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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World | Vicki Myron
74 posts | 74 read | 25 to read
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most. As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
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xicanti
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One of the libraries I visited today was all about cat awareness.

Purrsistently This is awesome😻 1mo
xicanti @Purrsistently it‘s good when library staff recognize which info people need to access quickly and easily. 1mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Every library needs a Dewey, including #libraryofcongress. I don‘t typically read books centered around animals. My heart is too cold for that I guess. But I loved this one. #soaringscores

Cinfhen Awwww, Dewey is cute but im not one for animal stories either 😉 1mo
CrowCAH “Dewey” we love each other, I should say we do! 😉 🐱 1mo
Mdargusch Animal stories usually end badly so that‘s why I stay away from them. 1mo
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DrawingSustenance
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7
7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Tag, you're it. 🖐 @AmyRebecca

Ruthiella How could anyone not love that cover?🐱❤️🐱❤️ 2mo
AmyRebecca So darling! Agreed! I will play starting tomorrow, thanks for the tag!! 2mo
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freyaheart
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Found this at the library when I went to pick up something else that they didn't have. It looks cute and i love cats.

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ReadingSusan
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Snuggling with Rawlings while I read. Getting sleepy. #readathon

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CoverToCoverGirl
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Planning on participating but my day will be slightly
hi jacked by my husband‘s celebratory birthday breakfast 🥞... then he‘s on his own, Dewey‘s here I come! Anyone else joining in!? @SquidgetsRoom are you? I‘m picking my stack anon!

#ReadAThon
#Deweys24HourReadAThon

Samplergal I‘m going to try, but I‘m not terribly optimistic. Good luck! 7mo
annahenke I‘m in! 7mo
SquidgetsRoom I haven‘t officially signed up ‘cause I likely won‘t have much time to participate this time around 😭🤯🤬. Good luck @CoverToCoverGirl 7mo
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Butterflyamore
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From Facebook photo challenge: Reading resolution. Here are some of the books I plan to read in 2019.

GripLitGrl When scrolling through looks like books are in motion😎 11mo
Butterflyamore @GripLitGrl That‘s cool! I just went up and down with the post and it really does look that way!! 11mo
GripLitGrl @Butterflyamore it's awesome!👍 11mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Pickpick

Such a sweet story. Animal lovers will enjoy this cute tale of a cat who befriends a library!!

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emilyesears
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My favorite kitty with a book about a very special kitty. Dewey was a library cat from Spencer, Iowa, who became famous. The book is only fair—I love kitties and of course I love libraries, but the writing is a bit saccharine for me. But there are a lot of cute Dewey pictures! This is my 3rd book for #NonfictionNovember and it‘s a quick read. Definitely should have it done by tomorrow.

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Crazeedi
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@DeweysReadathon #deweysreadathon #readathon #deweys
THANK YOU!!!!
My final total was 11 hrs, 11 minutes.
Congrats to all the #Litsyreaders!!🎉🎉👍👍

RaimeyGallant Nice! 13mo
Sace I had so much fun! 13mo
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Bookgoil
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Anyone else excited for the #readathon this weekend? I‘ve got my pile ready. I‘ll be busy all day Friday with work and then taking the dogs to the park so they‘re sleepy - and buying/making snacks!

Megabooks Glad someone else is doing it too! There hasn‘t been as much chatter this time. 13mo
Bookgoil Yeah I think the April one gets more hype! @Megabooks (edited) 13mo
Daisey @Bookgoil @Megabooks I‘m participating, but I haven‘t had any time to prep this week. Looking forward to Saturday! 13mo
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SW-T
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#HelloThursday

1. Dogs make me smile the most, though I like critters in general 🐶🕷🐢🦉🦎
2. Dodo is my first choice, though thylacines (Tasmanian Tigers) are pretty close
3. No
4. Ferret if I have to pick
5. Wolverines are pretty darn cool

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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BookishBeth
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@TCLinrow the cat‘s name is Beans so of course I have to call this pic Laser Beans.

TCLinrow 😹 I love it! 1y
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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

A book about a library cat??? YES PLEASE! But Dewey is actually more than that. Vicki talks about the history of Spencer, Iowa and her own struggles in her life and how Dewey is just what she and the town needed. Really enjoyed reading this book and it went deeper than what I expected!

