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The Zig Zag Girl
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Great Fall Thrillers "Clever, immensely likeable...Captivating." The Wall Street Journal In the first installment of a compelling new series by Elly Griffiths featuring Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magnificent Max Mephisto, a band of magicians who served together in World War II track a killer whos performing their deadly tricks. Brighton, 1950. The body of a girl is found cut into three pieces. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is convinced the killer is mimicking a famous magic trickthe Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old war friend of Edgars. They served together in a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, a special ops troop that used stage tricks to confound the enemy. Max is on the traveling show circuit, touring seaside towns with ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Hes reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate, but advises him to identify the victim quickly it takes a special sidekick to do the Zig Zag Girl. Those words come back to haunt Max when the dead girl turns out to be Ethel, one of his best assistants to date. Hes soon at Edgars side, hunting for Ethels killer. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max are sure the answer to the murders lies in their army days. And when Edgar receives a letter warning of another trick on the way the Wolf Trap he knows theyre all in the killers sights.
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Aims42
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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A fun read! I‘m so glad I stumbled upon Elly Griffiths, she‘s a fantastic storyteller 😁

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Aims42
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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The presents are all wrapped, the Fur Tree wallflower from Bath & Body Works is plugged in, and reindeer socks are ON! Time to unwind and enjoy a little relaxing reading time while soaking up some sunlight and Christmas lights 😚☺️
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!!

MallenNC Those socks are so cute. 1mo
Nute Love the tree! Love the socks! Enjoy your moment of relaxation!💚 1mo
Aims42 @MallenNC Thank you!! A gift from my sister-in-law a few years ago, I love them!! 1mo
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Aims42 @Nute Thank you!!! Yes, a brief moment of relaxation before the craziness 🤪 Lol 1mo
BookBabe Love this pic AND THOSE SOCKS!! 😃❤️🎄 1mo
Aims42 @BookBabe Thank you!! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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Aims42
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Picked up my newest library holds today 🙌🏻 I can‘t pick which one to read first 😁

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emmaturi
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This is the first in the Stephens and Mephisto series. Set in Brighton in the 1950s, Stephens is a DI and Mephisto is a magician. It's a good crime series, kept me gripped and didn't have a clue who the killer was.

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PuddleJumper
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Mehso-so

There was nothing wrong with this book exactly I just found it very meh

Once I put it down I forgot about it which is why it took me so bloody long to read it!

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Susanita
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Day 5 of #20series20days is the Magic Men, which I was introduced to during the (original?) #whodunitbymail endeavor. I‘ve read through book 3 in which a #lovetriangle rears its ugly head. As long as it doesn‘t drag on and on (looking at you, Stephanie Plum), I can tolerate this development.
#Top20series
#tropesinAugust

Andrew65 Read the first one, but never got back to the series. A good reminder. 1y
Klou Awesome!! 👍 1y
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Lynnsoprano
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This was an enjoyable mystery by one of my favorite writers. Interesting characters and a very different premise. This is the first of a series, and I will definitely continue with it. Although I seem to be stuck in post-WWII Britain these days 😄 4/5⭐️

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Lynnsoprano
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I wasn‘t sure what I wanted to read, so I started scrolling through my Kindle library. This caught my eye, but I realized I have more than enough books to weather whatever comes.

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Crazeedi
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Book 1 of the Stephen's and Mephisto mystery series. This was a delightful murder mystery. Griffiths writing brings great life to her characters. The Magic Men were together during WW2 involved in undercover work. 5 years later they are together again when one of them is murdered. Max and Edgar need to find him before they're all killed
#24B4Monday @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid
5 hrs 36 minutes today

Andrew65 Great time, well done. 👏👏👏 I read the first of these a few years ago but not got back to them. 2y
kspenmoll I love her books but never tried this series. Now I will. Nice review! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read this series for quite some time. One of these days!! 2y
Crazeedi @kspenmoll @TheAromaofBooks I thought is was fun read, if you like her other series, you'll like this 2y
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EadieB
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Eggs 💗📚👏🏻📚🌟 2y
MallenNC I love her Ruth Galloway series but have only read the first of this one. I need to give the next one a try. (edited) 2y
Ruthiella Love the covers! 😍 2y
TheAromaofBooks I've had these on my list forever!! 2y
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JoyfulChaos
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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This was a fun cozy little mystery. Light and easy to read. Some of the foreshadowing was a tad obvious, but overall, it was a good read. Would make a good palette cleanser, if you need one!

