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ninergrl6

ninergrl6

Joined April 2017

“She is messy but she's kind“ 📚 HS English teacher 📚 Lover of historical & speculative fiction, especially when they‘re combined
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Great road trip listen! I‘ve always liked Colin Jost on SNL — even when most people panned him. I loved getting a glimpse into what led him to where he is today as well as some interesting SNL BTS tidbits. I laughed out loud a lot, but the chapter about his mom made me cry. Can‘t wait to see the pictures in the physical book when I get home.

#teachersoflitsy #librofm

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First, I LOVE this cover! The colors, the illustration *chefs kiss*

As for the story, I ADORED the first 3/4 — sooooo cute & funny with romcom tropes like flirting while playing pool — but the last 1/4 took a turn I wasn‘t expecting and the resolution felt rushed & unsatisfying. I still recommend it because most of the book is ADORABLE, but it didn‘t stick the landing IMO.

#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy #romcom

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The Girls I've Been | Tess Sharpe
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What. A. Ride. The action in this book starts from the first chapter (a bank robbery gone wrong) and doesn‘t let up for 350 pages. Switching between present and past events was a little choppy IMO but I was engrossed in both timelines; I just wish it didn‘t jump back and forth so much. Not for the faint of heart — there‘s all kinds of violence — this book reads like a feminist action movie & I‘m here for it. #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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The Girls I've Been | Tess Sharpe
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Any narrator who compares their relationship to Darcy & Elizabeth is my kind of person ❤️ This book is off to a great start!

#ya #teachersoflitsy #bookclub

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The Magic Fish | Trung Le Nguyen
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This story took a turn I wasn‘t expecting! This image doesn‘t capture much about the plot, but it was the most striking illustration IMO.

Honestly, graphic novels aren‘t my thing. I only read them for book club. This one was fine — a mix of multicultural fairy tales, immigrant story, and coming of age — but the afterward where the author/artist explained his concepts was definitely the most interesting part.

#teachersoflitsy #bookclub #ya

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Cute YA romcom in the vein of What A Girl Wants, The Princess Diaries, First Daughter, etc. where a teen from rural California learns she‘s the illegitimate child of the crown prince of Japan and ultimately falls for her bodyguard 🇯🇵 Hallmark-y and mostly predictable, the snarky voice of the narrator made me laugh out loud nearly every chapter.

#ya #romance #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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My Contrary Mary | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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If you like history, fantasy, romance, comedy, The Princess Bride, and/or the under-appreciated tv show Reign, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK (but probably read My Lady Jane first). I love this world of revised history where queens are friends & don‘t die tragically 💚

#ya #teachersoflitsy #historicalfiction #fantasy

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A book largely about food requires a food pic, right?

Despite the title, this story was entirely sweet to me, a debut YA romance wrapped in family drama, immigration issues, and delicious-sounding recipes. I did enjoy the Xander-narrated chapters more than the Pen ones, but I‘m not really sure why.

When I didn‘t think I could like the book more, the author acknowledgements include a whole page praising teachers!

#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Juliet Takes a Breath | Gabby Rivera
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Ain‘t that the truth!

I intended to read this book last June, but then I had to overhaul the curriculum for 4 courses & Juliet sat on the back burner for a year.

She‘s Bold. Modern. Messy. Insightful. Intersectional. Worthy of your time & attention.

As I suspected, this would be PERFECT for the Feminist Lit class I created but will not get to teach. Hopefully I‘ll be able to fit it in somewhere in the future.

#ya #teachersoflitsy #pride #LGBTQ

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Namesake: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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I‘ve been trying to finish this one for months, but other books and real life got in the way. Namesake is a satisfying conclusion to the duology that answered many of the lingering questions I had at the end of Fable. The final resolution was a little too “easy” after all of the twists that preceded it, but it was still enjoyable. Great escapist pirate adventure for the summer!

