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Carnegie's Maid
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty. Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills he doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future -- and her family's. With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist..
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kremi
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Was there a woman like Clara Kelly next to Carnegie in his youth? Which with its alert mind is equal to it in economic steps. But also to remind him where he came from. To turn his attention to poverty, the scarcity and the quest for survival of ordinary families who emigrated from their native lands. The strong thread of attraction between Clara and Andrew merges with their intellectual interests and rational minds.

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kremi
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My currently reading in this august evening. Wonderful book!

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katy4peas
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I really enjoyed this one! Of course the account is fictionalized so the ending leaves us wanting a bit more, but overall it was a satisfactory ending and really enjoyable. I will be reading more from this author for sure.
Audiobook was decent.

katy4peas I would have liked more from Andrew‘s point of view in a way and I would have liked Clara to have snuck him a note saying goodbye and that she needed to leave to help her family. But 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Aims42
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This book was beyond fascinating!! I resisted the urge of researching along the way and I‘m so glad I resisted, it would‘ve spoiled everything 😱 A five star historical fiction read, no question ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi Her books are excellent have you read, I loved it 9mo
Aims42 @Crazeedi I started that one 2 summers ago on vacation and couldn‘t get hooked ☹️ I think it was a timing thing because I‘ve enjoyed this book and (below). Will have to try that one again 👍🏻 9mo
Crazeedi @Aims42 I enjoyed the Christie book too. It vg took me a bit to get into it. I've actually enjoyed all her books 9mo
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Aims42 @Crazeedi Nice!!! Yes, I will have to give ‘The Only Woman in the Room‘ another shot 👍🏻 Her ‘Lady Clementine‘ sounds good too! 9mo
Crazeedi @Aims42 yes it was 9mo
Crazeedi @Aims42 yes it was! 9mo
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rebbyj
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Mehso-so

#covid audio meh.

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bluestocking.book.nerd
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"From this experience, I learned that when you‘ve gone astray, a helping hand will always emerge from the darkness."

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j.rye
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3.5. I really enjoyed this book! I loved the writing style and the narrator was fantastic. My only real complaint is that it felt unfinished. Almost as if she reached a certain page count and decided that was long enough. It was really interesting to learn a little more about the Carnegies. I frequent their libraries and have lived near CMU for a lot of my life, but I didn‘t know how much he did for Pittsburgh! 🌉

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j.rye
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Just as I was driving over the Fort Pitt bridge, Clara started talking about getting off the street car at Grant Street... my exit for work. 🥰 I‘m really enjoying all these Burgh references and getting a feel for the city during the Industrial Age.

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Bamendo
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Interesting-entertaining

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BookNAround
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A young Irish immigrant becomes the lady‘s maid for Andrew Carnegie‘s mother in this imagined novel about where Carnegie might have gotten inspiration to donate so much of his fortune. This required a pretty big suspension of disbelief but it was a quick and interesting take nevertheless. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2020/01/review-carnegies-maid-by-marie-benedict...

#newyearwhodis @Laughterhp @monalyisha

Laurenabeth This has been on my list for a few months! 2y
Crazeedi I read , it want mind blowing but it was ccx readable!! 2y
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BookNAround
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Diving into my first #newyearwhodis book from @Laughterhp ‘s list.

@monalyisha

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Booknerd222
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Booknerd222
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Finally getting around to this!!

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Laughterhp
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Finished my pick for #LMPBC Round 7! This book was really good. I enjoyed the story and got sucked into the book. Clara‘s situation was extremely frustrating. I don‘t want to say too much since the rest of the group needs to read the book!

I will say Marie Benedict has become an auto read author. I‘ve read 2 of her books and loved them!

I will probably send this out to you after the holiday Chrissy!

Chrissyreadit Perfect! 2y
phatsallylee I was just staring at this book at my library book sale. I saw your post and went back to grab it! 2y
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit Sorry for the delay, but I just sent this out! Life and then snow got in the way! ETA is Monday! 2y
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Butterfinger @Laughterhp let me know when you get The Spy. @megnews I did receive As Bright as Heaven. My grandmother died and I am just now returning to my normal activities. Needing to be there for my mother. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving @Chrissyreadit 2y
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I‘m sorry about your Grandma. 2y
Laughterhp @Butterfinger I‘m sorry for your lost. I haven‘t received The Spy yet, but I‘ll let you know when I receive it. (edited) 2y
megnews @Butterfinger So sorry to hear of your loss. 2y
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SilversReviews
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#7Days7covers #covercrush

DAY 2 - COVER CHALLENGE

GORGEOUS cover and a great read.

Thanks for the tag, @sudi

sudi 😍 2y
k.reads.5 Yes, loved this one! The Other Einstein was great too. 2y
SilversReviews @k.reads.5 😍 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Interesting historical fiction. I liked the main character a lot and was into her story.

SilversReviews I enjoyed this book too. 2y
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PickingBooks
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Cute, light hearted, and well-researched. I live in Pittsburgh, so this book got me interested in the local history and Andrew Carnegie. Read more: https://pickingbooks.com/blog/carnegiesmaid

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Librarian_Jack
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The added fictional character highlights rather than detracts from the book's historical accuracy, and this earnest work of historical romance benefits greatly from its lack of romance.

