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"My alma mater was books, a good library ...I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." ~ Malcolm X

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My library started offering curbside pickup so I went to the library last week to pick up my 18 holds! Over the next couple weeks I'll be showing you all what I got. I'm super excited to read City Spies by James Ponti and The Deceivers (book 2 in the Greystone Secrets series) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I love basically any book that has mysterious codes or spies! #books #read #amreading #reader #readerslife #middlegrade #realisticfiction #middlegradebooks #bookstoread #series #mglit #newbooks #middlegradelit #cityspies #jamesponti #thedeceivers #greystonesecrets #margaretpetersonhaddix #mystery #codes #spies #alternateworlds #mgbooks #bookworm #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bookcloud #laineysbookcloud

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‘It just goes to show that no matter how well you know someone, or how much you love them, you never know what’s going on in anyone’s mind. Everyone’s just a living, breathing, walking mystery.’ 🌸 . . . When I first reading this book, I remember thinking the recipes in this book was legit, and that I wanted to try it...but I never did. This type of story was quite entertaining even though it was very simple, and it wasn’t too long but not too short either. Lastly, I have to admit that there are so many cupcake recipes in this book. 😉 . Want to know what this book is about? Check the synopsis here👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 • 📖Confession: Breaking up with my best friend is harder than I thought... . Hayley, her little sister, Chloe, and their mom have finally settled into their new home above their Gran's tea shop. But things at school aren't so peachy. Hayley's former best friend, Artie, is back in the picture and getting between Hayley and her new pal Meghan. Artie and Meghan are like oil and water—they just don't mix! This looks like another recipe for disaster! . . . P/S: I haven’t said this before (or maybe I did but I forgot), if you want to get to know a little bit about me...there’s a blog post I’ve posted a couple weeks ago on my blog, the post is called ‘The Behind The Blogger Tag.’ You can find it on ‘Other’ on my blog page. Link is in my bio! ✌🏻

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I made myself use first person AND a realistic/contemporary setting for this one 😳😳 anyways, I’m working on editing the second short story for cftsd, so here’s this short story for my creative writing class that I don’t really like but 🤷‍♀️ #writing #writer #shortstory #shortstorywriter #realistic #realisticfiction #contemporary #contemporarywriting #idk

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𝐐𝐎𝐓𝐃: 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨?⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ 𝐀𝐎𝐓𝐃: I'm reading 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 and 𝘐 𝘈𝘮 𝘔𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘭𝘢 right now. I am loving them both!⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐈 𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝐚 𝟏.𝟓⭐ 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠:⁣⁣ 😶I felt a myriad of emotions while reading this book, almost none of them were positive.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ While I understand and appreciate the author’s intention to present an independent, feministic protagonist, I think Radhika comes off as an unlikeable, pseudo-feministic, whiny young woman who despises arranged marriage with a burning passion. The parents of the protagonist are also portrayed as stereotypical, controlling parents who hold little regard for their daughter’s feelings. Nope, that doesn’t check my vibe. Sorry.⁣⁣ 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😕⁣⁣ The writing is repetitive with limited vocabulary, which, combined with little to no character development and a protagonist not many people can relate to, led me to give this book a 1.5 star rating.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This is not a book I’d recommend if you want to read about strong female leads, however, Chetan Bhagat’s 𝟸 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 and 𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 were slightly better. #bookstagram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #kindle #oneindiangirl #chetanbhagat #onestarrating #books #realisticfiction #crescentcity

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📚Before We Were Yours📚 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ——————————————————————————- Multiple Perspective books are my absolute favorite and this one by @author_lisa_wingate makes my top 10 hands down!! The author takes readers on a thrilling adventure, putting together the pieces of a lost past together as one of the main character covers it herself. This story is like one i’ve never read before! Y’all go check it out!! ——————————————————————————- •Have you read it? What were your thoughts?

