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nelehelen

nelehelen

Joined March 2017

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True crime, lit fic, suspense/mystery, non-fiction, fantasy & biographies. Also love traveling, the outdoors, food & music. Goodreads: nelehelen
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3.5/5
Raw and uncomfortable, this memoir is about an addict and the lengths she went to in order to feed her addiction. I blew through this since her story captivated me. However, while I appreciated and applauded the author‘s honesty, I just didn‘t love the entitlement in her tone. I also wanted a bit more about her and what led to her becoming an addict. Without that, I felt I couldn‘t relate to her as much.

#Booked2019

nelehelen @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft this one is for the “Book about Addiction” prompt! 1d
Cinfhen Great review and lovely photo. I‘m intrigued by this one ☝🏾 thanks for sharing 1d
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I finished the #MiddleGrade section for #BBRC awhile back but forgot to post this. Moving onto Teen Angst now, which I need lots of recos for. But, I have to say this was my favorite sections so far! ☺️

LauraJ 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Excellent! 3d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag What is #BBRC if you don‘t mind me asking? 3d
Texreader Aren‘t all John Green books good for teen angst? 😊 I‘ll post some more I‘ve really liked as recommendations (edited) 3d
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Texreader Teen angst: 3d
Texreader Not a fan of the writing style, but teen angst: 3d
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhhhhh 3d
nelehelen @Texreader omg thank you for all the recos!!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2d
nelehelen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag it‘s a reading challenge hosted by @LibrarianRyan that includes prompts which goes through all the life stages! 2d
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan @LauraJ 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼♥️♥️♥️ 2d
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Letter from Birmingham Jail | Martin Luther King (Jr.)
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4/5
Powerful and inspiring. This should be an essential read for everyone.

#ReadHarder2019

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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3.5/5
Quirky, charming and interactive book. I wanted a bit more, but still fun to read. Felt like talking to an old girlfriend.

#ReadHarder2019

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Happy Halloween | Susan Kueffner
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Happy Halloween! 🎃🎃🎃

#DogsofLitsy

JoScho You too sweet lady! 🖤🎃 2w
nelehelen @JoScho ♥♥♥ 2w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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3.5/5
I wasn‘t sure if I would like the interview-style format of this book, but I thought it worked to set the scene and help move the story along. I had to remind myself this was a novel because it feels so authentic. However, when I did, I kept looking for something to happen. I don‘t know what that was, but it never came. Some great lines in here, but I was it didn‘t blow me away.

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4/5
Exquisite writing. Poetic yet minimalistic. This story‘s strength lies in its stillness. I‘m not sure if it‘s because I‘m Korean, but I thought the author captured the silent hardships of the MC perfectly. Koreans are known for their “han” and especially Korean men of this time, a time of war, embody this deep silent ache. This short book is understated but focused.

This was the 2nd book I finished for Dewey‘s #readthon.

erzascarletbookgasm I liked this quiet novel too. 2w
nelehelen @erzascarletbookgasm i wasn‘t sure if i would like it but i was pleasantly surprised! 2w
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4/5
Another great story from NPH filled with mystery, drama and of course magic! I actually enjoyed this more than the first one. The story had enough layers to the story and kept me engaged as I flew through this.

Also, book 1 done for Dewey‘s #readathon! I had a late start this morning and I had 🏊‍♀️ and 🏌️‍♀️ class the morning, so trying to make up for lost time now. 🤓

#deweysreadathon

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Mehso-so

3/5
I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the MCs‘ complexity through the eyes of the other characters. The narration from different viewpoints were filled with flaws that were so human that at times it made me feel uncomfortable, like I was reading about my own embarrassing and horrible past. While I admired this ability of the author, I felt the varying narratives to be confusing and jarring. I wanted more from and about the MCs, especially Sasha.

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The Tenant | Katrine Engberg
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3.5/5
I haven‘t read much Nordic noir, so I don‘t have much to compare this to, but I did enjoy this. Some parts were predictable but there were definitely still some twists and turns. The ending was a bit long-winded for me and the detectives weren‘t my favorite — broken but still seemed shallow. However, it was still entertaining and will keep an eye out more from this author.

#netgalley #arc

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The Rule of Four | Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
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3/5
Final book finished for #LMPBC. It was a little bit pretentious and “bro-y” for me, but still enjoyed the fact that it was a mystery about a book and thought there was some good writing in here. All in all, I had so much fun with my first round of #LMPBC! Thanks ladies!

