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Joined February 2017

A reader who has so many books that her bookshelves smile - not sag, smile. 😊
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The Lion of Mars | Jennifer L. Holm
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Anyone else have a copy of this book like this? Is it intentional? I actually haven't started reading yet, so maybe it will make sense with the story. Or maybe it's a publishing mistake. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BookKenz I don't have a copy of that book, but my copy of My Sister, The Serial Killer has the last 50 pages or so printed upside down. 2mo
smilingshelves @Kenziejo That's even weirder than only part of it is upside down! 2mo
BucklingBookshelves I missed this post! If it‘s a library book, my best guess is they accidentally attached the mylar cover upside down. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Yup, that's exactly what happened! The librarian I told thought it was pretty funny. Of course, she wasn't the one who had done it in the first place. 😄 3w
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I was in the mood for a middle grade binge, so I had a lot of fun at the library this week. Which one should I start with?

smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Have you read any of these? Any thoughts? 😊 2mo
BucklingBookshelves I haven‘t read any of them yet, but my mom & aunt borrowed Calpurnia Tate from my Newbery shelves and enjoyed it! The sequel as well. Pax is on my TBR, but I forget where I heard it recommended. 🤔 2mo
BucklingBookshelves And I have the Ickabog on audio because it‘s narrated by Stephen Fry — an all time favorite narrator of mine! 2mo
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LiteraryinLawrence I love this genre but have not read ANY of these! Report back and tell us what‘s good! ☺️ 2mo
smilingshelves @LiteraryinLawrence Will do! It's been years since I've just grabbed what looks interesting off the shelves. It was so much fun! 2mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I think Pax may have been a RAR rec originally? I know it's been on my TBR for a while. I'm really looking forward to Calpurnia Tate. I love the cover! And I don't know how I haven't read The Ickabog yet, but it sounds like I might need to read it on audio, too! 2mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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P. 107 I can't even imagine going through all this as a mother, but I have a feeling I would not be nearly as strong as Reha's mother is. And I love this image. #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves I thought I responded to these but I guess not! 🤦🏼‍♀️ Pulling quotes for my commonplace book and checking over our posts… I completely agree with your assessment of this one! 3mo
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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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P. 101 I love seeing this pivotal moment in Reha's life. It's a change, but it's still true to who she is. #buddyread
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Johanna414 I loved this book *so much* - I've made a couple coworkers read it as well and they've felt the same 4mo
BucklingBookshelves It can be hard to come to this point… at what point is it time to speak up? Most of the time, the adults in a kid‘s life are just doing their best to do the best for them… but there comes a time when the child does need to have a say in these kinds of decisions. It certainly happened for Reha here and it was a beautiful moment. 3mo
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Watercress | Andrea Wang
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This is a beautiful book, in both words and illustrations. I expected it to be a pretty text-heavy picture book, but it definitely wasn't. You could tell each word was chosen with care, and they're so powerful. The illustrations evoke such an atmosphere. What did you think, @BucklingBookshelves ? #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves I completely agree! So much emotion is evoked in the illustrations and they work seamlessly with the spare text. I can see why this won both a Newbery Honor and the Caldecott Medal. It‘s not an easy story, of course, but it amazes me too how memory can be brought to life on the page. The events the book are based on took place so many years ago! 5mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves Are you up for continuing our Newbery buddy reads in April? Wondering which one I should try to get a hold of next. 🤔 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sure! I think anything else I'll have to request from a different library branch, so it doesn't matter to me. What do you want to do next? 5mo
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BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves how about Red, White, and Whole? It‘s a novel-in-verse and I‘ve heard it‘s very good! 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Ooh, a novel in verse! I didn't realize that. I'll request it today and let you know when it's in. 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It's a good thing I checked the local branch again before I did ILL. They ordered a copy since I last checked and I picked it up today! Ready whenever you are! 5mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it‘s the Newbery effect! 😆 They probably got a copy since the awards were announced. 🥳 I‘m ready to start this weekend if you are. 5mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sounds good! 😃 5mo
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Plot Twist | Bethany Turner
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How's that for a book dedication? I'm hooked! 😄

