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Sarahreadstoomuch

Sarahreadstoomuch

Joined February 2016

Public Library Assistant Director, sometimes I review books for Library Journal.
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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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I think I would call this more a dramatic mystery than thriller.. but the ending was unexpected yet plausible and I enjoyed the narrator. First book done for #scarathlon #teamslaughter +16 points - and all the word search points (LOVE the word search!) @Clwojick

Clwojick Great job! 2d
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Happy #scarathlon everyone! I‘m a little overwhelmed by all the point making opportunities, and tbh, I‘m not even sure what our team #buddyread title is.. (help please?) but I‘m pretty sure I‘m on #teamslaughter…. 1pt #notmylibrary #lovepoe @Clwojick

Ann_Reads The #TeamBuddyReads for #TeamSlaughter are: False Witness by Karin Slaughter & The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (or any Hannah Swensen Cozy Mystery series by Joanna Fluke.) The #TeamMovie is Scream.

Most of the bingo boards, official #scarathlon post pics, etc, can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/1-2rx1O1uZZh0nDWS7kH9nDazTkVqkb6D

This is my first time participating too so I understand feeling a bit overwhelmed.🙂
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Sarahreadstoomuch @Ann_Reads thank you! This is my 3rd time I think? But I didn‘t do it last year (I was on a reading award committee-it was too much!) and the options have just grown so much!! I‘ll do all that I can, but I probably won‘t be a power-point earner😊 4d
Ann_Reads @Sarahreadstoomuch Oh, you're welcome! I think some people are in a similar situation, myself included. I'm just participating in whatever I have time for and enjoy doing. Good luck with your spooky reading plans. 🎃 4d
DimeryRene The part about the bird 🫣🫣 3d
Clwojick Hey! Sorry I was unable to reply earlier. Thank you for sharing the team reads @Ann_Reads 🖤 And I agree, your participation level should be whatever works for you! Whatever makes the month a success you! 🧡👻🎃 3d
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Oh goodness. It‘s Oct 1, and I just realized that I hadn‘t made my list yet for #bookspinbingo! I@must apologize, I have been at my friends brewery all afternoon, so my writing is sloppy…. But I got it posted before numbers are drawn tomorrow morning! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Omg I freaking love this book. The dialogue was top notch and laugh out loud funny! So so great ❤️

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Stellaluna | Janell Cannon
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Well, they aren‘t bats, but these are my pups- Stella (brown) and Luna (blonde). I decided to #reread this classic for them. #bbrc #picturebook:S #dogsoflitsy

AvidReader25 Aww they are beautiful! 2w
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Ducks Away! | Mem Fox
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I mean, Mem Fox is so reliably good with her picture books. This was a simple story of ducklings falling/jumping into a River from the bridge. No one is hurt, but mom gets flustered until she joins them. Nice rhythm, supports learning numbers and subtraction.

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Vamos! Let's Go Eat | Ral the Third
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Didn‘t really like this as much as I hoped. Little Lobo needs to gather foods from the food trucks and deliver to the luchadores before their big match. Love that it is bilingual, and that there is at least a partial glossary in the back. But overall it‘s really a very busy book with crowded illustrations that was distracting to me. #bbrc #picturebook:V #bookspinbingo #bingo

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Up, Up, Up, Down! | Kimberly Gee
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Scenes from a day spent with dad & toddler while mom works. It‘ll make the little ones laugh, given the contradictions. #bbrc #picturebook:U #doublespin

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King Baby | Kate Beaton
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Cute book for those kids with a new baby in their family…. Which could be a fun story time. #bbrc #picturebook:k #bookspin

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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The Friends of my Library are holding their Fall Book Sale this weekend. And even though I have hundreds of books that I haven‘t read yet and, you know, work IN a library…. I still snuck in and bought 4 books. And then I snuck them into my house so my husband wouldn‘t see.

ravenlee I think four shows admirable restraint! 2w
AmyG Ha! You are all of us. The Maid was a good one. 2w
Sarahreadstoomuch @ravenlee thank you. My husband would just shake his head at me (if he knew!) 2w
Sarahreadstoomuch @AmyG awesome! Glad to hear it! 2w
sarah-bear I would do the same!😅 2w
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A Half-Baked Murder | Emily George
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I read this to review, so won‘t say much…. But I love the premise of this cozy mystery: Paris-trained pastry chef returns to small coastal hometown to open a cannabis cafe, and try to solve a murder too. Oh, and there‘s a cute single guy next door too. Publishes in February!

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Oh, this was sweet. Fairly predictable, but sweet story. I loved the audio production- the octopus narrator was tremendous.