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Book Review 📚 The Colossus of Roads by Christina Uss ⭐⭐⭐⭐ What a fun and unique middle grade book! I thought the author did a very nice job in writing this story to focus on transportation and road signs. I guess it’s not an easy task to make road signs sound interesting, but the author does a good job in doing so. She also makes an important point of how even small changes make a big impact in society. ❤❤❤ Click here for my full review: https://www.rajivsreviews.com/2020/06/01/the-colossus-of-roads-by-christina-uss/ Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Rick Rusek is determined to improve the traffic conditions in Los Angeles– his parent’s failing delivery catering service, Smotch, depends on it. “Traffic is a puzzle with one correct solution. And I’ve got to solve it!” Rick has been studying maps and traffic patterns for years, and devises solutions to improve Los Angeles’ notoriously terrible traffic that he calls his Snarl Solutions. He has big ideas, but not enough resources– until his artistic friend, Mila brings him to a Girl Scout meeting. Every week at Miss Diamond’s art studio, the scouts paint recycled traffic signs with their own designs. The signs will be hung all over Los Angeles to beautify the city with art. But Rick, The Colossus of Roads, has ulterior motives . . . He will restore the signs to their original glory and find a way to install them strategically to rectify the traffic. Anything can be hung with duct tape! Vfc But of course, it’s not that easy. SPLAT (Stop Poor LA Traffic), BLAM (Bike-Loving Amazing Mamas), and the TCD (Traffic Calming Division) have their own methods of curing the city’s dilemma and will undermine Rick’s efforts however they can. #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #middlegradereads #middlegradelit #middlegradefiction #mglit #transport #thecolossusofroads #realisticfiction #amreading #amreviewing #bookstagram #books #booknerd #booklover #bookstagrammer #bookworm #bookreview #booksparks #bookphotography #booksofinstagram #bookish #bibliophile #readersofinstagram #reading #bookpals #bookstabuddies📚 @christinauss

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I listened and read “Parachutes,” @kellyyanghk ‘s highly anticipated YA novel. * * ▪️Claire has had a life of luxury in Shanghai although her family is less than perfect. Dani is a bright scholarship student who works as a maid after school to support herself and her single mom. When Claire moves to California and rents out Dani’s spare bedroom, their worlds will collide. Claire will have to face that her parents’ marriage is struggling while she’s halfway across the world. Dani is working as much as she can to save for the Debate trip that could change her life. Both girls are dealing with boys, friends, school, but also a secret that they can’t share. When Claire starts dating Dani’s crush, anger and resentment will bubble over. * * ▪️This book has a lot going on, yet somehow it rings very true in how it portrays the multi-layered lives of teenagers. Teachers, friends, boys, grades, parents, racism, classism, and so much more. It especially was great reading about wealthy Asian Americans, as it will probably hit close to home to many of our own students. I won’t lie, there are some heavy-handed issues in this story, so I ask you to read only if you’re comfortable with the story. Make sure you read/listen to the author’s note at the end. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #tasmsreads #tasmsbookreview #tasmsbookreviews #bookreview #bookreviews #yalit #yaliterature #yalitbookreview #realisticfiction #covinacalifornia #parachutes #asianamericans #realisticfiction #sexualharrassment #rapesurvivor #metoo #metoomovement #classism #racisminamerica #schoollibrarian #schoollibrary

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“Shooter” by Caroline Pignant This book was very very sad, especially with how often this happens in real life. The story was very well told, told from five different points of view in five different styles. They are trapped in a boys bathroom, not knowing what’s truly happening or how serious it is outside their little safe haven. This was a very good read, and very suspenseful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-🌻

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I found a new Little Free Library and I’m so excited to share As Brave as You with the kids in this neighborhood. It’s another one of my all-time favorites! #shareabooksunday #littlefreelibrary #sundaydrive #bookstagram #asbraveasyou #jasonreynolds #realisticfiction #family #honesty #love #friendship #loyalty #loss #MGlit #weread #weconnect #weshare #iteachtoo #iteachfifth #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers

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Enjoying the fresh air and perspective new books and views can always bring. Just finished #AminasVoice last week and it was lovely. So personal and so honest. I truly enjoyed experiencing the character's journey. Looking for a fast, fun, and compelling story? Like to read about journey's about growth and cultural identity...then THIS is your next read. Amina's Voice by Hena Kahn ❤ #YA #RealisticFiction #teacherlife #englishteacher #unitsofstudy #characterization

