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My True Love Gave to Me
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories | Stephanie Perkins
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Pea, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
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kissmehardy
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A couple of these stories suffer from the short story curse of too much happening and not enough room to develop it, but all of them got me in the holiday spirit! #yalit #christmasfiction

CogsOfEncouragement I borrowed this from the library two years ago. I read all twelve, and enjoyed five. My favorite was “It‘s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. 1mo
kissmehardy @CogsOfEncouragement I loved that one too! My favorite might have been "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell. 1mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Panpan

Basically what it says on the tin: 12 YA short stories of romance set around Christmas. It was a challenging read for me as I don't usually read straightforward romance books, as I'm pretty much romance-averse. It was OK - a mix of modern romance & one or two examples of older, darker mythology (Krampus). Not something I would have usually chosen to read but it made a change. 2⭐

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4376138008

5236 pts

OutsmartYourShelf #HolidayRead #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

Readathons:

#ReindeerReadathon #AVeryMerryBingo #BookishFirstDecemberBookBingo #BookishDecemberBookBingo #WrapItUpReadathon #DashingDecember #DecemberPathfinder #DecemberBookBingo

Wordsearch:

Winter - 10
Christmas - 211
Santa - 101
Snow - 88
December - 7
New Year - 18
Family - 9
Game - 10
Holiday - 17
Mistletoe - 3
Believe - 20
Celebrate - 4
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Andrew65 Plenty of word search words, but a Shane it wasn‘t better. 1mo
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OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 Others may enjoy reading it, but I‘m not really a romance reader. 1mo
Jadams1776 🎄🎁🎉👍🏻 1mo
keys_on_fire Holy points 😂 1mo
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ThePageantHam
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Time to snuggle up with My True Love Gave to Me and watch the snow fall in Texas. I've got a cozy Christmas coffeeshop ambience video on my TV and it is making me happysad (missing my family and coffeeshops and the Before Times, but so happy to have this snow). ❤

Liatrek Loved this book! I‘m in Texas too and the snow is so wonderful❄️ 12mo
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Judybskt
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Mehso-so

Some of the stories were lovely but others were just meh. 🎄❤️☃️💚

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veritysalter
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Pickpick

Twelve romantic holiday stories (Christmas, Yule, Krampusnacht and Hanukkah) #WinterGames #MerryReaders

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slategreyskies
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🔹 the 12 Colors of Christmas—- navy blue 🔹

#WinterGames2020
#ReadNosedReindeer
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StayCurious
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I happen to be reading two Christmas anthologies that have Navy Blue covers for #WinterGames2020. That‘s 21 points for #TeamReadNosedReindeer❄️☃️

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 177 of 2020.

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Victoriahoperose
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I really enjoyed this book especially in time for the Christmas season. I didn‘t love every story but I would say that there were only 2 that I really didn‘t like out of all them. I love that they were all different and celebrated diversity in a lot of ways. I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a feel good book right now!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My current read. Trying to finish up three more reading challenges for the year.

Chrissyreadit I loved this book 13mo
Sleepswithbooks Your tree is beautiful! 13mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Chrissyreadit It is really cute so far. @Sleepswithbooks Thank you! ❤️🎄 13mo
inthegreensandblues Currently waiting for this on Libby hold 🤞 13mo
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Read4life
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Up next... 12 Holiday Stories ❤️💚
#WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders

Julsmarshall Loved this one! 14mo
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Andrea313
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I return to this quote about #snow again and again; it perfectly sums up why I love the beautiful winter season. #ChristmasQuotes
@EadieB

EadieB Great quote! 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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EadieB Great quote! 14mo
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OriginalCyn620
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These are all on my TBR and have #love in the title...I‘ll get to them one day! ❤️
#forevernovember

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 1y
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slategreyskies
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This is the first stack of books that I‘ve got for my December TBR for #TeamReadNosedReindeer in the #wintergames2020. The others haven‘t come in at the library yet. So excited to start plotting the month! I‘ve got a winter theme going on in my book choices. Should be fun!

#readnosedreindeer

cwarnier I may have to go to the library and find some good Christmas books. It is just so hard right now when I can't go in and browse in person. 1y
slategreyskies @cwarnier I did a couple of searches on my library‘s website for keywords like winter or Christmas. Then I narrowed it down the best I could from the pile of results. I admit that it wasn‘t the same as browsing the seasonal displays that the library usually has, but at least it was something. Hope you can get a few good ones anyway, even though you can‘t browse in person. 1y
BarkingMadRun I have to work on my stack, you have so many lovely Christmas books in there!! 🦌🦌🦌 1y
OutAndAbout I‘m jealous you have them out or the library already! Mine are on hold and I‘m first in the queue for most so fingers crossed I get enough and not too many. 1y
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saritaroth
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This book is a compilation of short stories from assorted young adult authors. To be honest, I didn't read some of the stories. I tried, but some of them just didn't grab me as others did. My favorites, though, were "Midnights", "Star of Bethlehem", and "The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer." I would definitely recommend those and others I read.

