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The Red Notebook
The Red Notebook | Antoine Laurain
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Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
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TaciturnWhenReading
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What a gorgeous little novel this was. Couldn‘t stop smiling as I finished the final few pages. All the stars!

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TaciturnWhenReading
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Traveling for business means eating dinner by myself occasionally. Solo eating means solo reading! #winwin

rabbitprincess I get so much reading done when I travel for work! On my last trip I read 3 books in 3 days 😱 1mo
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Buechersuechtling
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There was a part around the middle where it dropped hugely. But “The Nostalgia of the Unknown” (?) and the last hour (approximately) makes it all good again. I fell for Laure and her thoughts and attitudes. ❤️

Additionally, I liked that the going of the search was at least close to how things normally go. Chloé had a brilliant scene. ?

Nice, light and partly an above-average feel good read. ??

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Buechersuechtling
Liebe mit zwei Unbekannten | Antoine Laurain
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I did a bit of audiocooking tonight. This noodles sauce was supposed to last for two lunches but I‘m sure I‘ll eat at least three times of it. ??‍♀️ It already smells good. Can tell you tomorrow if it‘s tasty.

I still like the audiobook. It‘s light and entertaining. Even though I‘m finding the situation where he is in her apartment to look after Belphégore and where he is then going through her stuff, photos and so on, weird. To say the least.

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Buechersuechtling
Liebe mit zwei Unbekannten | Antoine Laurain
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Seems, my life wants to tell me to sleep now. 🙄

The good thing is: the kitchen and the dining room all smell after freshly baked cheesecake, that‘s wonderful.

The sad thing is: The electrical slatted frame in my bed _once_again_ has packed up. 😠 Which is why I now decided to want a new one.

No more reading in bed for me today.
Don‘t like that. 😰

Maybe I treat myself with some more audiobooking – even if it doesn‘t really feel like a treat.

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Buechersuechtling
Liebe mit zwei Unbekannten | Antoine Laurain
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What I did this evening.

It‘s just the picture that indicates that the right side of the cheesecake is as dark as midnight; in reality it‘s less sinister.

While preparing the cake I listened to some music because I knew that the noise of the blending machine wouldn‘t let me concentrate on an audiobook but after having put the cake in the oven and while cleaning up 🧼 I started the tagged audiobook.

Seems to be nice light entertainment so far.

Moony 😍😍😍😍😍 3mo
Buechersuechtling @Moony The cake❓ Yeah, it‘s definitely yummy. 🤤 I know that for sure because I‘ve eaten it uncounted times already. But thank you very much for your kind comment. It came in handy since I‘m a bit disappointed because the original plan was to bake it together with my significant other. But there has been an unforeseen disruption so I did the cake all on my own and feel so forsaken. (But for feeling so there is no reason. But anyway … 🤷🏽‍♀️) 😟 3mo
Moony A big hug for you! Have a wonderful day! 3mo
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Palindrome
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When unassuming Parisian bookseller Laurent Letellier stumbles upon an abandoned handbag, he feels compelled to return it to its rightful owner. There is no formal identification in the bag. There is, however, a red notebook, filled with all manner of jotting, musing, and beguiling disclosure. With effortless style and splashes of he said/she said humor, this novella feels old-fashioned yet modern, simple yet complex, frivolous yet philosophical.

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Lynnsoprano
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#nextup I probably won‘t get much read here tonight, because I‘m really tired, but at least I got this #kindlitsy gift downloaded onto my Kindle. Lately, downloads have been an adventure. I guess my baby is starting to feel her age😂

sammisho Enjoy!!! 8mo
Lcsmcat I loved that book! 8mo
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arcticxxfabby
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Had me hooked after the first couple of pages. I couldn't wait to see how they would come together in the end.