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Book review time! The Minor Third by Neil Patrick Harris is the third book in the Magic Misfits series and I really enjoyed it! In the book, Theo is a talented violinist and enjoys hanging out with his friends, the Magic Misfits, when a girl named Emily suddenly starts hanging out with them. She seems to understand Theo and the way he loves music and magic. Everyone's looking for a peaceful end to summer, but a famous ventriloquist shows up. Theo and his friends are certain he's up to no good, but things are changing and they'll have to work harder than ever to keep everyone safe. The Minor Third was a great book and I'd give it 4.4 stars out of 5! #books #bookstoread #bookworm #bookreview #bookrecommendation #bookreviewer #middlegrade #realisticfiction #middlegradebooks #booksforkids #themagicmisfits #theminorthird #neilpatrickharris #reader #amreading #readingchallenge #reading #readerslife #mglit #middlegradeseries #middlgradelit #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bookcloud #laineysbookcloud

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Sorry for the mini hiatus! I've been a reading a ton and also writing some reviews which I hope to put on my blog soon! I can't believe it's almost June and so I made this my May wrap up post! This month I read 11 books and read both books on my TBR! . #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #igreads #yareads #reader #bibliophile #booklover #booktography #instabooks #books #read #reading #kimmersbooks #outdoorphotos #outdoorphotography #tbr #maywrapup #thegirltheseagaveback #geekerella #intheneighborhoodoftrue #fantasy #historicalfiction #realisticfiction #fandom

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Reading this book always let’s me relive some of my fondest memories of my time in Nigeria. Atinuke has captured life in an extended family in Lagos (even though she does not mention the city) so beautifully, and Anna Hibiscus, well, she is simply adorable. Looking forward to chatting about this book with some of my third graders as it is one of our #litcircle books. #kidlit #realisticfiction #bookstagram #instabooks #Africanchildrensliterature #bookaday 156/365 #hkaREADS

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Day 8: @marissameyerauthor has a #YA #realisticfiction #book coming out in November and I just couldn’t wait to read it after hearing her talk about it at @librarypalooza AND I’M OBSESSED! Prudence is an overachiever who has a lazy, tardy science partner that causes her to get her first ever C. After a fall Pru gets the ability to enact instant karma (both good and bad) on those around her. The power definitely goes to her head, but also allows her to grow more, finding her moral compass and realizing things aren’t always as they seem. I am DYING for Ari and Jude’s stories so I hope that’s a thing. 😉 This #novel is going to fly off the shelves on the #library in the fall. I think Meyers can write just about anything and I’ll fall in love with it. TY @netgalley for an ARC of this. Everyone grab yourself a copy on 11.3.20. 💕 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ . . . #ormsbookrecs #instantkarma #beatles #conservation 🌊 🐢 🦦 🐳 🐋 🦈 🦑 💦

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🔔 “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” 🔔 - The Bell Jar . 🤔 What book made you cry the most when you read it?🤔 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #harrypotter #harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows #thedeathlyhallows #ifistay #perksofbeingawallflower #athousandsplendidsuns #thebelljar #jkrowling #gayleforman #khaledhosseini #sylviaplath #sadbooks #sadending #yafiction #yafantasy #yascifi #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookishlovegroup #booknerd #bookworm #booksandtea #bookreader #booklover #booklove #fictionbooks #realisticfiction #poetry #yaseries #bookpages

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How did you get into bookstagram? For me, I had picked up this book at a local bookstore about a girl hiking the Appalachian trail on her own and when I got home I found a post it note with an instagram handle at the bottom. It's been a journey since then and I'm so glad to have been able to meet @thebookelves and also discover this community. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ♡ . . . . . #thedistancefrommetoyou #marinagessner #adventure #wanderlust #contemporary #realisticfiction #flatlay #ampersand #booksharks #readingismymedicine #waituntilitellthedarklordaboutthis #magicnbooks #bibliophile #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #booknerd #bookphotography  #yalit #yabook #youngadult #bookworm #bookaddict #booksofinstagram #reader #booklover

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Whoops didn’t post yesterday. I devoured this book! So sweet and good! #childrensliterature #realisticfiction August Pullman was born with a facial difference, one that has prevented him from attending public school. Now he is ten, and all he wants is to be a normal kid. The story starts from his perspective and switches to those around him.