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LilMrmd79
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Enjoying the unseasonably “warm” weather with some hammock time.

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Chrissyreadit
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1. I rarely read short stories and picked this for #wintergames
2. I loved this! I listened on audiobook- my first with libro.fm.
3. The stories were sweet and diverse enough for this read.
4. There was only one story I considered so so- and even though several had a rough start for me I was completely hooked by the end and often wanted more.
5. I wish there was a book like this but with diverse holidays and cultures- translated.

Butterfinger You may like Caroline Kennedy's Family Christmas. It has diverse tales. 2y
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger thanks! I‘m going to look it up! 2y
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BittersweetBooks
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I know things have to change, but...I can‘t lose you. I don‘t think I get another one like you ❄️💫

rather_be_reading cute mug!! 😍 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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#wintergames #teamfestivus @wanderinglynn by midnight last night I had completed 5/12 of these holiday stories. I think that is 100 points?

wanderinglynn If you read any today, they still count! Today is the last day. 👍🏻🙌🏻❤️🎄 2y
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn I only read my LMPBC book today- 😝we had a ton of company- so I did not get any pajama days. Sigh. 2y
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LouBeth
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I was only able to finish 10 of these stories before my library book expired☹️. But of what I read it was really good.

There is also a summer collection of short stories that is already on my TBR 😍

#HolidayReads

#TeamFestivus @wanderinglynn
#WinterGames @Clwojick @StayCurious

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄📚 2y
GypsyKat This looks adorable! 2y
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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this! Twelve stories! Some that I wished would be longer! #holidayread +241 for #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 241 pt !!! 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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This is a #blameitonlitsy #holidayread So far I have finished the first two stories on using #libro.fm and I really like them both! I‘m considering gifting them to a friend. #wintergames #teamfestivus

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️📚 2y
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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead This was cute. It was a fast read but I‘m still not a big fan of short stories.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Mehso-so

I read all twelve, and enjoyed five of these short stories. My favorite is “It‘s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. #HolidayReads

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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders Picked up this holiday read Friday at the library.

Inkblotsandcoffeestains I‘m reading this now, loving it! 2y
Clwojick 241 pt 2y
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Zelma
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Panpan

I struggled to get through this, as few of the stories really grabbed me. I liked some of them but felt mostly lukewarm. At least one or two felt unfinished and needed to be a bit longer. I wish there had been more than one story with LGBT+ characters but at least they weren‘t all white. Slight progress, I guess. Cute for YA but overall not for me.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This collection was delightful. This is holiday romance with a bit of an edge - some occasional fantasy - and more than a little dose of reality. My favorite new holiday read of the season - definitely check it out!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+21 points (Friday total = 419 points)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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One final short story from this delightful collection, and then another I found browsing. Both recommended!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+41 points (Friday total = 337 points)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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I love Christmas afternoon - the kids are busy with new toys & mom gets time to read. This short story collection has been delightful.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

121 points (Wednesday total = 254 points)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄 2y
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LeafingThroughLife
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Everybody was right, this one was great! Of course some stories were better than others, but there were no total duds. My favorite? Kiersten White‘s story of Maria and the mysteriously magical new cook at the Christmas, CA diner. Stephanie Perkins story of an NPR loving Christmas tree farmer and Gayle Forman‘s story of “big city” Sophie Roth who thinks she‘s found an outsider like her when she‘s really learning to open her heart to someone new.

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Zelma
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Happy winter holidays to all! Elwood is exhausted from lots of play time and attention. We are all lounging around with coffee, books, and sweets. I am eager to dive into my #Jolabokaflodswap book today but am currently reading some Christmas short stories.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Two more sweet stories from this collection: the first about a couple of college students on break; the second about Santa's foster daughter at the winter ball.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+41 points (Monday total = 818 points)

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻❤️ 2y
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bibliobard
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12 Stories with holiday fun and love. Each one had something I enjoyed and I am glad I got a sampling of each of these wonderful YA authors! My faves were probably “Krampusclauf” “Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” and “Welcome to Christmas, CA”. That last one even made me tear up a little because it hit all my weak spots. 12 quick holidays read takes in a lot of points!
241 points
#WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead

Clwojick 241 pt woohoo!!! 2y
Zelma Reading this now and glad I haven‘t read the best ones yet. So far it is ok. 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Second story in the collection - Miranda channels the magic of Christmas to win her heart's desire.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+21 points (Thursday total = 42 points)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️⛄️ 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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First up in this delightful short story collection, about Mags, who finally seizes the moment when the clock strikes midnight.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+21 points

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️⛄️ 2y
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CrowCAH
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Finished this lovely book, with 12 Christmas spirit short stories! Perfect for this time of year!

