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The Keeper of Lost Things
The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel | Ruth Hogan
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners. Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made. As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest? Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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The last one I finished this weekend...this one I did as an audiobook and it was really well narrated...all in all a cute story.

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Andorsey
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Slow start but multiple story lines with plots that converge at the end. Heart warmingly sad. Worth the read

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Seshat

"Her grandmother had once told her that one could blame ugliness on one‘s genes and ignorance on one‘s education, but there was absolutely no excuse whatsoever for being dull."

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CharleaFinley
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“But she was wonderfully striking, with a presence that still reached out from all those years ago and captivated him. She had been dead for forty years, but she was still his life, and her death had given him his purpose. It had made Andrew Peardew the Keeper of Lost Things.”

The writing... 💜💜 #thekeeperoflostthings

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Tashreads
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Now for something a little lighter 🌸

Jerdencon I really liked this! 1mo
Louise This is such a lovely book! 💕 1mo
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kspenmoll
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Finished listening to The Keeper of Lost Things- Best in the cast of characters were Eunice & Bomber & his narcissistic sister. An easy read. Just beginning to listen to The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury- so far, it also has a little magic. I am intrigued. Also, I love the cover! #audiowalking #audiocleaning #Litsywalkers

Jenken1998 I adored The Keeper of lost Things❤❤❤ 2mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Forgot to post yesterday 🤦‍♀️ we don‘t have flowers yet here but they are coming. #Flowers

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julesG
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1) done
2) not in a fancy way. I just fold the duvet and spread a cat-friendly blanket across it.
3) 18°C/48°F
4) can't think of anything
5) consider it done 😘

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Allthebookclubs
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This is a charming story however it took me more than half of the book to figure out the connection between Eunice and Laura; I kept thinking that Bomber and Antony were the same person until one finally spoke about the other. The love story was cute and I really liked Sunshine‘s character a lot. Book 15 of 2019

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Jeg
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Really enjoyed this read. Right book at the right time. Just delightful. @MrsMalaprop

Louise Yes, this is such a lovely book! 👍 3mo
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Nelle1
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About to start this book - so excited!

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MommyOfTwo
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @j9brown thank you so much! I love it all. The kitty spoons are so cute and coffee is always a good thing. And thanks to @BookishMarginalia for putting this swap together. #CupidGoesPostal ❤️💜❤️💜❤️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Those spoons 😻 4mo
CouronneDhiver Fun 👍🏽 4mo
AmyG The cat spoons! ❤️ 4mo
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bullbunny Those cat spoons are cute! But is that an enamel pond I see!!? I love enamel pins! 4mo
j9brown Yay! Happy Valentine's Day! Shopping for this was a lot of fun 😊 Enjoy!! 4mo
kellyann28 Those cat spoons are EVERYTHING! 4mo
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Jerdencon
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1. Tagged
2. Going to a local pizza restaurant with my son and hubby - tradition started 10 years ago when I wanted low key and local since my scheduled c-section was 2 days later. We always say my son was with us that day too even if we didn‘t know he was a “he” 😂
3. Orange
4. I think my mother said George
5. ❤️❤️❤️
#friyayintro @howjessreads

RadicalReader @Jerdencon what a wonderful tradition some of the best traditions start when you least expect it but then you wonder how you could ever live without them 4mo
Jerdencon @RadicalReader I totally agree! 4mo
CouronneDhiver Aw, that‘s ok. I love my colour enough for the both of us 😉🧡 Lol 4mo
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Libby1
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve found a new trigger area for me: Magical Disabled People. This now joins “funny” portrayals of incest.

I used to work with adults with disabilities and I have a son with an invisible disability. People with disabilities are wonderful. But whimsical, telepathic “child” adults? Nope - I‘m outta there.