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WellReadCatLady
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It‘s #nationalbookloversday and #whataburger‘s birthday. Celebrated both at lunch #nomnomnom

Texreader W‘s headquarters are right next to my firm‘s office building (it actually owns my building). Glad you like them. I do too! 1y
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WellReadCatLady
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Fefe approves

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ReadingSusan
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Headed to bed but happy I got almost five hours in. I am loving this #reversereadathon and was hoping to get at least ten hours in but we shall see.

Andrew65 Going well! 😊 (edited) 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I would love to make progress on and hopefully finish up these two this weekend, and hopefully some #ReverseReadathon time tonight and tomorrow will put me on the right track! 🤞

Andrew65 Good luck 👍 1y
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Christine89
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Dewey Readathon photo challenge day 2: Favorite Book. If my house was on fire this would be one of the first things I grabbed. #deweyjuly #readathon

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Christine89
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Dewey photo challenge day 1 #Shelfie. (Also a reminder that I am really behind with shelving new books 😳). #deweyjuly #readathon

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MaleficentBookDragon
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One of today‘s #goodreads #kindledailydeal
Valid to 6/30/18

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ashesofabookdragon
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Pickpick

Oh my how this book took me by surprise~ it started slow and then hooked me from halfway to the end. I laughed and cried. It was quite the roller coaster. #nonfiction #catsandbooks #oldreads #historical #bringtissues

MelissaSue81 I have this one and haven‘t read it yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 1y
ChrysFey I have Dewey! 😻 1y
ashesofabookdragon @MelissaSue81 I was surprised! It starts a little slow but it picks up and I enjoyed it! 1y
ashesofabookdragon @ChrysFey A cat or the book? Hahaha If the book, give it a go! (If the cat, give a snuggle haha) 1y
ChrysFey @ashesofabookdragon LOL. The book. 😄 1y
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ashesofabookdragon
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Shadowfat
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#SFMBC I'm finally posting the goodies I got from @ReadingRover . Thank you for all the fun things! I've wanted to read Dewey and the Cat news looks adorable. I'm also excited for all of the green tea😀 @Avanders

ReadingRover Cat News is super fun! The other book is from your tbr. Also the blue tea changes color it‘s super cool. The taste isn‘t spectacular but it gets better once you add the honey and lemon 😝 1y
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Crazeedi
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Update: just finished this sweet tale! Very heartwarming, but not anything I didn't know already about how special kitty cats are. I've had as many as 6! But now just 2 and they are my special pals!

SW-T It‘s a good read:-) 2y
Eggs Love Dewey ♥️ 2y
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Gnoe
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Such a blessing to have a garden these days

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McGonagall
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#currentlyreading or trying to at least 😸

DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️ 2y
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authorlisawhite
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Pickpick

One of the sweetest books I've read. Love it. Makes me think of my fur baby that died. I've re-read it too. & will probably read it again one day because it's just a sweet story about a sweet cat that brought joy to people.

Crazeedi I just borrowed this book yesterday! Now I can't wait to read it! ☺ 2y
authorlisawhite Ooh it's so sweet. I bought the "sequel" too @Crazeedi but haven't read it yet:) 2y
Crazeedi @authorlisawhite didn't know there is a sequel, now I'll have to look for it too! 2y
authorlisawhite @Crazeedi I'll post a pic later:) 2y
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ReadingSusan
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I clocked in 20 hours and 44 minutes in #Readathon! Really happy with that and happy I decided to nap! 😁 Now going back to bed 🤣 wrap up posts to come.

