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I have had a fascination with the Kennedy‘s lately (pretty much began after reading 11/22/63), and have read quite a bit of nonfiction about JFK and Jackie. I especially liked Secret Service agent Clint Hill‘s books. I thought a fictionalized story like this would be a fun change, but nothing really drew me in. I couldn‘t find anything to like about Alicia, and found myself waiting for times she was with Jack, only to be disappointed again. BAIL

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Some for me, some for the nephews! Love the annual library book sale! All this for $30!!

Ruthiella What a bargain! 😀 💰 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Some great titles! 1mo
emtobiasz I am astounded at the used Elephant and Piggie books. Great find! The ones at my library are so well used I still find myself replacing them constantly 🐘 🐖 1mo
keys_on_fire @emtobiasz . I got those for only $1 a piece! I just got introduced to those today and thought they‘d be great for my 4 year old nephew. They are in pretty good condition, although 2 of them have writing on the cover that I didn‘t notice lol 1mo
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Seventeenth Summer | Maureen Daly
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Mehso-so

This was a hard one for me...
Pros: It doesn‘t seem like it was written in the 40‘s, & the descriptions could be really vivid. It‘s a significant book, as it‘s considered one of the earliest “teen” books.
Cons: I had a hard time relating to the narrator, who hardly spoke throughout the book. I expected angst, but not sections where the boy love interest is talking to her but we rarely see her replies. Just odd.
#paperbackcrush

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Paper Girls Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Paper Girls Vol. 3 | Brian K. Vaughan
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This series is so interesting in that I am now 3 volumes in and am still not exactly sure what is going on. Amazingly, that is what compels me to read the next one. With most books, this is what would make me STOP reading, but there is something so compelling about the artwork and the time travel plot that keeps me coming back!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag That pretty much sums up my feelings on this series as well 😂 confused yet intrigued 1mo
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Mehso-so

Re-reading my SVH‘s as part of my #paperbackcrush challenge. This book was the first that had neither of the Wakefield sisters on the cover. It‘s main story is about Lila, Jessica Wakefield‘s best friend. The twins are definitely still very present in the story, along with all the stereotypes that SVH is known for. Mindless and nostalgic reading at its best! However, not one of my favs in the series...

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Seventeenth Summer | Maureen Daly
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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Pickpick

I haven‘t read too many graphic novels, so my review may be slightly skewed because of this. The art work and colors were intriguing and wonderful, but the story was kind of hard to follow. Despite that, I‘m probably going to put the second volume on request from the library because I want to see what happens next. Maybe just to figure it out? 🤪

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Paper Girls | Brian K. Vaughan
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Finally got this in from the library!

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So many years after the fact, I can‘t believe the story of Caylee and Casey Anthony still fascinates me so much. I‘ve read several books about this case, and this one is really good for someone who may not know much about it. It puts the events up until the trial in a narrative format that reads like fiction. If you‘re looking for new tidbits, you may be disappointed.

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Pisces: Teacher's Pet | Sphera Girn
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Mehso-so

Read this over the weekend as part of my #popsugar2019 challenge. It was a little too quirky and involves horoscopes, auras, and a lot of other metaphysical things that I don‘t personally buy into. It surprised me that the book also contained some very explicit erotic scenes as well. I‘m sure that for the right audience, this would be much better received; it just wasn‘t my cup of tea. That‘s what I love about reading challenges: branching out!

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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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Another great book in the Percy Jackson series. I love exploring Mythology through these tails, and am pleasantly surprised at both how much I remember and how much I‘m learning! Can‘t wait to read the next one!

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Reading while camping makes for some awesome views! 🏕❤️

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The Memory Weaver: A Novel | Jane Kirkpatrick
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Panpan

It took me until at least 50% to really feel like I had a handle on what was happening, & I never really felt like I identified with the main character. If this hadn‘t been for book club, I would have DNF‘d it. Having said that, I enjoy historical fiction & since this was based on an actual pioneer family, I found that interesting & it kept me reading. I just did not care for this author‘s style of flashbacks and fragmented sentences.

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I‘ve been on a reading slump and I think it‘s because I don‘t have a place I enjoy sitting while I‘m reading. My couch needs replaced, so I want to see your favorite reading chairs and why you love them so much!
Repost and tag me @keys_on_fire
Thanks Littens!!

