarr

Joined January 2018

I buy, barter, and borrow all genres for all ages. I read cross format, both released and pre-released. Librarian by day and avid reader by night.♡
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I'll be thinking about this book for a long time to come. It's so much more than what I thought it would be upon picking it up. Our protagonist is 15/16 and packed full of knowledge about the world due to her dad's conspiracies. Although I tagged this as dystopian it also feels like it could be reality for some already fed up with modern civilization and ready to commune away from all that is known...

MaggieCarr ...This is not a retelling of a modern day Diary of Anne Frank but golly the parallels are there throughout. This is not a light read, but instead quick of pace and makes you question what decisions you'd make in the same scenarios.

"I hope the world will pull itself back from the brink again,...
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MaggieCarr but one thing I've learned about humans is we keep making the same mistakes over and over, and that the stakes just get higher and higher.... Don't take the world for granted. Don't waste your life wishing it was better and blaming other people for your own s***. Face up to the worst thing that can happen and prepare for it. Learn how to survive practically everything. Love one another without fear." -pages 353-355 3h
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Our friends have such a powerful way with words. The wisdom just shines through these pages, both in reflection and in hope for the future. I am proud of you, Shannan, and the work you are doing, leading the rest of us by example.

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Mehso-so

Some of these (short) stories I really enjoyed but most were just not my sense of humor or felt rather unmemorable. #ReadingGiftedBooks

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Home at 1am from another fabulous RJG Book Club. I adore our time together in book and everyday discussion. We read Glenbrooke #6: Waterfalls and got such a kick out of the varying covers represented in our chosen title. ♥️

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Nappanee Public Library | Nappanee, IN (Library)
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Nappanee Public Library | Nappanee, IN (Library)
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Are you a podcast listener? New episode drops tomorrow if you want to give me a try ♥️
February 3: Unique Hidden Histories

ozma.of.oz Oh nice! I‘ll give this a look! 💙 5d
thebacklistbook Added to my Spotify library 5d
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Mehso-so

The ancient Icelandic word “sprakkar” means outstanding or extraordinary women.

Short version: Please read at least the first third. It's worth it!

Long version: I've had to sit on this book a few days because as much as I loved the first part of this book, the latter two thirds made me uneasy, angsty, and jealous The first part felt empowering and by the end I felt...

MaggieCarr ...like the outstanding and extraordinary women were grouped with trans, bi-sexual, queer, non-binary, etc etc. While I get that these groups also strive for a strong voice/representation, putting both together in this book then making women, again, share the stage that was being lime lighted in the earliest pages. I think at this point I'm leaving this review unrated because I feel so drastically different in how I enjoyed it beginning to end. 5d
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January 2023
Goodreads.com/MaggieCarr
#2023SpineStack #MaggiesSpineStacks
#LibraryCardSavings $282.87+

Clwojick Wow! Great Job! 7d
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The thing about advice columns is that you don't have to agree but that the act of sharing with a stranger and being "heard" is its own therapeutic journey. While I've never read Dear Sugar alone from this title, I was transported through Cheryl's advice with tidbits from her own life, almost like memoir essays.

Recommend-- Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn from 75 Years of Letters and Conversations with Kids by Christine French Cully.

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Funny Feelings | Tarah DeWitt
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Cute open door romance with the added Dead element of the sweetest little girl. Friends to lovers trope that just made sense - would only have maybe rearranged some flashbacks. It's hard to have flashbacks and then still do a displaced epilog when half of the story was already current day with flashbacks.

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Hatchet | Gary Paulsen
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My daughter read Hatchet with her class at school. I hadn't reread it as an adult so I joined them too. I hadn't reread it as an adult and hadn't remembered as much as I assumed I had. At its foundation learning a respect for nature shines through.

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Friends to lovers is a favorite trope but this one just flipped way too quickly for me, like 10 ages in they are so fervently pining over one another that it lost the ability to shine with a slow burn realization of a budding romance. Still finished it but the pacing wasn't a good fit for me in trope-land.

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Ahhh vacation reads... rather untraditional just like me to geek out over yet another unique history. I couldn't help but keep sharing tidbits with my husband "...did you know this...", "...oh listen to this..." towards the end I'm sure he was feeling the same way the authors wife, Ann Marie, was rolling her eyes over the author's endless fascination with cemeteries/memorial lands...

MaggieCarr ...The sheer statistics are just mindboggling but learning about the transition of traditions, landmarks, medical changes, and how they affected everything from death rooms becoming living rooms, to the massive draw to lands bringing together more people than theme parks-- all of it absolutely engrossing. I found myself extremely humbled, enlightened, and thoughtful as such decisions will also have to be laid out for my own self. 2w
ImperfectCJ This sounds really interesting! I enjoy visiting cemeteries and have been intrigued (and a little creeped out) by death rituals since I was very young. One of my favorite burial stories is about a girl buried in a keg of rum in a cemetery in Beaufort, North Carolina. 2w
Soubhiville I‘m reading this too 🙂. 2w
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jewright Have you read Stiff by Mary Roach? Your review made me think of it. 2w
MaggieCarr @jewright I have. She released an updated version, mind boggling how quickly science is changing and modifying year after year. 2w
MaggieCarr @ImperfectCJ where can I find the rum burial story? 2w
ImperfectCJ I learned about it in Beaufort (we used to spend occasional weekends there when we lived in NC), but you can find the story a few places online. Here's one: https://islandlifenc.com/the-rum-keg-girl/ 2w
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Started reading in the Florida sun, finished with 2" of snow on the ground back at home in Indiana. I marked this book up really well for discussion with book club. Wonderful story. Loved the Easter eggs for long term RJG readers with tidbits from other series mixed in. "... he's [God] been working extra hard and long on a hero for me who will surpass my expectations."

