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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel | Sue Halpern
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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees. Halperns novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create. People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems. But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunnyliterallyassigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. Theyre joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth. In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Bookgiftedtoyou
#GratefulReads

Thank you Diane!! This is so sweet of you!! 😘
I have had so many books gifted to me and I‘m so grateful to all of you!! This is the most recent 📚🙌🏻💗❤️

OriginalCyn620 Cute pic! 7d
tracey38 Love your wreath! 7d
Crazeedi Great photo, your welcome, I hope you like! You take such good care of our group, as does Christine 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi thank you Dianne ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
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Jess861
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Had to stop at #chapters on my way home from an appointment today. Can't say I buy books too often as I don't get much time to read but I picked up a few reads that weren't on my to read list.

#bookhaul #tbr

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Cmf365
Pickpick

A great read! The cover hooked me in, but since it has a library and librarian as elements to the story, I had to read it! It is touching and gives faith to doing good for the sake of others, even if we all have secrets. I enjoyed it.

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megnews
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26 minutes in. Lots of sex. Can‘t listen with son on drive to and from school. Not sure I want to anyway. Where‘s the library?? Moving on.

CouronneDhiver I‘m not the only one @Suet624 @QuietlyLaura 😂😂 7mo
Suet624 @CouronneDhiver It‘s always so validating when someone agrees with your opinion. 😀😀😀 7mo
Melissa_J After this review and @CouronneDhiver ‘s I‘m not sure I want to read this one anymore. 7mo
QuietlyLaura @CouronneDhiver Definitely passing on this one! 7mo
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whatsthEStorey
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Pickpick

A character driven novel in which a few oddly matched characters meet at a library. Friendships are made, secrets are shared. I found this book lovely, but understand the mixed reviews. There are so many storylines that some of them are thin; it seems like the author didn‘t want to add the extra pages or leave them out, so they stayed barely there. Some details serve no purpose, others are missing completely. Audio was good, which saved it for me!

NatalieR Great review! 8mo
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

This was not the book I was expecting it to be and what it ended up being largely didn‘t work for me. There were moments I really liked but mostly this was just meh. Disappointing because I was so excited to finally read it. #24in48

CouronneDhiver I‘m not alone after all - 😂 10mo
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Jas16
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“What you need to know about him back then is that if the police put seven college students in a lineup looking for the one who played trombone in the marching band, Calvin Sweeney would be picked, ten times out of ten”. None of the dedications or epigraphs stood out to be in my #24in48 stack but I do really like this opening sentence.

KarynGood We read this for book club in January! 10mo
Jas16 @KarynGood Did you like it? Litsy reviews are pretty mixed. 10mo
KarynGood I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the setting was unusual. But I wouldn‘t read it again. 10mo
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Jas16
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Friday #bookmail. Right in time for #24in48! I ordered a signed copy of The Wicked King from Powell‘s and the other two were part of the usual buy one book for someone else, get two books for me method of shopping I seem to prefer.

Jee_HookedOnBookz What a kind, thoughtful and generous person you are! ❤️ 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz she‘s awesome ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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kspenmoll
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Pickpick

Spent this afternoon absorbed in the novel.The kind of focus that has me barely aware of my surroundings,where my son‘s voice seems faint,miles away.This dying small New Hampshire town, these unique, iconic, often comic,yet familiar characters,this heart of the town library, converge to make a mostly character driven story riveting. A teenage”unschooled”Sunny, a runaway Kit, & a crashed & burnt Rusty, “Salvagers”, reclaim their unraveled lives.