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I decided to take myself camping this weekend. Gonna relax, read, do some walking with the dog, read, cook over the fire, and read some more. Absolutely can‘t wait!! Is it Friday yet?!? 😂😂

GingerAntics That sounds absolutely lovely. 3mo
MellieAntoinette Love this idea! 3mo
Crazeedi You'll have a great time! ❤ 3mo
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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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I should be sleeping.
I shouldn‘t start a new book this late...
I‘m gonna give myself half an hour... 😜😜

GingerAntics Totally worth a late night read! 3mo
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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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Super engaging and fast paced story about a boy who finds out he‘s something more than human. I love mythology stories and this one was no disappointment! I can‘t wait to start the next in the series!!
#popsugar2019 #mtTBR

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Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank
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It‘s hard to put into words what this book made me feel. Through diary entries, it feels as if you‘ve become friends with Anne by the end. Knowing what happened to her shortly after the book ends is just heartbreaking. It‘s especially distressing to know that we haven‘t adequately learned or passed along the lessons to our children/grandchildren to love each other for our differences, rather than be fearful of them. ✌️💡❤️ Rest In Peace Anne Frank

cariashley 😞 I‘m going to the Anne Frank house in a few weeks when I visit Amsterdam. Thinking a reread of this is in order. 3mo
keys_on_fire @cariashley I just was there in June! Truly an incredible experience. I only wish I had thought to read the book first, so I would totally recommend a reread! 3mo
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Reading a book about Greek gods and didn‘t even realize my own super power! 😂🤪 🍷

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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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#PopSugar2019 #mtTBR

Time to make some progress on these challenges. I have gotten way off track and it‘s past the halfway point now!! So far this one is a very enjoyable and fast read!

GingerAntics Love that book and that series!!! 3mo
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Before reading this book for book club, I had heard a lot of people say it wasn‘t as good as the first one so I was a little anxious about it. However, I found that I really enjoyed it. The first was better, but I think that‘s just because Don (the lead character) was a fresh idea and now we are kind of used to his mannerisms. That means it‘s harder for the author to surprise the reader. I didn‘t enjoy Rosie as much in this book though...

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Only 5 hours of reading for me in this #DeweysReadathon #reversereadathon.

I did only find out about it a two days ago and already has plans with friends and needed to sleep rather than stay up, but I was able to finish one book and will be finished with another in about half an hour. So I‘ll still call that a success!

It was a good #Pokemon day too! 😉

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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My favorite way to read! A good physical book with a fake fire in the background for some ambient sound and coziness 😂😂
#deweysreadathon #reversereadathon

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I somehow read this book in a week‘s time (after starting it two weeks ago in the airport, I had to take a break for a week). To be able to read 1000 pages in a week has to say something about how engaging a book is. It does take a bit to get rolling, but once it did it kept picking up speed. Can‘t wait to read the next in the series!
#deweysreadathon #bookclub
46 pages in 41 minutes to start the readathon

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Using my suitcase to prop this one up! Since my flight has been delayed (AGAIN), I figure I may as well bust this out and get started on it, since book club meets to talk about it on August 1! 😳😳

Amiable That‘s a big one! Hope your flight isn‘t delayed long enough to finish it! 😀 4mo
JessNevertheless I'm just finishing this one right now! It's long but a compelling read, hope you like it! 4mo
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Go Ask Alice | Anonymous
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Mehso-so

Why: Trying to read as many books mentioned in #paperpackcrush as possible.

Pros: unique concept (someone‘s diary) for scaring kids about the dangers of drugs

Cons: hard to believe this was really a diary by a teenager; most of the time it was really well written, where most kids would be using slang, for example.

rubyslippersreads I think it was later revealed that it was written by an adult (possibly a psychologist) as a cautionary tale for teens. 4mo
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Pros: interesting inside account of the workings of Scientology by the niece of the current leader. Jenna is very detailed about her time there.

Cons: Jenna is VERY detailed about her time there. I feel like this book could have been made significantly shorter because there was a lot of repetition. Sometimes this helps emphasize the horrors, but ultimately I just found myself waiting impatiently for her to be ready to leave.

