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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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#WeekendReading

I have the house to myself—this never happens—and there is only one thing to do…chores!!! 😂 While reading some good books of course! I‘m currently reading the tagged book, and loving it so far, and hope to get to the other two in no particular order.

📖 The Family Chao
📖 Ballad & Dagger
📖 The Book Eaters

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Perfect for weekend reading. now
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Hope Springs | Jaime Berry
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This is a really cute MG story about finding your place & making a difference. Jubilee Johnson & her grandmother move whenever things get tough or complicated—it happens a lot. They settle on the hometown of Jubilee‘s crafting idol for their latest move only to discover, what you see on tv isn‘t always the truth. When the arrival of a big chain store threatens the survival of local shops, Jubilee and her friends take action. Recommended.

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Lore Olympus | Rachel Smythe
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A vibrant, propulsive, romantic retelling of the story of Persephone and Hades. Gorgeous illustrations with wonderful colors bring this Eisner nominated comic to life and if you like your Greek mythology sassy, modern, full of complex political maneuvering and relationships that tie things up in knots, this book is for you. A really fun read and I look forward to reading volume 2 which is out in July. Definitely recommended.

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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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Went to visit my former co-workers at the bookstore and came home with a lot of new reading—ARCs on the left and in the middle, books they recommended on the right. Book people are awesome people!

DrexEdit Oooooo! Nice Haul! I‘ve been stalking that Cartographers book. Looking forward to publication day for that! 📚📚📚 21h
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Servant Mage | Kate Elliott
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Mehso-so

I‘m a long time fan of Elliott & I was really excited about this novella. Unfortunately, it didn‘t quite work for me. There‘s a lot of worldbuilding—so much, in fact, I think this story would have worked better as a full length novel. Elliott has created a fascinating world, one I would read more about, if she really had time to explore it. Also, I didn‘t love the main character—the secondary characters were much more interesting. Hoped for more.

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The final round is here!!! Head on over to @LibrarianRyan ‘s page to cast your vote!

Super excited to see a few of my favorites in the finals and just as excited to find some more books to add to my “want to read” list!

LibrarianRyan Yeah. Thank you 3d
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Wow! It‘s a super epic #NCBD today. I don‘t even know where to begin—there‘s so much awesomeness. The tagged comic is fantastic & gross & just plain ridiculously awesome, lots of Star Wars (including a bake off), the launch of Rainbow Rowell‘s She-Hulk run—with a variant cover by Skottie Young!!!—more Skottie Young, Wonder Woman…So much good reading!

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Fascinating, compelling, heartbreaking &, ultimately, an uplifting & hopeful story about three Black girls who grow up on Chicago‘s South Side & where their lives take them. Turner‘s memoir is a generous, unflinching examination of family, sisterhood, friendship, race, opportunity, class & the struggles Black women face in this country. The writing is lyrical & the story of Turner‘s life riveting. Excellent & highly recommended.

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Faceless | Kathryn Lasky
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Mehso-so

For centuries, the Tabula Rosa, a group of spies, has endeavored to fight oppression & tyranny. The spies are utterly forgettable, known as being faceless because they are so unremarkable. Alice Winfield & her family have a daring secret mission in Germany during WWII just as her older sister decides she wants to leave the agency. I liked but didn‘t love this MG story which is well-written but somehow didn‘t have the emotional depth I expected.

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I mean, it‘s just as fun and silly as you would expect a middle grade origin story about Eugene Fitzherbert‘s transformation into Flynn Rider to be. The writing is actually really solid, the story engaging with more than a hint of mystery along with plenty of adventure and even some nefarious deeds, and there is more than one familiar character. I enjoyed this quick read which is part of a new series about “Disney‘s most infamous rogue boys.”

