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Joined May 2016

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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I've enjoyed everything I've read by Jacqueline Woodson. I always finish her books with a sigh of satisfaction and a smile.

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Gwendy's Magic Feather | Richard Chizmar
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I think I need another Gwendy Peterson story...

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I'm not going to rate this book because I'm having mixed feelings about its existence. I understand information like this should be shared but is it really appropriate for children? I don't know, I've got to think about this some more....

Nebklvr Is it graphic in nature? If we don‘t get this information in young, it probably won‘t get in at all. 1w
amma-keep-reading It's not graphic but it also seemed "white-washed" (no pun intended)... Maybe the authors are trying to juggle the contradictions of Thomas Jefferson's legacy but why write as a children's book. Maybe I'd feel more comfortable it were middle grade. It's listed as for ages 5-9. 1w
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This series makes me so happy!

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The Institute | Stephen King
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Yup, I'm officially a Stephen King fan. It took three books to make it happen (because I'm stubborn), but it's real. Excuse me while I figure out what to read next.

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Black Girl Magic: A Poem | Mahogany L. Browne
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Affirmations. Affirmations. Affirmations. #thatsall

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She was hilarious and did crazy things in desperation. But I feel like she got a slap on the wrist. I'm curious to see how her story is portrayed in the movie.

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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Have you ever read a book that was beautifully written but obscure? So many questions and the sum isn't satisfying but instead of feeling frustrated, I was more intrigued. I may need to read this again.

Bklover I had the same response, although I have yet to reread it. 😉 1mo
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Loved this! Unique concept, a memoir formatted as letters from Ali Wong to her daughters. And final emotional touch, the afterward written by her husband.

Emilymdxn I love Ali Wong too! 1mo
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Only the Strong | Jabari Asim
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I fell in love with the people of Gateway City through short stories in A Taste Honey. In this novel, based in the City, we get a closer glimpse at some minor and major characters. We experience domestic violence, rags to riches, love stories, coming of age and mental health issues.

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I love interconnected short story collections of characters living in the fictional city of Gateway City. This collection has memorable characters, likeable and unlikable. I'm excited to read the novel that returns to Gateway City and hopefully some of the characters featured in this collection.

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Another classic I took too long to read. I really enjoy Sanda Cisnero's writing style.

My only gripe with this collection, is some story ies were to short while others were too long.

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Hauntingly beautiful. The audiobook is amazing, highly recommend. I especially enjoyed the literal blending of voices. So brilliant.

Cinfhen WAs wondering if audio would be good because book contains lots of visuals 2mo
amma-keep-reading i thought the descriptions of the visuals were pretty strong but vocal narration was the most poignant when the mother/son story telling. 2mo
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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Amazing. Brilliant. Brave. Different. Necessary.

P. S. I love when the story is also connected to the cover art 🎨

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Teen Titans: Raven | Kami Garcia
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Meh. I am a fan of both Teen Titans and Kami Garcia, so I will remain loyal.

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I appreciate the time and detail the author put into this book. I learned so much and experienced a mix of emotions. Such thoughtful writing.

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Everything Inside | Edwidge Danticat
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Wow, wow, wow! 🤯 I knew this was a 5 star collection from the first story. I took a deep breath after the last sentence and reread several passages. Although, not every story was not loveable, they were at least likeable. The final story was gorgeous.

It's been too long since I've read Edwidge Danticat and I'm so happy this book is the first of my return to her writing.

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The Stonewall Reader | New York Public Library
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The multiple perspectives of the major event was great but what I enjoyed most was the various voices of the movement. A great place to learn about the movers and shakers of the movement.

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This was such a fun read! I'm rooting for Morrigan and her new life in Nevermoor. I can't wait for the next story.

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Unexpected Stories | Octavia E. Butler
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I've loved her short stories so far. So excited to read one her full novels.

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Hustle | David Tomas Martinez
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enjoyable but i am definitely more of a fan of his second collection. i will continue to lookout for his work.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Ugggggghhhhh! That ending! So good.. until the end.
I don't know if we're meant to create “ever-afters“ but I personally felt robbed. I need a novella or something to quench my curiosity. 🤔

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Saga Vol. 7 | Brian K. Vaughan
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ugggh! a cliff hanger!?!

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Blackbird #1 | Sam Humphries
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Meh. That's how I feel about the storyline and the characters. So underwhelming. Did I miss something?