Caroline2 Yeah I found the same. Wayyy too much detail on her day to day life and the boring bureaucracy of the religion. 4mo
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Starting this today, as it‘s due back at the library soon! I didn‘t get near as much reading done on the first leg of my vacation as I had planned!

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The library at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. You can still read here even though it is also an exhibit. Signs explicitly say, “Silence here”
❤️🥰

BethM An exhibit? 5mo
keys_on_fire @BethM Yes, if you access it from the upper floor, it‘s roped off for viewing as you may be able to see from the glass in the forefront of the picture. It‘s part of their art/history museum 5mo
BethM Can you check out books? 5mo
keys_on_fire @BethM I didn‘t find that out :( 5mo
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Anastasia Krupnik | Lois Lowry
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Pickpick

Very quick chapter book for middle grade. I enjoyed Anastasia‘s voice and felt she was very real. She interacted with her family in such a way that they took her seriously, which doesn‘t often happen in books. I may have to read another in the series, even though I was just checking this off my #PaperbackCrush list!

Bookwormjillk I wanted her bedroom when I was a kid. 5mo
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Bummer Summer | Ann M Martin
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Easy YA read about a girl who goes to summer camp when her life is turned upside down from her father‘s remarriage. Brought back memories of going to church camp as a kid!
#PaperbackCrush

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Getting started on this one tonight! Never read OR have seen the movie...
#PaperbackCrush

CrazyLibraryGirl That was my favorite book I read in middle school. Hope you enjoy it! 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Loved this in high school, movie was good too. Stay gold... 5mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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Pickpick

Halfway between Pick and So-So, and landed on Pick primarily because the societal trends that this book addresses really resonate right now, despite the fact that this book was written in the 40‘s. I think it‘s important for anyone to read this book, but over all it left me feeling deflated. This book evokes a such a weird conglomeration of emotions...
#MtTBR #PopSugar2019

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Trying to get back on track with logging what I want to read and what I have read each month. So here‘s my #June2019TBR!!!

Not sure which one I‘m looking forward to the most; probably The Rosie Effect!

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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#MSPLBookClub pick for May 2019
I sped through this book about the history of the Los Angeles Central library, which had a devastating fire in the mid-80‘s. My favorite parts were learning about the science behind fires of that magnitude and how the librarians through the years rallied to keep the library relevant. My least favorite part was the attempt to follow the investigation of arson. It just didn‘t seem to fit.

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Mehso-so

Read this because it was mentioned in #PaperbackCrush. The girls in this book make Jessica Wakefield look like a saint! 😂😂 While it was interesting to ‘get away‘ to a different style of living, I don‘t think I‘ll be reading any more of the series. Maybe I‘ll catch and episode of the show on Netflix next...

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Mehso-so

Picked up this book as one mentioned in #PaperbackCrush. Totally different genre and style from the halls of Sweet Valley High! While this book did have a plot, it felt more like a big setup for the rest of the series. Not sure if I‘m going to continue reading the rest or not. Reading this on Kindle, there were quite a few punctuation mistakes.

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Starting this one tonight after reading #PaperbackCrush. I think it would be really neat to try and read at least one book from each series mentioned in that book.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This whole section is amazing, but I love the last line the best:
“Once words and thoughts are poured into them, books are no longer just paper and ink and glue: they take on a kind of human vitality.”

Mmmmmmmm 🤤 🥰

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The New Girl | R.L. Stine
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I never was allowed to read these as a kid. I‘m on the list at the library to borrow Paperback Crush, which is about all the YA serial books of the 80‘s and 90‘s. I‘m definitely familiar with Sweet Valley High/Twins and The Babysitters Club but thought it might help to have read at least one of the Fear Street novels.
Did you read these as a kid?? Or maybe not so much a kid? 😉

