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Joined September 2016

Co-host of Litsy #OverBookedClub, Host of #MGBuddyRead & #YABuddyRead
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Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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Finished this a few days ago and forgot to post. This book did what great historical fiction does—taught me about a part of history I knew nothing about. I really enjoyed reading about these women who stepped out of their comfort zones and did what no one expected. I will post #overbookedclub discussion questions Friday or Saturday.

julieclair You are so right… great historical fiction teaches us about times/events we know little about. Almost all the books we have read this year have fallen into that category for me. I would be hard pressed to chose a favorite. Looking forward to our discussion! 1d
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Very brief engaging memoir of Bryson‘s time in Kenya, told in his signature humorous style.

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Passport | Sophia Glock
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Impromptu pick at the library. Interesting graphic memoir of a girl who grew up on the move with her parents who were CIA agents.

tpixie Cool! 2w
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While not quite as funny as the first, this sequel to Dear Mrs Bird was a delight. Definitely recommend both.

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Would love a sequel!

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Progress so far this month. I have my #BookSpin & 4 others in progress. #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 2w
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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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Painful but such an important read. Don‘t know how it took me so long to get to this after reading Dear Martin.

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Rose Under Fire | Elizabeth Wein
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Elizabeth Wein truly brings characters to life. I‘ve already borrowed the next in the series.

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Lines of Courage | Jennifer A. Nielsen
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MG/YA historical fiction by Jennifer Nielsen will always be an auto read for me.

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Bright Young Things | Anna Godbersen
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Another set in 1920s NYC. I will definitely be reading the sequel.

Sharpeipup I enjoyed that entire series! 4w
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The Show Girl | Nicola Harrison
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1920s New York City. Does anything else need to be said? I really enjoyed this historical fiction work about a midwestern girl trying to become one of Ziegfeld‘s Follies.

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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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Excellent advice!

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Excited for this month‘s #BookSpinBingo board!

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In May, I added Massachusetts and Tennessee to my #RoadTripUSA2022 journey.

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My June #BookSpinBingo. I‘ve been so uncommitted to reading lately, I stuck with mostly my go to historical fiction to keep me engaged.

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That‘s a wrap on May reading. While a difficult subject matter, Fighting Words was my favorite read this month. Very well done.

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The Red Garden | Alice Hoffman
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I am by no means a fan of short stories but the way Hoffman told the story of a town through vignettes of its families from its founding in the 1700s to today was an intriguing concept that really worked for me.

Tianarose These were beautiful. I have never been disappointed by Alice Hoffman 1mo
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All the Ways We Said Goodbye | Beatriz Williams
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Finished in time for #LiteraryCrew discussion. I loved this multiple timeline historical fiction. Looking forward to hearing everyone else‘s thoughts.

Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to the discussion too! 1mo
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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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Chrissyreadit Borrowed from library! Fingers crossed I get my reading act together 🤣 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yes please! 1mo
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Aw, this was cute!

mrp27 This is a cute one but I liked the second one even better. 1mo
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There was nothing wrong with other books I‘d been reading but it just wasn‘t the right timing. I didn‘t feel joy going back to them. When I‘m doing, go back to my favorite genre, historical fiction. Now I‘ve got that can‘t wait to get back to reading feeling again. 😊

Cinfhen I totally get it!! Hope these books don‘t disappoint 💜 1mo
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Dear #MGBuddyRead & #YABuddyRead -ers, I need to take a break and put these buddyreads on pause, at least for the summer. I started a new job recently, my daughter is home for the summer, life has some complications right now, & I‘m having trouble settling in with books. I just announced June‘s reads but I have decided I have to back out. I also cannot seem to concentrate on this month‘s #YABuddyRead to enable discussion this weekend. If 👇🏻