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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Page 247 This! This is the heart of this story! #buddyread @BucklingBookshelves

BucklingBookshelves Yes! That is a great line. 5mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Page 186. I like this Rabbit motif that keeps showing up. It applies to our boring lives here on Earth, as well as a girl on a distant planet surrounded by the Collective. Life is a journey, and you only know what's out there if you try. #buddyread @BucklingBookshelves

BucklingBookshelves I book-darted that quote! There is much truth there, even if our own journeys tend to be a bit more mundane. I love the stories-within-the story setup, (like the rabbit stories.) (edited) 6mo
BucklingBookshelves I caught up to where you were last night at lunch today… definitely will read some more tonight, too… I am sooo curious what direction this is going to go now they found the vault and Voxy is getting involved. P.S. I‘m pretty sure this is the book they keep referring to as Javier‘s favorite. I think I read it after it won a bunch of awards, but my memory is fuzzy. I saw a mention of it on the copyright page & want to read it again now! (edited) 6mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I never even considered that it was a real book! I just figured it was made up for the story. I must read this book now! 6mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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P. 63 As I'm sure it's meant to, this applies to so much more than just rocks! #buddyread @BucklingBookshelves

BucklingBookshelves I loved that line! It‘s so true. 6mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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@BucklingBookshelves Got my library hold! Are you ready for a #buddyread sometime soon? 😊

BucklingBookshelves Yay! How about we start next week? I ended up buying a copy, so I‘m ready to go after I finish the other middle grade book I‘m in the middle of right now. 📚 6mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sounds good! I'll try to finish the book I'm reading by Monday. (I've been watching way more Olympics than I've been reading in the evenings...) 6mo
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We Dream of Space | Erin Entrada Kelly
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I've got the book! Although once again, I have to finish my book club book before I can read it. Hopefully this weekend... What works for you? #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves Ahh, I saw this then forgot to respond! I‘m in the middle of sooo many books right now 😬🤦🏼‍♀️ … it‘s my birthday tomorrow and we‘re also getting ready for some company toward the end of the week… would it work for you to bump it to next Monday, Aug 9th? Or any time after that that works for you 🙂 12mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sure, that's no problem! I finished my book club book last night, so I'll just pick something else up in the meantime. It's not like I'm running out of books to read. 😄 And happy birthday! I have an August birthday, too, although mine is at the end of the month. Have we figured this out before? I don't remember. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! 12mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves Great! And I don‘t think so! A good month for a birthday 🥳 12mo
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smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It is indeed! 🎉 12mo
BucklingBookshelves Got swept up in school planning this week, but looking like I‘ll have some free time tomorrow 🥳 I‘ll have to play catch up a bit! 12mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves No problem! I think I'm going to be finishing it tonight, so take whatever time you need to read it. I haven't found too much to post about, so feel free to post as you read, or we can both post our thoughts at the end. 😊 12mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves sounds good! I may be a slow poke on this one 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 Seems like it‘ll be a quick read once I get going on it though, lol 12mo
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I have some quotes to post once I get my act together… but as a general comment… could there be any more angst in one book?! It may be realistic, but it was a LOT and it wasn‘t just the kids… it was the parents, too! I think it wrapped up well, but it was tough getting there. (edited) 12mo
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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So, so obvious when she says it like that. But how often do we think about it like that? That's certainly not the prevalent view in our culture, although I know there are efforts being made to change that. A brain is not as easily understood or treated as a broken bone, but it is treatable!
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BucklingBookshelves Mental health is such a complex issue. And so much is easy to overlook until it‘s a full blown crisis. I‘m glad there has been some improvement, but there is a long way to go. 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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God bless Nevaeh! What a good friend she was through this whole book. Amazingly tuned in to what Della needs. How do I raise my kids to be this compassionate of a friend?? #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves Oh, I know that feeling! We are with them (almost) all the time, at least when they are little, so we see the sweet/kind moments, but we also see all the squabbles and bickering and wonder where we are going wrong (or i do, anyway!) Normal developmental stages in most cases and things they need to learn/practice/work at, but I agree, I want to foster the kindness & compassion and it can feel like a tall order in the everyday thick of parenting. (edited) 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Right? I want to be a fly on the wall in my son's preschool classroom to see how he treats his classmates, because I know how he treats his sister! (Which, to be fair, is wonderful most of the time - but certainly not always!) Right now we're working with him on actually thinking about someone else's needs and wants other than his own. Developmentally appropriate, probably. But easy to despair as a parent! (edited) 1y
BucklingBookshelves I always say my kids are the best of friends AND they fight like cats and dogs. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Little sister wants to do EVERYTHING like her big brother so sometimes it can be a bit much to get along all the time. My mom says my brother & I didn‘t fight as much (almost identical age gap), but it was a different dynamic having the girl be the older one. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I was a teacher for ten years. It breaks my heart to think about all the little cries for help that I surely missed. Hopefully, none of my students went through what Della is, but I know there must have been things like this that I missed. (Page 11) #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves It‘s easy from the reader‘s perspective to fault the teacher for not noticing better... but I also feel like the best and most caring teachers WILL miss things because of the nature of a how a large class works. In this case, it seems the kids did want the teacher to notice. But in many cases kids actually don‘t want the teacher to notice bc they don‘t want to stand out or fear making things worse, which also happens at other times in this book. 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Both are probably true, in different situations. I'll keep an eye out for that as I continue to read. Every kid should have someone who notices, whether they want them to or not. Which is one of the reasons why reading middle grade as an adult is so important! Eleven pages in, and this book is already doing its job! 1y
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Got it, @BucklingBookshelves ! I've got to finish my book club book by Friday. 😬 Maybe we could start this weekend?
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BucklingBookshelves Sounds like a plan! 1y
BucklingBookshelves I got started today! So I think this is going to be a bit like All Thirteen for me.... It‘s a very good book so far, but I can tell I‘m not going to want to linger in the middle of such a difficult story. I‘m already halfway through & have a bunch of quotes bookmarked to discuss, so I‘ll make sure to mark as spoilers and follow your lead for pacing out our discussion. 🙂 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Wow! I can understand the not lingering thing. Read as fast as you like. I'll be starting tomorrow, apparently, because I just realized I left mine upstairs where the kids are sleeping, and I'm not sneaking back up! 😄 Post whenever, and I'll join in as I can! 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I hate when I do that! I told myself I‘d just get a couple chapters in because I knew it would be a tough one and didn‘t want the weekend to get away without me even starting... and then I was like, nope, can‘t stop now. 😬 I don‘t seem to have a middle speed with this year‘s books - I‘m either way ahead or way behind! 😆🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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Here's the quote I marked, @BucklingBookshelves . Thought-provoking!