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3.5/5
A charming #MG fantasy novel about a baby who gets sacrificed to the “evil” witch but instead gets accidentally magicked. Cover is gorgeous and the writing is pretty. It‘s not perfect but very cute.

#MiddleGrade: More than 250 pages
#BBRC

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 💗💗 1mo
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 1mo
nelehelen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks misty! 😘 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @nelehelen you‘re welcome 💗 1mo
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3/5
Beautiful illustrations with an interesting albeit predictable story. Lots of potential here for some compelling character growth and cool world-building. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series.

#MiddleGrade: Fiction Graphic Novel

#BBRC #MG

LibrarianRyan Such a good series. 1mo
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Speak: The Graphic Novel | Laurie Halse Anderson
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4/5
I haven‘t read the book but finished the graphic novel and now I definitely want to read the book. Heartbreaking and powerful, the illustrations added an extra layer of emotion for me. Perfect little read for my camping trip.

Pictured: Dazzy and the awesome wine tumbler I got from @guinsgirlreads for #SSGP! 😘

#DogsofLitsy

Stacypatrice Dazzy is so cute!!!! 1mo
nelehelen @Stacypatrice thank you!! 😊😊😊 1mo
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Speak: The Graphic Novel | Laurie Halse Anderson
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My husband and I went camping to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. He said I‘m the only person he knows that packs 4 books while going away for 2 nights. I said I can show him hundreds of others! 🤣 I did only end up taking 3, which I thought showed great self-restraint! This photo pretty much sums up my perfect vacation: woods, wine and books!

Bookwormjillk Happy anniversary! 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻📚 Happy Anniversary! 1mo
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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4/5
I never read this book in school so I was happy to finally read it for #BBRC. What a great little book and quite heavy considering the intended audience, but thought-provoking nonetheless.

#MiddleGrade: New Classic

#MG

LibrarianRyan yeahhh 1mo
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It‘s our one year wedding anniversary today! Going camping to celebrate, which means all I‘ll be doing for the next couple of days is hiking and reading. Can‘t wait. 🥰🥰🥰

Rachel.Rencher Happy anniversary! 🤗❤ 1mo
wanderinglynn Happy anniversary! 🎉🎂🥳🥂 1mo
Nute Happy Anniversary, the first of many!🥂🎉 1mo
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Trashcanman Congratulations to you both! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Happy first anniversary! 💕🥂 1mo
BlameJennyJane Happy Anniversary! 1mo
JoScho Congrats!!! 1mo
Reggie Awwww happy belated anniversary!!! 1mo
nelehelen @Reggie thank you!! 1mo
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Panpan

2/5
There is some beautiful descriptive writing in here. However, unfortunately, that‘s all the positive I can think of for this. The main characters were not relatable at all. In fact, they were super frustrating and one-dimensional. I wanted more character development or any type of explanation to the magical elements, but none ever came. Sucks because the premise seemed so promising.

#LMPBC

aeeklund I totally thought this book was going to be about, I dunno, THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET?? Ughhhh. (edited) 2mo
nelehelen @aeeklund lol one would think so!! 2mo
Pogue @aeeklund @nelehelen I kept getting the characters names all mixed up. The only 2 I could keep straight was Gustav and Denver 2mo
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4.5/5
I devoured this in one sitting and I‘m mad at myself for not reading this sooner. The writing is gorgeous and the story is enthralling. While some parts were hard to believe, I didn‘t care and was willing to suspend my belief just to stay in this world a little longer.

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4/5
Finished this beautiful book by the pool in equally stunning Napa. Ocean Vuong is known for his poetry so there‘s no argument that his prose would be just as exquisite. And it is. I highlighted and underlined many lines in this book. The only thing I did miss was more of the story. I wanted to know more of what happened and where it was going. Still, I would highly recommend because his writing is too good not to read.