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JoyfulChaos
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths

I have been very absent over the last year. I am settling in, and working through a cozy little mystery. I have just found a reading challenge, that I've altered to help me read through the mountain of TBR in my house. I hope to start getting back in at the beginning and end of each book I get through. :)

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AlaMich
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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My #libraryhaul of this afternoon. The tagged book is by the author of the Ruth Galloway series, which I have heard great things about. But the premise of this series sounds like fun.

Sace Oh wow! That *does* sound good! I'm off to see if any of my libraries has it. 2y
janeycanuck I really enjoyed the Zig Zag Girl. Hope you do, too! 2y
AlaMich @Sace She‘s already written four books in this new series. It certainly wins points for originality! 😊 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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I forgot to post this last night - oops! 12 hours of reading done, and two books down. I started a third, DNF-ed it, and then got a few chapters into the tagged book. I'm pretty pleased with myself 🙌

#24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 A great time, well done. 🙌 I enjoyed the tagged book, but much prefer her Ruth Galloway Series which is one of my favourite series. 3y
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Lucy_Anywhere
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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My #BFCr2 check in! I read three books last week 🙌 so I'm happy about that. And although I didn't exercise everyday, I went for a couple of walks and spent two days digging out my classroom which #LitnFit have decided totally counts as exercise! Also, I'm slowly melting in this heatwave... It's 32 C / 90 F already 😧

#BookFitnessChallenge @mcipher @BeckyB @krayoncolorz @DebbieGrillo @okthislooksbad @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @twohectobooks

okthislooksbad I'm just looking at that picture of the harbour thinking "that looks so serene and lovely" and then I remember how hot it probably is... ☀ ☠ Great first week you've had, stay cool and don't forget sunscreen! 3y
DebbieGrillo Love the photo composition! 3y
twohectobooks Hope the heatwave doesn‘t last too much longer! 3y
mcipher I hope it cools down soon! Great first week - I bet cleaning the classroom is better than an aerobics class. 😆 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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How my wife gets ready for bed.

batsy As one should 😁 3y
Gina Awwww♡♡♡ 3y
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BookishMarginalia
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Enjoying this first in the #MagicMenMysteries series by the creator of the #RuthGallowayMysteries, but... I miss Ruth! #WinterStormReadathon Hour 15

MallenNC I felt the same way. I love the Ruth Galloway series, so I want to try another one in the Magic Men series to see if I like it more. 3y
Mdargusch I thought this book was just ok. In fact, I don‘t remember much about it. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3y
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Captivatedbybooks
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Excuse the messy table but my #whodunitbymail peeps i have these books and will get to them asap

Karen Just checking to see if you sent any books? I haven‘t received anything. 3y
Captivatedbybooks @Karen nope first one should hopefully be this week coming and then i start the next one 3y
PatriciaU @Captivatedbybooks do you still have Zig Zag Girl? 3y
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ralexist
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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1950s mystery set in the world of magicians. My letter Z for the Litsy AtoZ challenge. This didn't blow me away as Detective Stephens was kind of "meh", but I did enjoy the sidekick-like fellow of Mephisto. This is the first in a series. Not sure if I'll go on to read the second but it's still a solid mystery and the magician (Earth bound not fantasy) angle is a new twist on the detective genre.

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterZ

BookishMarginalia Woohoo! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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Tove_Reads
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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JoyBlue
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Pickpick

I almost bailed on this before the halfway mark; but it started to get more fun. Glad I finished it.

