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Post-it Note Reviews are a great way to display books in your library or classroom, a way to let kids recommend their favorite titles without having to get up in front of everyone and do a book talk, and an easy way to offer a more personal recommendation than just the flap copy offers.

I only have a few more days of school left until summer vacation, during which time I hope to read as much of my TBR stack as possible and write some longer, more thoughtful reviews. But, honestly, with the constant stream of book mail that shows up and books I seek out on my own, my pile only grows taller, seemingly never shorter, and quick post-it note reviews allow me to say a little something and then move on. It’s been almost 20 years since I was in graduate school (gulp—time is weird!), but I think all this time later I still read like I’m in school—in other words, as fast as humanly possible so I can move on to the next thing. A former boss watched me whip through books and told me, “Don’t bolt your food,” which I think of often. I try to slow down. And, sometimes, a book will be so good that it forces me to slow down and savor it. But… I bolt. Read fast, quick review, next, please. It’s just how I work.