#ya #teachersoflitsy

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This definitely isn‘t my usual fare, but it‘s being made into a Hallmark movie with one of my favorite actors so I decided to give the audiobook a shot on a solo road trip. Needless to say, at least 50% of the book won‘t make it onto Hallmark 😏 Still an entertaining listen though.

BTW the original title, There Goes The Bride, is much classier and more accurate to the plot.

#teachersoflitsy #romance #audiobook

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I‘m not a nonfiction/memoir person, but I love Rachel Bloom. Her honesty and irreverence never fail to crack me up. I‘m so glad I read this in audio form because I‘m sure the print version can‘t compare with Rachel‘s storytelling and singing and audio-exclusive tangents (“In the book there‘s a box, but you can just draw one for yourself”, “I‘ll do different voices so you know who‘s who”). Great road trip listen. #teachersoflitsy #memoir #audiobook

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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I think there was too much going on in this book for me to become invested in it. It felt like a chore to get through. The mystery/investigation plot was interesting, as was the exploration of Indigenous culture, but other aspects fell flat for me, especially the “romance” which I thought was inappropriate and creepy. Several characters & side stories could have been condensed to make the book shorter & better paced. #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Be Dazzled | Ryan La Sala
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“Some kids do drugs. Some kids start fires. I embroider in the dead of night for the attention of strangers.”

This was the perfect light, fun, fast spring break read. It‘s Hallmark movie (romcom tropes) meets Schitt‘s Creek (the narrator sounded like David Rose & at times his mom sounded like Moira). People unfamiliar with con culture might not get it, but to me it felt authentic & made me really miss cons.

#teachersoflitsy #ya #bookclub #lgbtq

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Diversifying our Brit Lit curriculum with this story about the daughter of Jamaican immigrants who, after experiencing traumatic racism at home in London, visits her parents‘ home country and learns about her family history 🍋 I like Andrea Levy‘s writing, but this plot meandered more than I prefer. I felt more invested in the Jamaica part than the London part, and I wish we‘d gotten there sooner. Curious what students will think
#teachersoflitsy

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Fable (Fable #1) | Adrienne Young
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“Home was a ship at the bottom of the sea where my mother‘s bones lay sleeping.”
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I really enjoyed this dramatic nautical adventure. I kept thinking I knew what was coming but then TWIST.
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One of my pet peeves is when the 1st book in a series doesn‘t have some sort of resolution, and this one certainly does not, so THANK GOODNESS the 2nd book of the duology came out this week. Already ordered! Need closure!
#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I FLEW through this book today! Read it cover to cover! Best mystery I‘ve read in years!

Barnes kept me guessing up to the very last page in this story of a teen who inherits a fortune from a man she doesn‘t know. It has a Riverdale feel but with more games & less sex and violence. Highly recommend!!

#ya #mystery #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

Nebklvr Very enjoyable 11mo
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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A California woman spends the holidays in England hobnobbing with royalty & falling in love? Sign me up!
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“Vivian couldn‘t decide what appealed to her more, hot coffee and fresh scones, or the man in the corner who looked like a tall mug of hot chocolate.”
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It‘s been a very long time since I‘ve read an adult romance. I still prefer YA, but this was a light, fluffy, enjoyable read for winter break.

#teachersoflitsy

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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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Graphic novels aren‘t really my thing, and neither are middle grade books, but my #ya book club reads the Newberry winner each December, so here we are. This one has a few astute moments, like the spot-on criticism of stereotypical book recommendations for young readers. Decent light, quick read

#middlegrade #graphicnovel #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Catching up on posting about the (very few) books I‘ve read over the past couple of months...

It‘s refreshing to read a novel in verse that is genuinely POETIC. Such great diction and structure. As a Californian, the earthquake reference is one that stands out as being perfectly expressed. This is free verse poetry at its finest.