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Pamwurtzler
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Just finished this in the air conditioned comfort of my car. The thermometer on the dashboard says 98 degrees- ugh. I liked this one - who doesn‘t love a book where one of the MC‘s is named Max Mephisto?
#LitsyAtoZ #LetterZ

Pamwurtzler P.S. Thanks for the rec, @Ncostell ! 4y
Ncostell @Pamwurtzler You‘re very welcome! Glad you liked it! 4y
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Pamwurtzler
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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1. The craziest thing I can think of is that I have successfully managed to keep this fuchsia plant alive for 2 months! Usually it would be dead by now.
2. Overnight oats
3. Magician murder army
4. A ratty dish towel
5. 5‘ 8”
#humpdaypost

MidnightBookGirl I want to read ahout a magical murder army! 4y
Pamwurtzler @MidnightBookGirl I‘m not very far in, but those were my random three words. I‘ll have to see where they go! 4y
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Ncostell
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This was my #Z book for the #LitsyAtoZchallenge and it is the first book in the Magic Men mystery series. While I pretty easily figured out the culprit, I enjoyed the setting of 1950s Brighton and the world of the vaudeville/variety circuit. The main characters‘ backstory of their lives together during the war was intriguing as well. I won‘t rush out to pick up the next books in the series, but I could see myself reading them at some point.

Booksnchill I read it and the next one I did as a hoopla audiobook- I recommend on audio! 4y
Ncostell @Booksnchill Good idea, I bet it‘s great on audio! I love listening to British accents. 4y
Pamwurtzler Oh good - I need a Z book! Stacked! 4y
Ncostell @PamWurtzler Yes, Z was one of the more challenging letters to find! 4y
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Martta
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Mehso-so

I was a bit disappointed with this book. I think it had really interesting topic and characters but they could have been used better for the story. The story and especially some specific plot choices would have worked better if they were different. Also tension was missing from the book. It was a nice read anyway just not great.

Mdargusch I agree with your review. I liked it enough to finish but not enough to recommend it. 4y
Martta @Mdargusch Exactly! 😊 4y
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wallacereads
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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My only experience with Ms. Griffiths is the Ruth Galloway series, which I love. Unsurprisingly, I am enjoying the first book of the Stephens and Mephisto series. Thanks to @mabell for sending me this book eons ago. #13books13weeks #mountTBRchallenge

mabell Yay!! Glad you're enjoying it! 😊 4y
TheHeartlandBookFairy I love the hashtag #mounttbrchallenge ! 😂 4y
wallacereads @TheHeartlandBookFairy - it is a challenge @DivaDiane is hosting! 4y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @Phancatherine , somehow I missed that! I will definitely use that hashtag as well, it's perfect LOL 😂 4y
DivaDiane @TheHeartlandBookFairy Yes, feel free to join us! It‘s very low key. You can choose how many of your pre-owned unread books you‘d like to get off #MountTBR. I post a check in every once in a while. 4y
TheHeartlandBookFairy @DivaDiane , thank you 😊 4y
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Martta
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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This has been a pleasant suprise so far! It holds up nicely even for the nordic noir books I've read lately. This was one of those super sale finds that I wasn't too sure about but I'm glad I bought it. 😊

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Martta
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After visiting medieval Finland I felt like it was a good time for a basic murder mystery. I have not read Elly Griffiths before. I hope that it's good! This is my "Z" for #LitsyAtoZ ??

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Mdargusch
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This is a fun murder mystery centered around a group of WWII veterans that specialized in building illusions to trick the Germans. One by one they are getting killed off and these Magic Men try to solve the crimes. I will be putting this in the mail very soon @Kangaj1
#whodunitbymail

Susanita This is my favorite so far of the #whodunitbymail selections. 4y
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Mdargusch I really enjoyed it @Susanita but In Cold Blood is my favorite so far. We‘ve had quite a range of mysteries. 4y
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Susanita I won‘t get that until the very end! 4y
Reviewsbylola Pretty picture. 😍 4y
BookishBelle I loved this one! Such a good book! 4y
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Mdargusch
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My #MayTBR- 7 of these books are for readalongs or bookclubs. 😳
#reading-resolutions
#whodunitbymail
#mgbuddyread
#thornbirds
#lmpbc #groups
#olcwtaread

tjwill I loved Salt to the Sea. That sounds like my April. I committed to lots of books last month. Good luck! 4y
Lmstraubie Yay! Posted! 4y
Hollie I also loved Salt to the Sea! 4y
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emilyhaldi Damn your month is all booked up!! Pun intended 😆 4y
Bourriquet76 Loved Salt to the Sea. 4y
Cathythoughts I‘ll be Gone In the Dark 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
Reviewsbylola Busy month!! 4y
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TieDyeDude
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Mehso-so

I haven't read many mystery novels, but this was enjoyable enough. A slow start, lots of character history and flashbacks, seemed a little bloated in the middle. Certain threads left hanging for very long times, though it all wrapped up in a decent conclusion.