megnews Someone else is interested in leading this buddy read, feel free to jump in. I just really need a break right now. Sorry to do this to all the amazing people I love discussing books with! 1mo
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mrp27 No worries! I enjoy the buddy reads but understandable to take a break. 1mo
BarbaraJean Aw… totally understand! Thank you for all the work you‘ve put into these buddy reads. 💜 Hope you‘re able to find some space for rest and that you can settle into and enjoy some books that work for you right now. 1mo
Butterfinger I feel like I have let you down. I can do June. I was so tickled because I found an audio for all three books. 1mo
Roary47 No worries at all! I hope that everything works out to the very best outcomes, and work life can settle once again for you. 💛 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm All the best in your new job, and I hope things work out just fine for you. Thanks for doing this. Have a good break. 1mo
megnews @Butterfinger you haven‘t let me down. I just couldn‘t keep up. Didn‘t feel I was doing it justice. If you‘d like to lead June feel free! 😊 1mo
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#BookSpinBingo update. I have not had a lot of time to read so far this month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 2mo
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has a knack for beinfinf children‘s voices to life and make you feel like characters are real people. This is such an important book on a very important topic.
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Looking forward to next month‘s #mgbuddyread fantasy pick as well as the #yabuddyread choice. Let me know if you plan to read along.

mrp27 Really looking forward to Angel of Greenwood. 2mo
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#mgbuddyread just for fun

mrp27 A library! 2mo
Butterfinger I have always said I want to be buried with my World Book Encyclopedias. Wouldn't that be funny to watch the pallbearers carry? That's not funny. 1mo
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mrp27 I don‘t have any experience or expertise with mental illness but this rang true for me making me feel that this would be helpful as a resource for families going through this. I‘m so glad that so many issues are now being addressed in mg lit. Representation is imperative. 2mo
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Sorry I‘m a day late posting. Only have a few questions this go around. Feel free to discuss anything else you‘d like about this #mgbuddyread.

mrp27 I was a little surprised there wasn‘t more about the dad and by more I mean interaction. He was just always off in France. 2mo
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A #MiddleGradeMay readathon update. Flying through Fighting Words. Expect to finish today. Halfway through the 2 graphic novels.

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So excited!!!

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It‘s time for #TravelTuesday! What books and attractions would you recommend?

Bookwormjillk My pick has got to be the Ramona Quimby books. I went to Oregon once for a work trip and the only thing I did was go to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding in the mall where Tonya Harding used to practice. I‘m sure there‘s more to the state than that so it‘s on my list to go back! 2mo
Kristin_Reads I second Ramona Quimby! @Bookwormjillk. I recommend Depoe Bay or anywhere on the Oregon Coast, the Goonies house in Astoria, Multnomah Falls, and Powells Books, of course! (edited) 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m not living there now, but I consider Oregon home. So many places to visit! Powell‘s, Crater Lake, Yachats, Ashland, Cannon Beach. It‘s a wonderful state! 2mo
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With the help of friends and her community, Olympia navigates her parents‘ separation and mother‘s depression. This would be a helpful addition to any middle grade classroom library to help children know they are not alone when facing similar problems. Looking forward to #mgbuddyread discussion this Saturday. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I love a good epistolary novel. This one was so much fun. So much melodrama packed into such a short read. I liked the @SerialReader issues…fell behind but then finished early because I had to know Frederica‘s fate. Great pick #PemberLittens! This was my #BookSpin book this month.

sprainedbrain It‘s my BookSpin too! 🎉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I found this one just delightful - I can't believe I had never read it before! 2mo
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The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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A stark reminder of the hardships women and children have faced throughout history. #overbookedclub

SilversReviews Yes….such a good read!! 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Well, I was behind a couple days but got caught up this morning. I am absolutely loving this! #pemberlittens

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Running a little behind posting my #BookSpinBingo board. My #BookSpin is tagged and is part of the #PemberLittens buddy reads this month. I‘m enjoying it so far.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 2mo
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Here‘s my TBR for #MiddleGradeMay Readathon May 13-15. I definitely want to read the two graphic novels on the left and a couple of the other contenders. I won‘t be able to finish them all but this gives me options. What are you planning on reading? 😊

Johanna414 I just got a big box of new books at work yesterday… not sure what I‘m planning to read yet, but I‘m excited! 2mo
TheBookHippie My readers are picking my stack 😳. 2mo
megnews @TheBookHippie oh this should be very fun!! 2mo
Lmstraubie Thank you for the inspiration @megnews ! @TheBookHippie maybe I'll get my kids at school to create a reading list for me! 2mo
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We‘re moving on to Washington state this week for #TravelTuesday. I‘ve visited Seattle once over 20 years ago now. One thing I‘ve always wanted to see is the Mt St Helens area. What‘s not to be missed in Washington?

