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Miriam Mannish
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Miriam Mannish

This is the first time of BLR. Just reading the introduction by other has been inspirational making me think of my own life experiences, childhood and life. I look forward to reading more

Ella Honeycutt
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Ella Honeycutt

Thanks!

M. Fuller
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M. Fuller

I agree. This book has beautiful vivid descriptions reminding me of past years and experiences.

Rose
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Rose

Hi im new and Im on chapter 2 of this book and im already loving it

Charlene
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Charlene

This is the first time being here. What is expected of me to do?

Denise
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Denise

This will be my second read – just read the book, and check back into the discussion often. There should be some posts coming up!

Nevermore
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Nevermore

I just hope it is good

Nina
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Nina

It is a good read across the generations

Deirdre (Dee) Wapiennik
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Deirdre (Dee) Wapiennik

First time joining BLE, gotta download book and start reading

Rose scott
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Rose scott

Does this mean i can read books on line

Carol
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Carol

This is the second book to read and comment on, to date I have had no success in finding any information from the library about the big library read. Rather disappointing big library read seems to vanish till the next book appears.

Nicole
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Nicole

Yes this is my first time in BLE.

Brittny A Smith
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Brittny A Smith

First timer here! This book sounds neat. I’m excited to have others to read and discuss it with.

Shakara Johnson
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Shakara Johnson

I like the book

Shakara Johnson
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Shakara Johnson

I like the book it was a very nice book to read my mom and my sister would love this book

Jolene Staskal
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Jolene Staskal

This is my first non-academic online discussion. I am mostly just curious what other people are thinking and posting. Hoping their comments will require me to think about the book.

Brandon King
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Brandon King

I am constantly trying to find a book club. I hope this is the one.

Carol
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Carol

First time BLR. Although I am years distant from young adulthood, I find many of the best books to be in ya section. Just not certain this book is one I will finish. Curiosity keeps me reading at the moment.

Carol
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Carol

Hi Carol I am also years from being a young adult but I like ya books as well Carol

Jenn
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Jenn

I love YA too, but honestly I don’t know why this one was chosen. The premise is interesting, but the writing is not very good. I feel like I’m forcing myself to trudge through this one

Brandie
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Brandie

Me too, Jenn. I love the concept but I feel like I’m barely absorbing it because I am reading so fast, trying to push though the filler to the action.

Kristin Gregory
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Kristin Gregory

This is the first time I’ve ever been part of an online book discussion, and I wonder how reading other people’s comments, insights, questions, will affect my experience with the book.

Tess U
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Tess U

Excited to jump in!

kaytla
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kaytla

hey guys

Flor Carabez
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Flor Carabez

This is my first time doing BLR. I expect to nerd out with other people!

Hui
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Hui

It’s such a great idea. Just more detail guide/ orientation needed. I even have no idea where could I get the reading list or the book on which our current discussions are based. Anyone please give me a helping hand or finger? lol

Adam Sockel
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Adam Sockel

Hi Hui – Big Library Read is a service provided by OverDrive in conjunction with thousands of libraries and schools. If you visit https://biglibraryread.com/current-title/ there is a “find my library” button and you can go there to borrow the book digitally and begin enjoying.

Heather
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Heather

yes, and I am so excited. I have never even heard of this book before and it looks amazing. Bonus is that my boyfriend had me listen to 99 Balloons in both languages because it is one of his favorite songs.

Julia
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Julia

I’m also wondering whether the author was inspired by the song.

Adam Sockel
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Adam Sockel

She was! She discussed this with our Professional Book Nerds podcast in fact 🙂 https://professionalbooknerds.com/ep-269-a-big-library-read-chat-with-katherine-locke/

ben fleener
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ben fleener

never read it want to know what its about first!

Ashley Breanna
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Ashley Breanna

This is my first time participating in the BLR. My expectations are low… this current book is YA, which I normally don’t like. Giving it a go, though.

WokeNFree
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WokeNFree

This seems exciting for sure. How are the books chosen?

Adam Sockel
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Adam Sockel

They are selected through a voting process by OverDrive users around the world. If you’d like to get emails about when the next vote will take place you can sign up for an OverDrive account to get our emails here: https://www.overdrive.com/account/sign-up?utm_source=Call%20to%20Action&utm_medium=On-page%20Link&utm_content=Header%20Link&utm_campaign=User%20Registrations 🙂

Carol
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Carol

Thanks

Syrelle
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Syrelle

Oh really? Nice.. I didn’t know this. Good to know!

Liz
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Liz

THIS is my first time. Let’s see how this goes.