Edited to add that I literally didn‘t even see the person on the cover until now 🤯

#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Great tag line! Mediocre book. Lots of action but little depth. Missed opportunities to make this like The Kingsmen (and women) of books but too much time was spent on what people were wearing, insignificant 80s allusions, & new magical entities every few chapters. What should have been the climax wasn‘t because the book moved on to a different problem for the last 50 pages. Good premise but disappointing execution. #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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I‘m SO EXCITED to be teaching one of my favorite books again after a 10 year hiatus. Finally something GOOD about this school year! Another female teacher convinced the males to read/teach it even though I‘ve been suggesting it for over 20 years 🤦🏻‍♀️ I gave students some brief background info & asked them what they expect from the book. One wrote, “That it will be mildly inappropriate but well written.” 🤔 #teachersoflitsy #feministclassic

kspenmoll Happy for you! 1y
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What I Carry | Jennifer Longo
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I didn‘t intend to finish this book today
but I just couldn‘t stop! What a charming, touching story about a subject I know very little about: foster care. I loved all of the characters & how their relationships evolved. Definitely some laugh-out-loud & swoon-worthy moments mixed in with the heart. A lovely antidote to all the misery in the world right now ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gorgeous cover art by Spun Inthawong

#nationalreadabookday #ya #bookclub

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Becky Albertalli‘s books never disappoint. Told entirely through emails, this novella captures the voice & angst of the Creekwood High alums‘ first year of college. It reminded me of my own college correspondence with my high school friends; we were scattered across the country & email was new, long before social media kept people in touch. I love these characters, who in my head will forever sound like the Love, Simon actors. #ya #teachersoflitsy

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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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It was lovely to get swept away in sparkly vampire romance again ❤️ The past few weeks have been brutal in real life. I desperately needed this escape ❤️ Yes, Edward is moody & overthinks everything, but that made the book longer (yay!) & he provided interesting insights Bella couldn‘t (like when she was unconscious in the hospital). I loved reliving moments from the original book & my own visit to Forks 11 years ago. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ya #teachersoflitsy

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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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This is my favorite part of the original Twilight book ✨ Disappointed that it wasn‘t in the movie but SO excited to read it from Edward‘s POV now

#twilight #ya #teachersoflitsy

Saknicole Uhhhh I need to read Midnight Sun. It‘s the perfect ridiculous antidote to this ridiculous world. 1y
ninergrl6 @Saknicole it really is! My goal was to finish before school officially starts, but now I have less than 100 pages left & I‘m not ready to let it go. 1y
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My Calamity Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Another winner from The Lady Janies! Their blending of historical fiction, fantasy, humor, romance, & breaking-the-fourth-wall narration is always entertaining. I‘m not into westerns & don‘t know much about the *real* Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, or Frank Butler, but I was thoroughly engrossed in this reimagined history. So clever & funny! Just what I needed right now.

#ya #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy #teachersoflitsy

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My Calamity Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Anyone else an old school Oregon Trail player? 😂 I‘m having flashbacks to my once-a-week elementary school computer classes in the 80s!

I LOVE the pop culture humor and contemporary narrator asides in all of the Jane books. I‘m about halfway through this one centering on Calamity Jane & Annie Oakley, and it does not disappoint. I find myself literally laughing out loud every chapter! #ya #historicalfantasy

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“Evil comes from the unfulfilled need for significance.”

This YA mystery centers around the persecution of Catholics in Korea in the late 18th century, about which I had zero prior knowledge. Fortunately I read the author‘s note at the end before starting the book to give some context. Unfortunately the storytelling was uneven, some plot details just *happened* to come together, & the ending wasn‘t satisfying.
#ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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The Black Flamingo | Dean Atta
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I read this entire book yesterday! It‘s a novel-in-verse about a biracial boy growing up in London and discovering himself through drag. The “verse” wasn‘t particularly poetic IMO but I really enjoyed the story. I didn‘t want it to end! #blackjoy #lgbtq #teachersoflitsy

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Haven‘t we all felt this way at some point in our lives?

