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tjwill

tjwill

Joined May 2016

School Librarian, Book reviewer, Vonnegutian, Slytherin, INFJ, Time travel enthusiast
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❤️ That epigraph!

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After not getting any #botm for a while, and reading a lot of my previous choices that I hadn‘t got to yet, I actually got 3 this month.

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I met Jason Reynolds for the second time on Sunday and got this beautiful book signed. It‘s an illustrated poem full of emotion, and the artwork and design are amazing, in an art journal style. I know I‘ll be reading this one and enjoying the art over and over.

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Soubhiville That‘s great! 3mo
mrp27 Awesome!! 3mo
DivineDiana How fantastic! 3mo
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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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The lives of several families and individuals in the same area of Connecticut are intertwined, told in various points of view. In each chapter, the emotional pendulum would swing between despair and hope. At times, it felt like too much, but it was carefully paced to drop all the pieces together by the end.

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This picture book about Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the first computer programmer, explains how she got interested in math and science, and how she came to write programs to expand the possibilities for Charles Babbage‘s Analytical Engine.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was a cute contemporary romance with a fake dating trope, set in science academia. I liked how it addressed how women are underrepresented in science, and how the characters became friends through their fake dating as they inevitably got feelings. Of course, Olive denies her feelings for most of the book—overall a light and predictable read.

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This YA romance was so emotional. Evie has been down since her parents‘ divorce. After she donated her former favorite romance books, she starts having visions about other people‘s relationships. She decides to try some new things to determine why the visions are happening, and ends up taking ballroom dance lessons. As she gets to know her dance partner X, her perspective on love and life begins to change, and she gives her dad another chance too.

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I love both the main characters in this friends-to-lovers contemporary romance. Poppy meets Alex in college, and they start a summer vacation tradition to their friendship. They face professional goals and relationship challenges, but they can always depend on one another and their summer trips. It alternates between present and moving forward through their past trips, which adds a lot of suspense to the “will they?” trope.

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Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This is my favorite of Lucy Foley‘s books I‘ve read. After some trouble at her job in England, Jess goes to stay for a while with her brother in Paris. He says he will wait up for her, but when she arrives, he isn‘t at his apartment. The others living in the building are all suspicious characters. She understands limited French and knows no one there, so she has to decide who to trust as she tries to find out what happened.

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The Rock from the Sky | Jon Klassen
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Based on the title, you can probably guess what happens to his spot. This one has Klassen‘s offbeat sense of humor, with the turtle‘s steadfast devotion to his spot.

Cathythoughts Love this ♥️ 4mo
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After the Snowfall | Richard Lo
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I love the cut paper and watercolor illustrations with colorful trees in this one. The fox simply walks through the forest, observing the changes since the snowfall. There isn‘t a story, just walking through looking at the animals and nature, so it would be good for talking to kids about forest animals and changing seasons.

BennettBookworm Stunning! 4mo
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Bear Island | Matthew Cordell
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This beautiful picture book has a family grieving the loss of their dog. The girl used to always explore the wooded island nearby with her dog, but opens up to adventure on her own one day, befriending a bear whose emotions often mirror her own.

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Last Night | Hyewon Yum
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This wordless picture book features a child sent to bed without dinner and a stuffed bear that becomes life-size in the night (in a dream?) when the child leaves to explore. It was reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are, but with forest animals instead of make-believe creatures.

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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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What a beautiful and heartbreaking sentiment.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins: Enhanced Edition | Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson
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Mr. Popper adopts a couple penguins and ends up with a whole troupe of performers. This is very cute, even if it had a few parts that were unbelievable moments for the characters. My 7yo had several uncontrollable fits of laughter, so we had fun taking turns reading it to each other.

BennettBookworm CLASSIC!! 4mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Keiko Furukura has never felt like she fit in, except in her job as a convenience store worker. In the store, she knows the cues and feels the rhythm. In all other aspects of life, she just does what she thinks people expect of her. This is a quick read that makes human interaction into a satire.

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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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It took me a long time to finish this one because it just didn‘t keep my attention well enough to devote much time to it at once. I am glad I continued reading it; the ending tied up a lot of loose ends and was satisfying. It‘s told in alternating timelines, past and present, about the trial that changed all the characters‘ lives. The past sections switch between all the jurors, and the present focuses on Maya, the juror who influenced the others.

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Little Robot | Ben Hatke
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This very short graphic novel is a story about loneliness, bravery, and friendship. The illustrations really tell most of the story, and they are full of emotion and detail.

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Pilu of the Woods | Mai K. Nguyen
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Willow argues with her sister and retreats to the woods near her house, where she meets Pilu, a little magnolia tree spirit who has also run away from home. Willow learns, as she helps Pilu, that tough emotions don‘t go away just because you ignore them.

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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Sara lives in the “free zone” in France during World War II, but her life changes quickly when all Jews in the country are being rounded up. Her classsmate‘s family keeps her safe, and she never forgets their kindness. This historical fiction graphic novel gives a great perspective for learning more about Nazi occupation in WWII.