Mollyanna Wow! That is awesome. Congrats 🎉🍾🎉 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic! 🎉 2y
sudi Wow, that's incredible 😃👏👏🎉 2y
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wanderinglynn Incredible! 👍🏻🎉🙌🏻🎇🎆🥂📚 2y
JoScho Amazing!! 2y
Eki You‘re a hero. 🎉🍾🥂 2y
MelissaSue81 Wow!! I crashed hard and passed out at around 10:30 pm 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! Amazing! 🎉🎉 2y
Readerann Wow! Way to go on 20 hours! 2y
Reviewsbylola Wow!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
tracey38 That's amazing! 2y
ReadingSusan Thanks so much! I was happy especially since I have barely been able to stay up past 10 lately. The three to six nap was the key. 2y
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Readage
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• Raise your emoji hand 🤚 if you‘re doing the Dewey this weekend! I wasn‘t productive at ALL last time because of school but hope to get in the groove this weekend 🎉😍📚 It‘s my reward for surviving this last semester of college! 😆 •

@DeweysReadathon #readathon

C.Perone 🤚 2y
Readage @C.Perone Awesome!! Are you excited? What‘s on your Readathon TBR? 😃 2y
C.Perone I am excited for my first official #readathon I‘ll be finishing up Noir and then winging it from from my various TBR piles. I‘m going into this with no set goal other than maximum reading hours. What about you? What are your reading plans? 2y
Readage @C.Perone Yay, it‘s your first official readathon! 🎉 While it‘s not my first readathon, it has been a while since I‘ve actually made good progress during a readathon! Sometimes I think I‘m just not “good” at them or disciplined enough, but I always try. No set goals this time—just trying to stay off social media because that really wrecks it for me! Lol Reading plans? Just tackling my leaning tower of BOOKS! 2y
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heidisreads
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Visiting my grandma this weekend and perusing her shelves. The books on the floor in the middle are the most recent books her book club has read 😍 #lifelongreader

tpixie Awesomeness!! 2y
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ReadingSusan
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Getting close to meeting my Dewey‘s Readathon goal for this week. Only 244 more pages to go! More at Readingsusan.com #deweysreadathon #prep

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ReadingSusan
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I read 474 pages for the first day of Dewey‘s Readathon prep of 1000 pages by Saturday. I am glad I got some good reading in yesterday because the rest of the week might be lean. www.readingsusan.com

lovelyn That is an amazing amount of pages to read in one day. Well done. 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl
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I so anticipate this event... I‘m officially booked solid for April 28th. 🎉❤️😎 Are you participating?

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

SquidgetsRoom I signed me & Kev up yesterday! My TBR is all set so now it‘s all about his TBR! 2y
CocoReads Ah, I‘m going out the night before and anticipate Saturday as a recovery day. What better way to recover than to spend the day reading? I‘ll go sign up now. Lol 2y
callielafleur I'm hoping to be able to participate more this year than I have recently, though I know I'll never got the high I had of the first time when I got to 22.5 hours. 2y
theresidentromantic This is so tempting, I like a challenge, though... 2y
LaurenReads Ugh, I have a professional development that day- all day. I‘ll at least be learning about teaching kids to become better readers... 2y
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ReadingSusan
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It‘s Dewey‘s 24 Hour Readathon month! I love this Readathon so much. You read as much as you can in 24 hours. http://www.24hourreadathon.com/. This week there is a mini challenge before the Readathon on the 28th. April 8-14 the goal is to read 1000 pages. So I am going to get that started now! Who else is doing the Readathon? www.readingsusan.com #deweys24hourreadathon

BookishBlonde12 Yes! Just signed up. 🤓 2y
kricheal I just signed up! 2y
JamieArc I‘m so sad I can‘t do it this time, but I did my own readathon a couple Saturdays ago instead. It‘s one of the things I look forward to most every year! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto Me! I'm starting this challenge today as well! 2y
wanderinglynn I‘m in! 2y
Jerdencon I always want to do these but it's always on a weekend when I have a million things to do! One day! 2y
AnneCecilie Just signed up now thanks to you link 😀 is there as sign up link for the prep this week? 2y
sprainedbrain I ❤️ Dewey‘s! 2y
C.Perone Think I‘ll informally participate in both on here to boost the reading lag I‘ve been experiencing since this year started😖 Anyone else game for that? 2y
ReadingSusan @BookishBlonde12 @kricheal yay! It‘s my favorite readathon for sure. 2y
ReadingSusan @JamieArc I do too. It‘s so fun.And I usually forgot to look so I was excited not to kiss it this year. But glad you got a chance to do your own! 2y
ReadingSusan @wanderinglynn woo hoo! Exciting. 2y
ReadingSusan @Jerdencon yeah that‘s how it has been for me the past couple of times. 2y
ReadingSusan @AnneCecilie hmmm I don‘t think so? I just saw it on Litsy and then on the Dewey Goodreads group 2y
Minimalgrl I‘m in !!!! I‘m also doing the pre reading 📖 1000 pages challenge 2y
ReadingSusan @sprainedbrain me too! It‘s my favorite readathon! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2y
Andrew65 Oh no another challenge! I can‘t resist a challenge. 😬😍 2y
ReadingSusan @Andrew65 I love challenges too! 2y
Maria514626 Yaaaaaas! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl
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A remarkable 19 year #Journey of hope, love and friendship! Dewey will steal your heart! ❤️😻
#ReadingResolutions