Trevor
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Trevor

This is my first time doing BLR.

Mary lala
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Mary lala

Always wanted to try a book club, this is me dipping my toe in. Love YA books even though I’m way past YAdulthood, Lol.

M. Harris
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M. Harris

I finished the book yesterday and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Kai would say its a burr in my brain. I enjoyed it and think it would make for great discussions in schools. (I used to teach.) There are so many “quotables” and conversation starters. My favorite is Chapter 32. I was heartbroken at the end but I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to conclude this story. A Gone with the Wind fan, I hope Kai sees her in the future, maybe not meet, but sees her.

Katherine Locke
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Katherine Locke

(Swing back around to the first chapter, and look for a familiar face!) Thanks for reading!
-Katherine Locke (author)

Mae Hadley
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Mae Hadley

This is too cool, Katherine! Thanks for mentioning it as I would never have thought to look back! I really enjoyed looking back and the whole book. This is my first time participating in BLR.

R. Carrier
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R. Carrier

Thanks for the hint. Going back to read the first chapter helped to put the ending on the story.

Faithful Reader
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Faithful Reader

Thank you, Katherine, for the hint! While I enjoyed the book overall, what felt like the lack of an ending really disappointed me. I just re-downloaded so I can go back an re-read the first chapter! 🙂

Liv Johnsen
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Liv Johnsen

This is the second time I “join” the Big Library Read… The first time I just did not realize there were actual discussions and places to talk to people about the book. So this time, I am so much more excited!

Daniel Ly
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Daniel Ly

I am somewhat confused what Big Library Read is about at all.

Adam Sockel
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Adam Sockel

It’s a global, digital book club put on by OverDrive and thousands of libraries around the world. It’s designed to connect readers from around the world through a shared reading experience. 🙂

Carol
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Carol

That sums it up, however there has not been a lot of information about the big library read that I could find. Like how often does the BLR happen and nothing occurs till the next book is onthe libraty site.

Helen Palmer
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Helen Palmer

FIrst time participating. Looking forward with reading others thoughts and sharing my thoughts about this book.

Elizabeth Wood
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Elizabeth Wood

This is my first time being involved in the Big Library Read. I want to start reading more and getting introduced to books I haven’t heard or wouldn’t pick on my own. I look forward to being apart of this!

Alicia
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Alicia

This is my first time, but the books sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to start reading! 🙂

Rochelle
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Rochelle

Hi I haven’t read this book yet but I’m about too read it now I will let you know how I liked it alright and thanks you all have a nice day

Mary
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Mary

I want to read many books from many library around the world.

Paula
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Paula

This is my first time and I am really enjoying the book!

Marie
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Marie

This is awesome

RichardListener
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RichardListener

Apparently I am now a first-time user, as there is no apparent way to log in. Am I missing something? RL

Bob
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Bob

This is my first time. I hope this book will make me experience something I haven’t yet experienced😊

Courtney Balestracci
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Courtney Balestracci

I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like this! I hope the book is good! How often do these happen?

Courtney Balestracci
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Courtney Balestracci

Guess I shouldve mentioned this is my first time as well.

Violet brown
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Violet brown

I like fantasy but not outrageous story lines . This book seems fun.

Erin
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Erin

I think that the books will be good

Supper savage
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Supper savage

Hi

Supper savage
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Supper savage

How many pages is this book

Amy
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Amy

This is the first I’ve heard of BLR, so I’ll be trying it out, of course. Looking forward to getting started and checking back here often for discussion. I LOVE time travel, Btw. :))

Tammy
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Tammy

First time joining the Big Library Read – looking forward to reading and sharing with other readers 🙂

Joy conolly
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Joy conolly

Great book loved the way it emphasised the need we all have of written stories of our heritage as well as oft repeated stories

Adrianna
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Adrianna

This is my first time doing this BLR. I’m really excited to do this, and I love the book. I’m only 4 chapters into it, but I love it so far. I have been looking for this book for a few months now, and so I was so excited to find that it was not only on Overdrive, but that it was also part of this book discussion.

DeenaKay Speier
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DeenaKay Speier

Just starting the book. Was looking into reading again and somehow came upon this. Thought what a awesome way to pick a book. Wish me luck!

Sarah Connor
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Sarah Connor

My first BLR! A bit scary that 1988 is history – I was there! I like the image of the red balloon. It reminded me of the film, and the song, 99 red balloons. It’s a great story.

Faithful Reader
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Faithful Reader

Sarah, like you I was also there! I was telling someone earlier this week how I struggled thinning of 1988 as being “history!”