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Blankets
Blankets: An Illustrated Novel | Craig Thompson
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.
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jenniferw88
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@Mitch I'm in need of my blanket as it's very cold in Dorset - Jaffa has other ideas! I'm not going to stroke him though as he dribbles, and I don't want it on there! 😂

#wintersolsticeswap @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

RaeLovesToRead Pickles (our cat) is also a dribbler! 😄 11mo
sprainedbrain I still have some serious #blanketenvy 11mo
Chrissyreadit It‘s so gorgeous 😍😍😍😍 11mo
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 11mo
5feet.of.fury So pretty! (the blanket, and also the cat!) 11mo
TrishB Looks lovely ♥️ 11mo
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Nessavamusic
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Merry Christmas! Here are my #weekendreads

1. Listening to Ravished by Amanda Quick, making good progress on the massive A Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson & starting The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese on Kobo
2. The Holiday & new fav - Single All the Way
3. Tagged!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
Lovesbooks87 Single All The Way was so cute! 11mo
Mollyanna I love a good classic Amanda Quick. Enjoy. 11mo
rachelsbrittain Merry Christmas! I watched Single All the Way a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Such a cute one 😊 11mo
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jenniferw88
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I absolutely ❤ this blanket @Mitch #wintersolsticeswap @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

PS I had to rush taking this photo so it's blurry - Jaffa 🐈 kept jumping onto it! 🤣🤣🤣

MeganAnn How beautiful! 😍 12mo
FantasyChick That is gorgeous 😍 @Mitch sends the best gifts! 12mo
Mitch I‘m so happy you liked it. I tried to stick with an astrological theme! Hope Jaffa likes it too ♥️ 12mo
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TheBookHippie This is just stunning! 12mo
AmyG Wow that‘s beautiful. 12mo
Chrissyreadit I Love it! 😍😍😍😍 12mo
sprainedbrain Oh wow! That is amazing! 😍 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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Pickpick

This was a beautiful and sad graphic novel. About brotherhood and young love. 4.5⭐️
650 points #wgwordsearch
20 points another #bookspinbingo
25 points winter/holiday read
#mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
Another tbr done for #dashingdecember

TheAromaofBooks Looking fabulous!!! 12mo
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 12mo
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Amandajoy
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Pickpick

Catching up on my #bookspin reviews, this was August. A story about first love and exploring faith. The artwork added to the story and made his angst palpable.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Amandajoy
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Starting my gigantic, heavy #bookspin pick for August. I‘m going to need a support system to hold it.

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Amandajoy
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Forgot to post my #bookspin & #doublespin. Didn‘t take either of these with me on vacation, but I am looking forward to them when I get home!

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ChasingBliss
Pickpick

I‘m usually not one to read graphic novels, however I felt that Blankets was not only beautifully illustrated but an interesting and moving peek into a life. It was a quick read and brought up memories of the times in my life Craig writes about, like first loves and childhood struggles. I‘d highly recommend it.

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sdbruening
Bailedbailed

Well that was disgusting. Stopped halfway through because I don‘t need to see that many cartoon penises. Seriously.

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sabyym
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Mehso-so

This graphic novel by Craig Thompson was good. It displays relationship with family, trying to escape from reality, abuse, falling in love, & understanding faith. The most important part for me was how he goes back and forth with his religion-Christianity. However, I‘m not a Christian but coming from a Muslim family background and asking questions about faith but some pieces just not fitting in personally is something I relate to.

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cwarnier
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Pickpick

So I really enjoyed this graphic novel, but was a bit disappointed that all that time spent together that the main charters didnt find their way back together in the end.
And I found it entertaining that the dad couldn't figure out that hai daughter was vegetarian.
#24b4Monday

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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cwarnier
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For a boom published in 2015 I am surprised they have old fashioned cassette tapes. I love it. It reminds ss me of being a child.

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cwarnier
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These graphics are just so amazing.

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cwarnier
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It is Toy Story, only the person is awake.

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cwarnier
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This picture made me laugh. He looks like he has a man bun.

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cwarnier
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#lmpbc #round9 #groupA
@mklong @LibrarianRyan @REPollock
Some options on my tbr list of graphic novels. Have any of you read any of them? I am leaning towards Blankets, but it is bit on the long side at 500 pages.

