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Valentines
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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For Valentine?s Day 1986, Ted Kooser wrote ?Pocket Poem? and sent the tender, thoughtful composition to fifty women friends, starting an annual tradition that would persist for the next twenty-one years. Printed on postcards, the poems were mailed to a list of recipients that eventually grew to more than 2,500 women all over the United States. Valentines collects Kooser?s twenty-two years of Valentine?s Day poems, complemented with illustrations by Robert Hanna and a new poem appearing for the first time. Kooser?s valentine poems encompass all the facets of the holiday: the traditional hearts and candy, the brilliance and purity of love, the quiet beauty of friendship, and the bittersweetness of longing. Some of the poems use the word valentine, others do not, but there is never any doubt as to the purpose of Kooser?s creations.
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bcncookbookclub
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I just received some of the lovely cards I'm waiting for🤩 both of them so sweet and with a handmade touch...

So thanks, @catsandbooks @chrissyreadit @staycurious
#valentinescardswap

Chrissyreadit Im glad it got there! This was the oddest mail experience. 2w
Catsandbooks Glad it got there! 💕 2w
bcncookbookclub @Chrissyreadit I hope it was in the good way!!! 😅 Your card it's so cute! 2w
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SheReadsAndWrites
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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I love my #muglove2023 mug - thank you so much! @Pigpen_Reads 💖

curiouserandcurioser @SheReadsAndWrites such a pretty mug!💜 3w
Pigpen_Reads I'm so glad you like it. I thought it was so pretty! 🥰 3w
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Mitch
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Oh @Crazeedi look what came today. I love it ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Crazeedi You are very special to me 💗 3w
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Tamra
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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The cosmos is giving me some Valentine love for lunch today. 😍

Wishing everyone care & kindness today! 💕

Tamra P.S. Kooser is a wonderful poet! 1mo
LeahBergen Happy Valentine‘s Day! ❤️ 1mo
AmyG Ha! Happy Valentine‘s Day ❤️ 1mo
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Ruthiella Perfect! Happy Valentines Day! ❤️ 1mo
Christine Nice one, universe! 💝 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Cool! ♥️ 1mo
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MittenGirlPeach
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Happy Valentine‘s Day, dear littens. It was a tough night in my beloved Michigan. Our loved ones are safe; thinking of those who aren‘t. But it was a gorgeous sunrise, and here we are. 🧡

dabbe Thinking of all of you in MI; my husband and my whole family is from there. 💔 1mo
MittenGirlPeach @dabbe thank you so much! 🧡 1mo
kspenmoll Thinking of you during this tragic time. Sending 💜💙💛 1mo
MittenGirlPeach @kspenmoll 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
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TheBookHippie
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👩🏻‍🍳

♥️

My menu for my peeps..

IndoorDame Ooh, lucky family ❤️ 1mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! Happy ❤️ Day! 1mo
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BarkingMadRead
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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TheSpineView 💞💞💞 1mo
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MittenGirlPeach
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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I‘m in! I fell down on the last couple of readathons—grrr—so I‘m gearing up for a good second half of February. My goal is finishing my current read (Jerusalem Inn) + two more: And Justice There is None & Other Birds.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck ❤️ 1mo
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Texreader
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Thank you Jennifer for my first Valentine of the year! Yours is on its way. #litsylove @jdiehr

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m behind!!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
jdiehr 🥰 1mo
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MittenGirlPeach
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Your packages have shipped, @Littlewolf1 ! Mine should be there Thursday (pictured) and your other package should arrive this week too. It‘s coming from an Etsy shop in Kansas. #MugLove23

