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emtobiasz

Joined March 2016

Librarians go to libraries on their days off.
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The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
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Jolly Foul Play | Robin Stevens
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“We were all looking up, and so we missed the murder.”

Gotta love that opening line! #middlegrade #mystery #firstline

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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Olive and I are having a quiet night in while my partner‘s D&D group meets elsewhere for once (whew!). I‘m enjoying this #ya #horror a lot, but I may have to put it aside for the night, so that we don‘t jump at every noise while home alone 💀👀💀

ladym30 Olive has a sweet face!❤️ 2d
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I‘ve started my annual outreach program to the local elementary school with this comic gem. Penelope Rex starts school only to find out her class is full of children— delicious, delicious children. Great for conversations about being a good friend and/or classmate, as well as the golden rule in general. 🦖

Erinreadsthebooks Such a great book 🤗 5d
Come-read-with-me @emtobiasz I love this book! Have you read @Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn‘t Know She was Extinct” It‘s right up there with the tagged book. 5d
emtobiasz @Come-read-with-me Yes! That one‘s great too, although I think that works better with a slightly older sense of humor (say, second grade). This one is a lot more versatile, although still funny for kids who think they‘re too old for picture books. 5d
Come-read-with-me @emtobiasz You‘re right - although I read it to my 4 & 6 yo nieces and they loved it. 5d
mandarchy I loved reading this to my students. We talked about how Penelope wondered how many teeth her classmates will have. Maybe that's how predators think? The one with the most teeth eats! 2d
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Poison Is Not Polite | Robin Stevens
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#Middlegrade mystery and blanket forts this evening. Yes, Olive really does like being tucked in like that 🐶 #dogsoflitsy #kidlit

GloVerdino So cute! My dog hates being under the blanket! 1w
britt_brooke So cute! 💚🐾 1w
TheBookAddict Such a cutie. Mine is a big boy and still very much a baby, even though he‘ll be 2 in a few months, and just can‘t stay still under a blanket. 😔 🤦🏽‍♀️ 1w
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laurenslibrary Omg how precious! ❤ 7d
UwannaPublishme Olive is soooo cute! 6d
Sace What a cutie! I love you, Olive! 4d
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Will Ladybug Hug? | Hilary Leung
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Whew! It feels like it‘s been a hot minute since I was on Litsy, but I didn‘t have much time to read last week as my entire family came to stay, including my 1-year-old nephew. I may work with kids but living with them 24/7 is a totally different ball game. I‘ve gained newfound respect for all you parents.

This board book is great for little ones who love hugging but may need to learn to ask first. (Sheep here prefers high fives, as does Olive.)

emtobiasz @paulfrankspencer 💙💛💙💛 1w
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Starting Spooktober off right with this deliciously gothic #middlegrade mystery set at a British boarding school. It‘s full of secret societies, family secrets, mysterious symbols, loyal friends, untrustworthy adults, and moody old buildings. Oh, and secrets. 😆 A little predictable, but it delivers on its premise.

Very HP-adjacent, though I could have used some supernatural elements. Quick, give me your best creepy middle grade reads!

ReadingOverSleeping Loving that cover!! 3w
flying_monkeys Anything by Mary Downing Hahn really. I also quite enjoyed The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac. And the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz. And I have Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh and The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste on my TBR list. 2w
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I‘m still having trouble concentrating on the books I bring home, so I‘m trying Tan France with my thunderbuddy Olive 🐶⛈😳

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Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess | Nancy Springer, Serena Blasco
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Enola Holmes, younger sister of Sherlock, investigates their mother‘s disappearance and discovers the limitations of a young lady‘s place in Victorian society. The #graphicnovel art was great but you can tell this is adapted from a longer #middlegrade novel— the book condenses everything down a little too much, so that it reads as more adventure than mystery. Intriguing enough that I want to seek out the original books, though.

Bkwrm7 The originals are great- especially on audio. I loved the whole series! 4w
batsy I enjoyed the books! Though I'm not sure if I read the entire series ☺️ 4w
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A pick, barely. I found the story of family interpersonal dynamics and survival very compelling, like a #middlegrade version of “Life As We Knew It” or “How I Live Now.” I found the fantasy world building wholly unconvincing and overexplained, although I think few kids would be bothered by that. The diary format felt a bit forced too. Still, I read this in 1 day over a couple sittings in a week I‘m barely able to focus, and I can‘t discount that.

emtobiasz The YA books I reference: 4w
Lindy I like your review. A book can have flaws and still be worth reading. 4w
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emtobiasz @Lindy Agreed, particularly because I don‘t think my complaints are what the target audience would care about. 4w
Johanna414 I‘m reading it right now - it feels a little long. 4w
emtobiasz @Johanna414 I thought so too, although the pace picks up after the first 100 pages or so. I know it would lose a lot of kids before then, though. 4w
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Every book is better with Fabio on the cover, right?

