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Joined January 2021

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Bad Girls Never Say Die | Jennifer Mathieu
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An Outsiders retelling written by the author of Moxie? Yes please. Picking this up, I thought it would be a vague retell influence, just set in the same class battle. But no it was especially a carbon copy, just gender-flipped and dealing with other issues from the 60‘s like sexism and racism. Did I spend the entire book guessing who the Johnny and the Daley were so I could prepare myself? Yes, yes I did. But dang, this was a great book. 5⭐️

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Blazewrath Games | Amparo Ortiz
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This book is like if Harry Potter was more quidditch centered without all of the controversy and also had dragons. It really was one of those books that was so diverse it slaps you in the face in the best possible way. Also dragons are excellent. It always takes skill to invent a new sport, especially one that has magic. 5🌟

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I‘ve passed on this book an uncountable number of times. It took a friend literally thrusting their copy into my arms and telling me to enjoy it for me to actually read it. I should have read it sooner. The entire time I thought I knew the twist and that it was ridiculously obvious but NOPE it was a different twist that was even better!! 5🌟

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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After nearly six months of searching, I have finally found a copy of Moxie that is not the movie cover. Plus, it‘s brand new and hardcover! I got so lucky!

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The Pants Project | Cat Clarke
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Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes, yes I did. And while yes, this is a book about the struggles of trans sixth grader, I also still expected it to be a novel of feminism and in a way it was, but the author attacked gender norms set for girls while encouraging the ones set for men. The MC just seemed to struggled off male stereotypes and issues way too easily (I just mean when the MC‘s guy friend mentioned how dumb it was that he couldn‘t wear a⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️skirt to school and the MC laughed it off). I mean I guess 4⭐️? 3w
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While I was reading this, I couldn‘t get over the fact that this author can write one really bad book (I‘m talking about the book Radio Silence NOT Heartstopper these are perfection) and then this great series. I love these but still, Charlie‘s body proportions are extremely weird. 5🌟

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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I‘m not going to lie, this is not what I was expecting from this book. I thought it would just be like classic zombie apocalypse style with the MC and crew going around and killing with style. I was NOT expecting the false utopia that was actually presented in this. But hey, unexpected stuff can be fun, and this was. 4⭐️

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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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After much peer pressure from my friends who are obsessed with the show, I finally bought (due to absurd library wait times) and read Heartstopper. The only truly bad thing I need to say about this are 1) what the heck was up with Charlie‘s head proportions to his body proportions? His head just felt too small for his body. Bugged me the entire time. 4⭐️

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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As with every book I‘ve read by Julie Murphy I really enjoyed reading this. Though I can‘t really see how it qualifies as part of the Dumplin‘ series, I liked the plot & of course enjoyed Cheese the cat. I‘d never read a book with a plot along these lines. Not the divorced parent story but with the advice column author. I guess with newspapers quickly becoming obsolete, I‘ve never thought about the actual writers for said newspaper. As always, 5⭐️

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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While yes, I did enjoy reading this book, it also let me down. I mean, the second I added to my TBR I knew it would be sad and I knew it was almost 500 pages, so I thought I would fall in love with the characters and then sob. But when characters died, I wasn‘t that sad. In the end it just felt wasted, especially with people I know who have amped me up for crying with this. And though I know it defeats the purpose of this book, I wonder if it ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ would have been better as an original story set in Wonderland instead of a Queen of Hearts origin story. 3.75⭐️ 4w
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All of my choices for the bracket this month were unbelievable close. #ReadingBracker2022

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Great month of reading for me! Kept my now two year streak of April being the best reading month for me! I don‘t know why or how this happens, but it does.

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I don‘t know what I was expecting when I added this book to my TBR, but it was not what I ended up reading. I guess I hadn‘t really thought about the fact that there are so many different styles and lore around vampires that all can be taken in so many directions. But, I also felt a little let down considering how amped up I got myself about the author selection (Samir‘s Ahmed, Julie Murphy, Dhonielle Clayton, AND Mark Oshiro!). ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ Not the best collection I read, but not the worst. 4⭐️ 1mo
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Go with the Flow | Lily Williams, Karen Schneemann
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This is not the only book I‘ve read featuring menstruation discrimination, but it‘s definitely the best. It tackled diseases caused by periods as well as friendships, while still including trans men and gender non-conforming people in the book. Definitely haven‘t seen that before. 5🌟

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These next few will be some strange connections because I have a LOT of library books I need to read.

