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howjessicareads

Joined March 2016

Reading books, raising readers, working at a bookstore. howjessicareads.substack.com
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Started The King‘s Shadow on my lunch break today, and I‘m fascinated so far!

CarolynM 👋 I‘ve missed seeing you around. Hope all is well💕 8mo
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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This was SO GOOD.
Downloaded an ARC from Netgalley Friday afternoon. Started reading around 7:30 Friday night. Finished it at 11:30 after ignoring Noel and the kids all evening. Haha. #betholeary

marleed Ohhh, I‘m contemplating a pre-order. I think the Flat Share is among my top 5 rom-com reads! 12mo
howjessicareads @marleed — this equals the Flatshare for me, but in a different way. A little more poignant; a little less funny. 12mo
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Blanche on the lam | Barbara Neely
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I am 2 chapters in, and surprised by the fairly scathing social commentary so far! Hard to believe that this was first published 30 years ago. Blanche was ahead of her time. #BlackLivesMatter

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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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Welllll instead of reading the books I ought to be reading… I‘m bingeing this series on audio. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

Traci1 It's a great series!! 12mo
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Wild Irish Rose: A Molly Murphy Mystery | Rhys Bowen, Clare Broyles
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Clawing my way back to full functionality after c-vid finally caught up w/ us. 😭 It‘s been a loooong seven days. But I finished a puzzle today, yay for brain improvement.

Hoping to read this book this weekend! And hope you‘re all healthy!

DivineDiana Glad you are feeling better. 12mo
CarolynM Hope you're all fully recovered soon💐 12mo
Leftcoastzen Sorry you had to go through that . Hope you are all better soon! 12mo
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An Impossible Impostor | Deanna Raybourn
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I‘m reading while my husband stresses his way through the 49ers game. Then later we get a kid-free dinner, woot! Hope you‘re having a good weekend too. 😃

AmyG Hahahaha…I am doing the same. But stopped to check Litsy. 13mo
BrittanyReads Perfect evening!! 🏈📖 13mo
CarolynM Enjoy dinner🙂 13mo
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#raisingreaders! (Apparently an exciting part of the book, based on her face. 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️)

Leftcoastzen Intense! 13mo
mom2bugnbee Nothing makes me happier than #raisingreaders posts! 13mo
Bookzombie Yes, it looks like something intense is happening. 💗 13mo
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marleed This. Is better than tacos! 13mo
janeycanuck Oh, how lovely! Has she been watching the new TV series? They‘ve done such a good job with it. 13mo
howjessicareads @janeycanuck she hasn‘t! My eldest did. I bet she‘d love it too now :) 13mo
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This is such a sweet Christmas book!

I especially love that it‘s not Santa-y (we don‘t really do Santa) or religious (you can only tell the Nativity story so many ways 😅).

It‘s just the tale of 2 sisters and negotiating Christmas kindness for both of them. 😍🎄

Prairiegirl_reading I really don‘t understand why people insist on the story of Santa. Good for you!! 14mo
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Aurora's End | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Can‘t resist showing off the final pumpkin donut product.

Off to put my feet up and play some Two Dots while I keep listening to Aurora‘s End. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH.

tpixie Yum!!!! 1y
wanderinglynn That looks delicious. 😋 1y
Cathythoughts Yum 👏🏻 1y
TheAromaofBooks I'm so here for TwoDots 😂 1y
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Aurora's End | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Squeeeee! Listening to this one - FINALLY! - as I do some #thanksgiving baking.

I only get Thursday off work - Wed & Fri the kids and my husband get to hang out. But I‘m still thankful for the actual day. And for good books to listen to while I‘m working! 💜

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Grabbed this on Scribd on a whim… and am fascinated so far! #nonfictionnovember

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This was WONDERFUL on audio. A cozy, comforting, foodie book. 💜

Amandajoy Yay! I just got this on audio! 1y
howjessicareads @Amandajoy are you liking it?? :) 1y
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I love Jenny Colgan books on audio so much! Yay for Scottish accents.

And I managed to wait till 11/3 before I let myself start this one! *pats self on back* #christmasbooks

marleed I love her books too! I have a library hold on this one! 1y
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I devoured this history / memoir of a pediatrician trying to expose the lead in the Flint water system. HIGHLY recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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It was a beautiful day for an #audiowalk! #audiowalking

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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🍂 I‘m having a very autumnal afternoon! 🍂

💨 Blustering wind and falling leaves outside? ✔️
🧩 Halloween puzzle? ✔️
🧙‍♀️ Cute witchy romance audiobook? ✔️
🍞 Bread baking? ✔️

It‘s so cozy! 😍 🍁

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My 11yo asked for some screentime, so I said sure. I was reading on my kindle app when an email notification popped up…. And she had sent me this. 🤣💀 #kidsthesedays

TrishB 😁 my daughter used to do that- with links on it to the cheapest place to buy things! 1y
Bookzombie Our 5 year old nephew told my husband yesterday that Christmas is right around the corner. 🎅🏻 1y
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Scene: the library books I‘m not reading lined up on my back porch railing. 😅

I‘ve been renewing some of these for 2 months. I probably should release them from purgatory.