SilversReviews I enjoyed this book....thanks for the reminder. 2y
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IamIamIam
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I'm out... the author is repetitive to the point that I feel she just thinks I'm either stupid or have short term memory loss. The same facts are repeated every 10 minutes, so much so that I don't feel like the story has progressed in the last 3 hours at all. NEXT!!!
@Tamra, you were right... BORING!!!!

rretzler I read her novel, The Other Einstein. Prior to reading, I had heard a theory that it was actually Einstein‘s first wife who proposed some of his theories. After reading the book, which propounded that viewpoint, I am firmly sure that it was solely Einstein who developed his theories, and NOT his first wife. I disliked everything about The Other Einstein and will not read anything more by the author! 😝 3y
IamIamIam @rretzler 😂😂😂 LOL, thanks for that because I think I had that book tagged on my Libby account!!! 3y
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IamIamIam
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I'm not thrilled by the repetitive style of this story. About 2 hours in and I'm kind of put off but I'll stick it out for a bit. I need to keep reminding myself of the time period, too! The name Carnegie makes me think of the late 1800s, not the Civil War!

Tamra I bailed because I got bored - if I remember correctly. 3y
IamIamIam @Tamra I can absolutely see why. I'm going to take a break today, get started on a Kinsey Millhone book & maybe I'll get back to this tomorrow. 😶 3y
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IamIamIam
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#Onward to the next journey. This seems a bit out of my wheelhouse but it may be a #blameitonLitsy. I'm not sure why I tagged it on #Libby, but it may have something to do with The Dollhouse.

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wen4blu
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I always have an audiobook in the car for unexpected traffic jams. Like today, where the wait time is 40+ minutes just to drop off donations for the semi-annual rummage sale. On the plus side, their book tent is set up like a store, complete with wood shelves and everything sorted by genre and author. I'll be back on sale day!

Megabooks Wow! That‘s fancier than ours! 3y
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LittleMissSunshine11
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Really enjoyed this one, especially the audible version.

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Book_devourer
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I enjoyed learning about the plight of Irish immigrants to America in the late 1800s. And the duties of a lady‘s maid.

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Jules7
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Interesting fictional take on the history of Andrew Carnegie‘s philanthropy. Good story of wealth, class, and early industrialization.

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cinann
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Here is my #februarytbr. I want to stick to these books so that I get more of my own books read. The Life of Pi is for book club and when I saw Something in the Water at the library, I thought I'd give it a listen.

#literarylove
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved Life of Pi! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic and great looking stack!! 📚📚 3y
SilversReviews ENJOY...great stack. I have read CARNEGIE‘ MAID, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, and THE LIES WE TOLD. 3y
vkois88 You got this!! Good picks. 3y
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cinann
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Today would be a good day to stay in and read, since the temperature right now is -24°, but the library is open so I have to go to work.

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Leigh0906
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Starting this one- it‘s been on my list for a while, but I‘ve been putting it off since I hated The Other Einstein. Here‘s hoping I enjoy this one! #libby #currentread

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Jaimelire
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Historical fiction which gave me a bit of insight into Carnegie‘s life, which I knew nothing about. I feel it was quite clever of the author to make up a fictional character, his maid, as the explanation for his philanthropy. Well written, entertaining and informative. 👍

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cinann
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In this stack are the books I'm thinking about reading in February. If I don't read them then, I plan on reading them sometime this year.

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guinsgirlreads
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Here are the top circulating fiction books from my library ❤️! I‘ve read some.. have you?!

R.L.Walker Loved Carnegie's Maid! 3y
guinsgirlreads @R.L.Walker I did too! Not my typical genre either. 3y
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R.L.Walker
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I wish this book were true! However, it was a great read and loved the audiobook voice.
Benedict did a good job of researching and showing issues Irish immigrants faced. Great comparisons of immigrant experiences plus I learned more about Carnegie.

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Kelleyisreading
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Historical fiction is one if my top genre picks, so I enjoyed this book. I like how it tied fictional components with real historical figures. The author clearly researched well for the story. I loved it!

VioletBramble Welcome to Litsy! 3y
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Tamra
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I tried this audio and bailing at 43%. The repetition of the MC‘s quandary is annoying, plus business and flirting romance generally doesn‘t interest me so.........

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Ncostell
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This is historical fiction, told from the vantage of an Irish immigrant who serves as a lady‘s maid for Andrew Carnegie‘s mother. The juxtaposition of the struggling immigrant experience with that of the lavish lifestyle of the Carnegies was dramatic. Carnegie was an immigrant himself who built a great empire and ultimately contributed back to society with the foundation of libraries and other charitable foundations. I really enjoyed this read.

DebReads4fun Great review! 3y
SilversReviews I really liked this book. 3y
Ncostell @DebReads4fun Thanks! It was a great read. I‘m going to see the author speak next month on a historical fiction panel and am looking forward to it! 3y
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Jennb31
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While this book may not be historically accurate, it presented an intriguing idea about how Andrew Carnegie may have come to be the philanthropist most people know him as.