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I finished my 12th year of teaching, and next school year I will finally get my chance to be a school librarian. It‘s been a long road. I will miss my school for the past 9 years, and it will be weird not to be a classroom teacher anymore, but I‘m excited to teach in the library next year. Top pics are my classroom set up at the beginning of last school year and bottom are it cleared out for summer. #teachersoflitsy

Alfoster Good for you!👍❤️ 4mo
Chrissyreadit Congrats on your new position! 4mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 🥳👏👏👏 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈 4mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4mo
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I never shared my other books from my #bookstorebookhaul at #Malaprops. In addition to my blind date book, I got a beautiful sticker book and a Kiki‘s Delivery Service journal. These are so lovely!

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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Graphic novel #libraryhaul

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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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Anybody else waiting for the June #botm drop, hoping some of these will be included? I‘ve skipped a lot of months lately, so I‘m hoping this will be a good one!

BrittanyReads I'd love to see the Sager and 4mo
MaleficentBookDragon I was really hoping for Daisy Darker. Oh well.thankfully I got Sager and The Woman in the Library from #netgalley. 4mo
tjwill @BrittanyReads @MaleficentBookDragon Bummer that none of my wish list were picks, but I did just get The Woman in the Library through Libro.fm. 4mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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This twisty thriller about an author who is hired to finish a series for another author had me considering what was true in every chapter. I loved the alternating between past and present.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 🖤 4mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I recently listened to this audiobook. Julia Whelan is always a great narrator. This is a rivals to lovers type of romance that includes lots of cliches in a tongue-in-cheek way. The publishing world, city setting and independent bookstore, small town setting give book lovers all they could want in a light read for the beginning of summer.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC (Bookstore)
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Blind date book from #Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC…any guesses?

Edited to add: Answer now in comments (tagged in spoiler)

charl08 No idea, but intrigued. 4mo
Maria514626 Sounds good, whatever it is. Tell! 😄 4mo
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LeahBergen No, but do tell! 4mo
charl08 I wouldn't have got that in a million years. 4mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I wouldn‘t have guessed it. 😆 4mo
EvieBee Ohhhh! Yes. That‘s a great description! (edited) 4mo
Maria514626 @tjwill Oooh! I loved that book! 4mo
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Sun Moon Star | Kurt Vonnegut
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I‘m so glad I bought this. I would have sooner if I had known what it was like: a children‘s picture book written in free verse, about the birth of Christ. This is the story as only Vonnegut could do it—matter of fact and whimsical at the same time. I love it.

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This has a wide variety of recipes, and her commentary on when and how to serve shows how food is often a social part of Angelou‘s life. That‘s how I was raised as well, so I related. I really want to try her caramel custard recipe. Yum. #AuthorAMonth

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#currentlyreading My favorite student (mentioned previously) brought this 1926 edition to me last week and said she wanted me to read it so we could discuss. I‘ve read Emerson before, but I‘m rereading and refreshing now. It has some delightful annotations from her and previous owners. “Self-Reliance” seems to be her favorite.

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This memoir spanned through Angelou‘s formative years and told about many of the hardships she had to work through. Some of it is hard to read (tw: sexual assault, rape), but she skillfully explains in retrospect how she was impacted by her experiences. I listened to the audiobook; I love listening to her tell her own stories. #AuthorAMonth

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I feel like this book sums up my life pretty well right now. People are always saying to “look on the bright side” or that “things will get better” and that doesn‘t help when someone is going through difficult times. My coworkers are likely sick of me mentioning toxic positivity because I bring it up every time I notice it, which is a lot. I recommend to anyone who‘s been told to count their blessings whilst having a mental breakdown.

Maya.McClan I should read this. People that always want you to ”smile” drive me nuts. Just because I‘m not smiling doesn‘t mean I‘m being negative. Toxic positivity is real. 8mo
Megabooks Excellent review! 8mo
AmyG Nothing says support like “just smile”. 😳 I so get this. 8mo
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tjwill @Maya.McClan Yes, same here! 8mo
tjwill @Megabooks Thanks so much! 8mo
tjwill @AmyG Yesssss, I hate that. 8mo
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This is a cute picture book series by Maya Angelou; each features a child from a different place around the world. Izak of Lapland, who cares for his reindeer Totti, was one of my favorites. #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville Oh these are cute! 8mo
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Letter To My Daughter | Maya Angelou
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I listened to the audiobook read by the author. This one has a collection of shorter works, with Angelou telling stories about her past and life lessons she wants her daughter to know. It repeats some of the stories from Mom & Me & Mom. #AuthorAMonth

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Mom & Me & Mom | Maya Angelou
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I teach an excerpt from this book in 7th grade English class, but I had never read the whole book. I listened to the memoir read by the author, which was wonderful. It focuses on key moments in her relationship with her mother, spanning from her childhood to her mother‘s death. It is pretty short, so I listened to the full book today. #AuthorAMonth

TheBookHippie I‘m rereading this -I enjoy it all over again. 8mo
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The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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I used some of my Christmas gift card on these, a graphic novel and a graphic memoir. I‘m looking forward to reading them!