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:: Book Talk :: Much Ado About Anne, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, by Heather Vogel Frederick The full video is up on Youtube, the link is under my profile. #themotherdaughterbookclub #heathervogelfrederick #themotherdaughterbookclubseries #BookTalk #MiddleGradeBooks #BookRecommendations #RealisticFIction #BookReview #Novel #bookstagram #middlegradefiction

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:: Book Talk :: It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas This was my favorite book from my last summer reading. I love it so much that I chose this book for my school book project. I found a lot of similarity between Zomorod in this book and Mia in the Front Desk. If you enjoy Front Desk, you may love this as well! The full video is up on Youtube, the link is under my profile. #itaintsoawfulfalafel #FiroozehDumas #FrontDesk #ThreeKeys #BookTalk #MiddleGradeBooks #BookRecommendations #RealisticFIction #BookReview #Novel #bookstagram #middlegradefiction

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My pick for First Chapter Friday. I chose to read the part where her father advises her about what to do if she ever gets stopped by a cop. This is the reality for black America. This is not my reality but I know enough to read books like these and to read history books to understand what is currently going on in America. #blacklivesmatter #thehateugive #firstchapterfriday #teenlibrarian #readeverything #teenreads #teenlibrary #johnsonannex #yalibrary #yalibrarian #yaliterature #realisticfiction

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📖Writing a book has been on my goal list for a few years. I had a cover designed once but never actually started writing my book. I finally got around to it and starting chapter 2. I’m very excited. So much in my head I want to get out. As you know, I love real estate, I love personal development, and I love coaching and training. This book has it all. I wrote this book to help new and experienced agents have a break through to the top 10% of Realtors. I’ve done it myself and helped many do it as well. Stay tuned. . . . 🎙PODCAST | There’s a difference... . . . 📺YOUTUBE | Jeff Discher . . . Discher Group | There's a Difference 💥 💻Visit us at ‪DischerGroup.com‬ 📲follow my Facebook Bre #‪01400184‬ Bre #‪01947727‬ @DischerGroup Douglas Elliman of California

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Poor Cocoa! First she became scared of the storm. Then I found out she needs another round of medicine. Good thing she came to help me write though, because I just finished my first children’s picture book titled Cocoa the Chihuahua and the Chocolate! #cocoathechihuahua #amwriting #iamwriting #childrensbooks #picturebooks #realisticfiction #authorsofinstagram #authorsofinsta #authorslife #puppytales #rescuedogs #rescuedogsofinstagram

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Far From the Tree, Robin Benway⎪Irene ✨ . What do you think family really is? For me, it’s something much broader than just blood-relatives people. And that what this book is about. It’s a really beautiful book about 3 siblings who don’t know about each other, 2 have been adopted (Maya and Grace), and 1 has been a foster kid his whole life (Joaquin). But one day they meet, and what do you do when strangers are in fact family?
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I love this book and every character, I’ve found them really loveable, especially Joaquin I have to admit…! And also, Rafe, one of the side-character was so well written as well! He made me think of Malachi from With the Fire on High and for those who don’t know, I love With the Fire on High sooo much! 🥰 . Far From the Tree has a lot of very serious topics such as teen pregnancy, adoption, foster care system, alcoholism, and trust-issues. It is as heart-warming as heart-wrenching and you end up with an emotional read yet light, funny, and somehow fresh! There is something very endearing in reading about those 3 teens learning about each other and learning how to trust each other and their own adoptive/foster families. . At the end of the day, I am very pleased with my reading, it was so heart-warming, I smiled the whole way through it and I would love to continue reading about them 🙃😏🌸 I gave it 4/5 ⭐️ . . #YoungAdult #YAContemporary #YAFiction #beautifulbookcover #realisticfiction #mayread #bookreview #summervibes #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookworm #bookish #bibliophile #booklover #bookaddict #goodreads #bookaholic #bookphotography #igreads #readingtime #instabooks #reading #booksofinstagram #library #bookgram #booknerdigans #readerlife

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One of the most moving stories you'll read this year is WILLA AND THE WHALE by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. A beautiful story of love, friendship, and healing. Available now! . . . . #friendship #realisticfiction #middlegrade #middlegradefic #fiction #middlegradefiction #willaandthewhale #inspiringbooks #bookstagram #goodbooks #2020books #childrensbooks #booksforkids #booklover #booklovers #youngreadeers