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Booksnchill
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A quick enjoyable mystery, number 1 in the magic men series. This one is on the Libby app and read by James Langton- excellent narration. Involves a group of men and their commanding officer who were active in WWII using illusions to trick the nazi‘s into believing the coast of Scotland was arming itself with boats, tanks etc. the past comes back into their lives and begins killing them off- starring the Great Max Mephisto. Fun and light.

tammysue Great review! 4y
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ReadingEnvy
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My next #whodunitbymail book came from @BookishBelle ... Love the notebook!!

Susanita This is still my favorite #whodunitbymail so far. 4y
BookishBelle Yay! I‘m glad it made it to you! 4y
Mdargusch Did you send this to me yet? I‘m thinking I should‘ve gotten this by now? 4y
ReadingEnvy @Mdargusch you should have gotten an email from me today with a tracking number. I was a bit behind. 4y
Mdargusch Ok. No problem. I just was getting worried that it might be lost. Thanks! 4y
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BookishBelle
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Pickpick

This one was a little slow starting up but I enjoyed how well the setting was described and I liked the characters a lot. Plus, the ending was pretty cool. So, it‘s a pick for me. @ReadingEnvy This one will be headed your way this afternoon. I‘m hoping to get it to you on time. My apologies if it‘s a little late. These past few weeks have been rough. #whodunitbymail

ReadingEnvy No worries, I still need to mail mine too. We're awfully close to the date I'd say. 4y
BookishBelle Thanks @ReadingEnvy ! Yes, we‘re pretty close! 😊 4y
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BookishBelle
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Doing a little #lunchtimereading on this dreary Valentine‘s Day. Gotta get this #whodunitbymail book read so I can get it off in the mail next week!

HFoster What the heck?! How does your food look like it has no container? 😮❤ 4y
BookishBelle @HFoster I‘m magic. 😮❤️ 4y
HFoster I knew it!! 😮❤ 4y
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BookishBelle
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Reading while waiting for my brakes to be checked. 🚙

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BookishBelle
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1. #LetsMakeTricksySmile Lucy and Biel cuddled up together on the left. 😍 Lucy and Ginger on the right. Ginger is my Mom‘s dog.
2. iPhone
3. Either. I love cookies! 🍪
4. Reading tagged book. Haven‘t had much time to get into it lately though. So far, we‘re following around a police officer in post-WW2 Europe while he tries to solve a murder.
5. Football
#HumpDayPost @MinDea

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BookishBelle
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I‘m starting this one over lunch today! #whodunitbymail #lunchtimereading

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dariazeoli
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I finished my latest #whodunitbymail yesterday! The real mystery is, where can I find a ballpoint pen to write in the awesome notebook that‘s accompanying this book? Apparently not in this room 😂

leslieseidel 😂😂 I know the feeling! Never a pen or Kleenex around when you need it! 4y
Mdargusch I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 4y
Jerdencon This was a good story! 4y
PatriciaU I just loved that notebook! 4y
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Susanita
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The “Magic Men” are some of the new favorite characters I met this year. #allthebooksof2017

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dariazeoli
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I received The Zig Zag Girl (#whodunitbymail) in the mail today from @Bklover - and so my list to finish out 2017 is complete! These are all the books I hope to complete before midnight on January 1. 🤞🏻

I also have 2 library books on my shelf that I‘ve renewed twice and not started. They may have to go back unread. 😬

#leio

Captivatedbybooks Is this an app? 4y
dariazeoli Yes - it‘s called Leio. It‘s IOS only, unfortunately, but totally worth the $5 for the paid version IMO 4y
Bklover I‘m glad you got it! I may have to look into leio too! 4y
RaimeyGallant This sounds so interesting. 4y
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Jerdencon
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Today's library haul... one for me and 3 for the kiddo! #libraryday #raisingreader

GrilledCheeseSamurai The thought of A 65-story tree house has my imagination swirling...! 😀 4y
Jerdencon @GrilledCheeseSamurai it's a great series! 4y
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GinEyre22
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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#novemberbythenumbers Day 7:
7 days of the week

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GinEyre22
The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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Catching up on #noteworthynovember Day 4: Bookmarks