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WhatDeeReads

Joined April 2016

Reader, TV/Netflix Watcher, professional troublemaker (credit: Luvvie A.) #TBRBingo Moderator. She/her 💖💜💙-❤️🖤💚
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Catch-22 (Anniversary) | Joseph Heller
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So here‘s the deal. I don‘t read:
war novels
or long novels
or classics
or stories by and about white men
This story was all of these and LOVED it.

MaleficentBookDragon Isn't it nice when you are surprised in a good way? 9mo
WhatDeeReads @MaleficentBookDragon It really was. I kept saying I can‘t believe I like this. Now I‘m ready for the Hulu show next month. 9mo
Libby1 Where are you, @WhatDeeReads ? ❤️ 1mo
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It‘s all Morgan Parker over here tonight.

kgriffith This was recently on display at Odyssey Books, the indie that serves as our campus bookstore as well. Such a great cover. 9mo
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Magical Negro | Morgan Parker
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Friday afternoon read.

I keep reading volumes of poetry because I know that the key to understanding is exposure. I‘m sure I didn‘t grasp everything Morgan Parker is saying but what I did grasp made it worth the read.

Even her acknowledgments are beautiful and lyrical.

Magical Negro #80: Brooklyn literally took my breath away.

Before you tell me: the first volume is already on hold at the library.

Weaponxgirl Damnit! I was gonna ask how this compared to her first volume! 😁 9mo
BellaBookNook I need to try more too! I get frustrated when I know I‘m not getting it. (edited) 9mo
WhatDeeReads @Weaponxgirl I liked this volume much better than her second. I‘ve read them both now. 9mo
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From Twinkle, With Love | Sandhya Menon
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What a gorgeous book?

Twinkle gets it right, then gets it REALLY, REALLY WRONG. Then right again. Then wrong again. Then REALLY REALLY RIGHT. I enjoyed the ride.

Also, grandmothers are really freaking great. Those of us who have them, care for them more. Love on them more.

Also, also, love me an epistolary novel. Never unhappy with that style.

MaureenMc Did you say “epistolary?” *stacked* 😁 9mo
WhatDeeReads @MaureenMc My Jam! Love a good books of letters. 9mo
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Catch-22 (Anniversary) | Joseph Heller
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If you need me, I‘ll be cozy with my coffee and my copy of Catch-22. Book club really does make me branch out. Y‘all know I don‘t really books by by old (maybe dead, idk) white men. It‘s pretty tolerable so far. #SundayBumday

MicheleinPhilly Oh my gosh - totally stealing Sunday Bumday! 👍🏼 9mo
8little_paws Sunday bumday is good! And yep he's dead 9mo
WhatDeeReads @MicheleinPhilly Take it away! 9mo
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WhatDeeReads @8little_paws I figured. It‘s actually not bad though. I may even like it???? 9mo
Weaponxgirl That made me chuckle. My friends always give a particular look if I‘m reading a book by a dead white dude (doesn‘t happen often) hope it‘s a good one for you 9mo
WhatDeeReads @Weaponxgirl I‘m 21% in. So far I‘m enjoying the ride. 9mo
8little_paws I'm interested if you like it when finished. I came recall if I have read it. I've been thinking about catching up on some classes. 9mo
8little_paws Classics 9mo
WhatDeeReads @8little_paws it‘s gonna take me a while because it‘s LONG AF. But I will post about it when I‘m done. Another thing book club is making me push past is my 350 rule. 9mo
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Chicago Public Library gifted me this beauty at midnight on release day and I promptly started reading and got through the first two essays before I passed out.

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Very sweet middle grade about a family of brujas.

Leonora is the youngest in a family with five magical daughters. She feels left out, acts out, and shenanigans ensue. Their magic is baking based so the book comes with recipes. I really enjoyed it though I kept yelling at Leo.

The theme of sisterhood and the specific type of love shared by sisters seems to be reoccurring in the media I consume right now.