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Dealing with depression, anxiety, and grieving? Check out my story. I hope it speaks to you. ❤️ https://my.w.tt/35iQDRn3S6 “Amber” #writingcommunity #blackauthors #wattpad #wattpadauthor #depression #anxiety #grief #urbanfiction #realisticfiction

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:: Book Talk :: Front Desk, by Kelly Yang @kellyyanghk @scholasticinc I LOVE Mia because she is brave, tough, and shows perseverance through her action and problem-solving. My parents immigrated from Hong Kong and I love reading immigration stories. I cannot wait to read Three Keys, the sequel to Front Desk. It will be released later this year. The full video is up on Youtube, the link is under my profile. #FrontDesk #ThreeKeys #KellyYang #BookTalk #MiddleGradeBooks #BookRecommendations #RealisticFIction #BookReview #Novel #bookstagram #middlegradefiction

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Broken Bird She was broken, wounded by her childhood. There was a storm brewing & she had no idea! Will she survive her ordeal & live to tell her story... or will she become the monster her mother intended to create. #wattpadstories #wattpad #wattpadauthor #wattpadwriter #intimate #familyissues #familysecrets #hauntedbyhistory #story #nonfiction #realisticfiction #selfworth #findingyourself #wattpadbooks #wattpadstory #wattpadlife

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Broken Bird She was broken, wounded by her childhood. There was a storm brewing & she had no idea! Will she survive her ordeal & live to tell her story... or will she become the monster her mother intended to create. #wattpadstories #wattpad #wattpadauthor #wattpadwriter #intimate #familyissues #familysecrets #hauntedbyhistory #story #nonfiction #realisticfiction

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*exhales* If you are confused, conflicted, or really just wanting to gain understanding and perspective on the current (well, seemingly never ending) tragedies happening in our society, The Hate U Give gives perspective unlike any other I’ve personally seen. This book took me a while to get through. I started reading it just a few days before the story of Ahmaud Arbery’s senseless killing hit the news. And then came the murder of George Floyd. My friends, if ever there was a time to read this book, it is now. I am not super well informed, but I am learning. I am not impacted by the hate of racism in my everyday life, but I sure as heck see it in the lives of others and say it is absolutely a HUGE problem. I am learning. I am trying to understand as much as I can. I care. This book is fiction, but like, it’s really not. You should really really read this book. You won’t regret it, I can tell you that for sure! #bookstagram #booksta #booksofinstagram #booksofig #thehateugive #bookish #realisticfiction #goodreads #goodreadschallenge2020 #bibliophile #bookworm #bookblogging #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #readersofig #bookcommunity #reading #read

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#DaisyJonesandtheSix needs to be turned into a movie. I need to hear the songs, see the characters and the interview style of writing just lends it to screen so well! I feel like I jumped on the band wagon with this. It seems like everyone has read this. The wagon was totally right. It was awesome. I'm a huge fan of '70s rock too and elements of the story seemed to go along with various stories of other '70s bands I've heard. This book was heartbreaking, and ugly, and beautiful, and I just could not put it down. 🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸🌼🎸 #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #bookijustread #readersofinstagram #bookreview #catstagram #orangetabby #cat #bookstapets #readingwithcats #fiction #70srock #drugaddiction #rocknroll #daisyjones #billydunne #aurora #sober #rockdocumentary #realisticfiction #ifyoulovesomeone #letthemgo @tjenkinsreid

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Contemporáneo • Ficción Realista• Middle Grade • Young Adult • ⠀ ⠀ Maybe he just likes you | Barbara Dee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⠀ ⠀ Sinopsis: ⠀ Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmates.⠀ ⠀ For seventh grader Mila, it starts with an unwanted hug on the school blacktop.⠀ ⠀ The next day, it’s another hug. A smirk. Comments. It all feels…weird. According to her friend Zara, Mila is being immature, overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like?⠀ ⠀ But it keeps happening, despite Mila’s protests. On the bus, in the halls. Even during band practice-the one time Mila could always escape to her “blue-sky” feeling. It seems like the boys are EVERYWHERE. And it doesn’t feel like flirting–so what is it?⠀ ⠀ Mila starts to gain confidence when she enrolls in karate class. But her friends still don’t understand why Mila is making such a big deal about the boys’ attention. When Mila is finally pushed too far, she realizes she can’t battle this on her own–and finds help in some unexpected ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Maybe he just likes you, el middle grade publicado este año por Barbara Dee, es una lectura atrapante y angustiante en partes iguales y todos los jóvenes deberían leerlo; los adultos deberían estar ahí para ayudarlos a atravesar este viaje. A no olvidar que nadie es perfecto, pero todos podemos aprender y mejorar. ⠀ ⠀ Léelo, no importa la edad que tengas. Pasa por el blog si querés saber más.⠀ ⠀ #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #bookaddict #reading #booklover #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookaddict #booknerd #bookphotography #bookaholic#metoo #metoomovement #metoogirl #AgosLeeEnIngles #AgosReseñaMiddleGrade #IntersticioLiterario #YoungAdult #Contemporary #RealisticFiction #standaloneecu