MrBook Ooooh! Great review! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
BookBabe Indeed! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Now I‘m excited to read it too! 11mo
kspenmoll @MrBook @bookbabe. At first I was not sure about the book- then I fell in love. ❤️ 11mo
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kspenmoll
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#poetry #quotes
The author intersperses relevant, thought provoking verses from various poets throughout the novel. They flow into character and plot, enhancing meaning and language. What a delightful book discovery this was-another plug for local libraries.❤️📚

Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 11mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
LibrarianRyan 😎😎🤓🤓 11mo
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kspenmoll
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Eyelit 💚📚💚 11mo
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kspenmoll
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Just loving this book of quirky lost characters. ❤️

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kspenmoll
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#DayafterChristmas #booksandcoffee #breakfast
Leisurely breakfast of my husband‘s apple tart. Three books I am currently reading depending on mood. The tagged one I stumbled upon at the library. At first I wasn‘t sure about it as it is mostly (so far) character driven but what characters!

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MrBook
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@BookBabe is so wonderful to me ☺️😍😍😍😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗🤗🤗!!! These are the books she gave me for #Christmas this year. So excited! Yeah, I'm a nerd and read boring non-fiction. I share very little of the non-fiction I read because I figure folks will think me stuffy or boring or get the wrong impression. I read everything I can get my hands on. Maybe in 2019 I'll share with my #LitsyFamily all the books I read.

#MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays

kspenmoll Please share some of your non-fiction. I & I know others read it too. Just takes me much much longer as I cannot read at night & retain it!!!‘ 11mo
BethM You never know who may be into it though! 11mo
MrBook @kspenmoll @BethM I read a lot of philosophy, and it only took me sharing one philosophy book I read to get maligned by Littens. *sighs* 😕 (edited) 11mo
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LiteraryinLititz We‘d love to hear about all the books you read next year! Enjoy your Christmas @BookBabe and @MrBook ! 11mo
kspenmoll I have read Douglas‘s autobiography but that biography looks so big it scares me!!! I am enjoying but slogging through 11mo
kspenmoll @MrBook I admit philosophy is heady for me but my son has discovered it in college & now that his major is done he is taking more philosophy. He also Was a Student asst. in an intro class this year & loved it. So any books are welcome!!! 11mo
MrBook @kspenmoll Ohhh!!! That's one of my favorite all-time reads! Did a great job helping me get to know our second president. He was an amazing man! 11mo
TiredLibrarian Please share your nonfiction reads! I love nonfiction and it's not easy to find Littens who do. Haters can just scroll on by 😜 11mo
dgingo Share it all! #NerdyLittensUnite 😉📚 11mo
BookBabe 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
BarbaraJean I agree—share the non-fiction, too! I don‘t read as much of it as I‘d like, but I always enjoy posts on non-fiction from other Littens. It helps me get a better sense of what I want to pick up when I do get around to the nonfiction, and I enjoy hearing what others enjoy! Nobody should malign your reading choices—you do you. 😏 11mo
TheWordJar You‘ve been holding out on us??? I‘d love to hear all of your non-fiction reads, even the philosophy ones! I‘d never been a big non-fiction reader until I started homeschooling. Now I love reading history, science, biographies....everything! Always looking for good recs from trusted sources! (And how awesome is @BookBabe? That‘s a great haul!) 11mo
LauraJ Half of my reading is nonfiction. I even host a nonfiction book club. Please share! 11mo
JacqMac I like nonfiction. And my husband only reads nonfiction. Please share. It might give me some ideas for books he would enjoy. 11mo
Bklover I have read so many different books as a result of wonderful Litten reviews. I tend to not read a whole lot of nonfiction so would love to read your reviews and recommendations. No more holding out on us!!😊😉 11mo
rwmg I aim for a third of my reading to be non fiction, though it doesn't usually work out that way, so yes I would like to see Littens non fiction reading as well 11mo
Karkar Share all the books! Some of us also like nonfiction! 📚❤️📚 11mo
kathedron I like nonfiction too: please share! ❤ 11mo
Lcsmcat Please share! Those who don‘t like nonfiction can skip over it and some of us would like to know what you recommend. 11mo
saresmoore No pressure, but lots of us love nonfiction! 11mo
Schnoebs Please share the nonfiction! I read half nonfiction and I‘m always trying to find more people on Litsy who read nonfiction! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly Share the non-fiction please! Don‘t worry about what other people may think of YOUR reading preferences on YOUR feed! Merry Christmas to you and Jen! @BookBabe 11mo
BookishMarginalia I love nonfiction. I‘m an unapologetic nerd. I‘m okay with that. (And what @MicheleinPhilly said) 11mo
CouronneDhiver Yes - please do share the non fiction too! 11mo
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thea-block
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this story based in a library but ultimately about redemption, second chances at full lives, and recovery from hard experiences. Not as “fluffy” as you might expect it to be, but all the better for it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