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Untitled | Untitled
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Not usually…unless I find myself somewhere with a few spare minutes and no book in my bag—something which doesn‘t happen often. 😂👜📚

2. My iPad because it handles both books and comics really well.

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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💙📖 4d
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Servant Mage | Kate Elliott
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Book mail = best mail

Johanna414 I like this cover! 4d
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Dream, Annie, Dream | Waka T. Brown
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A powerful, uplifting MG story about the dreams that inspire & the challenges in realizing them. Aoi Inoue, a Japanese American girl, navigates middle school, her first crush, friendship, theatre drama & basketball escapades in world where the celebration of differences is more celebrated in theory than in practice. Annie is a likable character who will have you rooting for her and her dreams. Recommended. On sale 1/25/22.

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The House That Wasn't There | Elana K. Arnold
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This is an entertaining MG story with all the ups and downs of middle school, kitten siblings, a taxidermied opossum and a walnut tree. Definite Flipped vibes (although they aren‘t exactly the same) with this one. Also a good story about making friends, moving and settling into a new place, family and history.

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Tonight‘s book…

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Falling Short | Ernesto Cisneros
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This is a fun MG story about best friends who decide that middle school is going to be different. This is especially true for Marco who is short & studious, not the athletic powerhouse his father would like him to be. For any kid who‘s ever felt they aren‘t good enough, Cisneros writes a story inspired by his own academic & athletic trouble to tell them they are more than good enough. A positive, hopeful, funny story. On sale 3/15/22.

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Aftershocks: A Memoir | Nadia Owusu
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Compelling, devastating, gloriously written memoir that explores issues of abandonment, identity, family, mental health and so much more. This is not an easy read but it is a powerful examination of growing up not knowing quite where you belong in a fractured family where you have no one to rely on but yourself—only to discover that at your worst, you can‘t be relied on. Occasionally repetitive, this book is nonetheless an excellent read.

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Aftershocks: A Memoir | Nadia Owusu
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Distracted myself with a new book this morning…

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Mehso-so

An occasionally interesting although not particularly compelling collection of essays which, with the exception of the first two essays, didn‘t really hold my attention. Art, history, literary criticism, & culture are common threads in Kushner‘s writing about an illegal motorcycle race, visiting a Palestinian refugee camp, cars, the music scene in San Francisco & more. Ok but not great.

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#WeekendReading

This weekend‘s reading plans include finishing Words of Radiance (I‘m about halfway through so it should be doable), continuing the tagged book and starting Ta-Nehisi Coates‘s Black Panther run. Lots of variety to keep things interesting.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 7d
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Riley's Ghost | John David Anderson
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I‘ve been a fan of Anderson‘s writing since reading Standard Hero Behavior (still my favorite of his books). This is strong outing & a good, spooky ghost story. Middle school is hard, even harder when you are the friendless, odd one out as Riley Flynn knows quite well. When the cool kids lock her in a school closet Riley meets a ghost & learns some startling truths. A MG story about impulse, anger, regret, the cycle of bullying/retaliation & more.

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Loved the premise for this debut—the story of how Yemaya makes her way from Africa to mid-1800s America. The real strength of the story is the Yoruba culture & religion which inspired it. Unfortunately, the story itself is rather unsatisfying—things happen quickly, often too easily & emotional depth is lacking. The writing is quite simple, better for a younger audience (YA) than the book is marketed towards (adult). It‘s ok but I hoped for more.

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The Litsy Awards are here and it‘s time to vote for your favorites!!! Link can be found on @LibrarianRyan ‘s page. So many great books—I‘ve read many but not all! Definitely adding a few to my TBR stack(s).

LibrarianRyan Thank you 1w
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First #NCBD of the year for me since I didn‘t make it to the store last week. Lots of Star Wars to read.☺️Highlights include Doctor Aphra, no more of an archaeologist than Indiana Jones (but I like both of them anyway), The Good Asian (a fantastic noir), Shang-Chi (written by Gene Luen Yang), Undiscovered Country (dystopian US that is almost unrecognizable), Knights of Steel (Superman, Batman et. al. in the Middle Ages) & more. Some great reading.

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Look. At. This. Cover. It‘s gorgeous. Once I can tear my eyes away, I‘m going to start reading it. That‘s the plan…really…reading to commence as soon as my eyeballs get tired of this mesmerizing cover.