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman Dear Gail Honeyman, Well to be honest, I’m glad Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine because after reading this I am completely not. What a heart rending novel, replete with trauma and mental illness, depression and joy, love and abuse. Every page brought me to something I hadn’t quite expected. You have an amazingly intelligent writing style that completely brought Eleanor to life. In the same way that the Netflix series ‘You’ (rather than the novel which was disappointing) gives such an incredible insight into the mind of a stalker and the justifications for his actions, you show us the world Eleanor creates for herself and help us view existence through her eyes. It took me a while to realise that perhaps she was an unreliable narrator, because everything seemed so normal. This novel is a real testament to the openness society has now developed around mental health and illness. The relationships between Eleanor and the various characters in her life are sometimes brutally honest and sometimes heart wrenchingly moving, but all are genuine and realistic. I am so moved by this novel, it’s hard to describe how many different ways it spoke to me. It even had a surprising ending. I can not recommend this novel enough. My letter doesn’t do you or your writing justice. From Hannah #eleanoroliphantiscompletelyfine #gailhoneyman #dearauthor #dearauthorfromhannah #bookreview #bookreviewer Thanks @daniellebatherphotography for recommending this to my sister who bought it for me knowing I needed it in my life!

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"'I'm going to kill you later today,' I say to that guy in the mirror, and he just smiles back at me like he can't wait." ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Today's Leonard's birthday. It's also the day he's gonna kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P38 pistol 🚬 ☆ This book is not gonna be nice to you. It raises questions about how you perceive and treat others. It puts you into Leonard's depressing and suicidal thoughts and his outlook on society. It's one of those books that you think about after you finish it 💕 Q: What are some of your favourite underrated books? ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ #forgivemeleonardpeacock #matthewquick #youngadult #contemporary #realisticfiction #mentalhealth #hardhittingya #bookstagram #bookphotography #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bibliophile #booksbooksbooks #bookish

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A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ll be honest that I did not know a lot about this book before I started reading it. The premise, as I originally understood it, was a story about feuding neighbors and the romantic relationship that develops between their teenage children - like a modern Romeo & Juliet. But there is so much more to this story. Throughout the book, Fowler highlights a variety of social issues including race, socioeconomic status, gender roles, and sexual violence to name a few. I knew that this was not going to be a particularly light read, but I had no idea how dark it was going to get during the second half of the book. A Good Neighborhood was the pick for my local book club a few weeks ago, and there were a lot of mixed feelings about certain topics and the book in general. There is a situation with a tree that becomes a major plot point that got a pretty strong reaction out of us all (I won’t give away details here and let you be as shocked as the rest of us were when we read it). Everyone seemed to be in agreement that the author tried to tackle too many issues in one book, but I find that a lot of these issues go hand-in-hand in similar real life situations. This book was told by a “Greek Chorus”, so it had a mix of first person and third person narration. It was a switch from the writing styles that I am used to reading, and it kept me speculating who was behind the narration. If you want a thought-provoking read that will easily set fire to a lot of uncomfortable (but much needed) discussion, this is an excellent choice.

