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The Afterlife of Holly Chase
The Afterlife of Holly Chase | Cynthia Hand
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Before I Fall meets bah, humbug in this contemporary YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand. On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled shed become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didnt. And then she died. Now shes stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scroogeas their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Hollys afterlife has been miserable. But this years Scrooge is different. This years Scrooge might change everything The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a witty, poignant, and insightful novel about life, love, and seizing second (or third) chances, perfect for readers who loved Before I Fall or Dash & Lilys Book of Dares.
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Karisa
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"Without stories, we're all just lonely islands."
Her date looked at her blankly.

??? Me, almost everytime I try to have a conversation with a nonreader.

Day 2: #FestivePhotoChallenge #SappyHolidayRomance #WinterGames #TMSkellington

@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

jillrhudy This dude isn‘t a keeper 3d
Crimson613 2pts! Great quote 2d
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Karisa
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Sweet teen take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Holly Chase is a mean girl (ala Scrooge) in need of a holiday wakeup. It took some turns I wasn't expecting. Nice, light holiday supernatural read.

#WinterGames #HolidayRead #TMSkellington
@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

Charityann Love this book. I read it last year, and am going to read it again this year too!😊 3d
Crimson613 21pts! Nice :D This one looks interesting 2d
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Karisa
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Here is my TBR for December's #WinterGames (at least to start).

@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious
🎄#TMSkellington

StayCurious Some great choices! 4d
Crimson613 1pt, those look great!! :D 4d
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AmyLarge
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An interesting reimagining of the Scrooge tale, and probably a bit more accessible to a modern teen audience. A good blend of science, magic and good old fashioned teen angst! Holly can be a totally annoying character, but bear with her because, as we all know, the Scrooge comes good in the end...

Just right for dark nights when the weather is blowing a gale.

LA_Mead Ooh I really liked this one! 1mo
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RavenclawCris

Currently midway through. I seriously love this book.

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Cadyly
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I participated in the Do I Have That Book? Challenge! See it at cadyly.com. If you‘ve made a post or video for this challenge, please link it below! I‘d love to see how you fared! I‘m tagging @CrowCAH

LibrarianRyan That looks fun. 6mo
CrowCAH Oh wow, we have to time ourselves?! I know I have some of these categories covered. Once I do this challenge, I‘ll make a post. Thanks for the tag 😊 6mo
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Jess_Franzino
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This was far better than I ever imagined it could be. I seriously couldn‘t put it down! It had SO many chances to be cliche: from the premise of it being “A Christmas Carol” retelling to the fact that Holly (as the Ghost of Christmas Past) fall for the young “Scrooge”....yet, it subverted those cliches and brought in something inventive that captured the true spirit of Dickens. I laughed, I teared up, & enjoyed every page. It even got Meta. 5/5!

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rjsthumbelina
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My #justabookswap book! It's so funny, bc I have been seeing this book EVERYWHERE lately and thinking that I need to read it. Great job, @maleahrae ! Thanks so much for the book 🤗

@TheBookKeepers I will be mailing my swap today!

maleahrae Yay!!! I hope you love it! 10mo
TheBookKeepers awesome!! 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Oh my gosh you guys I can‘t tell you how much I loved this book. It sucked me in right away. I stayed up way to long last night to finish it!

It‘s a twist on the classic A Christmas Carol. Holly gets the chance to change her life but doesn‘t. Then she dies and becomes the ghost of Christmas past and has to help others see the errors in their ways.

megzlynn I read this at Christmas and loved it. It actually shocked me how much I enjoyed it. 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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I like it when the pages are like this.

Tamra Are those called deckled edges? I‘ve never been certain, but I like them too. Reminds me of the days when book buyers had to cut their pages open. (edited) 10mo
MommyOfTwo @Tamra yes, it is called decked edges 10mo
Wife Some people hate them. But I love ❤️ deckled edges!!! 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Umm......

TheReadingMermaid Ha! Love typos like this 10mo
C.Perone 😂 Love finds like this 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Thank you so much @Avanders great package like always!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #CoffeeBeanBookClub #cbbc

BethM Those socks are awesome! And I haven't seen sugar cookie before! 11mo
Avanders 😘🥰♥️ And @BethM I know.. me neither & I love finding new flavors! 👏🏽👏🏽 (edited) 11mo
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Coffee_house_booknook
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Just finishing some reading before my online book club begins reading a book! #CynthiaHand #Winterreading #sundayreading #retellings #books #bookclub

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megzlynn
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Now that the holiday rush is over I finally have time to process my thoughts about this book. I ended up loving it. I guessed the ending halfway through but it was still light hearted and fun. It is exactly what I look for in a Christmas read.