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Sheets | Brenna Thummler
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So sad and moving and heartwarming.

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Just finished this for my adaptation book club. It was fine. The movie looks like a really fun romp. I can already tell it will be very loosely based on the book. I am fine with that.

For some reason I remembered Nancy drew as scrappy and resourceful. She‘s not that at all. I was shocked at how privileged and traditional she was. I already like movie Nancy better.

Trailer link: https://youtu.be/knPrLVBn93w

BookBabe I didn‘t know there were movies about Nancy! I‘ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing. 10mo
WhatDeeReads @BookBabe no problem! I added the link to the trailer if you wanted to see. There‘s another one that‘s older, like 200), different actress. 10mo
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“Two things you have got to do for yourself. Go to God and learn about living.”

I consider Zora Neale Huston my patron saint. This novel means so much to me. I go back and read it occasionally. This time I listened to the spectacular audiobook performed by Ruby Dee.

I‘m always a little scared to re-read a treasured book, like it may be different. Nope. Still amazing.

JaclynW This was a great book. I loved the audio version too. 10mo
WhatDeeReads @JaclynW Dee‘s narration was so good. I would forget that it was just her doing all the voices. 10mo
JaclynW @WhatDeeReads Yes! I love good narrators! 10mo
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There was some sort of glitch in the matrix ands I can still read this book even though my library loan ended in December. I‘m gonna take it as a sign that I need to get reading right now.

Kimberlone This is such a great book! 10mo
WhatDeeReads @Kimberlone I‘m trying to work through it. My brain is not great with non-fiction. 10mo
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Oh my God. This book. Was written especially for me. Read it all today, the day it was released.

The main character has been shot by police and lays bleeding in her driveway. She thinks back over her life and what may or may not have held her to this moment.

A beautifully written examination of how a lifetime of discrimination and humiliation can pile up and weigh on the heart and mind.

Run, don‘t walk.

kgriffith Oh dang, that sounds intense. 10mo
WhatDeeReads @kgriffith it is, very. 10mo
Nute You make me wanna run to the bookstore NOW! 9mo
WhatDeeReads @Nute You should! 9mo
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I really want to stay home and read today.

Had it on pre-hold (pre-order but for library) and was first to get it when it released at midnight.

MicheleinPhilly I had not heard of this but it sounds incredible. And it‘s available on Hoopla! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 10mo
WhatDeeReads @MicheleinPhilly it was on electric lit‘s list of 2019 by women and enbys to look out for. As soon as I read the description, I thought, “this is my book.” I‘m a quarter through it now. It‘s still my book. Pretty sure it‘s making my top 10 of 2019. 10mo
MicheleinPhilly 😮Moving it up the list! 10mo
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Celebrating Cookies | Leisure Arts
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I am probably gonna eat a lot of these today. I did a lot of adulting this weekend. I earned them.

#LitsyPartyOfOne

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Dang right you did!! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Which is also what I told myself when I bought dark chocolate Hershey‘s kisses after my adulting today. 👍 10mo
monalyisha YUM 10mo
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Ready for the official start of #LitsyPartyOfOne!

Tagged is graphic novel number six.

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All Summer Long | Hope Larson
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Graphic novel number five.

Another adorable middle grade story from Hope Larson. I am really becoming a huge fan of her. Waiting for pizza to finish in the oven.

#LitsyPartyOfOne

MrBook WOOHOO! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Jane | Aline Brosh McKenna
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Continuing my march through the graphic novels. I flew through this retelling of Jane Eyre. Artwork is beautiful! Mix of color and b/w.

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This third collection of Sarah‘s Scribbles was delightful. The real treat is the guide for the young creative that makes up the last 30 or so pages. Sarah‘s advice about how to be courageous and use one‘s voice in this very scary internet time is spot on.

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Very busy day. Had to actually work from home. Spent my evening finishing this little beauty. Maybe I‘ll find some reading time after dinner.