#ThingsWeHaveInCommon

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Little late on posting this one! #ThingsWeHaveInCommon

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It took me a while to get into this one partially because I would only read small portions of it and couldn‘t get into the story but also because this is one of those books where you are deeply interested while reading it but then later forcing yourself to sit down and finish it. Over all I liked it. If you‘d asked me what I‘d rate it now ten minutes after finishing I‘d say 5⭐️. Tomorrow I may say 4⭐️. So I figured I‘d round it off at a nice 4.5⭐️

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Indian No More | Traci Sorell, Charlene Willing McManis
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I‘ve never read a book that was started by one author who passed during the process of writing it and then finished by another. But now that I have, I can‘t help but wonder if the author would have enjoyed what became of her book. All I do know, though, is that I enjoyed it. Native American history pass The Trail of Tears is not taught enough in schools. There need to be more books like this to educate those who are oblivious to ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ blatant racism in the US. 5⭐️ 1mo
megnews I found this one really interesting. I didn‘t realize it was finished by someone else. I read one other book like that 1mo
mandarchy @megnews and @Zoe-h I did not know this about either book. Totally fascinating. Indian no more was just gifted to my library. Now I'm more curious. 4w
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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My bar for a funny book has skyrocketed after reading this. However, it still dealt with mature themes of death, addiction, and adult sibling relationships in a way that felt natural. Props for healthy polyamorous rep. Perfection. 5🌟

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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I was intrigued by this one. I had never heard of the American Library of Paris nor did I know that that was a thing countries did. However much I enjoyed that aspect it though, I didn‘t understand why it was necessary to add 80‘s Orile‘s story in, much less told through a different person‘s perspective. Not to mention the horrid amount of slut-shaming that took place throughout the book. “Oh she‘s wearing furs when people are starving? What a ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ slut.”It just made no sense it the contexts it was frequently used in. I think the majority of the characters could have handled their problems better, or at the very least not take their anger out on others. 3⭐️ 1mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Clwojick Woohoo! 💖 1mo
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I quite liked this one. I just felt that the author wasn‘t fully aware that very few children who read middle grade (the intended audience for this book) know details of Ann of Green Gables or The Little Princess. The end isn‘t felt rushed and sloppy, like something you‘d do when you‘ve been doing something forever and you just want to be done with it. I personally feel it would have been better on a cliffhanger, ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ continued in the rest of the series. Nevertheless, I will continue it read the series. 4⭐️ 1mo
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Princess Diaries | Meg Cabot
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I think it‘s odd how both of the books I‘ve read this year with movie adaptations have bad relationships that are not displayed in said movie. I would have like to seen Mia deal with her mother not being a responsible adult but, hey, it‘s a ten book series dot there‘s still time. Based on personal experience, it bugs me to hear a character complain about being flat chested the entire book, but I like the body sensitivity rep. For ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ these reasons and many more I wanted to not enjoy this book, but I couldn‘t help deeply liking it. It is likely I will buy the next one. 4⭐️ 1mo
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Clwojick Great job! 💖 1mo
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Eat Your Heart Out | Kelly Devos
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I was not expecting this book to be like this. The last and only zombie book I‘ve ever read was more or less a comedy and the title gave away that they all (or close enough to all) survive (Girls Save the World in This One). But this one has me questioning who would live and die up until the very last pages of the story, despite the character archetypes and odds of survival listed at the beginning. The concept was stellar and I‘ve never seen ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ anything like it*, but now I know that zombie books are something I need to hold out on. 5⭐️

*Five kids and one employee are at a fat camp where a pharmaceutical company is trying out a “cure” for obesity without giving the kids knowledge of all the side effects. Needless to say, I‘m sure based on the cover, it does not end well.
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A few days late on posting my latest update for #ThingsWeHaveInCommon

Kenyazero I love your connection between these two books! 2mo
Clwojick Both so stunning! 💚💚 1mo
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and believe me I was not disappointed. The ending was too much of an unbelievable twist for my taste. But between the delicious sounding food and the wiener dog named after a sausage I was captivated enough to give it 5⭐️

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Up in Tahoe for the weekend so I‘d decided to visit Cuppa Tahoe, a bookstore/ coffee shop! I ended up buying American Royals and enjoying a Sci-Fi smoothie (all the smoothies were genre themed). Definitely recommend the visit.

