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tjwill

tjwill

Joined May 2016

English teacher, Book reviewer, Vonnegutian, Slytherin, INFJ, Time travel enthusiast
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Snow Day: A Novel | Billy Coffey
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First snow day of the school year! We have about an inch and it‘s still coming down! I‘m going to watch Jeopardy with my daughter, read, and catch up on some grading! #teachersofLitsy

TheRiehlDeal Enjoy your snow day! We got a few inches up here in Central New York. Just a normal day for us. 1w
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I Love My New Toy! | Mo Willems
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I‘m so proud of my 5 year old! He is starting to read on his own! He checked out this Elephant and Piggie book from the school library and has been reading it to me.

Nute Such an exciting time in a young child‘s life...learning to read and experiencing literature on their own. Way to go! 2w
Tamra Such a fun age of discovery! I was so grateful to have Mo teach my daughter to read. 😊 2w
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I‘m guessing many of us are “The Book Friend.” I related to this Book Riot article because I also love recommending books!

https://bookriot.com/2019/11/09/the-pleasures-of-being-the-book-friend/

Scochrane26 I have a friend who has gotten back into reading after a couple of years where she didn‘t read much. A major component of our friendship is similar reading & tv. I recommend books again, & she has always talked me into good shows. 2w
tjwill @Scochrane26 That‘s wonderful! 2w
Avidreader25 What a wonderful article! 2w
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More #bookmail: November 2019 #botm

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Copy 2 has arrived! My signed and doodled copy with signed bookplate! More Maggie art! #bookmail from @FountainBookstore

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It‘s Election Day here in the U.S., so what better day to learn about 1973 DC Comics superhero The Prez?
The quote on the top of the right page says, “One thing bothers me—if the clocks aren‘t on time, how do we know when it‘s election day?” 😂

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Kerah!

That-Bookish-Hiker It looks so good on! I‘m wearing my socks and pin today. Kinda sad I forgot the necklace. 2w
tjwill @That-Bookish-Hiker Thanks, I love it! I need to put my socks on too! 2w
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The inside of the book jacket has Maggie‘s artwork! 😍 It is gorgeous! #owlcrate #unboxing

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I love it all! #owlcrate #unboxing 😍🎉

tjwill @That-Bookish-Hiker The alternate cover! The artwork inside the book jacket! The necklace! So much awesomeness! 2w
That-Bookish-Hiker Right?! When I saw the beanie I squealed and instantly put it on. 😂 2w
tjwill @That-Bookish-Hiker Yes! I love it! 2w
hermyknee This is my favorite box, like, ever. 2w
tjwill @hermyknee It is amazing, isn‘t it?! 2w
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It has arrived! #owlcrate
I will take an #unboxing photo later and post under a spoiler!

That-Bookish-Hiker How exciting! Can‘t wait to finally talk to someone about this box lol. 2w
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My #WeeklyForecast: I‘m most excited about the release of Maggie Stiefvater‘s latest book! I have read the sampler so far, so I‘m ready to jump right in when my preorder arrives! I also plan to finish the other three. Tuesday Mooney is on audiobook, and I‘m loving it! Open Borders is graphic nonfiction, reading on #NetGalley. The League of Regrettable Superheroes is a fun history of odd characters that didn‘t quite catch on.

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Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes
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Valink I picked the same two! 3w
tjwill @Valink 👯 2w
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I saw this cute journal with comics at Target. It spoke to me on a personal level.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is adorable! 💙 3w
Eyelit Ultra relatable 3w
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Opal (a Raven Cycle Story) | Maggie Stiefvater
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Just re-read this short story that takes place after the Raven Cycle in anticipation of the Dreamer Trilogy! Book 1, Call Down the Hawk, is out next week!