#Booked2019

Crazeedi Nice review! 2mo
nelehelen @Crazeedi thank you!! 2mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft this is for the “New in 2019” prompt! 2mo
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Cinfhen Stunning photo and lovely review!!! I‘m super curious what Ocean Vugon will write next. This book felt VERY personal to his life so I‘m thinking this was less of a story and more of a written history 💔 2mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen i know! I had to stop and tell myself that this was a novel.. NOT a memoir 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh, that shot of Napa just makes me want to jump on a plane and be there tomorrow! Great review. I have this book and really must read it soon! 2mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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What a cute and sweet story about Hazel and Mari who fall in love during a time when their love was not recognized or allowed. Separated when they were young adults, these two women reunite as grandmothers and it is super sweet to watch/read.

#ReadHarder2019

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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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4/5
Finally read this and I found it to be entertaining. I watched the movie so I kept going back to that. I thought the changes made in the movie made sense for that medium, but I did enjoy seeing more characters in the book.

#MiddleGrade: Cover Change MID Series

#MG #BBRC

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Went to #Writers with Drinks” event tonight to see/listen to Fonda Lee and Yangsze Choo! I obviously turned into a super fan girl and asked them to sign my book and take a photo with me! 🥰🥰😘

P.S. I just want to say I want Yangsze Choo to narrate everything in my life. I can listen to that woman speak forever! 😍

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 2mo
Reggie This is so awesome!!!! 2mo
Crazeedi Lucky you! 2mo
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SW-T How awesome! 😊😊😊 2mo
nelehelen @cinfhen thank you! 😘😘😘 2mo
nelehelen @Reggie @Crazeedi @SW-T it was so much fun!! 2mo
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Week 6 also the last week of #BFCr3 complete! I had a great week at the gym. I spent 1.5 hours with high-intensity workouts so I felt great throughout the day and had better sleep. I still need to do a better job of not snacking or eating sweets, but I decided not to worry about it so much. 😊 Thank you to my team for that advice and for all the support! I‘m sorry I haven‘t been as involved but work has been draining me so much. I ♥️ all of you!

Crazeedi You had a great week, and we're here for you! Have a restful weekend!❤ 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌 great job!!!!❤️🙌👏 2mo
sudi You had an amazing week 👏👏👏 2mo
Mitch Yeah - well done honey, that‘s a super active week and I‘m sure the sleep has done you a whole lot of good. 👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼 2mo
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Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
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I loved this! This was recommended to me by my friend‘s daughter and I must say she has great taste. A coming of age story about friendships and not giving up on your dreams, any kid (or adult) could relate to what Astrid is going through. The plot was easy to follow, the illustrations were fun and a great introduction to roller derby. Highly recommend!

#MiddleGrade: Recommended By A Kid

#MG #BBRC

LibrarianRyan yeahhh. This has been on my TBR forever. 2mo
IvoryLunatic I saw this at 2nd and Charles the other day and really wanted to get it but it wasn‘t marked down and I‘m on a full-price book buying ban right now (since the full book buying ban didn‘t work lol) 2mo
nelehelen @IvoryLunatic hopefully it‘ll go on sale soon! 🤞🏼 2mo
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Late check-in for week 5 of #BFCr3. I felt like I had a good reading AND workout week, but not so much on the nutrition front. I feel like I‘m gaining weight so I need to really cut down on the sugary treats, increase my cardio and sleep as well. A new goal I set for myself is to eat less meat and dairy (not only for my health but for the environment).

Mitch Yeah - well done honey..I think maybe focusing on things can sometimes make them worse ( i know that is a bit counter intuitive!), so maybe focusing on the gym and yoga - and 'forgetting' about the food, might make it happen by accident??? 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Looks like a good week to me! 2mo
Blaire Nice work! And good focus for the week...I‘ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce my family‘s impact on the environment. 2mo
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MicrobeMom Great job! 👏👏 2mo
Crazeedi I think sometimes we are hard on ourselves! You did good, and take it a day at a time! 2mo
sudi Great Job 👏👏👏 2mo
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Magic Misfits | Neil Patrick Harris
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4/5
Even though I love NPH, I wasn‘t expecting much with this. But, I was pleasantly surprised! Endearing and so fun. I already have book 2 on hold at the library. 😊

#MiddleGrade: Written By An Actor

#BBRC #MG

LibrarianRyan Yeah. Book 3 is out this month I believe. 2mo
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan yesssss! I just got book 2 from the library! 2mo
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A Wolf Called Wander | Rosanne Parry
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4.5/5
Beautiful story about a wolf cub‘s survival in the wild without his pack. Inspired by the true story of a wolf named OR-7, I was immediately drawn into his world and wanted to stay there. This book will make you cry, smile but most importantly appreciate nature and this amazing species. Recommend for any nature and animal-lover!