Fabio the World‘s Greatest Flamingo Detective, that is! 😂 Man, I love #kidlit

Tamra This sounds so fun! 4w
batsy This cover 😍 And Fabio sounds like a fab character! 4w
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Bonaparte Falls Apart | Margery Cuyler, Will Terry
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Back at work today! There‘s no way around talking about a broken hand in a sling when you work with kids, so #storytime this week is all about bones— aka “why you can‘t touch Ms. Erin this week.”

Most of this stack is a little too long for my 0-5 storytime crew, but the tagged book is sweet, Skeleton Hiccups is funny, and Bones: Skeletons and How They Work has great illustrations for lots of animals! 🦴

JoScho That books looks adorable! 1mo
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Reflections | Diana Wynne Jones
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Whoops, I‘m afraid I let the days get away from me. We‘ll go for nonconsecutive days, then 😉 So here‘s Day Five of my #7days7spines #7days7covers

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Mastiff | Tamora Pierce
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Ugh, friends, I am having a Rough Week. I fell on the basement steps Wednesday night, sprained my foot, and broke a bone in my hand. Now I get a splint for a week before the doctor decides if I need surgery or just a cast. And, of course, I feel just enough better to be bored out of my mind! Nurse Olive, new video games, and fantasy rereads only help so much 👎🦴🤕🦴

Owlizabeth Oh no! Hope everything heals quickly! 1mo
TheSpineView Poor thing! Hope you are better soon! 💝 1mo
IamIamIam Ugh!! Fingers crossed that you don't need surgery! Well, my fingers, not yours... lol, best wishes for a speedy recovery!!! 1mo
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Ddzmini Awe hope@your going to be okay sending get well wish your way 🙏🙌🏽 1mo
julesG Speedy recovery! 1mo
Jas16 Oh no! Wishing you a speedy recovery 1mo
GypsyKat Oh wow, that SUCKS!!! I hope you recover quickly!!! 1mo
valeriegeary On no!! This is the worst! 😥😭 I mean snuggling with Olive doesn't sound so bad but all the rest....boooo! 1mo
LeahBergen Oh no! Speedy recovery! ❤️ 1mo
Lindy 🌻🌻🌻 1mo
batsy Oh no :( That must be such a challenge. Best wishes for a speedy recovery 💜 1mo
Buechersuechtling My commiserations. Reading with a broken bone in your hand seems hard. And with audiobooks I often have the problem that if I do nothing besides, just listening, I fall asleep. Not for long, mostly only 10 minutes – but still … I wish you speedy recovery, small pain and some great Netflix and/or Audible discoveries. 💐 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Oh so sorry, I hope you mend quickly! 😽 1mo
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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day Four of my #7days7spines

Join me if you‘d like!

Buechersuechtling If I were you I wouldn‘t bother that some covers show up multiple times. One I chose did also. I‘m pretty sure no Litten looks through the feed and makes a tally sheet to announce a “winner” in the end or to show who‘s the most bankrupt in ideas. It‘s _your_ 7 days so go for it‼️ I‘m on the watch for your posts. 🤗 1mo
emtobiasz @Buechersuechtling aw, thanks! Littens are so supportive. I‘m going to continue with spines, though— it‘s amazing what publishers come up with to catch your eye with a tiny amount of space. 1mo
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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day Three of my #7days7spines

Join me if you‘d like!

mcipher Great idea!! ❤️ 1mo
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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day Two of my #7days7spines

Join me if you‘d like!

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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day One of my #7days7spines

erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Great idea and hashtag 👍 1mo
batsy Nice! 1mo
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Sea Sirens | Amy Chu
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☕️ 💥 Breakfast and a new graphic novel 💥 ☕️

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Reflections | Diana Wynne Jones
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Confession: it‘s not until I posted that last picture of the library book I‘ve been working on all week, that I noticed how familiar its UK cover looked in other Littens‘ photos. Because, as it turns out, I already owned a copy of this book. 🤦‍♀️

Now I‘m just hoping I still have the drive to finish it without a library due date breathing down my neck...