BucklingBookshelves Yes, very much so! I‘ve been thinking about this one and I don‘t think there‘s an easy answer. It feels sort of like a cop-out, but I think a balance of both really is important. Too much freedom can make people selfish, I think, and then it can impede on other people‘s right to be safe. It‘s the classic tension between the rights of the individual vs the rights of society at large. I‘ve already forgotten the context here, but it‘s very relevant! 1y
BucklingBookshelves There are sooo many current issues where the tension of safety and freedom are headline news. On a personal level, I think sometimes a person does need to take some risks rather than always stick to the safe route. But then there are so many other risks we are “free” to take that affect more than just the one person, but the community at large. So where is the line? It is hard to say! (edited) 1y
BucklingBookshelves Oh right! I just checked and the context was re: using fire. Which doesn‘t change my answer lol It would seem to me that a middle of the road approach is often best rather than all or nothing — no one can use fire ever bc an accident might happen & we must ensure safety 100% vs people are “free” to use fire at anytime with no rules or safety regulations — Neither extreme seems appealing to me! 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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I really enjoyed the unique setting of this book. I often pay attention to the cover of a book, but they don't usually influence me the way the cover of this one did. I could imagine the city so easily. I liked the message the book conveyed, and Pong and Somkit's relationship was fun and sweet. There were some pacing issues that means this book was not a home run for me, but I enjoyed it overall.