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LibrarianRyan í ѕtαrtєd ѕєcσndѕ вut cσuldn't gєt íntσ ít. thє rєѕt lσσk íntєrєѕtíng. í dσn't cαrє αвσut pαgє numвєrѕ вєcαuѕє gn rєαd fαѕt. 2y
REPollock I haven‘t read any of them so I‘m game for whatever. 2y
mklong I read Blankets a few years ago, but liked it enough that I would be happy to read it again! 2y
cwarnier @mklong I won't choose Blankets if you have read this. I can read it on my own. I love #LMPBC to be able to read new books.
I think I may go with A Fire Story- about all of the CA fires.
2y
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Parvez
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Really liking it. Awesome art work.

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ThePageantHam
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Pickpick

Thompson's feelings of intense, obsessive guilt and shame around never being able to live up to perfect Christian faith and goodness brought me back to being wracked with those same feelings. He really poignantly captures the ways in which people who love each other push each other away despite desperately craving connection. The artwork is beautiful, and Thompson is so vulnerable and open about his experiences. Content warning: child abuse.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Pickpick

I hope everyone's holding up okay! I know the situation these past few months have taken a toll on my mental health and my reading life but a YA graphic novel was exactly what I needed to get myself out of the reading slump I was in. This is a great look at faith, family relations and first love (from the guy's perspective!) with outstanding illustrations that use magical realist at times to better convey our protagonist's memories and feelings.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Soaking up some spring sun! ☀️

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ThePageantHam
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Mourning the loss of a moment before the moment is even gone is one of the easiest ways to miss the moment altogether. 💜

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ThePageantHam
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I'm suuuuper homesick lately, and for the first time in a long time there is no clear light at the end of the tunnel of not being able to travel back to my hometown. The promise of a freak May snowstorm back home makes all of that homesickness much sharper. I miss snow something awful. The magical reverence, the alive silence, the eerie brightness in the dark of night. ✨

kspenmoll I am so sorry! It myst be so hard not to be able to “go home.” Snow is beautiful in winter. 3y
ThePageantHam @kspenmoll aww, thank you! I'm mostly very lucky and privileged in this pandemic in that I have been able to work from home and so far everyone I love has stayed healthy, so I feel a little guilty mourning my cancelled trip home and the uncertainty of when I'll be able to see my family again, but there are so many complicated facets to this crisis that we're all dealing with. I hope you're staying safe and healthy! 💜 3y
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ThePageantHam
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My heart breaks for innocent kids wracked with guilt in oppressive religious communities. I was that kid. Hell, sometimes I still am. I really appreciate Thompson's unflinching honesty. ❤

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ThePageantHam
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Blankets may have been the first graphic novel I ever purchased, long before I ever actually sat down and read a graphic novel. The receipt was still in there, showing I purchased it from #TribeComics on 10/17/16. I'm finally making the time for it, and I'm grateful to Past Casey for picking it up long before she ever could have imagined she would one day be hunkering down at home to flatten a coronacurve. 💙

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Fez223
Pickpick

Amazing

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StaceGhost
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Pickpick

Read this with this guy but he was more interested in decorating the tree #graphicnovel story wove so many threads of memory into a narrative full of rich shadows and luminous moments of clarity and love I was transported

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janeycanuck
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We have blankets stashed all over the house to snuggle under while reading with three up in the loft where I read the most!

#fallisbooked

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mdm139
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My mom is a quilter and I asked her to make me a Autumn quilt. This is the top of the quilt when we measured it to the king sized bed. #blankets #fallisbooked @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ What a treasure! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Love it! 🍂🍁 3y
Texreader Gorgeous!!! 3y
TheSpineView Wow! It is fabulous! 🧡🍁🧡 3y
PurpleyPumpkin That‘s beautiful!😍 3y
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megnews
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Pickpick

Difficult for me to review because I was able to find a path to faith from a similar experience & Craig was not. I think it does accurately depict fundamentalism & while I share similar beliefs, I‘ve also embraced room for questioning, critical thinking, & differences that I hope gives my kids freedom of choice (that God gives us) rather than forced belief. I felt sad for Craig at the end. Others who read this may have a different experience.