Centique 😂😂 I know the feeling. I have made a list on my phone of all the unread books I own because I found myself blithely buying more editions of the same thing at second hand book shops! 1mo
ravenlee I always visit the same used book shop when I visit my in-laws. One year I bought The Pickwick Papers, because I thought it was time to read it. Got hone from the trip a few days later and put the book on the shelf...next to the identical copy I had bought a year or two prior...from the same store...same edition and everything. 🤦🏻‍♀️ At least my thinking is consistent. 1mo
Reggie I bought the Milkman on kindle because there was a sale. And then 2 weeks later I cleaned out my car only to realize I had bought it at B&Ns like a month earlier. Lol, it happens. 1mo
emtobiasz @Centique @ravenlee @Reggie you all are making me feel better! At least my duplicate was a library book! 1mo
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Reflections | Diana Wynne Jones
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I‘ve been working my way through Reflections a few essays at a time this week, revelling in DWJ‘s writing about her writing. Imagine my delight, then, when I found The Ogre Downstairs in a Little Free Library on our walk this morning! #bookserendipity #lfl #tbr #thanksuniverse

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1. I live/work outside Pittsburgh now, but this is the library I spent the most time in growing up.
2. As an employee, 5 days a week. Outside of work, every week or two for a book club meeting or to explore a different branch.
3. My partner and I played a library board game tonight! I also get e-audiobooks on Libby and Hoopla, the occasional DVD, and different kits that I mostly use for library programming.
#getlibrarycarded

kricheal I live outside of Pittsburgh too! 👍👍 2mo
jillrhudy Thanks for this--turns out these graphics are free from Libraries Transform! Perfectionist me needs to turn the library card on the Facebook post into our own library card using GIMP however. . .shouldn't take more than an hour and a half today. Library social media manager here, going on five years now! 2mo
emtobiasz @jillrhudy Thank @nitalibrarian, who posted it first! 2mo
lisslalissar I worked at this branch for nearly 10 years! At Grant's View now, but OB holds a special place as my first library and ys job 🙂 2mo
emtobiasz @lisslalissar that‘s so cool! 2mo
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All-of-a-Kind Family | Sydney Taylor
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I would have loved this story as a kid, when I devoured stories of olden times, families, and scrimping and scraping to get by. Even now, this story of five Jewish sisters and their parents in 1912 New York City holds up better than many other similar narratives. The girls‘ adoration of their “library lady” doesn‘t hurt either 😊

Eggs Read these many times as a girl 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Good news, #hoopla #audiobook users! The library-partnered app FINALLY has chapter markers! It also tells you how much time has elapsed, remains in chapter, and remains in book! Hoopla is still a clumsier user experience than Libby, but it seems to be making headway at long last. (Also, this f/f romance is DELIGHTFUL and less than a 3hr listen 😉) #romantsy #litsyloveslibraries

michellelav This is so exciting!!!! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole THANK HEAVENS!! 🙌🏻 2mo
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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When the climax you remember happens, and you still have 3 hours left in your audiobook... 😳 #audiobook #rereading #hisdarkmaterials

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Death Below Stairs | Jennifer Ashley
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Kat Holloway is a cook in Victorian London with a new job when her kitchen assistant is suddenly brutally murdered. This cozy mystery by a romance author comes with a lot of the flaws I‘ve seen in other books like it, but it‘s still fun. My beefs: while well-researched, the characters seem to have endless time to leave their posts and go haring off on adventures; too much time devoted to a will-they-won‘t-they relationship. I‘ll read the next one.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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This one totally lives up to the premise: a PI in her 20s-30s is hired to investigate a murder at the magical high school where her estranged sister teaches. Gailey plays around with the fantasy tropes of schools of magic, as well as the perspective of a non magical sibling who gets left behind. Plus, I‘m always a sucker for a mystery.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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We woke up early this morning after a rough night (fireworks at the local community day make for a sad beagle). Got breakfast before it was busy and still had a few hours with my book before noon. I wish I were more of a natural morning person, because lazy Sunday mornings like this are so nice! #dogsoflitsy #beaglesoflitsy