Cinfhen Super exciting!!!! Thanks for the update ❤️ 1mo
Littlewolf1 I revised it today… yours should be there by Monday 1mo
MittenGirlPeach @Littlewolf1 I‘m so glad you received it! I‘ll look for mine; that sounds great. Your other package should be to you on Monday as well. 1mo
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ChelseaM6010
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Catsandbooks Hooray! 💖 2mo
TheBookHippie Yay! 2mo
Pigpen_Reads 😊🩷 2mo
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Catsandbooks
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Another adorable valentine arrived! ❤️ Thanks Chelsea!
#Valentinecardswap

peanutnine Can I ask what your coffee cup says? I'm so curious 😅 2mo
ChelseaM6010 You‘re welcome! 🙂 2mo
Catsandbooks @peanutnine if you're referring to the marker it says "I've got my chai on you" which is the name of a special drink for Valentine's Day that has Chai and raspberry. If you're referring to the sticker on the coffee collar it's my local coffee shop that I love- Caffe Paradiso. I can take a better picture of it next time I'm there. Which will be next week cause I'm there at least once a week ? 2mo
peanutnine @Catsandbooks I was referring to the marker. I love a punny name!! 😂 Sounds like a great local place ☺️ 2mo
Catsandbooks @peanutnine me too! They do fun stuff for every holiday and season! 2mo
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LiseWorks
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Lots of Valentine's going out today to my LitsyLove Friends. @StayCurious @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am so blessed by this group

StayCurious Wow! 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My February display at the library. I love doing the displays and my job!

ChasingOm I love the conversation heart puns!! 😂 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @ChasingOm It was fun coming up with the puns! 🤣 2mo
Clwojick The puns! 😍😍😍 2mo
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Catsandbooks
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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The first cards to arrive! #Valentinecardswap 💕
So cute! And thank you for the stickers!

TheBookHippie ♥️💌♥️ 2mo
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StayCurious
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@Catsandbooks I‘m sending several of my cards out in the mail tomorrow for #Valentinecardswap - the rest will go out on Tuesday as they‘ll require a bit of extra postage and I need to go to the post office. 💜♥️❤️

Catsandbooks Terrific! 💖💌 2mo
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ChelseaM6010
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Sent out my valentines yesterday for the #ValentineCardSwap 🙂 I went with cute/goofy cards 😂🙂

Catsandbooks Fantastic! 💖💌 2mo
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Catsandbooks
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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I've always wanted to try a mystery book date!
Thanks for hosting @Rachel.Rencher 💕
#bookishcouplevalentine

Rachel.Rencher 🥰🥰🥰 2mo
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robinb
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Thanks so much for the sweet Valentines card @jenniferw88 ! It made me smile. 😊

#ValentineCardSwap

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeah. Hey @jenniferw88 I got mine this weekend too! 12mo
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jenniferw88
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Cards, stickers & bookmark received so far - thank you all so much! #valentinescardswap. Mine finally went out today!

@DebinHawaii @Butterfinger @LibrarianRyan (your watercolouring is MUCH better than mine, so don't apologise! 🤣) @aroc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Christyco125 @Chrissyreadit

Not pictured: @Sleepswithbooks @TheBookHippie .

And we're still finding ❤ everywhere - it's like glitter at Christmas 🤣🤣🤣 ⬇️

jenniferw88 ⬆️ I'm not complaining but it's driving Dad up the wall, so it's quite funny! 13mo
TheBookHippie 💌 13mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh.. Glad people are finally getting my mail. Heck I just got mail last night for the first time in 2 weeks. 13mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️ 13mo
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bookish_wookish
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Thank you for all the Valentines and stickers and tea! #litsyvalentineswap

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Christyco125
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They keep trickling in. I ❤️ it. Such a welcomed surprise in the mailbox.

#VCS #ValentineCardSwap

Avanders 💖💖 13mo
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RamsFan1963
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♥️ Sadly, no. I'm on a #bookbuyingdiet so no purchases for myself, and no Valentine to buy one for.
♥️ I avoid romantic tropes when possible.
Wanna play? @BookLineNSinker @llwheeler @coreyanne @AmandaBlaze @Kyndrill @Bookwormjillk @paperwitchs @sarahbellum @audraelizabeth @Buechersuechtling
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