CoverToCoverGirl What no pirates?! 2y
CrowCAH @CoverToCoverGirl lol no, sadly no pirate tales in this one. 2y
beccaeve So glad you enjoyed it! 2y
CrowCAH @beccaeve yes, a great recommendation! 2y
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Karisa
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If you're looking for a holiday read, I highly recommend this set of 12 YA stories by some terrific authors (Laini Taylor--hello!). I think they saved the best for last with Laini Taylor's beautifully dark fairy tale set ins dystopia. I enjoyed all these last three stories so much.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 241!!! 12-11, added to my tbr because points xD 2y
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Karisa
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I really enjoyed all three of these quirky holiday YA love stories. They all had interested characters and nice holiday tie-ins (one was Hanukkah which was a nice change) without being too cheese-fest.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 61pts!! haven't heard of the tagged book but if it has holly black, maybe it's time to nab a copy :D 2y
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Judybskt
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Made a wreath and window swag today. Can‘t wait for some down time so I can read this book! 🎄🎄

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Karisa
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Starting to like this collection more. Read the next 3 stories:

4. Polaris is Where You'll Find Me (Jenny Han) Strange, sweet tale that is reminiscent of Elf.

5. It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown (S. Perkins) My favorite so far. These characters, Marigold and North, sparkled with life. I could read a whole book with them.

6. Your Temp. Santa (D.Levithan) Ho Ho Ho hum...

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Caroline2 I loved this collection. 😍 2y
coffees 61pts!! 2y
Karisa @Caroline2 It's growing on me more and more as I read. Really liked a couple of them and didn't want those characters to go (guess that's why I usually read novels). 😊 2y
Caroline2 @Karisa yeah I never normally read short stories either. This is one of the few. 😉 2y
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Karisa
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Mehso-so

Sweet holiday story collection. Here's my take on the first three:
1. Midnights (Rainbow Rowell): Ho hum YA romcom, I expected more from this talented author.
2. The Lady and the Fox (Kelly Link) Time travel, otherworldly creatures. This could make a great full novel!
3. Angels in the Snow (Mark de la Pena) Sweet, modern tale set in NY

*61 points
#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 61 pts! 2y
CrowCAH I‘m hoping my hold of this book comes in soon, so I can listen to it! @beccaeve recommended it. (edited) 2y
Karisa @CrowCAH Some really big authors contributing. Some stories better than others. I debated whether to call it a pick or so so. I'll keep reading though. Perfect light holiday read. 2y
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LMJenkins
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#FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames #TeamNutcracker

I'm a day later with this one AND I can't locate my copy of a #SappyHolidayRomance (crowded shelves - #bookloverproblems), so I am creating a virtual photo of it instead!

Bookworm54 2 points :) 2y
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LeafingThroughLife
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A little seasonal short storying perhaps? 🎄 🎁 🌟

Liatrek Loved this book ❤️ 2y
LeafingThroughLife @Liatrek Awesome! I read the first story and I‘m already hooked! 😀 2y
JamieArc I really enjoyed this last year! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#MOvember #trueblue
This seems like a lovely collection of holiday stories to gift to friends. A good gift for those who like holiday stories or films or HBO Christmas movies. 🎄

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Cinfhen Lovely idea for a holiday gift 💙 2y
veritysalter Stacking. I love a Christmas book 📚🎄 2y
cathipink This book is so sweet 🙂 hope you enjoy it - perfect for little snippets throughout the season, and easy to skip if there's one you don't like ☃️ 2y
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bookish_mind
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The twelve holiday stories give me some holiday vibe while reading it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars 'cause I don't much like the other stories.

The story that I like are the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th to 12th story. Well, only 3 of them are not my type😥😥

#mytruelovegavetome
#holidaylovestories
#loveeee💕💖

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bookish_mind
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2/12 holiday stories😊

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bookish_mind
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After a book, just read another book!😅😅😂😂

#mytruelovegavetome
#lovelyauthors
#holidaytimestories
💖

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MelissaSue81
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I only checked this book out to read this story (because I‘m fully obsessed with Rainbow Rowell). So this review is only of the first chapter. 🤣
oh. Em. Gee. This was like literally my high school romantic fantasy. I swear she writes from inside my head sometimes. Love. Love. Love.
Anyone know if any other stories in here are worth reading?

saresmoore I tried a few of the others, but nothing else worked for me. I ♥️ Rainbow, too! 3y
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