DivineDiana 😂 1y
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Numbers Game | Danielle Steel
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Books number 191 and 192 of October! I‘m so close to my goal of 200!!! #howjessicareads2021

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A Sprinkle of Sorcery | Michelle Harrison
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I highly recommend this series for an autumnal / witchy middle grade vibe! I read the first one last fall and I‘m loving book 2 right now.

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Autumn's Touch | Elizabeth Rose
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I know I‘ve been pretty MIA. Ever since we moved this summer, I‘ve struggled to get into a groove over here! 😣 (Also I‘ve been interacting a ton more w Instagram followers in my stories, so that takes a lot of my phone time.)

But! It‘s my first fall since 2004. After 16 years of desert-living, I‘m so glad to be back in tree-land again! 🥰🍁🐿🍃

Texreader Gorgeous!! 1y
CarolynM Beautiful photo and it's always nice to see you here.🙂 1y
howjessicareads @Texreader @CarolynM thanks! It‘s so pretty it‘s easy to take amazing pics almost by accident. 😅 That‘s just unfiltered iPhone! 1y
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TiredLibrarian That's beautiful with the mountains in the background. 🍃🍂🍁 1y
TrishB Nice to see you ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 🍂❤️ 1y
LauraBeth 👋👋 1y
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Middle school orientation for this girl today. (😲🤯)
And we had to stop and snap a pic when we spotted this mural...

Arvena 👍 2y
suvata ❤️ 2y
Bookzombie ❤️ 2y
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Currently reading! Liking it so far. #audiobook

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Olympics | Mark Stewart
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Soubhiville 🤣😂 2y
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2y
Bookwormjillk 😂😂😂 2y
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#Currentlyreading — I‘m 13% in, and fascinated!

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I‘ve found 3 LFLs in our new neighborhood so far! And I got a new job! And I haven‘t been reading much. 😅
But I have a few days of vacation next week, and I‘m hoping to rectify that. 😍 #littlefreelibrary

Megabooks That‘s so cool! 2y
Ruthiella Congratulations on the new job! 🥳 (edited) 2y
CarolynM Congratulations on the new job 🎉 2y
Susanita Yay!! 💃🏽💃🏽 2y
marleed Oh congrats on everything- a new job and a new neighborhood with LFLs! 2y
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Howdy howdy! I‘ve been MIA bc I was busy MOVING. Traded in desert and cacti for 7,000 feet of elevation and the wind in the pines. 😍🌲

I‘d lived in Tucson for 16 years (almost exactly to the day!) so this is a big big change. Our kids had always lived in the same house as far as they remembered (we moved 2 miles when our eldest was 2), so they‘re a little less on board haha.

But I think they‘ll come around, bc Flagstaff is great! 😄

AlaMich Congrats! I didn‘t realize Flagstaff was in the mountains. 2y
marleed Oh congratulations on the move and the new experiences to come! 2y
julesG Glad the move went smoothly! 2y
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Libby1 Flagstaff is gorgeous. Enjoy! 2y
TrishB Enjoy your new home. 2y
Leftcoastzen Extreme temperature envy towards you guys from Phoenix!😄Looks beautiful! 2y
MaureenMc Enjoy! 2y
Megabooks Congratulations on your move!! Enjoy the better temperatures! 2y
CarolynM Happy house warming💐💕 2y
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I listened to this whole YA queer romance today while I was packing boxes in the kids‘ rooms (the big move is next week!).

It was super cute, and I love how the girls smashed the patriarchy at their posh private school (and how racism was called out as well).

Plus Australian accents on audio! 😍 #pridemonth #queerfiction

CarolynM I loved this one🙂 Glad you enjoyed it too. 2y
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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I met Jen De Luca for brunch today, and it was so fun! Love chatting books with a delightful author.

marleed Oh how fun!! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence That is so cool!! 2y
howjessicareads It was super great @marleed @LiteraryinLititz! Yay for authors who don‘t think you‘re insane when you DM them on twitter. 😅 2y
kspenmoll Wonderful! (edited) 2y
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GAH. Imma need Blue to show up to smack some sense into Ronan. 🙈🙈🙈

And now that I binged the whole book in a day, I‘m going to have to wait sooooo long for another book!

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Squeeeee! So excited it‘s finally release day. Trying to pace myself... but I‘m probably just gonna devour it. 😬🙈 #maggiestiefvater

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Five Minutes' Peace | Jill Murphy, Maureen Lipman
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Happy Mother‘s Day!! 😂😂
#sillysundayshelf

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘ve been loving Shadow & Bone!! Who else has watched it? 😍 #shadowandbone

ladym30 I really enjoyed it!❤️ 2y
MeganAnn 🙋🏻‍♀️ Me!! Loved it so much 😍😍😍 2y
Soubhiville I‘m on episode 6 and loving it so far. I admit I didn‘t read the books first. 2y
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Lauranahe I loved it! I hadn‘t read the books. I just finished the first one, and I like the show better. 2y
Arvena Me :) it's a bit different than books, but I liked the show :) 2y
JillsBookshelf It‘s so good! 😍 2y
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My April in review! #howjessicareads2021 #AxeTheStacks

I liked the top row the best — they were all incredible. The bottom row were my least favorites.