#bookclubbook

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Thanks you so much @Insightsintobooks this was a very unexpected gift! #kindlitsy

Insightsintobooks You're welcome!! 10mo
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heikemarie
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Thank you @sammisho this one looks so cute!! #kindlitsy

sammisho I loved it! Hope you enjoy! 10mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I would love to thank the giver of this generous #kindlitsy gift, but he/she didn‘t include their Litsy handle in the message, and the name doesn‘t come up in the database. Thank you, thank you, whoever you are! This is pure Litsy. This is a book on my TBR because of reading a Litsy review, gifted by a Litten. Love it! 💕 I think today will be a pay-it-forward day.

sammisho I knew as soon as I sent it I forgot to add my handle! I adore this book, hope you enjoy it! 11mo
Lynnsoprano @sammisho I am really looking forward to it. 11mo
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Louise
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A delight for book lovers and francophiles! A Parisian bookseller finds a stolen handbag and searches throughout Paris to find its owner. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #France

WanderingBookaneer One of my faves! 11mo
JazzFeathers Oh, it sounds nice 😊 11mo
umbrellagirl I loved this! 11mo
Louise @WanderingBookaneer @umbrellagirl I‘m on a bit of an Antoine Laurain kick at the moment. Just read 2 and have ordered another 2 from the library. It‘s fun to roam the streets of Paris vicariously through his characters! 11mo
Louise @JazzFeathers Yes! It‘s a lovely, positive little book. And it‘s fun that it takes place in Paris! 11mo
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SoniaC
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Finished this up last night. Story about Paris which is good, story about a book store/bookseller which is good. Very fine line between live and stalking a little less good.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Parisian bookseller Laurent finds a woman‘s handbag in a street dustbin. There is nothing in the bag to identify its owner, only some personal effects and a small red moleskine notebook filled with the intimate writings of a woman Laurent begins to feel he would really like to know. A charming romantic story that will leave a #smile at the end.

#SeptemberDanes #bonjourmadame

#SisforSeptember @CaliforniaCay

Kalalalatja Sounds cute! ☺️ 14mo
Cathythoughts Adorable picture 14mo
Cinfhen I've only seen this book on Litsy ~ it sounds very sweet 14mo
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Autumnscribe
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This was a very quick, light-hearted read. I enjoyed it as much for it offering a hopeful respite from all of the ugly in the world, as I did for it‘s gorgeous prose. Often I found myself rereading passages just to savor them a little longer. Beautifully written, and superbly translated. Read it if you need a little boost in your faith in humanity but aren‘t looking for anything astoundingly deep or profound.

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BarbaraJean
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The perfect book to use for combining #Red for #readingresolutions and #Paris for #Augustisatrip!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
vkois88 Sounds fun! 1y
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MayJasper
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Today's theme in the #augustisatrip photo challenge is #Paris and it's reminded me of some more books I would like to read. They are all set in Paris.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @vkois88 👍

erzascarletbookgasm I love these. Haven‘t read French Rhapsody yet. 1y
Lcsmcat I ❤️ the Red Notebook! Need to find the other two. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
vkois88 I love the covers 1y
RachelAmphlett A wonderful book! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This light, funny novel will have you longing for a trip to Paris. 🇫🇷
#juneitselectrifying #frenchy

Sassy_Steph Oh my goodness I loved this book! It reminded me of old school movies with a kind of “meet cute” thing but when I try to explain it to people, they think it sounds kind of stalkerish! It‘s not at all! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Sassy_Steph It‘s a charming little book, isn‘t it? But I can see why some find it ‘stalkerish‘ especially in these modern times. 🙁 1y
sherri I loved this one! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to go!!! 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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On the blog today: some recommended authors to go to when you want a feel good read.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/feeling-groovy-authors-to-pick-up-...

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Wife
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Mehso-so

The reminded me of the movie While You Were Sleeping. A so-so for me. 2/5⭐️

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BarbaraJean
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This was a quick read about a man who finds an abandoned bag. He becomes intrigued by the bag‘s contents—particularly the musings in a little red notebook—and sets out to find the mystery woman the bag belongs to. A light, sweet, and charming book. Thank you to @tpixie for including it in my Secret Santa box!

erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too :) 1y
Joanne1 Stacked. Sound exactly like my kind of book. 1y
tpixie Oh! I‘m glad you liked it! It was a fun little book! I still want to read the authors other book! 1y
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umbrellagirl
The Red Notebook | Antoine Laurain
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1. I blatantly stole this image from @DebbieGrillo because these crackers are amazing.
2. In a good way, the tagged book was a #blameitonlitsy for me.
3. No
4. Messy 😞
5. Sherlock Gnomes. It was cute.
#humpdaypost