RaimeyGallant What a fantastic cover. 11mo
thea-block @RaimeyGallant Isn‘t it fun?! It definitely drew me to the book in the first place! 11mo
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LeslieO
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Stopped by Barnes and Noble. Found some books! I had no idea there's a new Reacher. And I can't resist a book set in a library. #minihaul #bookhaul

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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-29-18: 42nd finished book of 2018! 📖👍🏼#️⃣4️⃣2️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-25-18: Little Ollie and one of my ceramic book tables. 😻📚

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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-25-18: #tseliot 📖

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #twistytuesday For what seemed like a light-hearted summer read, this book had more twists & turns than I expected it to have.

Crazeedi This is on my shelf tbr! 14mo
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Mandigolightly
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Super cute statue at a local library

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Rudis
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Pickpick

A slow unfolding story that I really enjoyed once I got into it. The three people telling the story really kept me engaged.

robinb I really want to read this one. 😊 1y
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WanderingBookaneer
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My wife reads as #BonBonCat snuggles. @Figgy is on her way with two of our cats. Tomorrow we fly back home to fetch the remaining two. #CatsOfLitsy

Zelma Yay for all the cats coming home. My last intense move involved my cat at the time to wait until we found a place. I was on the plane the night we got the apartment. 😁 1y
EllanaRose Such a beautiful little face! The floof! 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Relaxing at the neighbors‘

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

What better time than now to read this? I‘m torn between so-so and pick. It was an enjoyable enough read; but not a wow. Please don‘t let my waffling dissuade you, one way or another.

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ofclumsywords
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My library has been featuring a lot of books about bookstores and libraries lately and I‘m in love! 😍

DebinHawaii This one sounds good! Stacking! 1y
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JoyBlue
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Day 30: Current Read—Yesterday's check on the estimated remaining wait times for my Overdrive holds: soonest, 2 weeks; longest, over 20! So, I pulled three things off my wish list to borrow (finished one last night; finished the second tonight). This morning, I got notification that one of my holds is in—yippee! I started it tonight. #RiotGrams #TheMindWantsWhatTheMindWants #CurrentRead #LastDayOfRiotgrams2018 #SeeYouNextYear

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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

I finished a book that wasn‘t an audiobook! Yay! It was also a good one with some mysteries as well as being a story about hurt people who find each other.

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KathyWheeler
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You may have noticed I‘ve posted a lot about starting books but rarely have I posted anything about finishing those books. I‘m having trouble concentrating. Today, at the beginning of my vacation, I‘m home sick in bed. Maybe I‘ll be able to finish this one.

rather_be_reading stacked! 1y
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

Liked Sunny, Rusty was okay, but Kit was problematic for me. Seems like more melodrama than necessary and on finding out what her husband did “but she‘s ugly” was an odd reaction. Liked the library, staff, and regular patrons. At least I had pineapple carrot cake so it wasn‘t all bad.

Crazeedi I have this on my kindle from overdrive, haven't read yet 1y
SW-T Wanted to love it since one of the settings is a library and there‘s a librarian! 1y
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JackOBotts
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Ready to head home after a few productive days in Knoxville, TN. Finished the only book I traveled with this morning, so I picked this up at the airport shop. 🤞🏼 Knoxville is pretty beautiful, but I‘m looking forward to seeing my family! 🤗

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lisakoby
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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booksaremyfavorite
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Mehso-so

I liked the characters of Kit and Sunny but this book seemed to be all over the place. It was on my to read list and though I almost quit reading it several times, I can now mark this one off as completed.