Crazeedi God expects us to question, to argue, to think and discover. Look at Moses and Jonah and all the other men and women of faith. We find our way to him by seeking and then understanding by the spirit. Sad to hear this author hasn't 4y
megnews @Crazeedi I agree! My strongest spiritual growth has been through struggles with God. I think in these cases it‘s disagreements with pastors or other authority figures who may not be big enough to handle it rather than God who is, that turns people off. I wish they could see past people to God. Sometimes we get in his way. 4y
Hestapleton I just finished this book today and I was wrestling with this too! I‘ve argued with God a lot but found my way back and it always makes me really sad when I see others who went a different path and I think that stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. Thank you for articulating this!! 3y
megnews @Hestapleton 👍🏻👍🏻 it was hard to put it in words. 3y
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JillPill
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. It hit a personal note for me as it was about the author's struggle with his Christian upbringing. I was raised in the church so I could really empathize with his struggles.

#Blankets #CraigThompson

GrilledCheeseSamurai Me too! Loved it. I'm the son of a baptist Preacher man so I had all the feels as well! 4y
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dougbooks
Pickpick

Before Blankets, I‘d yet to read a book that so accurately captured the feelings of my childhood. It was a bit unsettling. But, it made me feel a little less alone in the world. The only criticism that I have is that the ending was a bit flat.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#ANewChapter #SnowyCover

My favorite Craig Thompson graphic novel. ❤️

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Lindy I love this one too. ❤️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❄️❄️❄️ 4y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Have yet to read this!love the cover! 4y
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batsy
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It's been awhile since I read this but I recall there were some lovely wintry scenes and imagery that bring to mind #HazyShadeOfWinter #WinterWonderland

@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Looks like fabulous illustrations! 4y
Cathythoughts Yes ! Beautiful illustrations ❄️♥️ 4y
Cinfhen On my 2019 #TBR 4y
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Lindy Oh my yes! Fantastic winter scenes in a wonderful story. The first time I picked this up was in response to an email from our acquisition dept at the library, asking to check our on shelf copies for a page binding error. I started reading and didn‘t want to stop. 4y
batsy @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen The illustrations are gorgeous 💙 4y
batsy @Lindy I found it completely absorbing, too. And I remember reading it during Christmas break in the middle of a Winnipeg winter :) 4y
Lindy @batsy Thompson makes such good use of white space, as snow, and also to show feelings. This is a perfect book for a Winnipeg winter. 👍 4y
UrsulaMonarch What a good reminder to reread this, thank you all! 4y
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bookish_wookish
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Book-Club-Mas Day 12

Final day!! Its a blanket! Im not sure what the writing says because i had to run off to work this morning! I love it and its so soft! This was so much fun! Ill definitely do it again next year if they do it!

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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

Wooooow ❤️

This was beautiful. A coming of age story, with dark twists and secrets, sibling rivalry, faith and first loves. Just stunning 👌

Raemorales Looks good I am always on the hunt for a good graphic novel 4y
Kalalalatja @Raemorales me too! This is a chunkster, and autobiographical, and full of beautiful black and white art 👌 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good 4y
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Reviewsbylola Perfect picture. You look so cozy!! 4y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola I was 👌 I‘m all about the cozy lifestyle at the moment 😄 4y
Sarah83 I always wanted to read. Maybe now I will finally order it. 😊 4y
mrp27 I enjoyed this one too. Really brought me back to my younger days and early relationships. 4y
Erinreadsthebooks Great picture! I don't usually love graphic novels but I did love this one 💞😍 4y
batsy I read it awhile ago (while in university!) but I loved it ❤️ 4y
Suet624 This picture is the best. 4y
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Pickpick

A beautiful graphic novel about the childhood and teenage years of Craig Thompson. The beautiful illustrations transported me into the Wisconsin winter. Perfect reading experience!

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Jennick2004
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The guardian of my book and blanket keeper 🤣
PS she thinks the pom poms on the blanket are toys!

CatLass007 She is beautiful! What is her name? 4y
BethM Our dog feels the same way about those balls! 4y
Jennick2004 @CatLass007 Kalli...very creative for a calico I know 🤣😝 4y
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Jennick2004 @BethM I better hope our dogs don‘t decide to try or I won‘t have a blanket anymore! PS, are you from FDL?! 4y
BethM @Jennick2004 sure am! 4y
Jennick2004 @BethM thought so, small world 🌎 4y
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guinsgirlreads
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#HeatOfJuly
#KissAGirl

A winter scene to help cool things down. 😁

Young love, coming of age, becoming who you want to be...Blankets has always struck a chord with me. I can relate with the whole 'growing up in a religious family and not agreeing with it' bit.