MinDea I have seen those at Trader Joe's but never tried them before! 2y
umbrellagirl @MinDea so good! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Three picks that are all a #quickread. #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Sassy_Steph I really loved the red notebook so much!!!! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Just 159 pages, but you‘ll be soaked in Parisian atmosphere in this lovely novella.
#marchinbooks #under200pages

8leagueboot This looks so lovely. 2y
EvieBee Nice. I need to read this. Have it on my Kindle shelf. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#allthebooksof2017 #mostreadgenre
I glanced through the list of books I‘ve read in the past six months - books I picked up on my own, not for book club reads - seems like I‘ve read quite a mixture of genres, except horror, maybe? And I don‘t read enough non-fictions and sci-fictions, too. 🤔

Eggs Great choices 😊 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I read Shutter Island this year too. 2y
rachaich I loved that book! Also the Guernsey one, Homegoing, Lost Things. All great books :) 2y
rachaich And Plainsong was wonderful! 2y
Kalalalatja I would like to read more non fiction as well. And find out which kind of non fiction I like 😄 2y
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janeycanuck
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It took me an unreasonably long time to realize that Laure wasn‘t in her early 20s.

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Jenken1998
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😍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I so enjoyed this little charming love story. Quick read that contains some of my favorite topics...books, bookstores, journals, and handbags. 😁 book 73 of 100 for #2017readingchallenge

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Libby1
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Mehso-so

Is it wrong to rate a book based on a previous book read that is similar? I will tag the similar book in the Comments with a Spoiler filter so as not to rule out anyone else's enjoyment.

There was also a bit of a creep factor with one of the characters. Did anyone else feel this way?

I ADORED this author's book, The President's Hat. Maybe I was expecting too much?

Libby1 I think The Reader on the 6:27 was far superior to this book. Has anyone else read both books? What did you think? 2y
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Libby1
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Don't know about you, but I wouldn't be keen to send my child to the Robespierre Nursery School!

😱☠️😱☠️😱☠️😱☠️😱☠️😱☠️😱

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Libby1
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Happy #InternationalCatDay !

This is probably the closest they've ever been to each other. 😼

The tagged book DOES have a cat in it. 😊

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Mimi28 Aaaaawwwww!!! 😻😻😻😻 2y
LauraBrook So cute!!! 2y
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Libby1
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This is one of those days when it IS my circus and it IS my monkey.

At least my bracelet matches my book.

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monnielane
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This charming little book swept me away and took me by surprise. 5⭐️ from me, exactly what I needed to read right now!

Librariana It's on my TBR, of course! Maybe I need to move it up! 2y
monnielane @Librariana Bump it up, girlfriend! It's under 200 pages, I almost read it in one sitting after the girls went to bed last night, but my eyelids wouldn't stay open. Finished it this morning with my coffee. Delightful! 2y
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elliemcc11
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Googled for an image of the book. Love the French cover 👍🇫🇷

And I loved this book...his others are on my reading list ☺

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elliemcc11
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Catching up on some more #netgalley reads. I like this one a lot. Getting me in the mood for our travels to France next weekend ☺🇫🇷

Cathythoughts France ❤️Emanuel Macron 2y
elliemcc11 @Cathythoughts he's younger than me and likes the older lady...winner! 😘 2y
Cathythoughts Oui, I concur. A definite winner. 😉. I'm jealous, a trip to France !! Enjoy (edited) 2y
elliemcc11 We are camping! Part of me is nervous but I'm sure it'll be lots of fun! 2y
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booksandsympathy
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Doing a little catch up on #jubilantjuly. I read The Red Notebook last year and loved it. The President's Hat is on my tbr. My local library doesn't have it, so I either have to see if they can do an interlibrary loan or I might just have to buy both books. 😊 #setinfrance

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WanderingBookaneer
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@erzascarletbookgasm : Recently I went to my sister's house for the first time in 18 months. I had given her this book before she had her accident and it was on her bedside table where she had left it before her vacation. I discovered it the day we left, but when I come back, I'll read it to her.

erzascarletbookgasm Aww, 💕 2y
LeahBergen Hugs. 💗💗 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Ooh la la!...sidewalk cafes, espresso, wine, bookstores, Parisian charm and a little romance..what's not to love? A bookseller finds a woman's handbag dumped in a bin. He retrieves it and attempts to track down the owner based on the clues in the handbag. He is intrigued and fascinated by the mysterious woman who jots down her thoughts in a red Moleskin and gets involved in her life, unwittingly. A pleasurable and satisfying read.