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Just signed up for this year‘s #Scarathlon! I‘ve done this event before, and it‘s so much fun. Visit either host - @Clwojick or @StayCurious for all the details and sign up post.

Clwojick Oohoo! Thanks for the repost! 3w
StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Tree Stand | Jay Atkinson
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I‘ve known Jay for years through the library (he‘s a huge library supporter) and happy to read his forthcoming book of short stories. It‘s a bit of a character sketch, examining the lives of blue collar and other hard working folks in times of instability and a tough economy. Most are set in the recent past, but also feel relevant today. Publishes 10/20

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Really enjoyed this audio. It had been a while since I read a good haunted house/gothic story. It really goes with my current mood of impatiently waiting for fall!

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When in Rome | Sarah Adams
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This was a fun, clean romance that made me laugh (for the right reasons). Nice riff on the classic Hepburn film “Roman Holiday”. Comes out 9/20

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Excellent slow burn romance that hit just right. It stands alone, but is apparently a companion to The Spanish Love Deception, which I will obvious now be reading as soon as I can! Publishes on Tuesday!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Here we go September! #booklistbingo

Sarahreadstoomuch Wow. I do not have nice handwriting. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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I was trying to finish the tagged book tonight to get a #bookspinbingo, but it‘s just not going to happen. (I am really enjoying it😊) Pretty happy with how my August grid turned out though! Got my #bookspin AND #doublespin! I‘ll come up with a September list tomorrow. Promise. I just want to get back to the book right now !!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 1mo
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Johnny's Pheasant | Cheryl Minnema
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Sweet story about a boy and his grandma that see a sleeping/injured pheasant by the road and bring it home. The story just ended too abruptly for me. #bbrc #picturebook:j

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I Sang You Down from the Stars | Tasha Spillett-Sumner
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A love letter from a mother to baby, incorporating the Indigenous author‘s cultural beliefs that the baby chooses the parents. Beautiful illustrations #bbrc #picturebook:i

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We Are Water Protectors | Carole Lindstrom
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Excellent and beautifully illustrated story inspired by the indigenous perspective on the Standing Rock protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. #bbrc #picturebook:w

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I read this to provide a professional review, so I‘ll not say too much about it here… but it was my first real “how-done-it” and thought that was fun for sure! Publishes in February I think.

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition (Revised) | Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
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Decided to listen to this as I feel like I could really do better in stressful conversations, both at home and at work. This version is a little dated, but still contains useful strategies that I hope I will remember next time I need them!

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I wasn‘t sure I wanted to hear a story set during the plague, but I trust the friend that recommended it…. And this was beautiful. Sad, yes, especially in the middle, and the writing was stunning and created such a wondrous atmosphere. The narrator was perfect as well and put my mind directly into Stratford in the late 1500s.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Super fun nerdy romance. Loved the laugh-out-loud parts, especially the dialogue. Just what I needed in the moment.

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Run | John Lewis
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Amazing, well researched follow up to the March trilogy. This takes place mostly from right after the Voting Rights Law was signed until when John Lewis was voted out of chairmanship of the SNCC in favor of Stokely Carmichael. There was incredible upheaval and disconnect among the groups working for civil rights, as well as the rise in the KKK and politicians working to suppress the black vote. Important read.

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While there are some scenes that shine, I think I just have to face the fact that I don‘t enjoy Guillory‘s writing style as much as others do. She had fun with the Beauty & the Beast story here, but there is too much that annoyed me about other things. #unpopularopinion

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Really enjoyed this audio- a YA story of A teen Chinese-American girl growing up in San Fran‘s Chinatown in the 50‘s and exploring her sexuality. This is the time of McCarthyism and anti-vice campaigns. The authors note at the end is not to be missed.

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I picked this arc up at ALA, completely missing that this is a companion book…. But it was fine, I figured out what I missed and enjoyed this story of young people living on the US/Mexico border, dealing with immigration, school, bullies, and first love. It‘s told in verse with lots of Spanish (glossary included). I think I may look for the first book now. Pub 9/22

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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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Flew through this short novel in a day. This centers on a 15 year old girl, newly married but due to religious custom, has no idea which of the young men in the house is *her* husband. The other story arc is about her great-grandson, visiting Punjab while detoxing from addiction. This was a compelling story, but the wanted more in the ending. Looking forward to our book club discussion!

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I‘m about 4 chapters in and thoroughly annoyed at all! The! Exclamation! Marks! And! Question? Marks? Tell me it gets better or I‘m done.

vonnie862 Oh no...I just got this. 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Ok, I‘ve read a couple other books and getting back to this one. It seems to be a way to acknowledge character growth, so it is not happening quite as often. I‘ll finish it. @vonnie862 2mo
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Sankofa | Chibundu Onuzo
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Excellent audio of an interesting story: Anna discovers information upon her mother‘s death that leads her to her father, a West African man she has never known and who had left London (and her mother) before learning a child was coming.