Nute It would be nice if fireworks could be a silent visual treat only! 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Poor baby! I‘m definitely with your beagle on fireworks! Way too loud for me! ❤️❤️ 2mo
SharonAlger Oh, what a beautiful pup! 2mo
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Wandering Son | Takako Shimura, Matt Thorn
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A manga about two transgender preteens experimenting with gender expression and supporting each other. Originally written in 2003 and translated to English in 2012, the main characters and their situation absolutely hold up, but I worry that the language used and the general context has aged too far to be useful in today‘s conversations about trans people. Essays oddly placed in the back of the book give much-needed context to Western readers.. ⬇️

emtobiasz ...but also use more outdated language. My main concern with the book, though, is that it was written for an adult audience, and relies a bit too heavily on the reader to identify inappropriate relationships and harmful situations themselves. In translation, however, it‘s marketed as a YA book, and I would hope that a book for this age group would do a better job naming assault as assault and Yuki-san and Shii-chan as creepy predators. 2mo
emtobiasz I don‘t know, y‘all. I‘m not going to tell anyone not to read this, but I can‘t recommend it, particularly not to teens. I won‘t be continuing with the series. 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this really helpful review! 2mo
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Double Trouble in Bugland | William Kotzwinkle
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My small #bookhaul from Commonwealth Books on my Boston vacation. It truly is profusely illustrated, with many bugs in Victorian garb solving mysteries 🐜🐛🕷🐞🦗🦟🐝🦋🐌

sudi I love this cover 😍 2mo
TracyReadsBooks Wow! This looks fantastic. 2mo
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Commonwealth Books | Boston, MA (Bookstore)
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Spent the weekend in Boston with a group of friends from high school. Our wanderings and sightseeing brought us to this bookshop not far from the Freedom Trail, full of book stacks, hidden treasures, and battered paperbacks.

youneverarrived I‘m in Boston in October. I‘ll have to check it out 😁 2mo
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Fire and Hemlock | Diana Wynne Jones
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Discovering this book in my 30s was both to this book‘s benefit and its detriment. I was able to appreciate the allusions to other books and folk tales in a way teen me would have missed. I can really admire the book‘s careful construction. Unfortunately, as an adult the central relationship in this book will never not feel gross. As a result, though I admire the book, I can‘t fall in love with it the way so many readers have.

emtobiasz I have read so many reviews and listened to so many podcasts to suss out my feelings on this one. I‘d love to hear from readers who love it, particularly those who have revisited it from youth. I‘m beginning to think that DWJ is an author I‘ll never totally connect with, despite my deep love for Howl‘s Moving Castle. 2mo
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Listened to this audiobook as I finished this enormous jigsaw puzzle. So many mentions of Toni Morrison have me emotional all over again. Really enjoying the essays from a variety of authors, but I think this book might have been better appreciated in print. Having one single narrator makes the essays blend into each other. #audiobook #audiopuzzling

Tamra Wow, that is a commitment! 2mo
Nute May I ask what puzzle is that? 2mo
emtobiasz @Nute it‘s a 2000 piece Ravensburger puzzle. World of Books (No. 16 685 5) 2mo
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Jazz | Toni Morrison
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“Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.” -Jazz

Missing Toni Morrison already.

ValerieAndBooks ❤️ 3mo
Bibliogeekery ♥️ 3mo
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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I‘m picky with my books about libraries and librarians, but this one held up to my high expectations. Great fantasy adventure full of magic, demons, plotting and books, and the romance plot line is sweet but stays secondary. (Didn‘t hurt that Nathaniel reminds me of heroes like wizard Howl and Numair Salmalin.) Some of the world building could have been stronger, but all in all this is exactly what I want from #YA #fantasy.

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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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Horowitz writes the story of Anthony Horowitz shadowing an ex-police detective Hawthorne as he solves the murder of a woman killed the same day she planned her funeral. Some fun playing of tropes and the 4th wall, but every time Horowitz grumbled about how “this isn‘t how I would write this if I were writing a novel” I got bored. Just because he called something out himself, doesn‘t mean I‘ll give him a pass. Hope he skips that in future books.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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I‘ve been in the mood for some good, all-absorbing teen fantasy lately. Hoping this one draws me in.

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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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I have far too many library books still checked out, so tonight‘s reading was an attempt to bring down that number by tackling the shortest among them. Tagged book was a favorite, although I enjoyed the #kidlit too. Bats in Trouble had a great environmentalist message, and Sees Behind Trees was super compelling. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen hit a little too close to home, though 😬 The competitive reader in me felt a little attacked 😂

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Smile | Raina Telgemeier
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Today on last to the party: that Raina Telgemeier sure can write, can‘t she? All those library patrons telling me I HAD to read this book were right!