NicoleCeBallos I read them all, many, many times. 6mo
NicoleCeBallos @InBooksILive did you also read Christopher Pike? 6mo
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keys_on_fire @NicoleCeBallos I recognized the name but didn‘t remember the books until I just looked them up on GoodReads. Maybe I should check one of those out too! I bet they‘ll be mentioned in the book I‘m doing “research” for lol!! 6mo
JackOBotts I loved these and Christopher Pike (🙌🏼 @NicoleCeBallos ) growing up...coupled with “Are you afraid of the dark?” on Nickelodeon and that pretty much sums up my tween years! 😁 6mo
InBooksILive @JackOBotts omg! Are You Afraid of the Dark!! I loved that show! We had very similar tween years! Haha @NicoleCeBallos I read a few Christopher Pike back in the day 6mo
NicoleCeBallos @JackOBotts 🙌 mine too! Add in the Animorphs and that was my entire life! 6mo
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I read through this series pretty quickly, but I had to review this one because I felt it was different than the others. This one was presented like someone had stolen the case file and put it in the hands of the enemy to try and win them over to the good side. I really liked the approach, especially with this being the 5th book in the series.

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I‘ve decided to do a little mini-readathon tonight and into tomorrow. Gross weather always makes me want to hunker down with some books. Need to get through these to get back to my reading challenges!
How fitting that tomorrow is May the 4th!!

eri.reads Lol, yes that's pretty cool! 🤣 6mo
Addison_Reads I read this series with my nephew a few years ago. They are fun reads. Enjoy 😁 6mo
wordslinger42 I've been wanting to read these! Jedi Academy is also really good! Have you seen the Shakespearean-style Star War books? They're hilarious 😂 6mo
keys_on_fire @wordslinger42 I have not! I will have to check them out. Thanks! 6mo
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Saw another Litten post about these books and had to check them out. I‘m not a Star Wars super fan, but I definitely have some nostalgia that creeps up on me sometimes!

These are cute middle grade books that are similar in style to the Wimpy Kid books. Very quick read for an adult; the plot involves some learning about what makes someone seem cool or not in sixth grade.

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After | Anna Todd
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I can see why people got sucked in to seeing what was going to happen next as the author released more chapters on Wattpad, but as a 600 page book it just goes on way too long. I got about halfway through and had to stop because of repetition and starting to get aggravated by the main characters.

Anitareads I also dnf-ed this book, just couldn't get through. 7mo
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After | Anna Todd
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Too nice of an evening to be inside, so I‘m enjoying the last of the sunshine before a weekend filled with rain. Not exactly at the beach, but I need the escape of a beach read after the last few weeks!

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This book was engaging and cringeworthy all at the same time! And I loved it!! Don stumbles through situations that most wouldn‘t blink an eye at, making you want to cover your eyes as you read. Yet, he‘s so endearing that you just want him so badly to succeed! Fast read for me, and I will probably read again!

tammysue 🙌🏻😍 7mo
WanderingBookaneer The second book almost gave me a heart attack. I am reading the third one now. 7mo
keys_on_fire @WanderingBookaneer I have some library holds that just came in, but the sequels to this are next on my list! 7mo
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RadicalReader Engaging and cringeworthy are the best kinds of books 7mo
RadicalReader @keys_on_fire nothing better than going to the library to spend the weekend enjoying the wonderful holds that were picked up 7mo
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Superfudge | Judy Blume
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Listened to the audiobook read by Judy Blume. That in and of itself was pretty awesome! Super fun revisit to the world of Peter Hatcher and his brother, Fudge. I enjoyed this book better than the first when I was younger, and can say that is still true. If I had children, I would read this with them, regardless of their gender.

jenniferajanes This one is so funny! 7mo
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Book, beer, beautiful weather! Can‘t ask for much more! Except maybe 🍕 , which is on its way 😂😂

TheLibrarian That beer looks delicious!! Looks like a perfect evening. 7mo
keys_on_fire @TheLibrarian It‘s my all time favorite cider beer!! 7mo
aquariusnat Really enjoyed that novel! 7mo
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Bookwormjillk Beer doesn‘t usually tempt me, but that looks good! 7mo
TheEmpress That‘s the best cider!! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️☺️☺️ 7mo
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Sometimes you read the right book at the right time, and this was one for me. Eleanor can be a prickly narrator, but by the end she had become very endeared to me. I recognized many things I‘ve done in my own life that Eleanor had to learn, and I learned SO MANY new vocabulary words!! ❤️❤️

There were quite a few descriptive moments about things Eleanor was experiencing that made me laugh out loud, and I love when a book can make me do that!

DebReads4fun Great review! 7mo
keys_on_fire @DebReads4fun Thank you! ☺️ 7mo
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