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Will | Will Smith
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Maybe I saw too many rave reviews and had a high expectation, but I thought it was only ok. There were some inspirational parts as he learned lessons about life and himself, but he also spent what felt like a loooong time talking about making Ali, which was a bit much. Lots of bragging. I don‘t like him any less than I did before, but I also don‘t like him any more. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Soubhiville Yep, I agree. 8mo
britt_brooke Agree …. actually, I panned it. 😂 The constant bragging killed me. 8mo
tjwill @britt_brooke Yeah, it was obnoxious to hear “I was the biggest movie star in the world” that many times. 🙄 8mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was my third #AuthorAMonth for January, which alternates timelines. I immediately liked the present day story with the Knox family settling into an old home in New Jersey, dealing with loss and some strained family relationships. It took me longer to get into the story of Thatcher Greenwood, also in NJ but in the 1800s, a science teacher struggling to follow the expectations of his new school, but I was drawn in by the overlap in the stories.

TheBookHippie I‘m reading this right now. 9mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was my second #AuthorAMonth pick for January. A young woman travels across the country (KY to AZ) and changes her name (Marietta to Taylor) to feel free of her small hometown. Along the way, a woman leaves a young child with her near an Indian reservation, begging Taylor to take care of the little girl, whom Taylor names Turtle. She must rely on others for help as she starts over as an unexpected mother.

DivineDiana Reading this now, and enjoying it! 🙂 9mo
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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I‘ve been on a roll with my #AuthorAMonth books! I already knew I like Barbara Kingsolver (who is local to me) and wanted to read more, so this was the first this month. Dellarobia is feeling disconnected to her life in small town Appalachia (I can relate at times), but she comes across an unusual natural phenomenon involving butterfly migration that changes her life and perspective.

Soubhiville Great job! 9mo
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New mug from a student—it has been nice to have tea mid-morning or after lunch. I used to make herbal or green tea after lunch every day and got out of the habit with all our crazy schedule changes with covid. Having a new mug inspired me to start the habit again.

vonnie862 Love the cup! 9mo
TheBookHippie ☕️🖤 I love it! 9mo
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This is a beautiful collection of poems with some art by the poet as well. Many of the poems are about family, struggling with self-acceptance, and hope for the future. This is one of my favorites.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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That sentence hit hard. 😬

JanuarieTimewalker13 My mother wanted me to go to college so badly bc she lacked that opportunity, having her first child at 19. I was the last child of 3, and in her third decade of having children- 1945, 1954 and 1962. She was a waitress after my dad died -8 months after I was born. She was spotlessly clean and a great cook. I can only imagine how she would‘ve excelled in whatever profession she chose had she had the opportunity. I love that line! (edited) 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Kingsolver is a great writer. 9mo
tjwill @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s a great line, and I‘ve always liked everything of Kingsolver‘s I‘ve read. Your mother sounds wonderful. 9mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you!! I just edited my post bc I read you were a teacher and my sentence structure was (and probably still is) off. 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yeah, my mom had such a rough life, but I always say she was my soulmate mother. Perfect match❤️ she passed young- almost 58. I was 21. Way too young. That‘s why I always worry about foster kids and orphans. You may not need a large family, but you need one person to believe in you and guide you. (edited) 9mo
tjwill @JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha! I don‘t judge anyone‘s sentence structure online! I teach many kids who are foster kids and have dealt with loss of all sorts. I totally agree that all kids need someone who believes in them! 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, that‘s a rewarding profession! Good for you and I‘m sure those kids are lucky to have you🕊 9mo
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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Bookish things for Christmas!

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My sister and brother-in-law just got me this Vonnegut vintage boxed set for Christmas. I am so psyched about this! 😍😍

OrangeMooseReads JEALOUS! 😍 9mo
vivastory This is incredible! I have a couple of early edition Vonnegut books & I 💙them 9mo
britt_brooke OMG. Best gift ever!! 🤩 9mo
Nute That is really cool! 9mo
LeahBergen Wonderful! 9mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Will this make a good jury duty book, or should I go with something lighter?

Megabooks It will keep your attention. Or at least it kept mine! 10mo
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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December 21 #botm

catiewithac Mine took forever to arrive this month, too! 10mo
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I know you‘re not “supposed to” have favorite students, but my favorite student gave me this book for Christmas. I love this child. She is so thoughtful and wonderful to talk to. She‘s been through a lot recently, and she has amazing strength and presence of mind.

Texreader How amazingly sweet! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This is just so precious! 10mo
Smrloomis How lovely 💕💕💕 10mo
Aims42 That is so sweet!! 10mo
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