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Do you own any signed books? This is my very first signed copy of a book! I'm so excited to read Wonderland by @junodawson after Meat Market became an instant favourite for me, and to have it as a signed edition makes it all the more special! . . . . . . . . #bookstagram #bookstagramuk #booksofinstagram #book #bookpic #bookphoto #booksta #instabooks #instaread #instabook #instareads #wonderland #junodawson #lgbtreads #signedbooks #youngadultbook #youngadultfiction #yafiction #yacontemporary #yamystery #contemporaryfiction #realisticfiction #bookish #bookgram #bookaddict #bookaholic #booklover #books #booknerd #reading

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New school ✔ New town ✔ New last name ✔ Social media profiles deleted ✔ Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. Anna hopes to make a fresh start and escape the harassment she's been subjected to. But then rumours and whispers start, and Anna tries to ignore what is happening by immersing herself in learning about Maggie, a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century. A woman who was shamed. Silenced. And whose story has unsettling parallels to Anna's own? #realisticfiction #socialmedia #teenlibrarian #schoollibrarian #highschoollibrary #kkhslibrary

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I loved Yumi much the same as I loved Mia in the novel Front Desk. Like Mia, Yumi’s family is an immigrant family in the USA trying to make a way for themselves. Yumi’s Korean parents have high hopes for her in school, and Yumi’s struggles with the pressure of living up to her parents dreams and following her own dreams of being a comedian. Will she ever be able [email protected] what she love? Gr. 4+ @straightfromthebookshelf @lovethisbook @readthisbook @middlegradebooks @middlegradereads #realisticfiction

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With school coming to an end @am_eckschoe has finally had time to write the next part of the story to Autism Aside. To read the first part of the story click on the link in the bio.

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I love the unfolding of a book match. This process begins in the opening pages, as I assess the vocabulary and make my initial assertions about the main characters and the setting of the book. As the plot unravels, the Rolodex of students rolls in my brain as I attempt to find a perfect match for my new book friend. It’s akin to the slow unrolling of an old document, one that requires patience, precision, and effort. When the moment finally arrives, I’ll know it because it’s in that moment that the big smile arrives, and I get a little giddy with anticipation when I think of the next time I’ll get to share my book recommendation. I just know they’re going to love it! I found a perfect “book match” for this delightful little story about a young lonely bookish girl named Cornelia who meets her new exotic neighbor, Virginia. A storyteller and adventurer, Virginia strikes a unique bond with Cornelia and teaches her the value of opening your heart and being honest with the people you love. It was a beautiful story-within-a-story, and the vocabulary was exquisite! I would recommend this story to my higher readers who delight in seeing themselves in the story, as well as those who love a bit of learning along a strong realistic fiction tale. I really enjoyed this one! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #iteach345 #iteachfourth #iteachfifth #iteachsixth #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #classroom #classroomreads #books #book #bookreview #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #fourthgraderead #fifthgraderead #mgread #middlegraderead #middlegradefiction #realisticfiction #kidslit #childrensliterature #fictionread #readallthethings #booksbooksbooks #booklover #booksofinstagram

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“How do we tie our shoes, brush our hair, drink coffee, wash the dishes, and go to sleep, pretending everything is fine? How do we laugh and feel happiness despite the buried things growing inside? How can we do that day after day?” ⁣ ⁣ Achingly real. Full of heart. So relatable. ⁣ ⁣ Although it is mostly about the Mexican culture, I saw so much of my younger self, so much of my family, and people I know in this novel. Sanchez touches on so many timely topics in such a purposeful way, not in a way that feels rushed to check off a certain YA plot. All the 💫s⁣ ⁣ #IAmNotYourPerfectMexicanDaughter #ErikaSanchez #YoungAdult #RealisticFiction#CentralPark #Bookish #Bookstagram #POCreads #DiverseReads

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Darius's family travels to Iran to visit his dying grandfather, and Darius, who struggles with depression, bullies, and his father's expectations, begins a surprising friendship that changes his life. A fascinating setting and a moving story. #mentalhealthawareness #depression #Persian #family #friendship #realisticfiction #yabookstagram #ireadya #yafiction #kcls #youareenough

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Just finished Where the Forest Meets the Stars @glendyvanderah !! The book follows Joanna Teale, a graduate student who’s spending the summer in rural Illinois studying birds. When a strange girl, Ursa, who claims to have been sent from the stars shows up on Jo’s doorstep, Jo reluctantly let’s her stay until she can find out more about her home life (which Jo suspects is bad). Jo also enlists the help of her neighbor, Gabe, and the three form a close bond even as the secrets about Ursa’s past creep closer. This is a really good read!! It’s down-to-earth characters are relatable, and Ursa is a delight to read about. It’s wholesome in that it made my heart happy to read it, but the story has depth and also deals with real issues. Give it a read, I really enjoyed it! #adultfiction #fiction #realisticfiction #books #booklover #bookworm #bookstagram #reader #reading #quarantinereading #summerreading