#MiddleGrade: Reader‘s Choice

#MG #BBRC

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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5/5
So happy I got to revisit my childhood favorite for #BBRC. After all these years, it‘s still so good. And a perfect excuse to indulge in all things chocolate. 🍫🍫🍫

Pictured: Iced hot chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds and milk chocolate from Russia.

#MiddleGrade: #RealClassic

mabell Fun photo! Will you read the Great Glass Elevator next? 2mo
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
cwarnier I love this book and old movie. 2mo
LauraJ You‘ll be finished in no time! Going to work on some picture books this weekend. 2mo
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Week 4 of #BFCr3 is complete and I‘m feeling much better than last week. Energy level is up and got more days of meditation in. Still need to work on my diet but not going to worry about it. ☺️

Crazeedi Great job this week! ❤👏 2mo
MicrobeMom Awesome! 👏👏 2mo
Chrissyreadit Excellent 👏🙌👏🙌👏 2mo
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Mitch Wow - you‘ve got this 👍🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Blaire Great job this week! 2mo
nelehelen @Crazeedi @MicrobeMom @Chrissyreadit @Mitch @Blaire thanks team!!!! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! You completed a lot!🙌👏🙌 2mo
sudi Awesome 👏💪 2mo
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I‘m done with the #EasyReader section for #BBRC! Now, onto Middle Grade. 😬

#ER

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 2mo
LauraJ Rock on! 2mo
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Funny and endearing, this book is about Alvin Ho and his many anxieties and how he deals with them. Obviously, I‘m not a second-grader, but I enjoyed this. I liked the female characters in here more than the boys (Flea and Anibelly). Maybe I‘m biased? 🤷🏻‍♀️😅😉

Easy Reader: Reader‘s Choice

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan Love this book. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cute series 2mo
cwarnier I am going to have to read this. 2mo
nelehelen @cwarnier i def recommend! 2mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Thank you so much @IndoorDame for this lovely surprise! You are so sweet to send me this. I was not expecting this at all and it totally made my week! I‘ve been so stressed at work and this totally brightened my day. Thank you!!! I just love our #LitsyLove community. 🥰🥰🥰

IndoorDame Yay! I‘m glad it arrived! I hope you enjoy it! 💜 2mo
nelehelen @IndoorDame thank you so much!!! Can‘t wait to read it!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Week 3 of #BFCr3 is done and it‘s definitely not my best.

I was fighting some extreme fatigue this week. For some reason, my body would not let me get up and work out. I listened to my body and let it rest. It might‘ve been because I was traveling. And maybe because I‘ve been very stressed these days. I did manage to go to my swim and golf classes today, so that helped. Hope this coming week goes better!

wanderinglynn You made great progress! And way to go listening to your body. 👍🏻 Sometimes we need to rest and not push it. I hope your stress is better this week. 💜 3mo
Mitch Well done. It‘s hard to pause and listen and adjust - but you did it well and your body will thank you in the long run. 👍🏼😘 3mo
Chrissyreadit Glad you listened to your body and chose rest! Fatigue is no joke! And you still had a great week👏🙌😘❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi I've had days (yesterday was one) and weeks like that. Just listen to your body and rest! And some nourishing food! 3mo
sudi You did well, you listened to your body and that will do you more good in the future. And despite everything, you did get so many things done. Kudos to you 👏👏👏😘 3mo
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Are You My Mother? | P.D. Eastman
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A cute classic, perfect for those early readers.

Easy Reader: Published before 2000

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 3mo
DrawingSustenance Bird: Are you my mother? Cow: No. Lol. 3mo
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Discover Neptune | Margaret J. Goldstein
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Randomly picked this up at the library and realized how little I knew about Neptune. A bit dry, of course, but still very interesting and easy to understand.

Easy Reader: Non-Fiction

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁🤓 3mo
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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4/5
I finally read this and discovered that reading about children and their mothers gave me more anxiety than reading about serial killers. Who knew? Ha. It is captivating, funny, and scary. But, it is also lacking depth. Not surprised. This book does what it promises: a page-turning, chick-lit mystery that will have you guessing until the end.