#PolarVortexReads

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On to graphic novel two! #PolarVortexReads

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Little Moments of Love | Catana Chetwynd
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“Working from home” 🤫

#PolarVortexReads

AlaMich 😆 10mo
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Little Moments of Love | Catana Chetwynd
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I follow this cartoonist on Instagram and have been really looking forward to reading this book. Glad to find it on hoopla. I will be reading between responding to emails.

#PolarVortexReads

JoScho Oh I didn‘t know it was on hoopla! Thanks for sharing ❤️ 10mo
WhatDeeReads @JoScho No problem! 10mo
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Let‘s get this party started!
#PolarVortexReads

Godmotherx5 Same here! 10mo
Jbakesmcgee3 I‘m in!!! 10mo
Suzze Not working for me. I ended up watching my grandkids. Have fun! 10mo
WhatDeeReads @Suzze Awww Enjoy your littles! 10mo
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For those of us “stuck” inside.

So I‘m gonna do a thing tomorrow. I meant to say something earlier and then life distracted me. I thought I‘d be great to do a mini-Readathon thing since so many of us are home for the next day or two.

#PolarVortexReads

Suzze Great idea! I‘m in. 10mo
Jbakesmcgee3 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ 10mo
Lola Great idea! I‘ll be there in spirit-gotta go in to work tomorrow and Thursday 🥶 10mo
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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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I have been working my way slowly through this essay collection. I knew it would be rough. So much necessary information in it. I‘m glad I read it. Will definitely need to re-read to make sure I got it all.

theshrinkette It's next on my TBR! 10mo
WhatDeeReads @theshrinkette you‘ll love it. It‘s perfect for leaning into the pain. 10mo
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My first Agatha Christie! So, so, enjoyable. I just want to read them all now. I could hear the actors voice in my head as I read. Made it all the better.

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Now we rise.

I think this is the last one for 2018. Reading it with my dad motivated me to finally finish it. It was hard, very painful. But so necessary.

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I work hard. I deserve a treat.

#ThatsMyStory
#StickingToIt

valeriegeary 👏👏👏 13mo
ju.ca.no Definitly! 13mo
Tamra Yes! 13mo
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Yep. Everything I‘d hoped. Finished just in time to gush about it at book club.

Amandajoy This one was recommended to me by MyTBR. I‘m excited to read it! 14mo
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Halsey Street | Naima Coster
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Reposting. I‘m still mad.

Here‘s what Dee did not need [yesterday], being spoiled on a book I want(ed) to read by a review posted on the library‘s app. I‘m currently reading Pride by Ibi Zoboi and it has a similar setting and protagonist to Halsey Street. And the characters refer to the actual Halsey Street in Pride. It reminded me of the book, so I stopped reading to place a hold. Boom. Spoiler.

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Had to share my misery with y‘all.

Smrloomis 😡😡😡 Nooooo! 14mo
Amandajoy Boo! That‘s why I like Litsy: spoiler tags. 14mo
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Halsey Street | Naima Coster
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Here‘s what Dee did not need this evening, being spoiled on a book I want(ed) to read by a review posted on the library‘s app. I‘m currently reading Pride by Ibi Zoboi and it has a similar setting and protagonist to Halsey Street. And the characters refer to the actual Halsey Street in Pride. It reminded me of the book, so I stopped reading to place a hold. Boom. Spoiler.

I‘m livid.

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Just wanted to share my misery with y‘all.

queerbookreader 😭😭 happens to me sometimes when I'm skimming reviews for rape TWs and bam, spoiler. Whole thing ruined. It is some type of specific misery I wonder if anyone invented a word for 14mo
WhatDeeReads @queerbookreader That also happens to me when I searching for triggers, drugs. But it just threw me so hard. All I wanted to do was place a hold. I didn‘t seek any content. I want that commenter banned. 14mo
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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“It‘s a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it‘s a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up.”