Graphic novels aren‘t really my thing; I wouldn‘t have read this if not for book club. I think the end message was good, but it was hard to sympathize with the main character. I liked all of her friends much more than her. The “Dear Anna Vice” concept was uneven, and the transitions between scenes were sometimes difficult to follow. Overall just meh
#bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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This is the most enjoyable book I‘ve read in a long time. I generally find the clash of modern & traditional women interesting, and I like that the author presented a variety of perspectives about relationships in this story. At various moments it‘s laugh-out-loud funny, suspenseful, and touching, and then there are the erotic stories the widows write which seem ripped out of romance novels or fanfic. Entertaining on many levels! #teachersoflitsy

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Starling Days | Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
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Continuing to try to diversify our Brit Lit curriculum... I appreciate that the main character here is bisexual but the book isn‘t *about* her sexuality; it‘s about mental health and relationships in many forms. Not sure about teaching it though. The sex is more gratuitous than what I‘m used to reading (YA is typically my jam); students probably wouldn‘t mind but their parents might. #teachersoflitsy

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WOW. I‘m only one story in & I‘m hooked! I generally enjoy fairy tale retellings (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite series) & I‘m totally burnt out on contemporary texts, so this is hitting the speculative spot right now.

I first heard of this book when I was researching texts for a potential feminist lit class. That‘s on the back burner for now, but I‘m really glad I discovered Angela Carter!

#teachersoflitsy

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Noughts & Crosses | Malorie Blackman
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In my pursuit of diverse, contemporary Brit Lit texts I read the electronic play version of this story while waiting for my hard copy of the novel to arrive. I don‘t know if the play does the book justice, but I don‘t think my students have the patience for a 400 page book. I liked act 2 better than act 1, some R&J vibes plus surprising turns. I‘m downloading the graphic novel too because IMO visuals are significant for the story. #teachersoflitsy

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Read this in 2 days in an effort to find books that will diversify our 11th grade Brit Lit curriculum // A little choppy but overall a good read that will give us a starting point to discuss race, class, and gender discrimination when school resumes // Slightly concerned about parents‘ potential reaction to the profanity though 😬 #teachersoflitsy #weneeddiversebooks

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I started listening to this book in hopes that it might fit into our 11th grade Brit Lit curriculum. I like the narration but 1/3 of the way in I can tell it‘s not for us. Bailing on it for now but might get back to it later just for fun. Back to trying to find contemporary British novels by people of color suitable for 11th graders! #teachersoflitsy #weneeddiversebooks

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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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[screenshot from the author‘s Instagram]
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“The first step to seeing is seeing that there are things you do not see...The truth does not change whether it is seen or unseen…A thing that is happening happens whether you look at it or not...Maybe it is easier not to look. Maybe it is easier to say because you do not see it, it is not happening...The thing that is happening will happen whether you believe [it] or not.”
#ya #teachersoflitsy

BennettBookworm Epic quote 2y
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Hicklebee's | San Jose, CA (Bookstore)
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Challenging my friends to join me. Right now I‘m reading Pet by Akwaeke Emezi for my Hicklebee‘s book club, and then I‘m planning to read Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Regardless of whether or not you join me in this challenge, ALWAYS BUY BOOKS FROM BOOKSTORES —> hicklebees.com
#weneeddiversebooks #junereadingchallenge #stayhomeandread #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I‘m only one chapter into this book & I‘m already BLOWN AWAY. This particular paragraph is very timely, but so far everything about this book is 🤯 #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Finally got around to reading this & didn‘t love it. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe I‘ve read too much contemporary YA lately. I liked it, but I‘ve read other books in verse that had more of an emotional impact on me. It‘s definitely a contender for the curriculum changes I‘m hoping to make, though more for style than for substance. My students might like the plot more than I did. Audiobook is probably better. #ya #teachersoflitsy