On another note, I relate to her orthodontia struggles on a deep and profound level. Just reading this page made my jaw ache in sympathy pains 😬 #graphicnovel #kidlit

Karisa My middleschoolers cannot get enough of her books. They are perpetually checked out from my classroom library. 🤗 3mo
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The Hummingbird Dagger | Cindy Anstey
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Mystery! Amnesia! Murder?? I was super enthralled by the first 2/3, but kind of bored by the end. I feel like not enough clues were dropped early in the book for the solution to truly pay off, and amateur detectives make me 🙄. That said, I would have liked it a lot more as a teen— the Regency setting gives just enough detail, and teens/young adults get to do most of the sleuthing convincingly.

Great cover, though. #ya

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This month‘s #under40bookclub pick is a story of college, privilege, obsession, religious fervor, and lies. I loved the technique and narrative style but was underwhelmed by the actual story. If you‘re going to give me a cult I want MORE of the details, not less! Still, at 210 pages I like a gut punch of a book, and this delivers. Definitely lots for a book club discussion.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Final time for this #24in48! I did mostly ebook reading and eaudio listening this time, dipping in and out of multiple things instead of finishing books off a stack. Not a great strategy, if I was really trying to “win,” but this was my fun run instead 🏃‍♀️ All in all a fun #readathon weekend!

RebL I like thinking of 24in48 as having a “fun run” option! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Fun Run is the way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Eyelit Nice! 👏📚👏 3mo
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Librarybelle Great job! 3mo
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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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Finished this one up last night before bed. I‘m pretty sure this is a reread, but I must have been a young teen and I remembered no details. I love the parallels with the Little House books from an indigenous perspective Laura Ingalls Wilder never made space for in her books. I would have loved it in 3rd grade when I was so interested in pioneers and early 1800s America, and I‘ll definitely be able to recommend it to those readers. #24in48 #kidlit

JillR Thank you for this recommendation, my 8 year old and I loved The Little House series which we finished recently, but I did feel a little uncomfortable with some aspects so I think I might get this one to read with her 😊 3mo
emtobiasz @JillR you‘re welcome! I think the book does a great job to balance out the biases of Ingalls Wilder, in a way that doesn‘t discount the appeal of those older books. 3mo
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Finished up this gut punch of a book earlier this evening. A thoughtful and thought-provoking graphic memoir of growing up Indian-American over the last 30 or so years, and of raising her biracial son in the current political climate. #24in48

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Happy #24in48! I wasn‘t sure I was going to participate this time, but I decided taking part was more important than winning, so we‘ll just see how close I get 🙃 I didn‘t put together a TBR stack this time, but I have 50 library books checked out, apparently, so I think I‘ll be able to find some options!

Sunraven Pretty much the same approach I‘m using! Though I only have 10 library books out. 😆 3mo
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A pick, with reservations. I was in the mood for a historical fantasy, so I enjoyed the Georgian/Regency-ish world set up here, as well as the fantasy elements of constantly-shifting lengths of days and nights. The literary allusions to other works, though, were a little too on-the-nose references that (along with the book‘s title) kept any plot points from being real surprises. I didn‘t need multiple POV characters, especially when one never...⬇️

emtobiasz ... redeemed himself in my eyes. All that said, I enjoyed this while I was reading it and read it very quickly. I‘m not sure if I‘ll pick up the sequels, though. 3mo
iread2much I felt the same way. I had such hopes for this series, but never read any of the other books 3mo
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Hmm. This fantasy book just shifted from Jane Austen parlor drama to Jane Eyre gothic. I‘m intrigued but not totally sold yet... #currentlyreading #libby

iread2much When I was reading it, I found those super drastic shifts really irritating 😅 hopefully you enjoy them 3mo
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Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen | Debbi Michiko Florence
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Had an unexpected day off at my library today (a planned power outage to replace a utility pole) so I popped over to another county library location for some early chapter book inspiration. I‘m planning the reading lists for my #homeschoolbookclub groups this school year. Suggestions welcome, particularly ones with racially & ethnically diverse voices! #kidlit #weneeddiversebooks #chapterbooks

GirlNamedJesse I‘ve read several of these, but we looooove the King & Kayla books! Your reading list sounds awesome! 😊 3mo
Tamra The Zoey & Sassafras‘s series is great! 3mo
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Another PGH summer storm, another power outage 🙄 At least I have this seasonal #middlegrade SFF story of time-stopping antics by We Need Diverse Books cofounder Lamar Giles. (Love the Easter eggs of other WNDB authors as secondary characters!)

Tamra We need this - stacked! 4mo
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