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MelissaSue81

MelissaSue81

Joined May 2016

Mom. Academic Librarian. WNY
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Next up for #NFNov. This challenge is motivating me to get through some of my unread library books.

Chelsea.Poole Me too! Seems like a bunch of my nonfiction books get set aside from the library. 12h
Scochrane26 Most of my tbr on Litsy is NF because everyone recommends great books. But, I‘m much more likely to read fiction, even though I want to learn. 12h
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Today I learned, #TIL : a whole bunch of stuff actually but the two that are blowing my mind a little bit are 1) Roswell Park was a PERSON. It‘s the name of a big hospital here and I figured that at best someone with the last name Roswell donated lots of $ but probably thought it was just random 2) when President McKinley was shot, VP Roosevelt had to come straight in from St. Albans VT, which is where both my ILs were born. #NFNov

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Another #NFNov read complete. This was a very good story. Knox does a wonderful job of showing us her family and their incredible love for one another. I think she probably whitewashed some of the most difficult parts of their story, but it is their story to tell. But all in all, it is just a story about love and family. @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Clwojick 💗 1d
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Started this on audio this morning for another #NFNov read. I've lived in the Buffalo area my entire life and only have a vague knowledge of this piece of local history.

Really interesting so far. And, fun fact, my wedding reception was held in the only Permanent building constructed for the Pan-American Expo in Buffalo. https://tinyurl.com/qqvknz6

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I had seen a blurb about this book awhile ago and thought it sounded good so when it was the #biglibraryread, I went ahead and downloaded it. A quick YA listen but with compelling fast moving storyline. The characters did lack some depth but I liked the story a lot.

CrowCAH Follow the hashtag and join the discussion! 4d
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Mehso-so

Stacey Abrams is awesome, but this book is not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a political memoir.. but it is actually more a self help book (which I should have guessed from the subtitle, but I didn‘t.) I am not a fan of this type of book where an author is all like “I‘m super successful so I‘m going to tell you what to do..” the biographical parts were good. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Lauranahe That‘s why I couldn‘t stand Girl Wash Your Face. It was sooooo humble-brag and “do this thing and you can be just like me!” 7d
marleed @Lauranahe On Goodreads I gave Girl wash your face 3 stars and with no written opinion. About 2 days later, I received a message from seemingly the author calling me a dickwad for not getting from the book what I should. I was afraid it would start a string of weird comments. So I changed my rating to 4 stars and then back to 3 a month later. By then there were enough ratings that mine wouldn‘t register. 6d
MelissaSue81 @marleed - I hated Girl Wash your face too. I think I have it one star.. I can‘t believe the author harassed you over it!! 6d
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marleed @MelissaSue81 It was likely the publishers or whoever it is that tracks her rating. but it made me super uncomfortable. I wish I‘d taken a snapshot of it so I could post it here. Funny thing, Goodreads does not define there stars. For me 3 stars is a meh, C. But for others 3 stars is something better than that. Without a bad written review from me they really didn‘t know. 6d
TheRiehlDeal Hopefully one day she'll write a political memoir. It'd be interesting to learn more about her. 6d
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Next up for #NFNov. I think I saw this author on Twitter originally. Seems like an amazing story so far. 💗 @Clwojick @rsteve388 @rsteve388

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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I really enjoyed Julie Murphy‘s YA books.. but this one was “middle grade” and it really didn‘t do it for me. It‘s definitely older middle grade, I wouldn‘t want my third grader reading it. The MC does some really crappy things to her friends and spends the second half of the book redeeming herself but I didn‘t get over it, lol. . Plus, it uses the trope of taking over a newspaper advice column, which I‘m all done with.

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I was a really caught up in local races in 2018, so hadn‘t paid much attention to Stacey Abrams. Starting this book now and wow! She is amazing!! #nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

TheRiehlDeal I'm not in her district, but I wanted her to win. Seems like she could have brought some much-needed change to Georgia. 1w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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This was a very very good book. There are very very bad people in Hollywood and at NBC. Excellent reporting. The only thing that got me a bit mixed up is how he sort of jumped around in time and back and forth between what he was doing and the Weinstein company/spies were doing, almost trying to make a spy novel feel. Also, I have seen this in other reviews but his voices and accents for people (used to indicate direct quotes) got old fast. #NFNov

Hooked_on_books Great book. I was actually ok with the accents he did—it helped me to be clear about who was speaking. 1w
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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This was SO good! Craft said a lot of it is based on his own experiences and I think it all really rings true. It is also funny and heartwarming at the same time.

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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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My daughter got her book signed by Jerry Craft today and we got to see him do a great book talk too. Love when my kids get the opportunity to meet great authors.