MrBook Nice review! 2y
TheLondonBookworm Sounds cute! ☺️ 2y
ReadingEnvy Sounds fun! 2y
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arlenefinnigan This sounds lovely! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @TheLondonBookworm @arlenefinnigan @ReadingEnvy It IS a cute, fun and lovely read! Stack it 😊 2y
Rachellynnwright Stacking this one! 2y
TrishB I should be reading now 😀 2y
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RachelAmphlett
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I love crime fiction, but every now and again I need a palate cleanser - this mystery is perfect: it's like a cross between Sliding Doors and Amelie!

#mystery #paris #oohlala

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vivastory
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Jess_Read_This ❤️❤️❤️It has been my fervent wish The Shop Around the Corner and Le Cahier Rouge were real. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading this! 2y
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bobregina
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New notebooks 📓! I can't even... 🌸🌺🌸🌺

DivineDiana Beautiful! 🌹 2y
WarpedSweetness Those are beautiful! 2y
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Alytrue
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The stack of books I'm taking on my (one week) vacation. Wouldn't want to run out of something to read, would I? My criteria: less than 350 pages, and it had to be in my TBR shelf (shelves) for over a year!

britt_brooke I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! (edited) 2y
Alytrue @britt_brooke I don't know why it has taken me so long to read this - it's just the kind of book I like. And perfect vacation reading! 2y
Jess_Read_This 😍❤️The Red Notebook❤️ 2y
Alytrue @Jess_Read_This Yes! It was a perfect vacation book. 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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5! ⭐what a delightful story. Can't wait to read more of Antoine's books.

Tanzy13 🐶 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Kindle Book Deals!!🙌🏻💙🦄 $0.99 for The Red Notebook, and $2.99 for Mom and Me and Mom!! Can't wait to read both of them soon!

Teafiend The red notebook was such a fun, quick read. I loved it! 3y
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Jess_Read_This
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Absolutely #sequelplease! This book caused me to fall in love with Antoine Laurain as a writer, wonder how many amazing books are out there that I'll never read because I don't speak French, and want to know how a sweet love story is continuing... *sigh* #AprilBookShowers


#love #lovestory #france #whatdoyoukeepinyourpurse #blameitonlitsy #lesigh #paris

RealLifeReading Great photo! 3y
Jess_Read_This @RealLifeReading 😊💕Thank you! For some reason I've had decent lighting the past few days! 3y
ScorpioBookDreams I love your folded flower! 3y
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AJBowers The flower is so cool! 3y
Jess_Read_This @ScorpioBookDreams @AJBowers Thank you!! I made it from the pages of an Outlander novel that was beyond loanable state from the local library. Rather than scrap it, we tried to repurpose it 😊 3y
AJBowers I hear that, one time my daughters tore apart a Harry Potter book, so I took a big heart hole punch and made some garland to hang, but it looked nothing like your gorgeous flower! Amazing job. ❤ 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @Jess_Read_This I've made a rose from Harry Potter pages before but it's not as nice as yours. 3y
elliemcc11 See... you do do crafts ☺👍 2y
Jess_Read_This @elliemcc11 Haha! With much help! 2y
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Luv2readbookz
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My aunt visited me at the library this morning and recommended this for a quick read. I ❤️ notebooks! 😍

BookishMarginalia I agree with your aunt! 3y
Suzze This is excellent! 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#MarchIntoReading #HappyReads

I've recommended these before, but always worth a bump. Perfect books for when you need a feel-good read. I've got Laurain's French Rhapsody on my TBR. 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😃😀😀😀😀😃😀

Donna_sBookMinute I loved The Red Notebook. 3y
Suzze The Red Notebook is sooooooo good. 3y
Litlady The Red Notebook for the win!! Bumping French Rhapsody up in my TBR! These are the perfect palate cleansers and excellent reads‼️ 👍❣📚 3y
Sassy_Steph Absolutely loved the red notebook!! Transported me to another place and time 3y
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