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Is tomorrow really August? #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Thank You, Omu! | Oge Mora
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A librarian friend recommended this one as “a better Giving Tree” which absolutely piqued my interest. And now I see what she means! A great story & art about sharing. #bbrc #t

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It took my American brain a sec to catch on the the British slang, but that‘s on me. This is a great graphic memoir about Lewis‘s teenage years and embracing his identity. I really liked how this story was told.

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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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I love this world and it‘s characters, but this book took me forever to get through. There is just WAY too much packed in here which made pacing rough. Some scenes were awkwardly and unnecessarily included just to get a favorite character involved…. Which feels cheap. And, of course, an opening for another book. But I‘ve had this on my #bookspinbingo list every month this year and it‘s finally read.

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 2mo
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There is a lot packed in here, and so my first reaction is that I‘ll have to listen/read this again… she actually heavily references earlier books of hers, so maybe I‘ll just listen to those!

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The Suite Spot | Trish Doller
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Sweet, gentle romance. Quick read.

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The Summer of June | Jamie Sumner
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Excellent middle grade novel tackling the topic of anxiety in young people. Also features one of the worst librarians ever, but maybe I‘m sensitive to that. But for real, as June is describing her anxiety and panic attacks, I could feel them with her.

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As a fan of The Office, this was really a lot of fun to listen to. They included guest speakers, including songs from both Ed Helms and Creed Bratton. I do think I‘ll need to see a print copy though, because I have a feeling there are photos too😊

Suet624 I hope my library gets this one. These two women were so great on the show. 3mo
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I cannot wait for our book group meeting to discuss this book. Themes of gender identity, motherhood, family… all circle around Reese, a trans woman, her ex-lover Amy- now Ames as he has detransitioned, and Ames‘a pregnant lover Katrina. It suffers from pacing issues, but will live in my brain for a long time.

CarolynM I wish I‘d read it with a group - so much to discuss! 3mo
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Yikes! It is July! June was not a great month for me, so I‘m giving myself a bit more (structured) freedom for this month and hoping for better reading. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Flamer | Mike Curato
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This was so good! The last week at Boy Scout Camp before starting high school, Aiden struggles with his sexuality and dealing with bullies. I think this is a book that could really reach some struggling kids out there.

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The Ex Talk | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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This was a fun romance- enemies to lovers/ hidden relationship / on the job romance…. With NPR/Public Radio as the backdrop. And I figured that I had better show my #bookspinbingo board, as I somehow managed to finish both my #bookspin and #doublespin books today!

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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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I have no idea how to talk about this most unusual story…. On one hand, it‘s about a new mom who gave up her career in art to stay home with her little boy and now thinks she‘s turning into a dog. On the other, it‘s commentary on gender roles and finding fulfillment in life. It‘s horrifying and very out there, but yet I could relate to many of her feelings when I was a young SAHM. #bookspinbingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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I met this author through my treadmill. If anyone here is an iFit user, he has a walking series based on this program that centers on neutral thinking for success (as opposed to positive or negative thinking). Unfortunately, the book is overly sports based already and I‘m tuning out. I‘m sure someone will like this, but I‘ll just do the treadmill series again instead. DNF at 30%

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Other Boys | Damian Alexander
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Middle grade graphic memoir that tells the authors story of being raised by his grandmother after his mom was murdered by his dad, not having a lot of money, being bullied by other students, and discovering his sexuality…. All centered around his 7th grade year. It‘s a lot, but ultimately ends with hope, with an author‘s note to finish.

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I cannot wait for my book group meeting to talk about this one! So much to think about- colorism/racism, the lasting effect of secrets, what family means…. There‘s a lot going on that I‘m willing to overlook the somewhat dissatisfying ending.

KristiAhlers I loved this book. So much to unpack! Hope you have a great night discussing it. 4mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @KristiAhlers thank you! I really enjoyed it! 4mo
Hanna-B Food for thought a discussion but I also didn‘t love it 3mo
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We Dream of Space | Erin Entrada Kelly
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The Challenger explosion was a major event in my childhood, yet I think this is the first book I‘ve read that is set specifically at that time. The 3 siblings are dealing with their parents constant fighting in different ways, as well as navigating 7th grade. The author brilliantly keeps the reader in that time and place while working through emotions that are timeless. Great middle grade read.

sarahbarnes It was in mine, too. I still remember that day really clearly. 4mo
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