RaeLovesToRead My friends laughed at me when I said I was on a "money diet"... I'm glad to find someone else who uses the phrase! (As with all my diets, my book buying diet starts.... tomorrow!) ? 13mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 13mo
Bookwormjillk Thanks for the tag! No books for me, maybe I should buy myself one! 13mo
RamsFan1963 @Bookwormjillk I think you should, it definitely falls under the category of self care. 13mo
sarahbellum Not big into Valentines Day, so no new books here. Also not a big romance fan, so no favorite troupes either haha 🙃. Congrats on the Rams win! (edited) 13mo
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Ddzmini
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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These are the #ValentinesCardSwap cards I‘ve received so far love all the little book stickers and cards are great thank you @LibrarianRyan for hosting this swap loved it 🥰 I have … cwarnier‘s card just need good address 🤗

LibrarianRyan Yeahh 13mo
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Ddzmini
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I want to wish all my Litsy friends a happy Valentine‘s Day ❤️🥰📖. I‘m sitting here waiting to open my #SwoonathonSwap and my #ValentinesCardSwap watching the sunrise enjoying the beautiful morning… didn‘t want to wake the hubby because I did that yesterday 🤣📖

LibrarianRyan ahh. Lovely picture. 13mo
Ddzmini @LibrarianRyan the sunrises was beautiful this morning I did take an even better picture but that was after this one by about 10-15 min 🤗.. I‘m so lucky my hubby surprised me with a mini getaway 🥰 13mo
Gissy Beautiful view!😍❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Ddzmini @Gissy yes I‘m so lucky 🥰📚 13mo
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peanutnine
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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#ItHadToBeYou Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day! Don't forget what today's really about 🐝😂
(photo credit: ig yeahitschill)
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

BookwormAHN Cute 😸 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 13mo
Eggs ❤️ 🐝 💛 13mo
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SW-T
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Hope you have a wonderful day! 😁

Cathythoughts Happy Valentines ❤️ 13mo
Nute Happy Valentine‘s Day, Sallie!🤍 13mo
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robinb
Valentines | Ted Kooser

My Valentines are coming in ❤️❤️❤️, but I‘ve decided to save the opening until the official day!! Looking forward to all that love! 😊😘😘

@LibrarianRyan

#ValentineCardSwap

LibrarianRyan Me too! 13mo
Christyco125 My tendency to forget where I put things and my over-excitement to open them trumped any chance of waiting. 13mo
robinb @Christyco125 😂😂😂 I totally get it! 13mo
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bookish_wookish
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Valentine‘s cards are will be headed out tomorrow! #litsyvalentineswap

I ordered vintage Valentine‘s and they never showed up so i had to rush to order more and thanks to Prime showed up today! 😓

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 13mo
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Bookgoil
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Thank you so much Keia for the wonderful little Vday gift!! Just what I needed today! #litsylove

Blerdgal_Fenix Just random love 💕 Happy VDay 13mo
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Born.A.Reader
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Ooohhh I can't wait to open!! ❤♥️💌@Bookgoil @rsteve388 #LitsyLoveValentinesDaySwap Thank you @mnjacques 😁😁❤ !!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 13mo
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Littlewolf1
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#RoaringWolf February Challenge.

Ruthiella I‘m not much of a romance reader but hopefully one or two of my February picks will fit! 😃 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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Born.A.Reader
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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The date crept up on me! But its going out tomorrow! @Bookgoil @rsteve388 ❤ 🤍 💌 📬 #LitsyLoveValentinesDaySwap

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Bookgoil
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Pageturner1 yay! 😀 yours will be out soon! 14mo
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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Welp — I might be late with my letter but got this bad boy out!!! Woohoo #valentinesdayswap — do not worry I have a letter writing party happening this weekend.great excuse to try out my new caramel apple cider recipe 😜

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ashsbookmarks
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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Love, hugs, & kisses!
#valentine

Kshakal So cute!!! 😊 1y
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Bookgoil
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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AmyG Fun. Thank you!!! Oops…I already filled out the form. 😬 (edited) 1y
Bookgoil @AmyG 😜 1y
ju.ca.no Aah how fun! Count me in 🥰 1y
Professional_Book_Dragon I just signed up!! 🥰 1y
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howjessicareads
Valentines | Ted Kooser
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And my own little Valentines humored me with a reenactment today. 🤣😍

wanderinglynn How cute! 💜 2y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 2y
ScientistSam So cute! 2y
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Ruthiella Adorable! 😀 2y
LeahBergen 😆😆 And the same little blanket! 2y
marleed Ohhh sweet! 2y
maich So sweet❤❤😍 2y
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howjessicareads
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I made some Valentines... I put lots and lots on IG. But reposting a few faves here too!