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Pick a Pumpkin | Patricia Toht
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My kids drew the faces and I cut them out! #pumpkincarvingcontest
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎃🎃 3w
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It‘s funny because I did this exact version with my 7th and 8th grade classes, so I had already done this today.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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Word Search Puzzles | Amy Goldstein
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This was the best I could do in a few minutes:
Happy Halloween
Vampire
Spooky
Pumpkin
Dead
Boo (2x)

Rat
Canal
Den
Row
Sit
Why

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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The set up was interesting and the ending was satisfying, although it did drag in the middle. Poirot is asked by a friend to investigate the murder of a girl at a Halloween party, and he of course uncovers more than some people in the village want. I wish there had been more Halloween in it, but it was only the day of the murder. It discussed several older Halloween traditions and superstitions.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
Halloween book!

BGam I liked the 📖 book. Not really loved it. Poirot seemed disinterested and not quite into it. His tight leather shoe 👞 episode was funny. What all people bear for fashion @tjwill (edited) 3w
tjwill @BGam I agree! I didn‘t love it either, but the mystery was solid. Poirot‘s shoe mishaps were definitely funny! 3w
BGam @tjwill 😄👍 3w
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Pick a Pumpkin | Patricia Toht
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This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about picking a pumpkin and making other preparations for Halloween night. 🎃

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
Halloween book!

emtobiasz Read this one at #storytime this morning! 🎃 3w
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Likely Stories | Neil Gaiman
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Publisher William Morrow sent out a survey for Neil Gaiman fans to vote on their favorite stories to include in their new collection of his most popular stories. Vote here by October 31: https://www.gaimanfavorites.com/

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Poor Charlie Brown. He always gets the worst of everything. He‘s the only one who gets a bag full of rocks trick-or-treating. This classic picture book has it all: hanging out in a pumpkin patch, homemade costumes, and a World War One Flying Ace!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
Halloween book!

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More to the Story | Hena Khan
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My daughter (Olivia, 8yo) and I loved this book. It‘s inspired by Little Women, with 4 sisters learning about the world, but with a modern-day Pakistani-American family. One of the younger sisters is diagnosed with cancer, and the family pulls together and also creates a support system with their community. The sister who narrates, Jameela, wants to be a journalist and she learns a lot. I recommend this middle grade novel, and so does Olivia!

tjwill Just wanted to add that my daughter also told me last night that she might just want to read one chapter tonight because she didn‘t want it to end. We finished it anyway because we couldn‘t stop. 3w
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If you love Shakespeare or theater, mystery, and friend drama, you will love this one. It begins with one of seven friends, Oliver, in prison for the murder of one of his friends. We find out about their fourth year in the elite performing arts college slowly through their relationships and performances. I love how the author used the plays they were performing and their roles as symbols within the story.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
On theme

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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17 hours completed for #24b4Monday! I finished 3 books and made progress on 4 others. I‘ll post individual reviews tomorrow. I‘m heading to bed early.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick You did great! woop woop! 3w
jb72 That‘s fantastic! 3w
Andrew65 Fantastic! 👏👏 3w
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Marina | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Audible is having a 2-for-1-credit sale on select horror, mystery, and thrillers right now. I got these!

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Most of my hours for today‘s #24b4Monday readathon progress was with this audiobook and with Agatha Christie. If We Were Villains is a dramatic mystery/thriller set at a performing arts college. The characters and their relationships are fascinating.

9.5 hour total so far!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Andrew65 Going well. 👏👏👏 4w
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Private | James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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Mehso-so

This had so many plots to follow, and I didn‘t enjoy all of them. A couple of them were really good, but that doesn‘t seem enough to justify a pick for me. The book centers on a firm of private investigators and the cases they are working on. The main character was interesting, but I was unhappy with his character arc at the end. I don‘t think I will read any more of this series.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
Crime fiction on theme

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This picture book, targeted to middle grade readers, has lots of scares and fantastic illustrations. It is made up the “only thirteen true ghost stories in this world.” I read one of these to one of my 7th grade classes last week, and they were transfixed. They loved it and asked for more.