Maria514626 I started this one and got distracted. 😄 Sounds like it‘s worth getting back to! 11mo
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Bookgoil
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I‘ve finally finished this one! I kinda saw that ending coming for a while to be honest. It doesn‘t look like it but this is a retelling kinda of A Christmas Carol and I really enjoyed It! Trying to decide which book will end my year of reading. #dogsoflitsy also Calli is crazy right now but is a good snuggle bug normally.

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Adelle1
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I really loved this book! I read reviews where people couldn‘t stand the main character, but I actually rooted for her. It was a perfect read just before Christmas. I‘d love some sort of follow-up to this book.

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Coffee_house_booknook
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Spent my Holiday reading this Charles Dickens reread and am rather enjoying it! Pleasantly surprised!

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MrBook
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Thank you, @Avanders ! What @BookBabe said 😁:

Omg! @MrBook and I are absolutely delighted by these wonderful gifts from our dear friend @Avanders ! We‘re especially excited about the tagged book! 😍 The others we‘ve been meaning to read too. And the coffee smells amazing! Can‘t wait to try all these lovely treats. The socks! That notebook! 😂👌🏻 Everything! Thank you so much, dear friend! You‘ve given us a splendid end to a very long day. 🤗❤️

Avanders 😘🥰♥️🎄🤗 11mo
Peddler410 I just got the tagged book on iBooks! 11mo
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BookBabe
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Omg! @MrBook and I are absolutely delighted by these wonderful gifts from our dear friend @Avanders ! We‘re especially excited about the tagged book! 😍 The others we‘ve been meaning to read too. And the coffee smells amazing! Can‘t wait to try all these lovely treats. The socks! That notebook! 😂👌🏻 Everything! Thank you so much, dear friend! You‘ve given us a splendid end to a very long day. 🤗❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Avanders 😘🥰♥️🎄🤗 11mo
Peddler410 I recently got the tagged book on iBooks! 11mo
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Bookgoil
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1. The first thing you should probably know is that Yvonne Worthington Chase was dead.
2. 389
3. Slothlike
4. Havisham
5. Black
6. Fantasy
7. I‘m, cold
8. Red
9. C.H.
10. Morning
11. 2017
12. Only Kirkus Reviews...

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Bookgoil
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Christmas Day plans... reading, coffee and doggies. My husband is sleeping and then works so we are having most of our Christmas on Saturday coming up. Saw my family last night and ready to relax and spend the day with my pups. #dogsoflitsy Not feeling as blue as I thought I would but if anyone needs to talk I‘m here #joinin

Lauram Merry Christmas. It looks like you have a wonderful stack of books to tackle today. 11mo
Tamra That sounds like a VERY nice Xmas day to me! 😊 11mo
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Slajaunie
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This was a neat little book. It was a perfect read for Christmas. I really got to like Holly and her place in everything. Merry Christmas everyone!! This is my family ready for bed after midnight Mass.

CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and your family 🎄❤️ 11mo
SleepyDragon Merry Christmas! We always go to the Children's reenactment vigil Mass, but when my kids are older, I want to try the midnight Mass sometime. Merry Christmas! 11mo
BiblioLitten Merry Christmas! 🎄 11mo
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Naj Merry Christmas!💚🎄 11mo
Texreader Merry Christmas!! 🎁🎄⭐️ 11mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas! 11mo
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HeathersReadingHideaway
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[#BookReview] The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. This was such a fun quick Christmas story that I think deserves all the hype it gets. I really enjoyed the characters, story, and the warm holiday fuzzy feelings the ending gives you while reading. I think this book would make a fantastic holiday movie! Have you read it? 📖🎄✨

https://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2018/12/book-review-afterlife-of-ho...

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Coleen_Nieto
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I can't remember who recommended this book, but it's a perfect read this week!

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tracy_anne8
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I don't normally read Holiday themed books but this was a good retelling of A Christmas Carol. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the ending. #audiobook #scribd #ya #bahumbug #christmas

DeleteAcct Me too! 11mo
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dizie_lizie
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Up next! Participating in the Christmas at Hogwarts #magicalfeast2018 readathon, and will be reading this one for the help Hagrid decorate the trees (book with gold details) prompt.