Anyways. Kissy kissy. 😘

Fantastic story. ❤️

@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

daena Loved this graphic novel 💚 4y
BarbaraBB Great graphics! 4y
vivastory Habibi is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I definitely need to read this! 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @vivastory heck yeah! Habibi is 👌 4y
Cinfhen Kissy Kissy indeed 😍😘🙌🏻❣️Both GN sounds awesome 4y
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night_shift
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Pickpick

"--no matter how temporary."

Such a beautiful and honest telling of growing up, first love, and finding yourself (both spiritually & otherwise). Absolutely lovely!

Ingerella I've been wanting to read this one. It's my kind of graphic novel. 5y
night_shift @Ingerella it was so full of heart, but also a chunkster at over 500 pages! 5y
Ingerella Yes, I was eyeballing it at the bookstore..it's a bigg'un! I want to jump on it but geez, have I overcommitted myself to book clubs, buddy reads and swaps! My reading shelf feels like an assembly line! 5y
night_shift @Ingerella when it starts to feel like a chore, maybe back out of somethings? It's why I don't do buddy reads anymore. They stress me out because I can't keep up! It's a big book, but it only took me an hour or so to read it! 5y
Ingerella Definitely good advice! 5y
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Sjhaug
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Pickpick

Beautiful. :)

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Dariachick
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Look what came!!!!! Thank you @ReadingRover !!!! I love them ! #blanketandbookswap @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

ReadingRover I saw that it arrived today. I‘m so happy you liked everything. I saw that the cookbook was on your tbr and couldn‘t resist getting it for you. You better post pics of all the literary themed foods you make now! 5y
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ReadingRover
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Thank you @Dariachick for the super soft blanket and the wonderful book! I recently reread the original and have been dying to read the GN so I‘m super excited. I‘m really sorry that your package didn‘t get to you on time. I should have sent it sooner. I hope you like everything once it gets to you. #blanketandabookswap @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

BibliophileMomma I haven‘t read this but have been wanting to for so long! 5y
Dariachick Awwww @ReadingRover I'm so glad you like!!! The blanket was super cozy! No worries bout mine can't wait till I get it :) 5y
ReadingRover @Tiffy_Reads I enjoyed the reread but I was totally enthralled by it as a kid. I wanted to make sure I had it fresh in my mind so I could see the movie. Let me know what you think if you read it! 5y
ReadingRover @Dariachick It‘s so fluffy!!! 🦄 5y
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Puredragonstar
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@Kelican17 Thank you so much! Your box was amazing I love everything!!! The blanket is so beautiful! I cannot wait to read this one I will definitely let you know how it goes! I love the socks, pin & sticky notes they are perfect! South Florida is to hot we live in AC year round never have the doors or windows open I keep the AC at 72 degrees so it gets chilly in my house so I love blankets!!! 😂💜 @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Puredragonstar @Kelican17 I also wanted to say I found the print in the book ”Expecto Patronum” its beautiful! I have a tattoo of the saying 🤗 your wrapping was so cool! How creative! I would have never thought to have wrapped it in that way! My cat Darth Vader loved the paper and the bag! Thank you again! 😂🧙🏻‍♀️ #blanketandbookswap #bookandblanketswap #blanketandabookswap 5y
Reviewsbylola Love it!! 5y
Kelican17 @Puredragonstar I‘m glad you liked everything! Thats cool that you have a Harry Potter tattoo!!! I had fun hunting for all the stuff I thought you would like ☺️☺️☺️☺️ 5y
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Kappadeemom
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THANK YOU @goodbyefrancie for my blanket, book and journal!! I cant wait to snuggle in my blanket(with my dog and cat😆) I really enjoyed this swap! #blanketandbookexchange
@JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

goodbyefrancie So glad you liked it! I haven't even had a chance to open mine yet. 😔 That pesky work thing has stolen my day! 😉 5y
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Kelican17
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@Puredragonstar you knocked it out of the park for this swap!!!! I have been sick in bed for 3 days and opening my box this morning made me smile so BIG! Especially that Bob‘s Burgers pin 😂😂😂 I can‘t wait to snuggle under my new blanket and read this book! Seriously- thank you, i love all of it! #doctorwho #bobsburgers #sherlock #sloths #socks #blanketandbookswap

JoeStalksBeck Awesome! 5y
Puredragonstar I'm so glad you like everything!!! I was so worried about the blanket! I wanted so many different ones for you but I really liked the way this Dr who one looked. I hope it keeps you warm and I really hope you feel better!!! And I loved my box too!!!! I posted pictures!!! (edited) 5y
ErikasMindfulShelf That book is great but bonkers! 5y
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