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MarticaMustRead
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#BooksAboutBooks

Although the writing is somewhat simplistic & 1 of the major reveals is a bit melodramatic, these flaws are easy to forgive thanks to the wonderful ensemble cast of quirky & loyal library patrons of this small town library who end up becoming a makeshift family for an emotionaly fragile librarian who tries to escape her mysterious past by escaping into the books that surround her. A delightful summer read for any book lover. 🤓

SilversReviews THANK YOU. The book sounds adorable, and I LOVE the cover. :) Please remind me where I mentioned this on Litsy. I know I commented about it on a Facebook Live Tiki Hut video today. :) @MarticaMustRead (edited) 1y
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MeJeMiller
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Mehso-so

It‘s a good easy summer read to fill in a day off

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MarticaMustRead
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🍉📖🤓 #LunchtimeReading #CurrentRead #BooksAboutBooks #LibrarianLife #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookCoverLove

Still playing catch-up at work after coming back from #BEA18.

Starting this bookish read over lunch to review for our Facebook page.

Huh. A book about a librarian, being read by a librarian, for review to share with library patrons. How very meta!🤓😉

This bookish cover is giving me all the feels❣#BookishThings

SilversReviews Love the cover and the book title. How is it? 1y
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booksaremyfavorite
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Anyone read this one? I am 50 pages in.

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BookishMe
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#heyJune starts off with Awesomeness! That matchy card with the Stunning gorgeous tote and delightful #books #happybookworm #JaneAustenSwap

Thank you @mabell & @sprainedbrain for hosting this Amazing swap 💖💗

charl08 Ooh, beautiful bag! 1y
BookishMe @charl08 indeed! 😄 😄 1y
sprainedbrain Lovely gifts! Who was your match? 😉 ❤️ 1y
mabell Love the tote!! 😍😍 And the penguin classic! ❤️ Great card too! 😁 1y
Elisa Oooh that‘s so gorgeous!! And that Emma mug!!! Fabulous! 😍😍 1y
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Page55
Pickpick

This is a great beach read. It‘s about finding yourself and reinvention. Kit keeps to herself and hides until Sunny is ordered to do community service. She brings changes to the small group that hangs out at the library.

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Sassy_Steph
Bailedbailed

There‘s nothing wrong with this book I just had too many others on the go that I wanted to read!!

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Veganspacecat
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Pickpick

This is a book about people and how their individual tragedies and tribulations converge at a small-town public library.

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Page55
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I hope it‘s readable. I don‘t know why it‘s sideways

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Bakingbookworm
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I‘m DNFing this book. It‘s set in a library 😍 and while there‘s nothing horrible about it, there‘s nothing happening either and I haven‘t connected with the characters. After 100 pages if a book can‘t grab me, and reading becomes a chore instead of a joy, I move on.

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SheilaChew
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Pickpick

Interesting book about a group of people who end up at the public library one summer. There‘s Kit - librarian and woman trying to hide from her past, Rusty - jobless, homeless, looking for a lost bank account, and Sunny - serving a work detail for stealing a dictionary. I enjoyed reading this!
I am not keeping up with my reading challenge - still playing too much WorldOfWarcraft! 😂

celtichik I loved this book- 2y
GypsyKat I‘ve been missing WoW! But there are so many books I want to read that it always takes precedence over gaming. There just aren‘t enough hours in the day! 😆 1y
SheilaChew @GypsyKat 😁 I am in the stage where WoW > books, but I hope things change soon! 1y
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SheilaChew
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My students are taking a quiz, so I am taking a break! So thankful for my kindle!
I‘m in the middle of this book and I like it! Interesting characters, hints at deeper mysteries, and a library.

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Jules7
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Making some life decisions this weekend.

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Pogue
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Pickpick

It was a cute light audio book for my commute. It was a fun book, not to deep.

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Jules7
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Tackling book #21 of 2018! A MomAdvice Reading Challenge book...”A book that takes place in a library”

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Lmstraubie
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this story, but would have liked better closure at the end. Not sure if there is a sequel.

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