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Now this was a good murder mystery novel. The ending had a perfect measure of not expecting the murderer and not having the murderer connected in some extraordinary way. I‘ve never read Pride and Prejudice, so I have no idea how it compares to that, but it was a great mystery and romance. 5🌟

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Passport | Sophia Glock
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I only read this one because it had to be CIA approved to get published and I thought “Hey, that might be interesting.” I liked there story, but the art style was not my favorite. When a character cried, they looked like a zombie. And since there where only like four colors, the story felt repetitive. The spots that had dark colors and black wording on them were hard to see and read. 3.75⭐️

Kenyazero I just picked this up from the library yesterday! Looking forward to seeing how I feel about it :) 2mo
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Starting another for #ThingsWeHaveInCommon

Clwojick 🌟🌟🌟 1mo
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Clwojick Love these covers! 1mo
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Be Dazzled | Ryan La Sala
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I did feel slightly disappointed by this. From the whole “Project Runway goes to Comic Con” deal, I was expecting more time in the actual making portion of the competition that was promised in the summery on Goodreads. And while yes, I did appreciate the happy ending feel good stuff, Luca and Raffy‘s mothers‘ character developments both felt too fast. Not like it extremely sucked or anything, still a decent read. Between a pick and a so-so. 3.75⭐️

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Be Dazzled | Ryan La Sala
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#ThingsWeHaveInCommon first pick is Be Dazzled, definitely helped that it‘s on our good friend Matt Krause‘s list of 850 books he wants to ban! #BannedBooks

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I haven‘t been more confused about my feelings for a book and for the actual book itself in a long time. I can‘t tell if it was meant to be a conspiracy book or just a magical realism book, but I feel as if that could have been easily cleared up if it had an authors note or at the very least was dystopian. And while I would have no interest in reading a sequel, a cliff hanger ending like that with no sequel is brutal. And one last thing, a 418 ⬇️

Zoe-h page book should not have 224 chapters. A chapter is more than half a page. I have strong opinions about that. I don‘t even know what to rate this. Props for such an solid iridescent cover, though. Between 1 and 2 ⭐️ 2mo
wanderinglynn Ugh, I hate short chapters. Sorry this was disappointing. 2mo
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Read 10 picks this month. I would‘ve preferred to read more physical books but over all a decent month.

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Best book Puddin‘ by Julie Murphy

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What more can be said about this than what‘s already been said? It‘s written by a twenty-two year old and presented at a presidential inauguration. This needs to be taught in schools.

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The Blackbird Girls | Anne Blankman
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I‘ve never known much about the Chernobyl accident other than it happened, so this book really opened my eyes to what went on in the aftermath. It‘s the stories of two girls who-yes have life as they know it destroyed-but come together and make new-and in one case better-lives for themselves. I quite liked the characters and the plot. I‘m glad that the Rifka twist at the end wasn‘t that big of a deal because I saw it coming a mile away. 4.5⭐️

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Where There's a Whisk | Sarah J. Schmitt
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I bought this more for the concept of it than the actual plot. But, I was disappointed with how little the cooking show aspect of it was showed. It would be Peyton struggling to come up with an idea for about a page or so and then the next part would be half a page, judging and elimination. I felt those were too sudden because you would be reading one sentence and then the next the one person you thought would be in the finale went home. It ⬇️

Zoe-h confused me because the cooking wasn‘t the main plot point, but neither was the romance or personal and outer conflicts. Everything just existed on a very low-key basis, to the point where everything just felt dull. However, I was still intrigued enough to read it. Soft pick. 4⭐️ 2mo
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A book where a girl thinks her mom is deported and there‘s also aliens? Sign me up!

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The Hatmakers | Tamzin Merchant
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This book was a… unique middle grade novel. It was shockingly violent, but had a writing style for elementary schoolers. I guessed the villain from page 4. The twists at the end seemed very sudden, and not in a good way. But, surprisingly, I was interested enough to want to read the second one. 3⭐️

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The Hatmakers | Tamzin Merchant
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Yet another shockingly violent quote from a supposedly middle grade book!

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The Hatmakers | Tamzin Merchant
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This book is confusing me so much. The writing style feels aimed towards 3rd graders and then stuff like this happens??? Where a ten year old dies in a workhouse??