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 that is a gorgeous cover! 2w
DrexEdit 😍 2w
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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Absolutely depends on my mood. Weather can be an influencer—stormy or wintery weather will often have me reading slower, immersive stories. Good writing can also cut right through my mood & make me change my mind about what I “think” I want to read

2. For me, the tagged book is practically perfect in every way. Such a great story.

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView I love Gaiman! Thanks for playing! 📖📚 2w
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Reread complete. While I really liked this book the first time I read it, I liked it even more this time. Too often writers of epic fantasy fall so in love with their own worlds they lose track of the fact they are telling a story, that things NEED to happen, characters need to develop & that as interesting as, say, eating customs might be, I don‘t want the details. Sanderson never loses sight of the fact he is telling a story. It‘s a great one!

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Love this.

ShyBookOwl Me too 2w
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The Last Watch | J.S. Dewes
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Bonus Sunday afternoon book mail—after it was mistakenly delivered to a neighbor who kindly dropped it off—is pretty awesome.

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Riley's Ghost | John David Anderson
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Reading this weekend includes finishing the tagged middle grade book which is a really fun & creepy ghost story. Then I‘ll dive back into Sanderson‘s The Way of Kings. After that, who knows? Maybe Words of Radiance or continuing with Martha Wells‘ The Fall of Ile-Rien series.

Andrew65 Plenty of good reading ahead. 2w
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More book mail—just in time for another winter weather advisory too! ❄️❄️📖❄️❄️

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Riley's Ghost | John David Anderson
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Starting the weekend with middle grade…

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Fun read if you're a fan of Star Wars. Even if you‘re not. High stakes, lots of action, a villain with an epic plan, and once again, a reminder that an overreliance on the Force is never good. The only bummer about the book is the wait we have before we learn what happens next—with the announcement that the next phase of The High Republic storyline will take place 150 years before the current one, the wait is going to be hard.

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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I ❤️ book mail! This appears to be turning into the winter of really big books…

JLaurenceCohen Words of Radiance is really good! 2w
TracyReadsBooks @JLaurenceCohen Good to know! We‘ve got a weekend of wintery weather that is giving me more than enough reason to stay inside reading this series. 2w
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First book mail of the new year. I‘ve really enjoyed The High Republic books—a fun expansion of the Star Wars universe written by some familiar names from Charles Soule, Cavan Scott and Claudia Gray to YA and MG powerhouses like Daniel José Older and Justina Ireland. Best of all, my son will also read Star Wars and when he does, we have the BEST book talks.

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That Time of Year | Marie Ndiaye
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As I was reading this I couldn‘t help but think of David Mitchell‘s Slade House—in both books, the sense of impending & inevitable doom begins on the first page & just never lets up. In this one Herman‘s wife & child go missing just before they are to return to Paris from their summer vacation in a rural, idyllic village. Determined to find them, Herman stays but soon finds nothing is quite as it seems. I enjoyed it but it may not be for everyone.

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Definitely worthy of all the accolades it‘s received, this story about a teen who meets her cousin‘s ghost and learns that he was murdered, & didn‘t just die in a car accident as everyone believes, is rich in magic, the supernatural, Lipan Apache lore & culture (the author is an enrolled member in the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas), & is a very satisfying mystery. Great illustrations throughout. A fantastic YA book. Highly recommended.

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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall
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Great writing—very cool cover too—elevate this pandemic era story into a compelling look at art, connection, & life in the midst of upheaval. As a virus spreads across Britain, Edith & her lover Halit retreat to her art studio/apartment where we see their lives in the present as well as Edith‘s past. Hall handles her characters‘ thoughts, emotions, experiences while living in a pandemic deftly & manages the weight/intensity well. A good read.