smilingshelves How are you doing, @BucklingBookshelves ? I didn't find much to post on as I read, although I have one quote to discuss once you've finished. The pages just zipped by, and I finished before I knew it! #buddyread 1y
BucklingBookshelves I have some catching up to do! I got stuck in the beginning chapters for some reason, but it‘s picking up for me now. I think maybe I felt disoriented a bit because so much is realistic, but then there are fantasy elements. I haven‘t book-darted anything yet. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Hopefully over the weekend I‘ll finish up! 1y
BucklingBookshelves P.S. looks like we flip-flopped since I zipped through our last one! Especially interesting being two books from the same author 🤔 1y
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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My hold came in, and I'm ready when you are, @BucklingBookshelves ! I'm all prepared with my book darts this time! 😄 #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves Yay! Would it work for you to wait a week? There was a weird glitch in our library catalog, so I ended having to return the copy I had borrowed and re-request a different copy instead of renewing 🤷🏼‍♀️... I‘ll be able to pick it up in the next couple days, but then my brother is visiting (it‘s been over a year!) So maybe Friday or Saturday a week from now? 1y
BucklingBookshelves And YAY for book darts! 🥳 Love those things. 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves Sure, no problem! Just let me know when you're ready. Have a wonderful visit with your brother! 1y
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smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I don't know how I ever lived without book darts! I'm using them all the time now! 😃 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves the weekend got away from me! I probably could start tonight if you wanted or let me know when is good for you 🙂 1y
smilingshelves Tonight works! (I technically started last night because I had just finished another book, but I didn't get very far.) I'm ready! 😊 1y
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Wow. I am so grateful to the Newbery committee for picking this as an Honor book this year, because I would never have picked it up otherwise. This is one of those stories where truth is more incredible than fiction. Everyone needs to know about this rescue! Read this book!

(I finally finished, @BucklingBookshelves !) #buddyread

Prairiegirl_reading I have very bad claustrophobia. There is no way I could read this!! Sounds interesting though!! 1y
BucklingBookshelves I agree with all of this! What an amazing true story. And I‘d NEVER have picked it up if not a Newbery. I think middle grade non/fiction is a genre I haven‘t given a fair chance. SO curious to see an example of the author‘s fiction since her A Wish in the Dark was also honored this year. 2 Newberys in one year for the same author is definitely a rarity! I‘ll have to look up if it‘s ever happened before. 🤔 1y
BucklingBookshelves P.S. I didn‘t find not too many quotable passages to really discuss along the way, but still felt this was VERY well written. 1y
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smilingshelves @Prairiegirl_reading It was interesting, but maybe one you want to skip for now! 😊 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It will be really interesting to see what her fiction is like. She's had a busy couple years of writing and publishing to make two Newberys happen in the same year! Do we want to do A Wish in the Dark next? 1y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I think that‘s a great idea! I have it out from the library and should be able to renew. Maybe sometime after Easter? 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I'll try to get my hands on a copy in the next couple weeks! 😊 1y
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My hold came in, @BucklingBookshelves ! I'm ready to start whenever you are! 😃

Mitch Your brave reading this - the thought of being inside that cave warren absolutely terrifies me! 1y
smilingshelves @Mitch I totally agree! I honestly didn't follow this news story while it was happening because I just couldn't think about those kids trapped in a cave. But this book is a Newbery Honor book this year, so I've got to read it. I think it'll help to know the happy ending in advance! 1y
Mitch @smilingshelves agreed! I found the whole thing so horrific to think about when it was being reported. 1y
BucklingBookshelves I was actually just trying decide what book I‘d pick up next, so I can start today if you want! 1y
BucklingBookshelves And totally agree this was so terrifying as it was happening. Agree it‘s good to read it now knowing they got out! 1y
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It's always the grumpy ones that hold the most wisdom. I especially love the line about seeing our own reflection in the water/stories. #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves So true! I loved Joe. I just finished, too, while folding a late night load of laundry — I‘ll try to gather some final thoughts tomorrow 🙂 1y
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How about this one for a kid lit reference, @BucklingBookshelves ? 😃