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How to only read 57 pages in 120 minutes... Be easily distracted by overhead traffic...

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Accidentally Amy | Lynn Painter
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Loved the banter and quick, whitty dialogue foreplay. I would have liked it a lot better as a closed door romance.

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Women Talking | Miriam Toews
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Absolutely haunting.

Soubhiville I keep meaning to find a copy of this… 4w
IuliaC Impressive 4w
jlhammar So good! Can‘t wait to see the adaptation. 3w
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Oh the nostalgia. Love, love, love unique histories full of information, photos, personal story memories/narratives, the who-what-when-where-why-how of culture and differences around the world or even generation to generation. This title is newer and even has chapters post Covid-19 pandemic and the hopeful future for "malling".

ChaoticMissAdventures I just picked this up from the library! So excited. 4w
Bklover I‘m 63 years old and the word “mall” always takes me back to high school! 4w
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I'd live there.

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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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How to gobble down over a thousand pages in a weekend:

Step 1: Grab the first four Heartstopper volumes and read back to back.

Cute. Relevant. Informative. Alice doesn't shy away/gloss over tough topics.

JenReadsAlot I loved these! 1mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I see what the hype was about and regarding the harmful parent/child star relationship I can only wonder why more people aren't comparing it to Judy Garland's story. Regardless, it's disheartening and I hope Jennette continues to seek healthy relationships after finding complete healing herself. Her whole lifetime will be spent addressing the harm inflicted on her.

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Nappanee Public Library | Nappanee, IN (Library)
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Our first episode of Maggie's Book Bites podcast is live. Listen for reading recommendations and book conversations. Maggie is discussing books about Dolly Parton on her first episode. Listen Now on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, and most other podcast platforms.

JackOBotts Listening to the teaser trailer now! Good luck! 1mo
MaggieCarr @JackOBotts I'm my own worst critic but appreciate feedback for sure! Vlogging was so much easier in my opinion! 1mo
JackOBotts Congratulations on a lovely first episode. Conversation is always a great component in the podcasts I enjoy. You feel like you‘re sitting with friends! 🤗 I likes learning more about Dolly Parton and may check out her novel with James Patterson! 📚 1mo
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Well Traveled | Jen DeLuca
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#4 and still so cute. Older protagonists this time which was refreshing. Themes of swapping careers in storylines just hit differently at 37 than 27. I still want to visit a Renaissance Faire... It's on my bucket list because of this series. 🍗🍗🍗 LuLu's Grandma is pretty great too 🤣

LiteraryinLawrence I read the first one (and liked it) but didn‘t read the next 2. Do you think it‘s important to read them all in order or is it a series where you can dip in and out? 1mo
MaggieCarr @LiteraryinLawrence you could definitely dip in and out, sub characters simply wouldn't have back stories but it doesn't affect the storyline at all. 1mo
ravenlee @LiteraryinLawrence it might help to read the second one before this one, just because Stacey is an important character in #4 and her story also introduces the Dueling Kilts. Not necessary but helpful. 1mo
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Everything I love about a unique history. Short chapters featuring varying perspectives, myths, legends, and changes through time. Jody is a cyclist himself and as research traveled and joined other riders, sometimes embarrassing himself, just always sharing from an authentic voice, never putting himself on a pedestal...

MaggieCarr ...I enjoy his own biking memories tied in with cross-culture movements, styles of bikes, sports, and the economics of cycling. The pictures were extremely helpful in referencing more obscure styles unknown to myself. 1mo
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#2022SpineStack #SpineYear #MaggiesSpineStacks

Top 5
-The Words In My Hands (Asphyxia)
-Real (Cujec)
-The Circus Train (Parikh)
-Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn From 75 Years
of Conversations and Letters with Kids (Cully)
-Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35
Siblings (Bilton)

Honorable Mentions
-The Violin Conspiracy (Slocumb)
-Better Than The Movies (Painter)
-Born Behind Bars (Venkatraman)
-Two Degrees (Gratz)

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December 2022
Goodreads.com/MaggieCarr
#2022SpineStack #MaggiesSpineStacks

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I hit my goal in early November, but as I honestly answer every single time... I would gladly trade dozens of books for consistent sleep through each night.

fredamans 👏 👏 👏 1mo
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I'm not bawling. You're bawling! As slow as this one started (and not gonna lie I nearly returned it to the library a third time unfinished) I devoured the last third in one sitting. It's time slip and a cross between the Kentucky Applachians setting of The Book Woman's of Troublesome Creek × Where The Crawdads Sing discrimination and small town justice.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this one, but at the same time kind of a let down with how much she quoted her previous work. I get that she is a profound theorist, and likely nobody else to quote on a specific emotion but IDK it kinda seemed self-elevating in a way. I'll be the first to confess this book took me 9 months + 4 days to read in bits and pieces and I honestly think that was why.