Jess7 🤗🤗 2y
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gimboid
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Pickpick

I‘m a dog person too, but Dewey is more than just a cat book.

BookaholicNatty Awweee!!!! 😽 2y
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BookishBeth
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Contest time! Name that cat!

julesG You'll hate me: Blinky Bill 2y
actualdisneyprincess Barnacle. 😂 2y
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MicheleinPhilly Male or female? 2y
BookishBeth @actualdisneyprincess 😂 when she snuggles she does stick pretty close. @MicheleinPhilly she‘s a dainty female. 2y
MicheleinPhilly 🤔 Mildred. Millie for short. 2y
BookishBeth Ooh. Mildred was my most favorite grandmother. Millie will be deeply considered!! 2y
MeganAnn @MicheleinPhilly Millie is sweet! I can definitely see that. My son‘s suggestion is Wish 😊 from the book he‘s reading right now which is 2y
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼 That‘s so funny - I met a dog at the park today whose name is Lucy. Lucy was my grandmother‘s name and I told her so. ☺️ 2y
BookishBeth @MeganAnn I LOVE that your son immediately went to a character!! @MicheleinPhilly my cat niece is named Lucy. 2y
MeganAnn @BookishBeth I was so proud! ☺️ He's slowly following in his momma's footsteps and becoming a proper book lover ❤️🤓📚 #raisingreaders 2y
Redwritinghood Not sure why, but the first name that popped into my head when I saw her was Dot. She could be called Dottie. (edited) 2y
BookishBeth @Redwritinghood aw! That‘s kind of cute! 2y
Scarlett_ohara McGonagall? 😆 2y
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lildeb_8
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Pickpick

I've always been a dog person but this book is great! It's heartwarming and funny and sweet. I'm glad I decided to finally read it.

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lildeb_8
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This is probably the last book I will finish this year. It will complete my Popsugar challenge, but I am also reading it because it was one of the favorite books of a lady in our church who passed away this week. She was like a grandmother to me. She loved cats and I will miss her a lot.

tomes4gnomes I‘m so sorry for the loss of your friend. It is beautiful when a book can be a bridge between us and people who have passed, reminding us of who they were and what they loved. 2y
DivaDiane I‘m very sorry for your loss. Grandmothers, wherever they come from, are precious. 2y
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kamoorephoto
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Today I was completely humbled, surprised, and taken aback by this #secretsantagoespostal package - at first, I thought it was an absolute mistake, but then I saw who it was from - @MrBook and @BookBabe - it‘s not like they could‘ve accidentally done an extra swap. But it was a ‘just because...‘ parcel. I was speechless. I‘ve had a rough day, one where my MS has beaten me up badly, and to know that people like you exist?! You are WONDERFUL 💓💓💓