#currentread

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BooksAndTea97
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This is sort of like a part 2 of my previous recommendation.
So for #AdventRecommends day 18 I recomend a modern YA Christmas Carol.
This is such an amazing story! I am absolutely in love with it. It is perfect for this time of year. ❄
Now, I didn't know anything about this book before I started reading it, except that it is a modern retelling. Oh man, how the plot took me by surprise, even though it's all explained nicely in the synopsis haha.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover ❤️🖤 12mo
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LouBeth
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Cats-and-Tea
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This was one of my favorite Christmas reads this year!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a fun modern twist on the classic tale!

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Avanders
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There's no way I can do this amazing #MakerSwap pkg justice w mere photos!
Thank you *so* much @LibrarianRyan !! I *love* the jewelry you made!! &I'm sooo excited to make a folded book!!! I can't believe I can do one! 👏🏽👏🏽 I'm super geeked to try cross stitching & jewelry making - small kits are perfect!
& thank you *sooo* much for the extra books, grinch towel, lip balm, & card!! I also love your notes on everything 🤗 Everything is ♥️🎄🥰 🍾

Avanders Ps it's so funny how we end up getting the same people in swaps so close to each other sometimes, huh 😘 12mo
SamHeartCoffee Amaze-balls! 12mo
HOTPock3tt Wow! 😮 12mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful!! 12mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh. Yeah it made things interesting I‘m glad you like it all. 12mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! 12mo
Soubhiville Oh wow, the jewelry is really pretty. Nice @LibrarianRyan ! 12mo
TNbookworm Wow!! 12mo
melbeautyandbooks @Avanders If you would like to learn anything about cross stitching, I highly recommend watching Peacock & Fig‘s channel on YouTube. She does a great job of explaining everything and she has a great sense of humor. 12mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan 🤗🥰😘 @melbeautyandbooks awesome thanks!! 12mo
BethM Pretty! 12mo
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megzlynn
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What a great way to start my Christmas reading with a classic and a classic retelling. I love A Christmas Carol. I‘m only five chapters into The Afterlife of Holly Chase but so far I really enjoy it.

TheLibrarian Welcome to Litsy!! 12mo
megzlynn @TheLibrarian Thank you! ☺️ 12mo
Allydanielle88 Welcome to Litsy! And I love a Christmas carol too. (edited) 12mo
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Lisas.Library I‘m also reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase. I‘m on page 170 and enjoying it. 12mo
megzlynn @Lisas.Library I was shocked at how well I‘m enjoying it. I just picked it up at first because it was Christmasy but it‘s quite good. 12mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 12mo
BookaholicNatty Welcome to Litsy @megzlynn this looks like a fantastic book to read for Christmas!!! I definitely need to check this out! 12mo
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ulrichyumiodd
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On Christmas Eve, Holly Chase is visited by three ghosts, but she laughs at them and refuses to change her ways. When she dies as they had predicted, she becomes one of them, filling the part of the ghost of Christmas Past. And that new Scrooge is HOT.

A nice twist on A Christmas Carol. Very obviously YA, but enjoyable for adults too. An entertaining read with relatable characters. Don't expect any depth. It is simply fun, but it does fun well.

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WeeziesBooks
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Starting this one for book club today! (And isn‘t my book cozy cute??)

Bklover Yes! Love it! 12mo
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Chasingmermaids
Mehso-so

Great idea but the story sort of was a let down. There was too many plot holes and was extremely predictable. I was able to call it 100 pages in and I was dead on. But for some people will like it.

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eloreads
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4🌟
Liked this so much better than I thought I would. Holly is a very unlikeable, yet hilarious, character, and that‘s one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. We do get to see her grow a lot throughout the book. There were a few moments when I teared up, I definitely wasn‘t expecting that. If you want a cute Christmas Carol retelling, please pick this up!

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ulrichyumiodd
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New books from Book Outlet's Black Friday sale. Also got some as Christmas gifts for my best friends!

julesG Welcome to Litsy! 12mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome! Hope you enjoy Litsy! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 12mo
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Eggbeater Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 12mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 12mo
ulrichyumiodd Thank you! 12mo
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Lisas.Library
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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Hoping to read it this month.

mcipher It was pretty good - we‘re discussing it at my book club tonight. 😊 12mo
LibrarianRyan It‘s on my TBR too! 12mo
Lisas.Library @mcipher @LibrarianRyan ~ I finally started it yesterday!! It‘s pretty good so far. I‘m enjoying the different take on A Christmas Carol. 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This book just warms up heart so much!