BucklingBookshelves This was so great! The first one is seeming very much to be on purpose now! 1y
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I'm only on page 13, and I've already decided I desperately need book darts for this book. Too bad I don't have any! I'll have to remedy that soon. 🙂
@BucklingBookshelves #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves Book darts are the best! I‘m starting now — hopefully a few chapters before bed — they seem like short ones, which is usually good for keeping you turning the pages for “one more chapter!” (edited) 1y
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BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom | Carole Boston Weatherford
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What a powerful book this was, and what an incredible true story! How hard that must have been to always feel that your family could be torn away from you at any moment. What did you think, @BucklingBookshelves ? #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves Agree! Weatherford‘s writing is always excellent and it was great to see this true story written in poetry receive an Honor this year. Have you read the Caldecott picture book about Henry Brown? It‘s been awhile, but it was also very good with excellent artwork by Kadir Nelson. I want to reread it now to compare side-by-side. It‘s always interesting, I think, to see how different authors tell the same story in such a short format of a book. 1y
BucklingBookshelves The tearing apart of families is just one of the myriad injustices of slavery, but one that cuts deep. So heartbreaking that they were never reunited, but that was the horrific reality for so many. I‘ll post one of the poems that really struck me that also speaks to this. 1y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I thought I had run across this story before! I bet I was thinking of Henry's Freedom Box. I'm glad Henry's story is still known in the world through these books. It's an important one! 1y
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Saturday afternoon treehouse reading. 😃

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The High Tide Club | Mary Kay Andrews
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Here's how my #bookspinbingo card looks! The empty spots are free spaces. The tagged book is my actual #bookspin - which is the one book I know I'll read this month because it's my book club book! 😄

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TheAromaofBooks I love the way you have these laid out!!! 2y
smilingshelves @TheAromaofBooks My two and four year olds wanted to help, so it had to be hands on! 😄 2y
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Love and Luck | Jenna Evans Welch
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Here's my #bookspin list! Basically a bunch of books for my personal challenges that I've been procrastinating on. I'm excited to try the #bookspinbingo. Since I've only been participating for one month, any extra spaces will be books from my June list.

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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#coverlove #titlelove ♥️♥️♥️

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Someone in the bookstore was having a bit of fun. 😄

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Not by Sight | Kate Breslin
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My reward for making it through the week - reading outside while my kids nap. 😊

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Society #bookmail! Which society should I join first? 😄

Aims42 I loved “The Jane Austen Society” 🥰 2y
smilingshelves @Aims42 It looks so good! 2y
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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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@page1books hit it out of the park this month! This are my subscription goodies for this month, and I couldn't be more excited! If you haven't tried their individualized subscription boxes yet, I highly recommend them! #mypage1 #page1books

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The Inheritance | Tamera Alexander
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I got this book from a used bookstore, and now I feel sorry for whoever's mom didn't get a chance to read it. Hopefully she can find another copy someday. 😃

hwestfall I love buying used books and finding little notes or messages inside! 2y
smilingshelves @hwestfall It's always such a fun surprise! 2y
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A Heart Most Worthy | Siri Mitchell
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#bookspin #doublespin

And now don't mind me while I go read something else entirely off my book spin list first. That's allowed, right? 😄

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TheAromaofBooks haha you have an ENTIRE MONTH to procrastinate! 😂 2y
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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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#cleartheshelf Day 17 - 112 pages read

Guys, I did it! I read all five books on my shelf by the end of May. Even with one day to spare! And now I'm off to pre-order the third book in this series because it's so good!

Total - 1,692/1,692 pages
5/5 books 😁

mrp27 That's awesome! 2y
BucklingBookshelves 🥳🥳🥳 2y
smilingshelves @mrp27 @BucklingBookshelves Thanks! This went better than I expected. I'll have to do another project like this sometime (aka, an excuse to read rather than do anything else 😄). 2y
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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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#cleartheshelf Day 16 - 78 pages read

Getting so close to my goal! I can just hide away from my kids tomorrow and finish the book, right? 😃

Total - 1,580/1,692 pages
4/5 books

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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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#cleartheshelf Day 15 - 107 pages read

The world in this book is getting more and more complex. Very intriguing!