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This book is terrible. Freudian psychoanalysis is not at all widely accepted as legitimate in modern psychology/psychiatry..but this guy is trying to make legitimate claim for it. Worse, he does it with only the most basic, easy to find, publicly available information about Trump. I thought this book might be kind of funny. It‘s is not funny. It‘s disturbing. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Current audio for #NFNov. I thought my hold on this was going to take much longer, but the library ordered many more copies. Super interesting so far! @Clwojick @rsteve388

Hooked_on_books I thought this was terrific. I did the audio, too. 2w
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This was my #readharderchallenge #cozymystery. For what it is, it was a fine little read, though I discovered that cozy mysteries are not my thing.☺️. Is it a requirement that they talk about food so much? I also thought the middle of this book dragged on a bit where there was no progress toward “solving” the mystery and just a lot of talking about it. But it was a light enjoyable listen.

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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I left my other book at work somehow! So I‘m going to try to plow through this MG story by Julie Murphy

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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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Goodreads choice first round voting starts tomorrow!

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 2w
umbrellagirl Yay! 2w
Emilymdxn Omg I‘ve been so excited for this! 2w
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LibrarianRyan That is SOOOOOO annoying. There are still plenyt of great books coming out in Nov and Dec. People who are ARCs should not be the only people with a chance to vote for books that are not out yet. 2w
MelissaSue81 @LibrarianRyan - hmm. I believe that anything that comes out after November 15 gets counted for 2020.. so it‘s only a 2 week window.. 2w
Birdsong28 Yes!!!!!! Thanks for posting!!!! 📚 📖 📚 2w
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#todayIlearned that Trump‘s crazy hair is apparently a copy of his late mother‘s style. So weird!! #TIL #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Gaylagal2 Such a jackass😂🙄 3w
ljuliel What a thing to see at 6:30 AM "..........................? 3w
Scochrane26 He‘s coming to campaign for our horrible governor tomorrow in my area. 🤮😥 3w
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First read for #NFNov. Only a few chapters in, but I don‘t have high hopes for this being great. I didn‘t realize Freudian psychoanalysis was still a thing. @Clwojick @rsteve388

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I really enjoyed this. I always say post apocalyptic fiction isn‘t for me, but this one really worked for me, without triggering my anxiety. I feel like I wanted something more from the ending, although I‘m not sure what. Maybe I just wasn‘t ready for it to end.

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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Oh my. What a hot mess of a book. The description sounded SO good, but it was so bad. The four main characters were so underdeveloped that I could not differentiate them from each other. The storylines were disjointed and not told in a way that made sense plot wise. And the final story was just so WTAF that I wanted to throw the book across the room.

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Ugh. Today would be SUCH a good day to stay in and read. I really thought schools were going to close for the wind, and maybe I‘d “have to” call into work to stay home with the kids.. but it seems school is on and I have to drag myself into work after sleeping horribly due to the wind.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I‘m in for this! #NFNov. Hosted by @Clwojick and @rsteve388 think I‘m going to start with the tagged book as soon as my library hold comes in for it! I‘ve got tons of Non fiction on my library stack that‘s being neglected!

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October‘s books.
Favorites: Know My Name, If Beale Street Could Talk, Shortest Way Home (this was a reread, I‘d read it in February but decided I needed to hear the audiobook).
Didn‘t love: How to Read The Air. If Only I Could Tell You.
Books that I‘m sure are good but just didn‘t work for me. 😋: watchmen, On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous.

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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Is it just me or does this very long sentence not make sense?

Librarybelle It‘s oddly constructed. 🤔 3w
smilingshelves I would not want to try to diagram that sentence! 3w
TheAromaofBooks It's always awkward when you aren't sure what the point of the sentence is! 3w
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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This book was incredibly powerful. Miller was Brock Turner‘s victim, no longer anonymous. She is incredibly strong and brave and I am in awe of her. This may top my list for books I‘ve read this year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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This was one of those books that I Felt like I should read due to its popularity. This is definitely a kids book and not my favored genre, but it was entertaining, and enjoyable.

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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I said I was going to come home and clean off the porch.. but then I got this book from the library and it‘s so good and plus the kitty snuggles. How am I supposed to get up?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa You‘re not! 😉 1w
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Only Mostly Devastated | Sophie Gonzales
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This is YA, and it‘s filled with just about every YA trope you can think of. No surprises. But it was still a fun, enjoyable, feel good read. A good palate cleanser from some of the heavier stuff I‘ve been reading lately.

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Mehso-so

Not for me. 😕. The writing is beautiful. Some of it was more like poems than a novel.. But the storyline was way too all over the place for me follow. If it had been told linearly, I felt like maybe I could have gotten more out of it, but I was usually just confused and trying to figure out what happened when.