The story has been called cute, so I thought I‘d prove my cute loving credentials by including Lola cat & some throw cushions in the pic.

readingjedi Oh yuck! 😠 5mo
Naj "Magical disabled people" sounds horrible. I'd have bailed too. 5mo
Redwritinghood There are “funny” portrayal of incest? How? 5mo
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Libby1 @Redwritinghood - I‘ve read a couple of books that paint incest as exciting or amusing. Really. I felt sad and angry when I read them, and realised that this kind of portrayal of abuse would always be an instant Bail for me. I hope my comment didn‘t look like it was making light of the subject. I apologise if it did. 5mo
Libby1 @readingjedi , @Naj - I know a lot of people love this book and find this character endearing. Maybe my current situation as a parent means this is not the best book for me. 5mo
Redwritinghood @Libby1 No, I didn‘t take it as making light of the subject. I just couldn‘t imagine how anyone could make that funny. I can understand why you would bail on something like that. 5mo
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RachelO
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For #AlwaysLookOnTheBrightSideOfLife I thought I‘d go for one of the brightest book covers I own (thanks @TrishB 😘). Isn‘t it sunny-looking? One of many books that will DEFINITELY get read in the next few months! #positivethinking #justassoonasovefinishedthetaxreturn

#musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen Wonderful cover!!!! And wonderful @TrishB 💕💕💕 5mo
TrishB I have on my kindle and not read yet! I‘ve read another one by the author and really enjoyed it! 5mo
TrishB @Cinfhen 😘 5mo
vivastory Fantastic cover! 5mo
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sh333p
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New book day 🤓

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Chelleo
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@Louise ... thank you so much for this lovely read. I this story, the characters and their backstories. The author did a nice job developing each character‘s quirks and intertwining their stories. Definitely a 2019 fave!

Read 2019/01/22 📖🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi It was a sweet story, I really enjoyed it 5mo
CharleaFinley I‘ve just been admiring the cover of this one for quite some time. Your post makes me excited to actually take it off the shelf and get started reading! Thank you! ❤️ 5mo
Louise I‘m so glad you enjoyed it, Michelle! It was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I follow the author now on Instagram! 5mo
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Chelleo
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Starting this book and doing a little #audiocleaning (dishes). 🎧 It‘s off to a good start.

Gonna be a pajama kind of day. Too cold and icy to leave the house. Stay warm, Littens!

Texreader I‘m audio cleaning today too! 5mo
Crazeedi Aww you will love this book, it is great, I didn't do audio, I read it. I totally enjoyed, have fun! 5mo
Tamra Audio makes all the difference to cleaning! 5mo
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TK421 I'll be audio cleaning later. It really makes washing dishes bearable. 5mo
ApplesandSpindles I didn't kniw "audio cleaning" was a thing! I thought it was just me! 5mo
Chelleo @ApplesandSpindles you‘ll find that us Littens can create an “audio” version of just about any activity 😂 5mo
ApplesandSpindles @Chelleo Then I have found my people. 😄😄 5mo
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Chelleo
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1. Just finished Words in Deep Blue and about to begin the tagged book.

2. Vanilla white mocha

3. Coffee with Bailey‘s Irish Cream

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

BeaG Coffee with hazelnut creamer. 5mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 5mo
Chelleo @BeaG yum! 5mo
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crouchnm
Mehso-so

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booklover984
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4/5
Now that I'm feeling better mentally, I've gone back to reading. I've finished this book in a day, after I picked up where I left off.
I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed watching the main characters growth.

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booklover984
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I'm still trying to read this. It's not that it sucks, it's just the holidays make me depressed and I already deal with depression so it's not fun.
But the holidays are over and the new year has style, so...I'm trying to feel better and get back into reading.
❤️

Cpg I can understand- I finished this book- on my second go! I had to get back on the waiting list of my library for the ebook. But when I picked it back up...I kept going! Really enjoyed it! 6mo
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RaimeyGallant
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Fabulous overall premise (a man who loses the love of his life finds purpose collecting lost objects,) and in the words, a lot of brilliant imagery. The story is sound, but past the 1/4-way mark, I wasn't turning pages with as much gusto. The characters felt real but in a surreal way, real for the world the author created. There's a touch of paranormal, which guest-stars in the role of plot device, but I wouldn't say plot was governed by it.

readordierachel Pretty view though! 6mo
RaimeyGallant @readordierachel What you call pretty, I call life-sapping. It's -35 C. That's -31 F. Winnipeg is the place car batteries go to die. ;) 6mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Yowzah! I stand corrected 😆 6mo
ericarobynreads This was definitely a slow one! If it wasn‘t my book clubs pick I probably would have dropped it. I hope your next read is better for you! 😁 6mo
batsy Oh.. Those Winnipeg winters 🤪 6mo
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Chelleo
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One of the smartest things I‘ve done lately is to sign up for #LitsyPenPals which introduced me to @Louise I truly enjoy our snail mail 💌📬(and Litsy and Fb) correspondence. Thank you you for these great goodies. I love the ornament made of lines from two of my favorite Maya Angelou poems (Still I Rise and Phenomenal Woman). Merry Christmas, Louise!