Total - 1,502/1,692 pages
4/5 books

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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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#cleartheshelf Day 14 - 39 pages read

Didn't do so well today. Hopefully I can block out some time tomorrow for lots of reading!

Total - 1,395/1,692 pages
4/5 books

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Love by the Book | Cara Lynn James
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Here's my June #bookspin list. My first time! I'm in the mood for uplifting, happy-ending-guaranteed Christian fiction, so I raided my shelves. I'm hoping to get to a #doublespin and hopefully more in June!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! So glad to have you along!!! 2y
smilingshelves @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! I'm so excited! 2y
hes7 So many great books here! 😍 2y
smilingshelves @hes7 I had a ton of fun "shopping" my own shelves! ? 2y
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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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#cleartheshelf Day 13 - 107 pages read

I'm enjoying getting back into this world. A Winter's Promise was my book from my first #page1books subscription box, and I liked it so much, I immediately ordered the sequel. Such an interesting world!

Total - 1,356/1,692 pages
4/5 books

AnneCecilie I love this series, and hope the third book is still coming out this fall 2y
smilingshelves @AnneCecilie Oh, I hope so, too! 2y
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#cleartheshelf Day 12 - 97 pages read

This was the perfect end to a very warm Memorial Day!

Total - 1,249/1,692 pages
4/5 books

BucklingBookshelves Getting so close to your goal! 🙌🏻 (edited) 2y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves It's certainly going better than I expected! Helps that we don't go anywhere anymore, so I have more chances to sneak a few pages in during the day. 😄 2y
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One More Time | Carol Burnett
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#cleartheshelf Day 11 - 119 pages read

After I'm done with this book, I'm watching all the Carol Burnett clips I can find!

Total - 1,152/1,692 pages
3/5 books

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#cleartheshelf Day 10 - 32 pages read

We spent the day at my mom's house, so not much reading time today. There's always tomorrow! 🙂

Total - 1,033/1,692 pages
3/5 books

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#cleartheshelf Day 9 - 147 pages read

It's Friday, which means I rewarded myself for getting through the week by reading during the kids' naptime. Outside, even, because it was a gorgeous day!

Total - 1,001/1,692 pages
3/5 books

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One More Time | Carol Burnett
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Finally warm enough for outside reading!

britt_brooke What a perfect reading spot! 2y
smilingshelves @britt_brooke It is really relaxing! 2y
mrp27 Nice! 2y
smilingshelves @mrp27 Thanks! 😊 2y
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#cleartheshelf Day 8 - 96 pages read

Geez, the heartbreak in this book! About 20 pages to finish this one up. I'm looking forward to a much lighter read next!

Total - 853/1,692 pages
2/5 books

SaraFair Agree. How could someone ever have happiness with those societal norms and so much death? 2y
smilingshelves @SaraFair Right? The societal norms alone are heartbreaking, let alone everything that results from living by them. 2y
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#cleartheshelf Day 7 - 104 pages read

The margins in this book seem strangely narrow to me and the lines are close together, like they were trying to cram as many words as they could on a page. It would have been fine by me to have more pages so that everything could be easier to read! 🤷‍♀️

Total - 757/1,692 pages
2/5 books

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#cleartheshelf Day 6 - 71 pages read

I finished My Life in Middlemarch this morning, and now I'm on to this one, whose cover I just love looking at!

Total - 653/1,692 pages
2/5 books

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My Life in Middlemarch | Rebecca Mead
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#cleartheshelf Day 5 - 81 pages read

I was hoping to finish this one today, but didn't quite make it. I've got about 30 pages to finish up tomorrow, then on to the next book!

Total - 582/1,692 pages
1/5 books

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Loving Isaac | Heather Kaufman
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All the stars! Isaac (a 7-year-old with autism) and his mom Hana are escaping an abusive relationship. They stay with Hana's sister for the summer. The pastor of their church just happens to be single... This isn't your typical fluffy Christian fiction. This is Christian fiction with meat on its bones. This book shows both the reality of our messy human relationships and the unconditional love of God. It is an absolutely wonderful read.