But the artwork is gorgeous. That was my favorite piece. Stunning art.

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a poignant read. i felt like a witness to a deeply persona grief and healing process.

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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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I am so happy that I took my time to savor these essays. Each essay felt like a conversation with a friend or mentor. I highly recommend.

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Naamah | Sarah Blake
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I'm conflicted because I didn't hate this but I didn't love it either but the writing was beautiful. Such a unique story.

Naamah is a person is a person I've never paid attention to but then again, I feel like many women in the Big Book were overshadowed.

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Whew! This story kept me on toes and then broke my heart... A beautifully written story.

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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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I love when a book is timely. The message of this clear, concise and powerful.

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Read this book if you are interested in learning more about the "migrant crisis" from the perspective of a documented immigrant who volunteers/helps undocumented immigrants from Central America & Mexico. As is Luiselli's style, this book is thoughtful and honest.

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That was... weird. Hmmm... I need some time to decide if I like it or not.

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Hilarious and heartwarming story. I highly recommend the audiobook. I can't wait for the movie!

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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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Although, the writing is amazing, I just liked this collection, not loved. I definitely look forward to reading more of Bryan Washington's work.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I love this story! Second time around and I decided to listen to the audiobook. It was totally worth it. This is a lover story, a coming of age story, it is magical realism. Overall, it is awesome. Can't wait for the movie.

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Saga Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Yup, these are definitely getting better. The ending plot twist forces me to continue.

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Laguardia | Nnedi Okorafor
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I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. As usual Okorafor provides historical context for a modern problem in the guise of science fiction. As expected, I enjoyed the story. I wish we could spend more time with the characters like Let Me Live. There are so many questions, but I guess how we readers get hooked.

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My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir | Jessica B Harris
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Golly, this woman is bougie! I don't think I would like her in real life, but she sure has an amazing story to tell. I wish she would have opened herself up more to the amazing people in her life. It felt like she was just a “fly on the wall“ and not an active participant in the group.

If you want to read about someone who was in the room or “ a friend of a friend“ of James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, etc... this is your book.

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Magical Negro | Morgan Parker
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My favorite of her collections.

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No Tomorrow | Luke Jennings
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Wait, what? What was that? (checks to make sure there isn't an epilogue) Wow, really? That's really how you ended it Luke Jennings?!? [Insert Applause]

P. S. I need more! I need to know what happens next.
P. P. S. Now that I've finished the book, I can watch season 2 of the TV show.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The best way to experience this book is through audio! It's an all star cast paired with an exciting story with rich characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Completely enjoyed this book. Excited to read more.

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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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Okay, okay, okay! I get it. I believe the hype. Amazing writing. Memorable characters. It makes me curious of what other contributions Lorraine Hansberry could have made.

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The Dreamer | Pam Munoz Ryan
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The writing style of this book gave me Little Prince vibes and for that I gave it bonus points. A unique biographical take on the life of poet Pablo Neruda. It was refreshing and informative.

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Loved love loved this! I usually crawl throw reading nonfiction so almost always listen via audiobook. This was book reads like a collection of short stories and it's amazing and humbling, poignant and important.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis
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I listened to the audiobook and it was well worth the library hold wait. Levar Burton can do NO wrong! And it's an extra bonus whenever he reads an amazing story. In it, you learn about the black migration from the south to the north as well as some historical events in the American Civil Rights movement. An informative and fun read.

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Cicada | Shaun Tan
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Um? Did I miss something? I was expecting more. Don't ask me what exactly but definitely more than I read. My score is actually 2.5 stars but I gifted half a star for the artwork.

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The Story of My Teeth | Valeria Luiselli
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It made me smile. It made me chuckle. I even laughed out a loud a few times. Please listen to the audio-book because it adds an extra layer of enjoyment.

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Throughly researched. Deep introspection. Honest conversation. A definite must read. Highly recommend.

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Saga, Vol. 3 | Brian K. Vaughan
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This series is growing on me.

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Whew! What an amazing story of an amazing man. I feel like I can finally watch the movie.

I understand the movie is not based on this book but is adapted from an interaction portrayed in this book. Anyway, please read/listen to this book.

P. S. I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook. Not only because it is read by Levar Burton but because I believe audiobooks are easier to digest for nonreaders of nonfiction.

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