ChasingOm I love her books on audio. She reads them herself. 2y
ninergrl6 @ChasingOm I definitely think I would have enjoyed this more if I were listening to it. I liked reading With the Fire on High though. 2y
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Just when I thought I couldn‘t love this book any more, my favorite indie bookstore (the one where I bought the book!) gets a shout out in the Acknowledgements at the end. So meta.
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This book is equal parts coming-of-age, family drama, mystery, travel journal, history lesson, and social commentary. Plus the pacing is perfect. Highly recommend!
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BTW hicklebees.com ships nationwide
#ya #bookclub #shopsmall #AAPIHeritageMonth #teachersoflitsy

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Most Likely | Sarah Watson
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I LOVE this premise: one of these high school seniors will become President of the United States, but readers don‘t find out which one until the end. It was a little slow in the beginning trying to keep track of who was who & I expected more snark from a book by the creator of The Bold Type, but in the end I really enjoyed it. There was enough mystery to keep me guessing & an unexpected twist right before the reveal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#ya #teachersoflitsy

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Daydreaming of Spain and Disney cruises ☀️ Reading this book on my balcony overlooking the street during quarantine wasn‘t as enjoyable as reading it overlooking the Mediterranean on vacation, but it‘s a quick read that provided a little escape & some motivation to cook. Who doesn‘t need that right now?! #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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A road trip from Chicago to San Diego? With magicians and vampires? Sounds like the perfect escapism we all need right now! The ending was kind of abrupt and I prefer the will they/won‘t they of Carry On more than this sequel, but it was still an enjoyable read. I loved the occasional illustrations too. Can you tell which city this is? 😏🧛‍♂️🎡 #ya #fantasy

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Today‘s quarantine book — #quarantread ?

I was planning to propose a new Feminist Lit class for 11th graders but with the school closed and teaching remotely as the new normal, new course proposals might be on hold too. Regardless, I‘ve been meaning to read this book for a looong time. The Ted Talk version might be better for my hypothetical class, but reading this cover-to-cover was a satisfying start to my morning. #teachersoflitsy

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Coronavirus shelter-in-place gave me time to finish this book. It was a quick read but kind of felt like two different books. I wish it picked a lane. For me personally I think these times call for something more escapist like fantasy or sci-fi. #bookclub #ya #teachersoflitsy

PaperbackPrincess19 What book club is this? I‘d love to join an online book club 2y
ninergrl6 @Paperback.princess19 It‘s actually an in-person (until COVID-19) book club through my local bookstore for adults who read YA. I do follow an Instagram book club called Rosende Reads that covers a lot of classics (current book is Little Women). 2y
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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I read the majority of this during a Disneyland trip so I had to take a pic of it with the OG dragon queen 🐉 I LOVE THIS BOOK. Action, nuanced characters/relationships, political intrigue, will-they-won‘t-they-slow-burn-romance (my favorite kind), an ACTUAL RESOLUTION even though it‘s the first book in a series (so rare!)... I can‘t recommend it highly enough, and I don‘t even typically like “dragon books.” #ya #fantasy #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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This book is SO GOOD I wanted my flight home to be LONGER 😳 Thought I‘d sleep on the plane... NOPE, wide awake, audibly gasped at least 7 times, probably scared the other passengers around me 😂 I‘m exhausted but I CAN‘T STOP! Also, kudos to Kristie Radwilowicz for this brilliant cover design (see the silhouetted faces under the dragon wings? 🤯) #ya #bookclub #fantasy #dragons

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Surprisingly unsuspenseful for a murder mystery 🤔 Maybe it‘s because all four of the narrators‘ voices sounded alike and I didn‘t feel much sympathy for any of them? Or because I solved the mystery long before they did? Or because the title is misleading since literally ALL of them are lying? No desire to read the sequel, although I did read all 40+ pages (!) of supplementary material at the end.

#teachersoflitsy #ya #bookclub #mystery