Hooked_on_books I had the same issue. It was so fragmented that I could never quite get a hold on it. I ended up bailing halfway. 4w
AmyRebecca I've been curious about this one. Thanks for your perspective! 4w
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If Only I Could Tell You | Hannah Beckerman
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Pros: The story is well paced, and doesn't drag. We learn little by little what happened in the past.
Probs: The premise itself. The way the “misunderstanding“ occurred between the sisters, one of whom was only 10 years old, and lasts 30 years, is completely unbelievable. Also, since the beef of the story happened in the past, the “present“ is contains thin “drama“ filler that doesn't seem to have any bearing on the plot.

lele1432 I'm so curious about this book, but skeptical. I think I'll skip it since I've seen this mentioned a few times now. Mind putting the "misunderstanding" in a spoiler tag? I'm nosy lol. 4w
MelissaSue81 @lele1432 - you want the WHOLE thing, or just the basics.. there‘s a few different levels that get revealed throughout the book. 4w
lele1432 Oh wow, now I'm really curious lol. Maybe just the basics? 4w
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MelissaSue81 @lele1432 - so the little sister blames the big sister for causing an event that lead to the death of their father. We see it from the little sisters POV at the start. What that event is gets revealed about halfway in. But both the mom and the sister never know why the little sister is mad.. she‘s 10. like wouldn‘t you bring her to counseling to get to the bottom of it? 4w
lele1432 Hmmm. Yeah I would think so! Thanks for the summary, I think I was right and it's probably not for me. I don't really like drama filler. 🙂 4w
EmilyM I wasn't crazy about this one either. Flat characters and lots of lameness (is that a word?) i.e. the one sister falling for the choir director, the one daughter coming out as gay... 4w
MelissaSue81 @EmilyM - agreed! Even the miscarriages and the husbands affair just seemed superfluous to the story. 4w
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I swear there was some sort of cool graphic or something last year when I completed my challenge, but I guess not this year! I really want to get to 250 for the year but I don‘t think I‘m going to make it with how busy work has been!

britt_brooke Amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Yes, you‘re right about GR. I swear, last year a “congratulations” banner and confetti popped up. Something like that. 4w
Sace 🎉🎉🎉 4w
CaitZ 🎉🎉Congratulations!🎉🎉 4w
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sarahreinhard Wow!!! That‘s amazing! 4w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4w
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 4w
Freespirit Wow...what is your secret...that's amazing! 4w
MelissaSue81 @Freespirit - Well one big “secret“ is that 42% of them (84 books) have been audiobooks! 4w
Jas16 🙌🏽 4w
Laughterhp Great job! 4w
BarbaraBB Amazing! Congratulations 🎉🎈 4w
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Just_reading Awesome! You rocked it! 👏🌈 4w
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This was just not for me. I had a really hard time following how all the characters related to one another, and I can't say I really understand the ending.

BarbaraBB I felt exactly the same. 4w
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My husband loved this and has been bugging me to read it.. man I am struggling with it. Not my genre for sure and there are sooo many people!

JacqMac I read it for my husband, too. I didn‘t love it as much as he does. 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB I read it for the #1001books Challenge but I had a hard time concentrating on all those graphics. I prefer just text 😉 1mo
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1. May 2016, but I didn't get really active regularly until 2018
2. I saw an article about it somewhere. I remember it said it was Goodreads+Instagram.
3. WAY More.. especially once I got really hooked.. I used to be a 10ish books a year reader, I am almost at 200 this year!
4. Literary Fiction
5. I can't remember who I've known the longest! #WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Yay for your reading 200!!!! 1mo
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The Institute | Stephen King
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Been working through this on audio, but was ready to finish it and it was on the shelf at work so I finished the last 60 pages or so In print. This was good, if a bit long. I really liked all the characters and it was an action packed story.

jillrhudy I know all about throwing in the towel on an interminable audio and grabbing print! 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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1. As much as possible, I have some stuff going on this weekend.. so I'll probably just hope for double digits
2. A bit of both. Usually depends on my library checkouts.
3. Coffee and Candy!
4. Early riser, but not really by choice
5. Just keep reading!
6. I've got a contemporary/Women's fiction going from Netgalley, Not sure what else is in my queue right now.
7. All of the above!! @clwojick