DeleteAcct This is my Christmas read for this month. 👍 12mo
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Literary_Siren
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jmtrivera Thanks, I've been wanting to read this! 12mo
Literary_Siren @jmtrivera you‘re very welcome! 😊 I always try and share new good book deals! 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Getting in a reread for the holiday season

Literary_Siren I just picked this up for kindle for $1.99!! 12mo
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tracy_anne8
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This looks like the perfect book to start for this time of year. Since I now have a longer commute to pick up the babes, it gives me more time to listen to audiobooks. That seems to be one of the only ways I get to read anything right now with almost 3 month old twins. And I thought I would still have time to read a lot😆. #audiobook #scribd #currentlyreading #twins

AmyG Twins ! They are adorable. Mine are 30...and yours bring back alot of wonderful memories. Read? I had a babysitter when my girls were 4 months old..my son‘s pre-school teacher would drive him home and stay for 2 hours. Then I would lock myself in my room and just read. Take it any way you can get it!!! 12mo
Bookzombie So cute! 12mo
Kaye Isn‘t that neat ! I didn‘t have twins but I think audiobooks might be the easiest route to take unless they‘re taking a nap 😴 12mo
tracy_anne8 @AmyG Thank you 😊. That is so great that you had someone come help for a few hours! It's nice to be able to take a break for yourself sometimes. I'm taking as much as possible! 12mo
tracy_anne8 @Bookzombie Thank you😊. @Kaye Audiobooks for the win! And just lots of kids books😄. 12mo
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mcipher
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Bathroom Reno day 2. I can‘t do plumbing so I am again “helping” from the couch until we get to tile (my first time tiling so I‘m nervous!). Pictured is one of the awful blue tiles I pulled up yesterday. I saved a whole one to torment my husband. 😂

DivineDiana I am certain it will be fabulous upon completion! 🙂 12mo
mcipher @DivineDiana If not fabulous, then at least better than it was!! 12mo
DivineDiana 😉 12mo
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Lindy Beauty is obviously in the beholder, because I love that tile. Good luck with your renovations. 😊🍀 12mo
julesG Sand the back of the tile and either use as a coaster or place/tile it in a prominent spot in the bathroom. 😁 12mo
mcipher @Lindy It has a cool vintage vibe, but the grout was disgusting and a lot of the tile was chipped and cracked - and it didn‘t match anything!! So it really did have to go. Thank you for the luck!😊 12mo
mcipher @julesG I told him shadowbox/framed on the wall. 😉😆 12mo
julesG Above the toilet? So he has to sit to avoid staring at it? 👿 12mo
mcipher @julesG We have a cat with a saxophone that goes over the toilet. But maybe that could move... 😂🤣 12mo
shellleigh33 Bathroom renovations are so much fun 😝 😂 but well worth it in the end. 12mo
mcipher @shellleigh33 It‘s not fun using my son‘s bathroom while we remodel!! 😂 My husband‘s stepfather is doing all the work. We are just kind of sitting here. I feel useless! 12mo
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mcipher
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Happy Thanksgiving to all the American Thanksgiving-celebrating Littens! We went to my parents‘ but I made 8000 things to bring so I had 10000 dishes to do when we got back... 😬 I did half and now I‘m settling in with next month‘s book club book and some schmancy seltzer to finish digesting. Hope your day was just as lovely and delicious as mine! 🦃❤️

Jennick2004 I love Polar but have never seen that flavor! 12mo
mcipher @Jennick2004 Yes!! I‘m obsessed with their seltzer-ades. This is the first time I‘ve seen this flavor and it‘s pretty good. 12mo
callielafleur I read this last year and really enjoyed it. 12mo
mcipher @callielafleur It‘s pretty fun so far. 12mo
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LA_Mead
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Just started reading this one. I‘m a fan of the “Jane” series and so far this one is just as funny!

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astew443
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I actually really liked this book! It gets some bad reviews; I think because it doesn't end the way it "should". But overall a cute story which played to the Christmas-y Scrooge theme. ? 4/5

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astew443

"The memory shifts were like the only time since I'd been dead that I felt truly alive."

Kayla.Adriena Can you tell me how to get the glasses at the top with the book I'm reading? I cannot for the life of me figure it out 1y
astew443 @Kayla.Adriena Sure! Go into the Book Profile (click on the title) and select the icon with the stack of 3 books. Add the book to your "Reading" stack and the glasses will appear. When your done add it to your "Have Read" stack and it will add to your count. ? Hope that helps! 1y
Kayla.Adriena Thank You so much!!! 1y
IheartYA To be honest, I hated this book. Great premise, excruciating execution. 1y
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sneha02desai
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The Afterlife of Holly Chase