Happy Valentine‘s Day!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag That‘s what I‘m Tolkien about! 😉 2y
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Cuilin
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Oh my gosh @Karisa thank you for such thoughtful palentines. So excited to read this book and the chocolate will not last long. 🙏🙏🙏

Thanks for organizing @candority 🙏

Crazeedi That book looks so interesting 2y
candority Yay! 💕 Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘 2y
Karisa 😊💗 2y
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kimmypete1
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@ElleSkel Thank you so much!! I can‘t wait to dive into the book and the candy! Happy Valentines Day!!❤️❤️❤️ #BookCupidSwap @candority Thanks for organizing!

ElleSkel It was my pleasure! I saw you enjoyed coloring so I thought maybe you would like some book plates to customize for your collection. They are stickers for you to color or paint but I forgot to mention that in the card! Happy Valentine‘s Day!! (edited) 2y
candority Yay! 💖 Happy Valentine‘s Day! 2y
kimmypete1 @ElleSkel thank you! I love that I can color them as I wish. ❤️ 2y
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peaknit
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💞💞 waffles and gal pals!

JenReadsAlot Yum! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Some great contemporary romance series for Valentines Day

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2021/02/12/valentines-day-is-for-romance/

annahenke Love all these authors!! ❤️ 2y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Yay!!! Look what showed up today!!! ❤️ 🥰💘📕🍫
Now I just have to wait to open it 😭
#bookcupidswap
@AmberWB
@candority

candority Yay! 💖 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Reposting as it‘s almost time for the Valentine‘s Weekend Austen Watch Party Extravaganza™️😂

Several #PemberLittens have already signed up, but the sign up remains open to everyone! ❤️

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KSVWwfpnV9Kq-hlb6pk4rDj_QSZxwXQ0d9lVQAOx...

HOTPock3tt Love how you trademarked it!!🤣😍🙌🏽🎉 2y
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Mitch Emma- yes please! ♥️ 2y
Amandajoy This looks like a great movie marathon! 2y
inthegreensandblues Updated my sign up for All seeing as how the weekend is going to be cold as the ninth circle of hell. 🤣 Will enjoy watching others partake in countryside rambles and carriage rides. 2y
BennettBookworm Love it! 2y
OriginalCyn620 Can‘t wait! 🤗 2y
MicrobeMom Signed up for Emma! Thanks! 2y
mom2bugnbee I haven't seen Emma & so want to... Not positive I can make it on Sat, but I signed up in case! 🤞🏻 2y
DebinHawaii I signed up for the weekend Austenland & Emma. Still deciding about squeezing in P&P. 😉 2y
KVanRead @sprainedbrain FYI, I‘m switching to tomorrow night for Austenland if you email me the zoom link for that one. Thanks! 2y
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guinsgirlreads
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@Crazeedi what a nice surprise I got today! 💓💓 I will be keeping the card with me always because I need it! Thank you so much! 💕💜🤍

Crazeedi You are so welcome my friend! Sharing my love with special people 2y
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Mitch
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Ahh - thank you for all the love Misty. Thinking of you 😘

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TheBookHippie
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@candority #cupidbookswap no return address but it arrived here today ! Mine is out traveling as well to its intended.

candority Glad it arrived! Would you like me to tell you who sent it? Or would you prefer to wait and see on opening day? 2y
TheBookHippie @candority I can wait it‘s fun to guess. 2y
candority Sounds good! 2y
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TheLudicReader
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My #cupidbookswap has left the building @candority ❤️❤️
@LeahBergen I guess the secret‘s out now.

candority Fantastic! 💘 2y
LeahBergen Eee!!!!! I‘m so excited!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you! 😘 2y
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