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MaggieCarr
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Many have thought a personal relationship is what changed his heart and triggered his life of philanthropy. This historical fiction account is believable. I recommend the #audiobook to get the full effect of the Irish protagonist.
"#AndrewCarnegie, who is the man who built this free #library and thousands more libraries with his own money. A man who gave the gift of books and education to every person, regardless of how much money they had."

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julesG
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I had to get up to answer the door. Now I'll have to find a book. 😜

Meanwhile I can show off the scarf. I still need to trim the tassels, weave in the ends but I'm quite happy with the outcome.

#KAT #catsoflitsy #FibreFansOfLitsy

Sace It's beautiful! 3y
Lindy Gorgeous 🧣💖 3y
RadicalReader @julesG such an adorable cat will always be amazing the adorable comfy places they decide to make their beds 3y
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julesG
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Reading outside. I guess Ghost thought my legs were cool enough to sleep on.

Nearly finished with the tagged book. Another ancient #NetGalley #ARC from #MountTBR.

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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julesG
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My #24B4Monday stats. @TheReadingMermaid

Managed 16 hours, 3 books finished and started the tagged book.

robinb Wow...👏👏👏👏 3y
Kalalalatja Well done! 3y
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Anitareads Yay!! 👏👏 3y
Nessavamusic Good job! 👏👏 3y
SledgeReader Wow! You made a lot of progress from yesterday. Can‘t wait to see more!! 3y
BeansPage Amazing! You did great! 3y
OrangeMooseReads Awesome! 3y
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actualdisneyprincess
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As a Pittsburgher, this was a delight. As a reader, this was a delight. Clara is fierce and independent, intelligent, and loyal. What a character and story Marie Benedict has woven here. #carnegiesmaid #mariebenedict

Jocelyn73c Yaasss girl, fellow Pittsburgher here!! 3y
actualdisneyprincess 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 hi!!!!! :D 💖 3y
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actualdisneyprincess
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Mondays are such a slog. Coworkers are on vacation or otherwise out of the building, which means I‘m basically by myself today and people don‘t seem to realize that while I‘m adorable and have kickass lipstick on, I am not in possession of magical powers so that I can take care of more than one person at a time. Luckily, I have good books (and my adorable Ulla) to occupy me in rare moments of not-busy-ness. #carnegiesmaid #mariebenedict

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CourtElla4
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I love history and this book did a great job at infusing a fictional character into a prominent historical figures life-- Andrew Carnegie. I've also read "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict and I've loved both.

"As Mrs. Barrett Browning says, ‘The world of books is still the world."--Marie Benedict, Carnegie's Maid

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actualdisneyprincess
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I was such a hot mess this morning that I ran out of my house without bringing the book I‘ve been reading, but luckily, I have my pick of plenty here at work. So, this has been added to the list, and this is today‘s pursuit. #carnegiesmaid #mariebenedict

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LibrarianRenee
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Fast read. Good story.

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RebelReader
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This was a sweet story with a fairy tale feel. It‘s not great literature, a nice fluffy read for a warm afternoon. It was between a pick and a so-so for me. I give it 3⭐️s

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Day 31: May Stats
A whopping 6 books this month- that‘s pretty great for me! The books marked with the Love heart I really well... loved lol Perfect Nanny and The Flight Attendant were misses for me 🤷‍♀️ Overall I call this month a success!
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

readordierachel I loved Mango Street too! 4y
Jess7 🤗🤗 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @ReadOrDieRachel It might be one of my all time favorites- can‘t wait to share it with my students next year! 4y
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blondie The Perfect Nanny was a miss for me this month as well. 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @blondie yes! I‘m someone that needs closure and that ending just didn‘t do it for me! 4y
blondie @TheFunkyBookworm It started off really good, but after awhile I just felt bored. I was hoping the ending would've changed how I felt about the entire book. Oh, well. 4y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Sometimes throughout the school year I think to myself- “Is all this stress worth it?!” 🤔
All it takes is one Tuesday SUMMER evening to remind me that yes, yes it is 😂🍷📖

BookNerd9906 Happy Tuesday 🥂 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @BookNerd9906 thanks! You too! 🥂 4y
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RebelReader
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Starting my morning with the tagged book. Lovely morning with a light breeze. Enjoying the patio before it gets in the 90s again today!

Tamra What happened to spring?? 😳 I‘ve been out doing yard work all weekend with more to go. 4y
heidisreads @RebelReader That mug is adorable! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love that mug so much! 💕✌☮ 4y
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RebelReader @Tamra I know! It‘s like July in May! 4y
RebelReader @heidifk @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I got it at Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix when I was visiting my sister. I love VW buses and hippie stuff. ❤️✌🏻 4y
Cathythoughts I love the light breeze ..... 🙏🏻💙❤️ 4y
RebelReader @Cathythoughts It will be unbearable without it as the humidity is high as well. 4y
Anna40 Going to Phoenix in August - perfect time for book shop visits :) - will check out that book shop! Seems to be a cool place :) 4y
RebelReader @Anna40 I like the one in Phoenix with the bar attached better than the one in Tempe. Just my opinion. 😃 4y
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