NeedsMoreBooks Just completed this and loved it 3mo
nelehelen @NeedsMoreBooks now, time to watch the show!! 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks Yes!😁 3mo
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Congrats! | Ariel Books
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Congratulations to @DogEaredBooks on winning my 1st giveaway! 😘 You‘ll be getting a hard copy of the Furious Hours, some bookish items as well as a few stationary items. ♥️♥️♥️

#10kgiveaway

nelehelen @DogEaredBooks can you email me your mailing address please? HelenKim323@gmail.com 3mo
DogEaredBooks Omg! 🎉 I‘m so excited! I just sent the email! 3mo
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Giveaway: A Novel | Steve Fisher
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Hi guys! Recently, my friend gifted me this book since she knows I love true crime but I since I already own a copy I thought I‘d give away my copy (the gifted one is inscribed) + some extra goodies. And seeing that I passed 10K on Litsy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU to you all.

I‘m going to make it super easy to enter. Just comment below and tag your favorite true crime book! I‘ll pick a winner early next week. 🥰🥰🥰

vivastory Thanks for the chance to win & congratulations on the 10k! 👏🤘🎉 I'd say my favorite I've read so far this year has been 3mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! Congrats on 10k! My favorite true crime is 3mo
DogEaredBooks Congrats! 🎉 ❤️ I‘d say my favorite true crime book would be 3mo
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KatieDid927 Congrats! My fave is still the classic 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my, true crime is my favorite! This one is one of the best I've read: 3mo
sudi Congrats on the milestone 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
nelehelen @vivastory @Chrissyreadit @DogEaredBooks @KatieDid927 @Chelsea.Poole @NeedsMoreBooks thanks guys!! I‘ll announce winner tomorrow. 😘😘😘 3mo
nelehelen @sudi thank you!! 3mo
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Week 2 of #BFCr3
Stats look low on the reading end because I just started 3 new books. Hoping to wrap at least two of those up by next week. I‘ve been struggling on the food end, though. I need to make a plan ahead so I don‘t snack. It‘s so hard! 😩 On the bright side, I love the encouragement I‘m getting from my team!!♥️

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! And food is a tough one. I struggle too. Planning ahead helps a lot. 👍🏻 3mo
sudi You did great 👏👏👏. Food is definitely the toughest, i wish chocolate was healthy 🙈 3mo
Mitch Really great week - you‘ve got your exercise regime down! Well done! Food is a evolving journey, not easy! 😘 3mo
Crazeedi You had an awesome week Helen! Kudos for all you accomplished! 👏👏❣ 3mo
nelehelen @wanderinglynn @sudi @Mitch @Crazeedi thank you team!!! 😘😘😘 3mo
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3/5
A low 3. The topic is interesting and insightful, but it was just too long for me. While I enjoyed the anecdotes, it all felt super drawn-out. Interesting stuff in here for sure, just need a condensed version.

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Mehso-so

Thought this was okay... I liked that it was about reading but wished they didn‘t think book clubs or having thoughts about books took all the fun out of reading. 😅 I guess I get it?

Easy Reader: Popular TV Character

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan I agree. I find the new version of this series are hit or miss. Especially the ones based on the TV show instead of the original GN. 3mo
nelehelen @LibrarianRyan oohh i should def look into the ones based off the GN! 3mo
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Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake | Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Andrew Sharmat
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A fun mystery chapter book about Nate the Great and his quest to find his friend‘s missing snake. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Easy Reader: Published Within Last 5 Years

#BBRC #ER

LibrarianRyan yeah 3mo
cwarnier I love Nate the great! 3mo
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Week 1 of #BFCR3 is done! The audiobook was started awhile ago so it doesn‘t really count towards this, but I included anyway since it was taking me forever to finish. I‘ll take any win I can get! 😉

sudi You rocked this week 👏👏👏 3mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies Way to go! 👍👍🥳 3mo
Blaire 👏 👏 👏 way to go!! 3mo
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MicrobeMom Great job this week! 👏👏 3mo
Crazeedi Nicely done this week! No need for "need"! You did great!?? 3mo
Chrissyreadit You are a fast reader! 3mo
callielafleur You had a great week, and your observations going forward are a great idea, I may be stealing that!! 3mo
nelehelen @sudi @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Blaire @MicrobeMom @Crazeedi thank you all so much for the support! 3mo
nelehelen @Chrissyreadit only because i didn‘t watch any TV this past week! 😆 3mo
nelehelen @callielafleur you should! it definitely helps me focus. 3mo
Mitch Sorry I didn‘t see this - I wasn‘t tagged so I couldn‘t cheer you on! So great job with week one - you‘ve made a super strong start to round 3 🙌🏼🥳🙌🏼🥳 3mo
nelehelen @Mitch ah sorry!! I was hoping i didn‘t forget anyone. 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! And of course you can count the audiobook. Doesn‘t matter when you started it. 👍🏻 3mo
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George | Alex Gino
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Mehso-so