Verity Is that an Ovidia Yu I spy on the second row?! I am suitably envious! 2y
howjessicareads @Verity yes!! Book 2 :) 2y
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Final #AxeTheStacks update!
Amari and the Night Brothers: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First: read 3 chapters.
The Warmth of Other Suns: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Camelot Caper: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️
Such a Fun Age. ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lost States: Started
Hana Khan Carries On: didn't get to
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: didn't get to
The Summer Job: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Very Good Gospel: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stasiland: DNFed
The Betel Nut Mystery: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Unorthodox: ✔️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella Well done! 👍 2y
Come-read-with-me Great job!!! 2y
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Two chapters in, and my mind is already blown! 🤯🤯

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Overall I feel pretty great about my #AxeTheStacks!

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My physical #AxeTheStacks update! I‘ve got five more days... can I finish the rest?? I‘ll share my digital update in a minute.

Come-read-with-me Fingers are crossed for you! #AxeTheStacks really helped me get some long ignored books off of my list! Thanks for organizing this! 2y
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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I did it! I finished an #AxeTheStacks book on vacay!

It‘s compulsively readable, and I love/hated how Kelley could see Alix‘s racism, but not his own, and how Alix could see Kelley‘s, but not hers. Kiley Reid did a great job analyzing race in a clever, funny way.

But I found Emira herself super aggravating, and I spent most of the book being embarrassed/annoyed on her behalf.

BookishClaire I hated the coincidence that the plot relies on... 2y
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#currentlyreading 🥱 🥱 🥱

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I‘m making pretty good #AxeTheStacks progress!

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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Some #AxeTheStacks reading and toad-in-the-hole on this lazy Saturday morning! What are you up to today?

Ruthiella Waiting for my coffee to brew. ☕️ I liked Such A Fun Age a lot! Hope you enjoy it too. 😀 2y
Linsy Oh my goodness, I don't know what either of those things mean, but reading this post brought me such delight! 2y
howjessicareads Haha @Linsy - I know other people have other names for toad in the hole. Eggy bread? :) 2y
howjessicareads @Ruthiella well I read 3 chapters and like so far!! 😁 2y
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Someone just told me “I‘m having the best lazy morning ever! I‘ve just been lying in bed and reading all day.” 😂😍 #raisingreaders

AmyG Ha...sounds perfect. 2y
Leftcoastzen So cute! 2y
CaffeineAndCandy 💜💜💜 2y
5feet.of.fury Same, girl, same ❤️📖 2y
marleed Yes!! 2y
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I‘m loving AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS so much! I bought the print copy last month, and then the audio copy this morning, so I can zip right through it. I think I‘ll be happy to own both versions anyway, since my 10yo prefers audiobooks these days, but I can loan the other one to nieces or nephews. #axethestacks

5feet.of.fury That cover is beautiful! 2y
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Today was the MOST EXCITING DAY! I got to take the girls to browse in the library for the first time in 13 months. AND, it was a brand new library branch, which was built in 2020, but just opened for limited quick browsing. It‘s so new I can‘t even tag it. 😅
But yay books!! 📚😍 #litsyloveslibraries

wanderinglynn How fun! 2y
Scochrane26 Glad you all got to have fun! I‘m fortunate because my library has been open since last summer, so I can go pick up books but don‘t browse as much as normal. 2y
Leftcoastzen Yay! 2y
LaraS Hooray! Better times are on the horizon ☺️📚💕 2y
mom2bugnbee Yay! My now 15yo LOVED the Weird But True books when she was a bit younger. 2y
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The Camelot Caper | Elizabeth Peters
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Slightly comatose due to the consumption of a large number of Starburst jellybeans. 😅

Hoping to get a little #axethestacks reading in... but also tempted by a nap. 😬

Verity Oooooh. An Elizabeth Peters I haven‘t read! 2y
Johanna414 The Starburst jelly beans got me today too 2y
CarolynM ❤️ 2y
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A Very Happy Easter | Tim Thornborough
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Happy Easter from me and my crew! (Yes, I get that “silly face” pretty often from the tween these days, lol.)

vivastory 😂😂 2y
Bookzombie 😂😂 2y
DaveGreen7777 😂🤣👏 2y
Crazeedi Happy Easter 2y
Come-read-with-me Happy Easter!!! 🐣 2y
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My first title for my #AxeTheStacks challenge! I was struggling a bit around the 40% mark and almost bailed; but I‘m glad I pushed through! The last half was incredibly fascinating. #howjessicareads21

NaomiO If you haven‘t already watched the mini series on Netflix based on this book I highly recommend it. 2y
Ruthiella I‘m currently about this one! 2y
Curly_Reader Saw it on Netflix loved it 2y
rubyslippersreads I enjoyed both the book and the miniseries. 2y
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And my audiobook / ebook “stack” for #AxeTheStacks.

Crazeedi I just now saw #AxeTheStacks! How did I miss this?? I'm in 2y
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