kamoorephoto *And you‘re right: I‘ve never had a Mallomars! 2y
LeahBergen Awww! How lovely! 💕💕💕 2y
BookBabe ☺️ Yay! So thrilled it put a smile on your face and brightened your day. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Soubhiville That‘s so sweet. 2y
Texreader Oh!! That‘s is the sweetest thing ever and you so deserve it!!! I‘ve really enjoyed getting to know you because of Litsy. 2y
Mdargusch So sweet! 💙 2y
bedandabook That is just so lovely! 💕 2y
Avanders 💖💖💖💖💖 they're so thoughtful! @BookBabe @MrBook (edited) 2y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻!!! Very glad you're happy with it. *biiig hug* ☺️ We care about you. 2y
kamoorephoto @MrBook Big virtual hug back...you ROCK 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 2y
kamoorephoto @BookBabe 😽😽😽😽😽😽😽 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Coco Aww cute kitty! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @coco thanks! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻📚😻 2y
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jbhops Look at that big fluffernutter! So beautiful! 2y
1MoreChapter Beautiful pic 2y
Cupofjo 😻 2y
398.2 Great picture! Those book shelves.....AMAZING 😍 2y
CoverToCoverGirl 😍😻 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Cupofjo @398.2 @covertocover thank you!💕💕💕👏 2y
Leftcoastzen He‘s so cute ,you caught him picking out something to read!😃 2y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 2y
AmyG All those books! ❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat 😻😻 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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shadowspeak17 Aww, your kitty looks like my Phoenix. 😍 2y
JoeStalksBeck @shadowspeak17 yours is probably nicer lol 2y
shadowspeak17 @JoeStalksBeck Hahaha, Phoenix is actually pretty rude, so I don‘t know. 😂 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Right where he is not supposed to be #catsoflitsy

EchoLogical 😂 2y
Tamra Naturally 2y
2BR02B Love those curtains! And I'm clearly not the only one. 😻 2y
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Cathythoughts Typical 🙄 2y
Leftcoastzen Yep!Always ! 2y
Melissa_J I want those curtains! Lovely photo. 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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RandomPirate
Pickpick

🦉12/2008

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UwannaPublishme
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Thought I'd take a quick break, send a round of applause to @DeweysReadathon for 10 years of rocking our reading world and post my #10yearsin10books.

I read 9 (almost finished the 10th) and each one inspired me. Some also made me laugh out loud. So I'd personally recommend them all.
#readathon
#Deweysreadathon
#10yearsin10bookschallenge

DebinHawaii You are doing great! 🎉📚👍 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And with only about 5 hours in today (really 2 groups of unexpected company on the same day that I want to read, really, what were the chances of that?) anyway, I digress....at least I managed to get my few stragglers up to date for the week during this #Readathon!
#LWReadAlong
#HPChapterADay
#LOTRChapterADay
#TheNixBuddyRead
#BlindAssassinBuddyRead
#BleakHouseBuddyRead
#Deweys24hrReadathon

TheBookbabeblog84 Actually I think I may give your method a shot for my reading. This may help me keep track lol... 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheBookbabeblog84 It‘s just my list of read alongs I joined this month and what I should be reading for each, each week. It does seem to be working though, and keeping me on track. 2y
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Leniverse
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My daughter is outreadathoning me. 😂The taller #stack is hers. (I even added the Flewelling book just to boost mine. I probably won't read it during the #readathon.)
I could say I have a stack on the kindle, but I only really have one book planned from there. Seriously though, hard to compete in size with any stack containing The Order of the Phoenix. 😂
#30daysofreadathon

Cathythoughts 👍💫💫magic 2y
AceOnRoam Oh, thanks for the reminder. 2y
Leniverse @AceOnRoam You forgot the readathon is tomorrow? 😂 I've hardly been thinking of anything else all week. 2y
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AceOnRoam Hehe, all my days a merging together @Leniverse I have to rely on good Littens like you 💙 2y
AceOnRoam I was a bit concerned about the start time and just posted that it's going to be 2am here in Montenegro, but it's 2PM which is much better. What timezone are you and your daughter in? 2y
Leniverse @AceOnRoam We have a 1PM start here. Which is good. The kids get to blow off some steam before we start, and there's still more reading to be done when they wake up on Sunday. 2y
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Readage
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• DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 🎉 OF DEWEY'S 24-HOUR READATHON! Saturday October 21st! I can't wait 😊 •

#comingsoon #readers #booknerds #Dewey's24HourReadathon @DeweysReadathon

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writerlibrarian
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This one was easy and an amazing excuse to show off my babies. Both from the same litter. The grey one is Grisette. The small one Paloma. #septemBOWIE

Big thanks to @Marchpane and @Cinfhen for an amazing month on Litsy. 😁😍❤️

Marchpane Gah!! This is too cute!! 😻And they have beautiful names too. 2y
Nebklvr Awww 2y
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed!!! @Marchpane was an awesome guest host!!! And your babies are so cute!! 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱🐱 2y
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