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I highly, highly recommend #saintsandmisfits. The main character is relatable and honest. The plot is engrossing and the story so well written. There are funny moments, enraging moments, and enlightening moments. #readreadread #ReadersOfInstagram #EnglishTeacher #RealisticFiction #Relatable #Empowering #MiddleSchoolReaders #HighSchoolReaders #BookRecommendation #yanovel

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“This was a category error that too many people made, thinking untruths that didn't add up were better than a hard truth.” • If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane • ★★★★☆ • After an 18 year relationship, Laurie's long term boyfriend and co-worker suddenly decides to end things. When a rumor about her ex dating hits the office gossip Laurie decides two can play that game. • This is my second Mhairi McFarlane read and I love that it's never truly centered on the romance, I mean it's there but secondary to the main character's struggles and growth. I loved that the author walked us through a break up like this, I really felt for Laurie and all she went through post breakup. I enjoyed the writing and the topics of conversation throughout the story and I loved the main love interest. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but this was a good read with a lot of heart and I definitely recommend. •   #book #bookstagram #pages #photobomb #romance #cat #love #breakup #igread #goodreads #contemporaryromance #womensfiction #chicklit #adultfiction #realisticfiction #ifinevermetyou #mhairimcfarlane

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A hilarious and touching coming-of-age debut novel from ARIA award-winning Triple J host Alex Dyson about family, friends, fame, and the importance of never leaving your computer unattended. . . . This awesome new title getting processed to hit the shelves soon! There were so many positive reviews about it online, I can't wait for my students to read it! 🎤🎧📚 . . . #bookstagram #books #ilovebooks #bookish #instabook #librarylove #librariesofinstagram #library #librarian #librariansofinstagram #lovebooks #lovereading #schoollibrarian #booksbooksbooks #bookaddict  #bookshelf #bookshelves #booklover #reader #bibliophile #goodreads #bookcover #bookstagrammer #librarylife #ya #loveozya #realisticfiction #whenitdrops @aedyson @hardiegrantegmont @hardiegrantbooks

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Darius's family travels to Iran to visit his dying grandfather, and Darius, who struggles with depression, bullies, and his father's expectations, begins a surprising friendship that changes his life. A fascinating setting and a moving story. #mentalhealthawareness #depression # #persianamericans #family #friendship #realisticfiction #yabookstagram #ireadya #yafiction #kcls #youareenough

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Police brutality and white supremacist violence must stop. Our students and our children and our classmates and our friends won't be safe until it does. Enough is enough. #breonnataylor #georgefloyd #yabooks #yabookstagram #youngadultbooks #blacklivesmatter #socialjustice #saytheirnames #sayhername #sayhisname #booklover #bookstagram #realisticfiction #tbr #ela #englishteacher #highschoolteacher #amanwaslynchedyesterday

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When she was seven I told her that when she would become a teenager, she would go out with her friends every night and leave me. She cried, “No, Mommy! I promise! I’ll only go out with my friends two nights but I’ll stay home with you five!” Now here we are ten years later and I’m lucky if I even see her two! #lovethegirlsheis #lovethewomanshewillbecome #missmybaby #itsallgood #drivingwiththegirls #cocoathechihuahua #ameliaonthemove #ameliathemaltipoo #amwriting #iamwriting #childrensbooks #picturebooks #realisticfiction #authorsofinstagram #authorsofinsta #authorslife #puppytales #rescuedogs #rescuedogsofinstagram

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We won't touch your beautiful tree. We promise! We won't eat anything you put under it. We won't pee behind it. We just want to look at the pretty lights." (Snicker, snicker 😇😇😜😜🐶🐶🐾🌲🐾) #cocoathechihuahua #ameliathemaltipoo #amwriting #iamwriting #childrensbooks #picturebooks #realisticfiction #authorsofinstagram #authorsofinsta #authorslife #puppytales #rescuedogs #rescuedogsofinstagram

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