JenReadsAlot I'm heading to Seattle in July! Mt. Rainer is my happy place and so excited to go back! 2mo
Bookwormjillk I‘ve always wanted to visit Mt St Helens and Mt Rainer. Someday. I read a great book about Mt St Helens a few years back 2mo
Kristin_Reads Elliot Bay Bookstore, Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, Eagle Harbor Books, Kerry Park in Seattle for evening views! 2mo
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This is a fun introduction to Broadway.

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And We Rise | Erica Martin
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A poetic timeline of the US Civil Rights movement that should be included in all middle grade classroom libraries.

sherrisilvera Loved!! 2mo
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I had a physical copy of this in my late teens/early 20s but haven‘t been able to locate it. I went with the free public domain kindle ebook. Just finished the first chapter and it made me recall how much I preferred Anne‘s writing to her sisters‘. #pemberlittens

Lcsmcat I may end up going back and forth between my mass market paperback and the eBook. I find that size harder to deal with these days. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I loved the glimpse at all of the characters, should be fun to get to know them all! 2mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I decided to follow along on @SerialReader for this #PemberLittens buddy read. Lady Susan is quite the female soap opera villain, leaving behind drama she‘s stirred up everywhere she goes.

sprainedbrain That is an apt description of her ladyship. 😅 2mo
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This month I visited Colorado and Georgia on my #RoadTripUSA2022. Where did you visit?

Bookwormjillk Florida and South Carolina for me. It‘s getting harder now that I‘ve crossed a lot of the easy ones off the list! 2mo
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So excited!!!

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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BarbaraJean I really appreciated that Marie Benedict saw that she needed to team with a voice who could understand and tell Belle's story in ways she herself could not. I loved their descriptions of the friendship that grew between them during the process of writing this book. 2mo
megnews I really appreciated this as well. The book just wouldn‘t have been the same without Murray‘s voice. 2mo
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sblbooks 6. I think JPMorgan was unaware of her ethnicity. I don't think he would have let that slide. 2mo
sblbooks 10 I have read about passing and other historical fiction novels, it's understandable specially in times of slavery. 2mo
sblbooks 11 Belle sacrificed a relationship with her family, including her father. She was never able to really be honest, or have a true friend. She was able to have an easier life in lot of ways. Belle was able to care for her family monetarily. She was able to travel and live the high life, so to speak. She was able to have a career and prestige and she never would have had otherwise. 2mo
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BarbaraJean 10 - I was somewhat familiar with passing--I have a friend who struggles with this as part of her heritage; she and her family are light-skinned and she was brought up to use passing as a way to navigate the world. But reading this helped me see that passing has very different nuances in different settings and probably looks different for everyone who passes at some point or another. 2mo
BarbaraJean 14 - I think she was satisfied with her choices, but I don't know if she was happy. I also don't think she would have done anything different. Her work was too important to her. @sblbooks I can't imagine having to constantly hide who you really are, never being able to fully confide in anyone, never having a true friend. And the pressure that would have placed on family relationships, as when the family returned for Belle's grandmother's funeral. 2mo
megnews @BarbaraJean I agree. To not be able to share your authentic self. To not be able to have kids. To navigate a racist world around you and not be able to say anything or feel anything. I can‘t imagine 2mo
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sblbooks 2 If Belle's father had not been treated the way he was, then her mother wouldn't have thought it was necessary for them to pass. 2mo
BarbaraJean 2 - To have the position her father held, to see his ideals seemingly becoming realized, and then to have it fall apart was heartbreaking. And the very different reactions by both of Belle's parents made perfect sense, but their separation was equally heartbreaking. 5 - I think Belle must have felt deserted by her father, but I think she also understood why he had to take a different path. I loved that the authors imagined a reunion between them. 2mo
megnews @sblbooks @BarbaraJean I really struggled with the mother‘s willingness to separate in order to pass. I had a few uncomfortable moments about her mother‘s choosing this route. It was interesting how Belle reflected on this throughout the novel. 2mo
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