3/5
A very important story to tell and to read. I fell in love with George and her story. But, I didn‘t love the writing. I also felt it ended too neatly and abruptly. It‘s great that George‘s mom and brother accept her for who she is. However, I would‘ve loved to have seen how George dealt with being Melissa at school or in other situations with others that are not family or your best friend.

#Booked2019

nelehelen @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage this is for the diverse middle grade prompt! 3mo
Cinfhen I think that‘s where the middle grade comes into play... tidy endings 🎀 3mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen yea i can see that. I don‘t usually read middle grade so have to shift my expectations. 3mo
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Bookmark | G. L. Tomas
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Got these awesome bookmarks from @LibrarianRyan today! Thank you! Can‘t wait to put them to good use!! #BBRC

LibrarianRyan 😁❤️👍🏻 3mo
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Mehso-so

3/5
My first John Green book was just okay. While the portrayal of Aza's mental illness was eye-opening, I didn't really love the story. I thought the side story about the missing CEO seemed kind of pointless. I hoped it would all connect somehow and add some depth to the plot, but it didn't. There is definitely beautiful writing in here, but at times it felt entitled and even unrealistic.

#ReadHarder2019

Megabooks This was definitely one of his worst. 3mo
nelehelen @Megabooks that‘s what I‘m hearing... guess i started with the wrong John Green book! 3mo
Megabooks But most people like The Fault in Our Stars or 3mo
nelehelen @Megabooks thank you for the recos!! 3mo
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East | Kirk Kjeldsen
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Mehso-so

3/5
This book has a great premise about a time when people are moving out of the U.S. and migrating to China. No longer a super power, the U.S. is bled dry from the irreversible impact of fracking. It all sounded eerily realistic for me and the author does a great job of creating a very bleak world. However, there wasn't enough character development for the MC. Wished this was longer so that we had more time with the characters.

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Beyond Picture Books: A Guide to First Readers | Barbara Barstow, Judith Riggle
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I finished the #AtoZ Picture Books section for #BBRC. Yay! I‘ve never read this many picture books before but I am so glad I did. There are SO many good ones I discovered through this challenge. I‘ve already started my little collection. 😊

#PictureBooksAtoZ

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh⭐️⭐️👍🤓 3mo
cwarnier I should put my final list together in a pretty format like that. Great job! 3mo
Avanders 👆🏽 what she said... I finished today too! (With the picture book section) 👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
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nelehelen @cwarnier @Avanders woohoo! Cheers to us finishing this section! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3mo
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I‘ve finished too! I have a stack I plan on buying my nephew for his bday next month. 😃 (edited) 3mo
nelehelen @4thhouseontheleft yay to finishing! And you‘re an awesome auntie!!! Wish i had an auntie like you 😆😉 3mo
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I skipped out on round 2 of #BFC but I‘m back for round 3! I am worried about the 1,400 calorie/day goal I set for myself. I‘ve been trying to do this for the past few months. Some days I am successful, other days I am not. So that I don‘t go crazy, I am allowing myself a “cheat day” to go over the 1,400 limit. I‘m so glad I‘m part of a team this round which I think would help me keep accountable!! Excited!! Goooo (indeed team name)! 😉😆🙌🏼

sudi Those are some great goals 👏👏👏 3mo
sudi I used to track calories but i always kept forgetting to log in everything 😄. So now i'm sticking to avoiding over proceesed foods. 3mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 3mo
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Mitch Great themes to be focused on Helen 👍🏼 3mo
MicrobeMom Excellent goals!! Excited for chatting with the new team members! 3mo
nelehelen @sudi me too! I track for a few days and always end up forgetting. Hopefully i can stick with it this time. 3mo
nelehelen @wanderinglynn @Mitch @MicrobeMom thank you!! Excited for this! 3mo
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