Traci1 That cover art is awesome. 3w
Hooked_on_books To me, this one was disjointed, but I listened to the audio. I think it would have worked better in print. 3w
TracyReadsBooks @Hooked_on_books I would say it‘s even a little disjointed in print—I can absolutely understand why it would feel that way on audio. I also definitely liked one storyline more than the others. I did enjoy the book while reading it but am not sure it is one that will linger with me. Still, the quality of the writing was enough to make it a pick for me. 3w
Hooked_on_books I definitely agree about the quality. I read her book The Wolf Border and really liked it. I‘ll look for her again for sure. 3w
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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall
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Sunday reading…

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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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As expected, this is a delightful story & this space adventure filled with friendship, compassion (def. with a lowercase ‘c‘ 😂), hope, high stakes & cool tech was the perfect way to start the year. Leave it to Anders to seamlessly incorporate consent, introductions with pronouns, & empathy into a story about a girl, and a ragtag group of friends, who has to save the universe. Anders‘ YA debut is fantastic. I can‘t wait to read the sequel. 💜🚀✨

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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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The house is quiet, not even the sun is up yet, but it‘s a new year and we‘re under a winter storm warning so yeah, it‘s the perfect time to pick my first book of 2022. Deciding between the sequel to The Wizard Hunters and the tagged book…and I think I have to go with Anders. I‘ve loved everything she‘s written and have no doubt this will be another great book.

underground_bks And this book is such a positive start to the new year! 3w
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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
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Happy New Year!

I read so many great books this year. My Top 15 in no particular order:

The Wizard Hunters
Sacred City
The Monster of Elendhaven
Fevered Star
Gallant
Daughter of the Deep
Dreyer‘s English
Deacon King Kong
Razorblade Tears
Four Lost Cities
Any Way the Wind Blows
The Troubled Girls of Dragomire Academy
Kaleidoscope
Dark Rise
The Age of Dinosaurs

On to 2022!!!

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Finishing 2021 with a reread—I felt the urge to dive into a really big book and the 1200+ pages in the book said “Me! Read me!” I enjoyed it the first time I read it and a third of the way in, I‘m enjoying it just as much the second time. Love this world and am excited to work my way through the series.

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Ending the year on a high note with this week‘s book mail. So excited that the second book arrived before the third because now I can dive right back into this fascinating world! This may well be the first book of the new year for me.

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Last but definitely not least is this engaging story about a young girl who travels to India to meet her mother‘s family and while there learns just how much she doesn‘t know about the mother she never met. Culture shock, family tension, secrets and a new friend are intertwined in this story about family, history, and friendship. A good middle grade read. On sale 4/5/22.

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Fire Becomes Her | Rosiee Thor
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Almost caught up on reviews…think jazz age mixed with magic, politics, illicit drugs (magic), and rebellion and you‘ll have the merest inkling of what this YA story is about. A fun story with an interesting magical system, intriguing characters and great LGBTQIA representation. I‘ve seen this book on at least one “most anticipated fantasy” list and I expect it will have a lot of fans. On sale 2/1/22.

TNbookworm Gorgeous cover🧡💛❤️ 3w
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A powerful, heartwarming story about two friends, Frenchie who is autistic & nonverbal & Aurora who is talkative, loud, & impulsive, who share a love of the outdoors & the natural world. They do everything together until one day Frenchie, after being dropped off at school, goes missing. Aurora knows her friend better than anyone and may just be the key to finding him and getting him home safely. Engaging characters & a good story. On sale 2/15/22

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I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelves for what seems like ever. I have to say, I‘m really glad I picked it up. The story of Maria Owens is engaging, empowering and, of course, really entertaining. I read this one without reading Practical Magic or it‘s sequel but that wasn‘t a problem and now I want to read them so the TBR will continue to grow. Great historical fiction.

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Whether in movies or comics, Miles Morales is just straight up cool & I don‘t think anyone will be surprised to hear this is a fun story sure to be popular with young readers. In this action packed story, Miles tries to help raises fund for Puerto Rico after a devastating earthquake. When a student‘s father goes missing, things get much more complicated.

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Golden Girl | Reem Faruqi
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A MG story told in verse about a young girl navigating her way through middle school, a girl who has a bad habit of borrowing things that don‘t belong to her. What will happen when her family & friends learn the truth? A story about fitting in, friendship, telling the truth & accepting the consequences, bigotry and more. On sale 2/22/22.