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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World | Vicki Myron
83 posts | 91 read | 34 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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Eggs
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True story about a tiny kitten that was put in the book return slot on a very cold day and he was nearly frozen. Librarian Vickie saved him and the library became his home.

#Cat #OminousOctober @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Kerrbearlib
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I went to my local library and found out they have a library cat! His name is Sunny. I hope to take more pics of him in future!

#catsoflitsy #libraries

UwannaPublishme Awww! 4mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I‘m signed up for my first Dewey‘s 24 hour readathon! I am SO excited and need to assemble the book stack I‘ll be reading through on Saturday. Is anyone else participating?

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TheSpineView
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Leftcoastzen This is a fun story . 7mo
TheSpineView @Leftcoastzen I enjoyed it. Cats are perfect for a library. 7mo
Eggs Love Dewey‘s Story! 7mo
KellyK Such a wonderful story! 7mo
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leah152
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Pickpick

This was the perfect feel good read!

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leah152
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Much better, I like books that don't make me work to love them! 😊📚❤

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MallenNC
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This the first book that came to mind for a #NonHumanCharacters prompt. I don‘t read too many books about animals (too sad) or supernatural creatures (scary). This was a sweet book about a kitten who was found in a library book return!

#FallTreasures

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 13mo
Eggs I love the Dewey books 😻📚❤️ 13mo
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Smarkies
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Pickpick

Ahhhhh.... a book about a cat who touched the community and then the wider world . what is there not to love? 😊😊🥰🥰Read this for #booked2021 #titleincludeslibraryorlibrarian
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Sounds lovely! 2y
Cinfhen I read this book.... so sweet 2y
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Ang203l
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A book about a cat AND a library..... I‘m in!

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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😻 3y
xicanti @Purrsistently it‘s good when library staff recognize which info people need to access quickly and easily. 3y
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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 😉 3y
CrowCAH “Dewey” we love each other, I should say we do! 😉 🐱 3y
Mdargusch Animal stories usually end badly so that‘s why I stay away from them. 3y
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JulietReads
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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?🐱❤️🐱❤️ 3y
AmyRebecca So darling! Agreed! I will play starting tomorrow, thanks for the tag!! 3y
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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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abookishbutterfly
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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😎 4y
abookishbutterfly @GripLitGrl That‘s cool! I just went up and down with the post and it really does look that way!! 4y
GripLitGrl @Butterflyamore it's awesome!👍 4y
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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! 4y
Sace I had so much fun! 4y
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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. 4y
Bookgoil Yeah I think the April one gets more hype! @Megabooks (edited) 4y
Daisey @Bookgoil @Megabooks I‘m participating, but I haven‘t had any time to prep this week. Looking forward to Saturday! 4y
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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! 😀 4y
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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! 4y
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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! 4y
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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) 4y
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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 👍 4y
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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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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! 4y
ChrysFey I have Dewey! 😻 4y
ashesofabookdragon @MelissaSue81 I was surprised! It starts a little slow but it picks up and I enjoyed it! 4y
ashesofabookdragon @ChrysFey A cat or the book? Hahaha If the book, give it a go! (If the cat, give a snuggle haha) 4y
ChrysFey @ashesofabookdragon LOL. The book. 😄 4y
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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 😝 4y
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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:-) 4y
Eggs Love Dewey ♥️ 4y
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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! 🐱❤️ 4y
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authorlisawhite
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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! ☺ 4y
authorlisawhite Ooh it's so sweet. I bought the "sequel" too @Crazeedi but haven't read it yet:) 4y
Crazeedi @authorlisawhite didn't know there is a sequel, now I'll have to look for it too! 4y
authorlisawhite @Crazeedi I'll post a pic later:) 4y
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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 🎉🍾🎉 4y
CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic! 🎉 4y
sudi Wow, that's incredible 😃👏👏🎉 4y
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wanderinglynn Incredible! 👍🏻🎉🙌🏻🎇🎆🥂📚 4y
JoScho Amazing!! 4y
Eki You‘re a hero. 🎉🍾🥂 4y
MelissaSue81 Wow!! I crashed hard and passed out at around 10:30 pm 4y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! Amazing! 🎉🎉 4y
Readerann Wow! Way to go on 20 hours! 4y
Reviewsbylola Wow!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
tracey38 That's amazing! 4y
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. 4y
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bibliobliss
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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 🤚 4y
bibliobliss @C.Perone Awesome!! Are you excited? What‘s on your Readathon TBR? 😃 4y
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? 4y
bibliobliss @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! 4y
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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!! 4y
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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. 4y
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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. 🤓 5y
kricheal I just signed up! 5y
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! 5y
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Ashley_Nicoletto Me! I'm starting this challenge today as well! 5y
wanderinglynn I‘m in! 5y
Jerdencon I always want to do these but it's always on a weekend when I have a million things to do! One day! 5y
AnneCecilie Just signed up now thanks to you link 😀 is there as sign up link for the prep this week? 5y
sprainedbrain I ❤️ Dewey‘s! 5y
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? 5y
ReadingSusan @BookishBlonde12 @kricheal yay! It‘s my favorite readathon for sure. 5y
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! 5y
ReadingSusan @wanderinglynn woo hoo! Exciting. 5y
ReadingSusan @Jerdencon yeah that‘s how it has been for me the past couple of times. 5y
ReadingSusan @AnneCecilie hmmm I don‘t think so? I just saw it on Litsy and then on the Dewey Goodreads group 5y
Minimalgrl I‘m in !!!! I‘m also doing the pre reading 📖 1000 pages challenge 5y
ReadingSusan @sprainedbrain me too! It‘s my favorite readathon! 5y
CoverToCoverGirl 🙋🏼‍♀️ 5y
Andrew65 Oh no another challenge! I can‘t resist a challenge. 😬😍 4y
ReadingSusan @Andrew65 I love challenges too! 4y
Maria514626 Yaaaaaas! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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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!!!! 😽 5y
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BookishBeth
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Contest time! Name that cat!