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We have very different opinions on how to wait for our swimmer to finish practice. He's playing a disc golf app 🥴🤷

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Mehso-so

Typical Hallmark.

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Do-Over | Lynn Painter
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Super cute Groundhog's Day enemies to lovers trope.

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Really good but The Siren is my favorite KC standalone novel to date. Definitely some similarities between A Thousand Heartbeats and The Selection as far as written, lost or neglected histories. We can learn so much from our past if only we quit rewriting it.

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Up hours after bedtime finishing up this beauty... great historical fiction spanning decades with themes of war, disability, family, overcoming, and of course the circus. Definitely a top read for me this year.

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Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer | Golden Books, Barbara Shook Hazen
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With the reading of the Biblical Christmas Journey tomorrow, our eighth Wrapped Reading month comes to a close. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer reading followed by watching the classic. ❤️🦌🎅 (December 24, 2022)

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Today was -4°F but we'll know it was coming for nearly a week and had time to prepare in addition to up to the minute updates available. How anyone survived this storm is beyond me, even if they had a home they are nothing like today with insulated walls and protection. This was a very educational read wrapped in made up characters that kept varying perspectives and pace moving for a quick read on a day when nothing else needed rushing off to do.

SilversReviews I liked this book - never knew about this. 1mo
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Jack Frost Vs. the Abominable Snowman | Craig Manning (Author)
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Jack Frost vs. the Abominable Snowman (Pick Your Path) made for a fun wrapped reading tonight. The kids picked Jack Frost to follow through the pages, deciding if he should do this or that... a fun read that can be different each time we read it. (December 23, 2022)

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A Very Merry Bromance | Lyssa Kay Adams
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I only regret reading these so fast that I have to wait for upcoming titles. I wanted a little more epilogue vengeance like seeing Gretchen's brother fall on his own whiskey decanter or something even more spiteful. Read cover to cover minus a pause to watch The Grinch with the family and a wrapped reading bedtime story.

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When the mayor of Mouseville announces the town snowman contest, Clayton and Desmond claim that they will each make the biggest snowman ever. But building a huge snowman alone is hard! As the day of the contest approaches, the two join forces to build the biggest snowman ever. (December 22, 2022)

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This book wasn't what I had pegged it to be but boy did it make me pause and ponder so many things in my own life.

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Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas by David Melling- Hugless Douglas knows what Christmas is all about - it's excitement, snowing sheep, finding a tree, sledding, and being with friends. And one more thing of course... Christmas hugs! (December 21, 2022)

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The Reindeer Wish | Lori Evert
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The Reindeer Wish by Lori Evert- When Anja discovers an abandoned reindeer baby in the woods, she cares for it and raises it as her own. They become dear friends and have many adventures together, but as the reindeer grows he wishes to rejoin his kind. So Anja leads him to join the greatest reindeer of all—those of Santa‘s sled team. (December 20, 2022)

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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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I like the importance of writing from this perspective to highlight the issues of migration forced or chosen just prefer a non-fiction account in memoir form versus fiction. Opt instead for Beautiful Country: A Memoir from Qian Julie Wang

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megnews 😂 ❤️ 2mo
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When the Cool Bean picks the name of the coolest of the cool beans, Beanadette, out of a hat for the annual gift exchange, he‘s not feeling very merry or festive—he‘s feeling pressure! (December 19, 2022)

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Five Survive | Holly Jackson
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The first half felt incredibly slow but the second is a complete whirlwind full of details and secrets. I figured out "the person" early on but not the wholeness of the complete story. A solid standalone but left with just enough if a follow up or spin-off came from it.

MyNamesParadise I bought this book! I‘m excited to get to it! 2mo
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CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas Story | Ray Negron, CC Sabathia
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December 19, 2022 Wrapped Reading

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Destination Wrapped Reading in Grandparents led to Grandma sharing "How The Villains Ruined Christmas". No one is more of a bah humbug than a Disney Villain. This Christmas Maleficent, Hades, Captain Hook, the Queen, Ursula, and Cruella are causing chaos. (December 17, 2022)

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Ship Wrecked | Olivia Dade
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Least favorite of the three so far. Too long and too open door for me.

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Christmas in the Big Woods | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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A beautiful full-color hardcover picture book introduction to the beloved Little House series, perfect for younger readers.

Christmas has come to the Big Woods of Wisconsin! Laura and her family are excited to celebrate. When Laura‘s cousins, aunt, and uncle arrive, they spend their time together eating sweets, playing in the snow, and reading. Their holiday celebrations are full of simple joys.