With my audiobook this morning and finishing this one tonight, I have almost 2.5 hours in for #24b4Monday!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

jb72 I just borrowed this on hoopla. 4w
Andrew65 Well done. 👏👏👏 4w
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The Mummy | Anne Rice
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We had a door-decorating contest at school for Red Ribbon Week (being drug-free), and this is what my 8th graders did. Wish us luck! Voting is next week, and we could win a pizza party!
#teachersofLitsy

mrp27 Love it, good luck! 4w
Texreader That‘s so awesome!! 👻 4w
Alfoster Looks great!❤️👏👏👏👏 4w
Jas16 🍀🍀🍀 4w
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1. I‘m trying for at least 12 hours.
2. Both—I make lists but don‘t always follow them.
3. Coffee and chocolate
4. Early riser—I like to go to bed early.
5. Switch up formats and genres to keep interest and not have to rush through any individual book that you‘re not in the mood for. Plus, you can do audio while doing housework, etc.
6. Thrillers, mysteries, children‘s books
7. All!
#24b4Monday
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Andrew65 Good luck with your goal. 😊👍 1mo
tjwill @Andrew65 Thanks! 😁 1mo
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Vampyre: A Tale | John William Polidori
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Meh. If you want a classic vampire story, definitely read Dracula instead. This one is short, but not that interesting.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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This is possibly my favorite ghost story I have read because it is so different! An American family moves into an old haunted English manor, and the ghost is extremely offended that they are not afraid of him. 😱😂
Read via @SerialReader

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
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tournevis Pure gold! 1mo
BookNAround Sounds like the kind of ghost story I might even be able to read without nightmares. 1mo
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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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I caught myself starting a new book and had to make myself stop. To be fair, I‘m reading More to the Story with my daughter, Stuart Little with my son, and I‘m just making my way leisurely through the Vonnegut short stories. Open Borders is on NetGalley, Canterville Ghost and The Vampyre are on Serial Reader, Hallowe‘en Party is on my Kindle and Private is an audiobook. Therefore, I should be forgiven for trying to pick up a physical book, right?

Linsy Happens to me all the time! 📚 1mo
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Voice from the Stone | Silvio Raffo
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I watched these two thrillers this afternoon. The tagged one (with Emilia Clarke) was the superior film. It was haunting and suspenseful, and had an interesting ending. I wonder if the book is just as good. The one with Blake Lively kept my attention, but didn‘t have as much suspense and the ending felt anticlimactic.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+6 movies on theme +1 post

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Halloween | Laura Marsh
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1. Chocolate, especially Twix, Milky Way, and Snickers
2. Gum
3. Reading scary books in October is one of my favorites, and I‘ve been doing it as long as I can remember.
4. Princess Jasmine when I was a kid—my mom made the costume. Snow White as an adult. I guess I like Disney princesses more than I realized. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick Disney Princess costumes can certainly be a blast to put together 💝 1mo
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Pete the Cat is the coolest cat around, and he and his friend Callie go trick or treating in this one. He wants to have a spooky time—but not too spooky.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+20 Halloween +1 post

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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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This Audible Original isn‘t in the Litsy database yet, but is a prequel to the tagged book. It is a short listen about sisters Carrie and Aifric, both working in criminal justice in Dublin, and who both get involved in the same case of a boyfriend accused of killing his girlfriend. Aifric is on the boyfriend‘s criminal defense team, and Carrie is an officer who finds some evidence that affects the case. I think I‘ll be reading more of this author.

tjwill #scarathlon #teamslaughter +2 theme +1 post (edited) 1mo
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Mehso-so

It may be a gothic/sci-fi classic, but it‘s definitely not H.G. Wells‘ best work. Doctor Moreau‘s frightening experiments crossing types of animals—some with humans—haunts narrator Prendick. While there was a lot of action to follow, the language often felt stilted. He used the phrase “silly ass” at least 10 times (precursor to dumbass?), and what‘s with this uninspired simile?
Read via @SerialReader

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
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I read this fun Halloween story with my kids tonight! We checked out the ebook from the library. It has costumes and candy, and Brother and Sister learn some independence and that “appearances can be deceiving.”