Oh, Mrs. Zoboi, you did not come to play with us.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa OK, that opening paragraph alone makes this one an ‘I need to read it‘....stacked! 14mo
WhatDeeReads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Zoboi is so good. I might love this book even more than her first. 14mo
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Haven‘t been having the best luck with the last couple of books I tried. I hope this one will be different.

cleoh I‘m excited to read this one! 14mo
WhatDeeReads @cleoh She already has me at the very first line. 14mo
cleoh @WhatDeeReads oh my goodness, YES. I‘ve heard such great things! 14mo
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The Lotterys Plus One | Emma Donoghue
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An already huge, multi-race, non-traditional family has to squeeze and make room for one more. A grumpy (also racist and homophobic) grandfather. Growing pains ensue. This book is full of cringe worthy moments. But the vibrant characters and the illustrations really, really, work. Love conquers all and all.

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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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I really enjoyed this Tor.com novella.

Creeper lives in a reimagined New Orleans where the civil war ended in truce and not in the Confederacy losing. There are also airships, Orisha, and a Captain who is Creeper‘s idol and... it‘s complicated.

Give me all the women who are just fed up.

AlaMich I love those Tor.com novellas. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson is still one of my favorites. (edited) 1y
WhatDeeReads @AlaMich It‘s on my list. I think last I checked it wasn‘t available at my library yet. I‘ll double. 1y
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Nothing Is Okay | Rachel Wiley
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Yes, my darlings, #EatThePatriarchy

MicheleinPhilly 🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖 1y
kgriffith Eff. Yes. 1y
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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I first read Nimona three years ago. It was good then, BUT re-reading it today... My goodness. Stay angry ladies. Burn it all down. Maybe that‘s the only way.

Today though... I‘m tired. I‘m more than a little concerned that tomorrow I might be 3/5ths of a person again. So I‘m ignoring the news, comfort cooking soup, and watching Good Eats.

Susannah 😢 I‘ve been avoiding the news as much as possible today, but it‘s been nearly impossible not to see the headlines. A scary, scary day for people who are not of a like mind with our current administration. I just hope it doesn‘t beat down Democratic voters in November. A good day for some comfort. 1y
WhatDeeReads @Susannah It is incredibly hard to fight the feeling of helplessness. Currently, I‘m just reading and cooking. 1y
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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My plan is to just be angry forever.

MCYmermaid 💪💪💪 1y
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Nice Try, Jane Sinner | Lianne Oelke
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“Some girls just want to watch the world burn, you know.”

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I wish I could remember what I felt like the first time I read these books.

Right now. I‘m guessing Harry and I feel the same way about of worlds. A dark power is rising and we have, “to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated.”

Kimberlone Bringing back so many memories! And so many tears 😭 1y
rachelsbrittain I just finished rereading this one too 😢 1y
WhatDeeReads @Kimberlone I put off the last 100 pages for another week because I knew it was coming and I couldn‘t deal. 1y
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WhatDeeReads @rachelsbrittain Are you reading along with Binge Mode or just because? 1y
rachelsbrittain @WhatDeeReads just because! My sister and I wanted to do a reread this year. But I did recently subscribe to Binge Mode because I thought it sounded really interesting 1y
WhatDeeReads @rachelsbrittain Binge Mode is the best. 1y
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So I guess October is amazing, queer, black, biographies month at my house.

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I did it. I read half today. I realize why I love this book the most. I LOVE a good triangle and the Ron/Hermione/Lavender triangle is the best ever written. It‘s delicious.

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#OneSaturdayMorning

Re-reading so I‘ll be ready when the podcast, Binge Mode —highly recommend— begins covering it on Monday.

rachelsbrittain Love the Hufflepuff mug! 1y
rachelsbrittain Yess!! 💛💛💛 1y
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I don‘t really have words except go read this.

Sace I'm not very good at reading poetry but this makes me want to try! 1y
WhatDeeReads @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Neither am I. This author is local and I‘ve been trying to learn more about the conflicts in the Middle East this seemed like a quick and authentic place to start. 1y
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@theshrinkette recommended this after I read and loved American Born Chinese. Because she‘s my book soulmate, of course, she was right and I loved it.