Louise So glad you are enjoying the package! I truly enjoy our correspondence too! Merry Christmas! ❤️🎄 6mo
CaliforniaCay That's such a thoughtful ornament! 6mo
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JulietBoydAuthor
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Audio version. This book was like a comforting cuddle of life and humour. Told by multiple narrators, it flits between two main stories and has a whole raft of loveable characters. Definitely a feel-good book.

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Allisontester
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Pickpick

Very sweet book with a touch of magic

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booklover984
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Nala may be sleeping, but she is still supervising me...

Crazeedi They always keep their eye on things, even if you think they're snoozing, 😉 6mo
booklover984 @Crazeedi that they do, especially if it's lap time lol 6mo
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This one started out as so-so and ended more like a pan. I did not like jumping back and forth between two stories (it was hard to follow), I did not like that one of my favorite book series (Harry Potter) had a raunchy sex novel spoof in this book called “Harriet Hotter” (that‘s just dumb) and I feel like so much time was spent on the ghost of Therese that the description of the book wasn‘t even accurate. It was a neat concept, but a boring read.

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kstadt929
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🤣🤣🤣

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booklover984
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Currently reading, my cat kima approves

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
thereadingowlvina Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎉👋💚 7mo
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MelissaSue81 Kitty!! So cute! 7mo
booklover984 @MelissaSue81 thank you, she's my second oldest, and all are spoiled 7mo
Crazeedi Sweet kitty, great book! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 7mo
TheLibrarian How sweet!! 7mo
chriss68 Welcome to Litsy! 💜📚 7mo
Tadams4 Welcome to Litsy! Kima is beautiful! 7mo
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Arvena
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I didn't expect so much sadness with a cover like that!

But there also was hope, love and an undeniable sense of mystery and intrigue.

The story moved slowly, was mostly unbelievable, but unconventional characters, creativity and whimsical writing makes this book enchanting and engaging :)

Jerdencon I loved this book! 7mo
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kstadt929
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I‘ve read 2 whole books, finished 2 in progress books and read from 1 other in progress during this #24B4Monday ... So why not start 1 more?? 😁 I just love this cover 😍 7 hours and 7 minutes in

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done. Good luck for the final day. 👍😊 7mo
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GirlWellRead
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The characters are rich and warm and are all lost objects in one way or another. Hogan weaves them together in a wonderful tale. I absolutely adored this book and felt like I had lost a friend when it was over.

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Macnjen
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Oh I loved this. Sweet story, two storylines and wonderful writing. I enjoyed all the characters, but I would have liked to see a bit more developed with the writings of the main male character. Worth the read.

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Lea
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#unpopularopinion This was really boring and almost nothing happened. The relationship with Sunshine was a highlight as was the addition of the dog. I only finished it for book club, otherwise I would have bailed. #readwomen

BookishShelly I‘m not part of any book clubs, so I freely bailed on it. 7mo
Lea @BookishShelly nice job! I should have too. 7mo
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Macnjen

Really enjoying the story and the writing. It‘s forcing me to slow down to enjoy the phrasing and descriptions.

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rhubarbtart
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It is one of the books you can read at bedtime and not have bad or weird dreams. There are stories within stories and all come together in a sweet, fun way in the end. I really liked the character, Sunshine. You really forget that she has Downs and love her for her charm and her sweet, honest way of looking at the world. And btw Predictable doesn‘t bother me when the story is good.

LondElle89 I've never heard of this book! It sounds very sweet. I'm usually not one for contemporary books, but I'll keep this one on my radar. 8mo
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Macnjen
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I‘m loving this!!!!!