julesG You'll hate me: Blinky Bill 5y
actualdisneyprincess Barnacle. 😂 5y
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MicheleinPhilly Male or female? 5y
BookishBeth @actualdisneyprincess 😂 when she snuggles she does stick pretty close. @MicheleinPhilly she‘s a dainty female. 5y
MicheleinPhilly 🤔 Mildred. Millie for short. 5y
BookishBeth Ooh. Mildred was my most favorite grandmother. Millie will be deeply considered!! 5y
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 5y
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. ☺️ 5y
BookishBeth @MeganAnn I LOVE that your son immediately went to a character!! @MicheleinPhilly my cat niece is named Lucy. 5y
MeganAnn @BookishBeth I was so proud! ☺️ He's slowly following in his momma's footsteps and becoming a proper book lover ❤️🤓📚 #raisingreaders 5y
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) 5y
BookishBeth @Redwritinghood aw! That‘s kind of cute! 5y
Scarlett_ohara McGonagall? 😆 5y
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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. 5y
DivaDiane I‘m very sorry for your loss. Grandmothers, wherever they come from, are precious. 5y
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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! 5y
LeahBergen Awww! How lovely! 💕💕💕 5y
BookBabe ☺️ Yay! So thrilled it put a smile on your face and brightened your day. ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
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Soubhiville That‘s so sweet. 5y
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. 5y
Mdargusch So sweet! 💙 5y
bedandabook That is just so lovely! 💕 5y
Avanders 💖💖💖💖💖 they're so thoughtful! @BookBabe @MrBook (edited) 5y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻!!! Very glad you're happy with it. *biiig hug* ☺️ We care about you. 5y
kamoorephoto @MrBook Big virtual hug back...you ROCK 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 5y
kamoorephoto @BookBabe 😽😽😽😽😽😽😽 5y
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