This is a shifted perspective retelling of the Monkey King myth. It reminded me of Ms. Marvel in the way that Genie has to try to balance her school, family, friends, etc. with new super hero life. I wanted more of Genie and Yunie.

It has a slight lag about 2/3rds through, but the ending works.

RealLifeReading This was a fun read! 1y
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A couple weeks ago my sister had a sweet 16 birthday party. I just can‘t take it. She‘s my mini-me, but not so mini anymore.

MaureenMc 😍 1y
AmyG Her outfit is beautiful. ❤️ 1y
TrishB Lovely pic 💕 1y
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Amandajoy I‘m loving that skirt! 1y
MicheleinPhilly This photo is just so full of joy and love. 🤗 1y
Mimi28 Aaaaawwww!!! 👍🏽👍🏽😊😊 1y
squirrelbrain Loving the skirt! 1y
Jas16 Love this picture! 1y
rachelsbrittain Awww this is such a cute, sweet pic! 😊 1y
RebelReader You both look beautiful! 💗💗 1y
CouronneDhiver Beautiful!!!! Love both smiles and outfits 👍🏽👍🏽 1y
LeeRHarry Fabulous photo! 😊 1y
Well-ReadNeck That dress!!!! 🤗 1y
WhatDeeReads @Well-ReadNeck @squirrelbrain @Amandajoy @AmyG She ordered it online. My mama was smart enough to wait until it arrived to make sure we got decorations that matched the actual color and not the “computer color.” 1y
WhatDeeReads @LeeRHarry @CouronneDhiver @RebelReader @rachelsbrittain @Jas16 @Mimi28 @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @MaureenMc Thank you all! We were so happy and feeling the love for the youngest member of our family. It shows. Big smiles! 1y
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“I‘m just gonna return books to the library today,” she said, “not browsing and I only have one hold to pick up.”

She knew she was lying to herself even as she said it.

Lola 😂😂😂 1y
LeeRHarry That was my exact situation today too! 😊 I came out with 3 books ....😏 1y
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cdreincarnate We‘ve all been there 1y
WhatDeeReads The library set me up. The holds shelf is in the middle of the new and popular section. How am I supposed to resist?! @CaliforniaCay @Lola @LeeRHarry @cdreincarnate 1y
Lola @WhatDeeReads Resistance is futile 🙃 1y
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I‘m just reading middle grade books from now on. Pure saccharine goodness straight to the heart. The Vanderbeeker children are beautifully written and developed each distinct from the others. Supportive loving adults. These children take positive action when they believe they are going to lose the brownstone they love. I am in love with this family. Eagerly awaiting sequel and movie. Reese Witherspoon bought the rights already.

JoScho I just bought this one and I am excited to read it. 1y
tjwill I‘ve heard good things! Now I definitely need to read it soon. 1y
cherylmorton Agreed. I‘m re-reading this with my kids right now and sometimes a little goodness is what the heart needs 💓 1y
WhatDeeReads @JoScho @tjwill It‘s adorable. You will love it. 1y
WhatDeeReads @cherylmorton It‘s perfect for family read along. 1y
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Another spy novel I was hoping to love.

I need some spy novels of veteran spies. Both of the ones I‘ve read are about rookies. Also, the protag is black, but I only know that from the cover. He doesn‘t “appear” black on the page. If that makes sense. The language in this book also reads as dated. From the late 90s. But the book is set later because there‘s Twitter. That was weird. It was still a quick, enjoyable read.

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Lucky Little Things | Janice Erlbaum
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I had to take off my glasses because I ugly cried through the last chapter of this book.

Lovely, middle grade story. I identified strongly with Emma and her struggles to belong. Everyone wants to be one of the cool kids, or at least you think you do. Until you realize you absolutely do not. Emma learns this and other lessons. I enjoyed re-learning them with her.

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