MyBookSwapClub Beautiful cover :) 8mo
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Annashep
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New book group read and some trick or treat jelly beans ... good combo!!!! 🎃🎃

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DoonTheGoon
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Bailedbailed

Well... I tried. But this one just didn't grab me. It had charming moments that make me think that maybe someday I'll try again - but there's too many books in my TBR pile to waste any more time trudging through this one. Beautiful cover though!!!

Lea It‘s my book club read this month and that‘s the only reason I‘m still reading. I keep waiting for something to happen... 8mo
DoonTheGoon @Lea Exactly! It was just so slow... the pacing really killed it for me. I made it about half way and gave up. 8mo
BookishMe Sorry it didn't appeal to you (for now? ;)) I found this an easy to read - literary fluff /lemonade. Maybe it provided the light break from the other intense books I was reading then. I liked how the various ends weaved happily in the end 7mo
DoonTheGoon @BookishMe Maybe that was it for me... It's kind of a summery/fluff read and I don't typically find that those resonate with me. I'll probably try again someday! 7mo
BookishMe @DoonTheGoon 👌🏾👌🏾 7mo
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Macnjen
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Next up!

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blithebuoyant
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I love this book and codswallop is my favorite word in the entire English language. #sexistcodswallop #LPMBC

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blithebuoyant
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1.) my niece eating ramen
2.) #LPMBC
3.) read and a coffee date with my sister ♥️
4.) a highlighter
5.) she was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens till her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes! What was she to do, where was she to go? She was out on her fanny!

nu-bibliophile The Nanny?! Right! 8mo
blithebuoyant @nu-bibliophile indeed! 8mo
Susanita Hey Mr. Sheffield! 8mo
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blithebuoyant
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I didn‘t come here to be attacked in this manner 😂 OOF MY FEELS.

Autumnscribe Two of my daughters are obsessed with these books. They love them. It is one of the few things they have in common, lol. They are literally counting the days till the next one comes out in November. 8mo
blithebuoyant @Autumnscribe i didn‘t know it was a series! 8mo
Autumnscribe @blithebuoyant well I don‘t know whether to tell you merry Christmas or apologize. There are currently six books out; seven comes out on nov. 6 8mo
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blithebuoyant @Autumnscribe 😮😮😮 8mo
Autumnscribe 😎😎😎 8mo
julesG @Autumnscribe The Keeper of Lost Things is a standalone novel by Ruth Hogan. Hogan has written three novels so far. Maybe you confused it with this series? 8mo
blithebuoyant @julesG why are you trying ro ruin my life, what did I ever do to you 😭😂 8mo
julesG @blithebuoyant Sorry! I just got my hopes up, too. I loved The Keeper of Lost Things and didn't want it to end. 8mo
blithebuoyant @julesG I‘m reading it for #LPMBC! It‘s so gooood 8mo
Autumnscribe @julesG @blithebuoyant Omg. I am so VERY sorry. I should not Litsy at the end of the day, my brain is obviously not up to par. I usually just lurk. Yes, I did get confused with keeper of the list cities. Again, I am so very sorry. #GoingBackToSilentlyLurking (edited) 8mo
blithebuoyant @Autumnscribe 😂 No worries! We‘ve all done it! 8mo
Autumnscribe @blithebuoyant 🤐😎🤗 8mo
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Jenken1998
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Loved this weekends audiobook. I must have this in print. Lovely writing, great characters, easy to follow timeline jumps that make sense, fun whimsical plot, and short stories inside the the main plot... such a charming book. ❤❤❤❤❤

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Lel2403
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Book Mail, Keeper of Lost Things, part of the 6 for (c8 promotion at the works.co.uk and The Dead Lands from Willoughby book club...I love new books

Rissreads I love new books too! 9mo
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DoonTheGoon
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Anyone else love that Fall is here and it's cool enough to read in the bath again!?

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Love this quote!

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LoverofLit
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With the tagged book finished, I am officially done with both the 2017 and 2018 #popsugarreadingchallenge for the year! 💪💪💪👏👏👏😍😍😍 Now I'm going to read a bunch of YA and smut until the end of the year so prepare yourselves!

2BR02B Congrats! 👏👏👏 9mo
TheSpineView Good job! 9mo
LoverofLit @2BR02B and @TheSpineView Thank you guys!! 9mo
whatshesreadingnow Congrats! 👏🏻💕 9mo
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