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+5 Halloween book
+1 for the post

Clwojick I love Bearenstains! Classic! 1mo
Charityann The Bearenstain Bears! Gonna have to read this one. 😁 1mo
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Halloween filter #selfie Dracula style! (Via Facebook)
#teamslaughter #scarathlon

Clwojick ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 🧛‍♀️ 1mo
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This one isn‘t in the database, probably because it‘s an Audible Original. I guess that means it was published on audio first? Anyway, it had 4 separate stories, all about Camp Red Moon and its campers. I liked “The New Camper” and “The Ghost in the Cabin” best.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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Mehso-so

As I mentioned previously, this was not an easy read for me (TW for multiple violent sexual assaults) so I sped through to finish it early. This is not the type of crime fiction I usually read, but Slaughter unravels the story in a very interesting way as she alternates points of view between key players in the story.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+10 for buddy read

Clwojick It‘s actually 11points! 1 point for participation/posting ♥️ Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it all the way through 1mo
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Baseball, sibling rivalry, witches, a zombie, a poltergeist, and lots of hijinks: brew them together to get a fun middle grade graphic novel. The Rooks Little League team has to break the curse they think is causing their losing streak, but to do that, they have to find out who the zombie following them around might be.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+2 for the mystery
#scaryscavengerhunt: witch and zombie

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Someone please tell me: Does this get easier to read? I‘m at 56% and I find myself getting in a darker mood as I read. The sheer amount of rape alone is hard to read for me. Some scenes have been gruesome. I can appreciate the way the story is built and new parts are revealed, but I‘m not enjoying it.
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick i havent finished it yet... Still only on week 2's portion. Although it seems out of those who have finished it, half of the people have either said they really enjoyed it, while the other half said they found it got significantly worse after the first third of the book 👎 If you dont want to finish it, I'll still give you 5 points for getting half way through. No fun reading something you dont enjoy. (edited) 1mo
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I enjoyed this thriller. The protagonist was sympathetic and relatable, in a low place after losing her job and her boyfriend in the same day. She gets a “too good to be true” apartment-sitting job in an elite building full of secretive residents. The suspense kept me racing through until a red herring near the end that made me so angry that I wanted to stop reading. Luckily, I powered through and the real conclusion was much more satisfying.

vivastory This is my favorite Sager. I don't think he's necessarily getting better with each title since I liked Final Girls more than Last Time I Lied, but he's definitely autobuy author. He announced his next book is coming out in July next year. 1mo
tjwill @vivastory Good to know! This was my first, but I‘ll put Final Girls on the TBR list! 1mo
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I‘m loving these illustrations.

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These #endpapers!

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We are doing a storytelling project and reading scary stories at school, so I bought some more to add to my #classroomlibrary. Kids always love the Scary Stories series, but I‘m excited about the tagged illustrated hardcover. The art is amazing.

Clwojick 😍these are stunning! 😱 1mo
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Franklin's Halloween | Paulette Bourgeois
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This was a cute picture book featuring a well-known character. I‘m trying to get my kids into the Halloween spirit, so we read the ebook of this one tonight from the library. They liked the reveal of the ghost, and my 5yo son thought the haunted house part was scary, but then fun when it quickly revealed the secrets of the haunted house.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+5 Halloween book
#scaryscavengerhunt Pumpkin on cover

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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Mehso-so

Maisie is a detective who was also a nurse in WW1. This first book in the series explains how she became both. It had both suspenseful and heartwarming parts, and Maisie is a likeable character, but it didn‘t really pull my interest in until near the end. I liked how the mystery was resolved; it was a light but solid mystery, but I‘m not sure at this point that I will read more of the series.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+2 team theme: mystery

tjwill #scaryscavengerhunt Part of a series 1mo
Aims42 Right there with ya 👍🏻 A good read but nothing that really gripped me and made me want to continue the series 1mo
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