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Les Miserables | Marcia Williams
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Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
AmyG How sweet! 1mo
readordierachel 💕💕 1mo
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Les Miserables | Marcia Williams
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Got this for my daughters. 8 y/o decided to try it, because she got a kick out of the thought of writing it on her reading log for her teacher. 😂. Went up to check on her, to see if any comprehension was happening..
Me: “so what‘s happening?”
8: “well there‘s a bunch of people, and there‘s a bunch of different things happening in every chapter. “
Me: Ok, what‘s happening right now?
8: “someone is trying to make someone else go to jail.”
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Clare-Dragonfly She‘s doing very well! 1mo
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Let my 8 year old go nuts filling the bag at the $5/bag book sale yesterday. So only the stack on the far right were my picks, and she most definitely selected some books we already own, and who know is she will ever actually read most of these. But 47 books for $5 is never a bad deal. #bookhaul

ravenlee Sounds fantastic! What a great experience for her. 1mo
Bookishthoughts That is amazing!😍 1mo
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#Readingwomenchallenge COMPLETE! (26/26). This is my first completed annual challenge for the year!! 2 left for #readharder (22/24), 4 for #booked2019 (20/24) and only 3 left to my Goodreads challenge Goal (197/200).

Eyelit Awesome! 👏🎉📚 1mo
MelissaSue81 I lied. This was not my first completed Challenge. I completed #MMDChallenge in September I think. 1mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 1mo
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I think this would be incredible on stage. Some of the stories were really powerful. But I struggled with reading the “script”. #readingwomenchallenge #play

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I absolutely loved this. These families sucked me right in from moment one and I never wanted to stop listening. This is a sad but beautiful story. I want to read more Baldwin now. Also, this was narrated by Bahni Turpin, and I have listened to a bunch of her books now, but she did a particularly wonderful job of bringing these characters to life with her narration.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same about both the book and the narrator. She‘s probably one of the best audiobook readers out there💖 1mo
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This book sounded fascinating from the description. The characters go back and forth from Post 9/11 College/early adult years to post 2016 election middle age years. They are just about exactly my age so much was relatable. I definitely invested in the characters and the story and really enjoyed it. I thought it might be a five star read but the ending didn‘t really bring it all together for me.

Cinfhen Sounds really good👍🏻 thanks for sharing 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Very interesting! Thanks 1mo
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This wasn‘t as good as Untangled. My girl is approaching 11, and while she doesn‘t necessarily have unhealthy anxiety, she definitely has a personality that lends to stress. I feel like this book sort of diminished the levels of stress and anxiety many girls deal with. A lot of stress is good and helps us grow stronger.. which sure.. but it can also feel really bad! Nonetheless there were good bits here that I will definitely keep in mind.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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So.. I was never a huge carry on fan, but I am a solid enough RR fan that I will read the rest of the Simon Snow series. This book started out pretty good. The struggle in the relationship between Baz and Simon, the first part of the trip with the renaissance fair was hilarious.. but then it lost me. Too many changing points of view.. And I really didn‘t “get” what happened, which is my own struggle with fantasy, but also no real resolution.

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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This book filled #translatedbookpublishedbefore1945 for #readingwomenchallenge and #publicdomain for #booked2019. My daughter loved the Netflix series based on this book a few years ago but I‘d never read the whole story. Absolutely charming characters and a sweet, happy story about the power of kindness and forgiveness. Loved it.

bookaholic1 Shirley Temple did great in the movie Heidi 1mo
Cinfhen Such a sweet choice 🧡 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice double dip! 📚♥️👊🏻 1mo
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My Kitten Bag | Annie Auerbach
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Not entirely book related but I‘d been saying I wanted to switch to a backpack for work for like a year. This cat backpack was on clearance at target today for $20, so it became mine! It holds so much stuff!

StayCurious It can hold books - therefore book related 🤗 1mo
Julsmarshall I recently made the switch to a backpack too! 1mo
Tamra Adorbs! What a find! 1mo
Stacypatrice Cute! 1mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 1mo
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Guts | Scholastic
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My girls have read all of Telgemeier‘s graphic novels. This was my first. Based on the NYT book review on this and the hype around all her books I was expecting a bit more. Especially on the anxiety topic.. But it was her personal story and told in an honest and entertaining way.

Tamra She appeals to both my son and daughter! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz What age range would you recommend these for? I work in the children's section in a bookstore but still struggling to get ages right! 1mo
MelissaSue81 @ephemeralwaltz - my girls are 8 and 10. I would say 7-8 all the way up to 12-13? This one has some talk of puberty/periods.. but nothing inappropriate. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @MelissaSue81 thanks so much! 1mo
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I‘m a first time middle school mom this year so I was interested in seeing what this was all about. It definitely has some solid tips and a lot of food for thought. I almost would like to own it to refer back to the tips as things come up. It‘s not as good of a how to guide as say “untangled.” It also added some worries that i had never thought of worrying about before! 😬😬😬

MelissaSue81 I am also using this for my #booked2019 #newin2019 1mo
MeganAnn Great review! I may need to find a copy of this... my son will be a middle schooler next year 😬 1mo
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