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Ella Minnow Pea
Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, 'Ella Minnow Pea' brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop, inventor of the pangram 'The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog'. Deified for his achievement in life, Nevin has been honored in death with a monument featuring his famous phrase. One day, however, the letter 'Z' falls from the monument, and some of the islanders interpret the missing tile as a message from beyond the grave. The letter 'Z' is banned from use. On an island where the residents pride them-selves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy. They are still reeling from the shock when another tile falls. And then another... In his charming debut, first published in 2001, Mark Dunn took readers on a journey through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea, a young woman forced to create another clever turn of phrase in order to save the islanders’ beloved language.
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cjbooklover
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I really enjoyed the way this book was written. I loved the fact that it had a decent amount of words that I was not familiar with so I could expand my vocabulary. The council‘s rules and reasoning about the sign was absolutely ludicrous, yet scary. I loved that the people fought back for their beloved home. 3/5 ⭐️

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biblio_ginger
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I'm really liking this book but it feels like it's taking me forever to read. 😜 Oh well, just keep reading!

readordierachel Your drink looks yummy! 1mo
biblio_ginger @readordierachel it's my favorite! A mango smoothie with extra whip cream! 1mo
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tjwill
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I might try this one. Anyone up for some #bookishbingo? This was posted by bookish.com

RainyDayReading I‘m trying this out this month, but we‘ll see how it goes. 4mo
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Linsy
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This book is so freaking charming! 🧡

Ruthiella Agree! I really liked it. It also has a dark undercurrent.😀 5mo
Linsy @Ruthiella That is true. I was so surprised! 😲 (edited) 5mo
EmilyM One of my favorites! 5mo
jenniferajanes That book was very good! I was surprised too. 5mo
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tjwill
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Perhaps the greatest title ever? This has been on my #TBR a very long time.

BookNAround I thought this was really clever and quite a good and thoughtful story to boot. 6mo
LibrarianRyan Loved this book. 6mo
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Beck9lol
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An island council ban the usage of certain letters that keep falling off a famous memorial statue. The people of the island grow more and more frustrated and many face the consequences for slipping up. It comes down to the wire with one girl left to save the island. If you‘re in the mood for fun and silly, this may be right up your alley. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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tdrosebud
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vkois88 Oh my goodness. Just the title has me giggling 6mo
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TrishB
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Ok, I squashed another in before the new year!! A small book with a big theme. Quirky and original, with a deeper theme of totalitarianism and free speech. Important things are said here.
Thanks Ali 😘

Balibee146 Welcome... Happy New Year m'dear xxx 7mo
TrishB @Balibee146 you too 🎉🎉😘 7mo
Sumtime77 I've know a couple people who've read this recently. I need to check it out. 7mo
TrishB @Sumtime77 fun but with serious message 👍🏻 7mo
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Bourriquet76
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Took a break from the above novel for my year pilgrimage to the #BookOutlet store. My oldest posed with the #BookPortal for me.

Bourriquet76 @Endowarrior21 We made it to the store! 😊 7mo
Endowarrior21 @Bourriquet76 😍😍😍😍 7mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Love love love this. It‘s so weird and unique and fun. Such an awesome story about missing letters. The author is brilliant in their use of words and their playfulness in their writing. I loved this book and the idea behind it.

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LibrarianRyan
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1. Snap peas and ranch dressing.

2. Hummm. Maybe Sandra Brown or Catherine Coulter. Finish all their books I‘ve missed out on.

3. Fred Rogers and sometimes Spacley (weird I know but in also think Danny Divito is cute).

4. Both.

5.done.

mcipher Danny Devito? Do you watch It‘s Always Sunny? This week‘s episode could change your mind... 😂 Also wanted to check in on TGWCFIASOHOM (are those the right letters?). Got your letter and yes we can totally open it up and the schedule sounded good but I‘m behind because life. Want to chat about it this weekend? 8mo
LibrarianRyan I too am behind. I‘m on like chapter 3. But it‘s a snowy Friday so I hope to get some reading done at work. We can totally chat. I‘ve been calling it Circumnavigated. When I can spell it correctly. 8mo
LibrarianRyan @mcipher also, I don‘t like Sunny. I never have. 8mo
mcipher Oh it‘s so funny! Raunchy and offensive but funny! 😂 8mo
mcipher Circumnavigated works! 😊 8mo
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Tex2Flo
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My steadfast Novella, regal bitch who controls our surroundings, but sometime NEEDS a roll in the grass. #petsoflitsy @ReadingMermaid

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Liberty
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Day 13 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams challenge: favorite book cover! It‘s impossible to pick just one, so I went with my favorites that I could reach from where I was sitting this morning.❤️📚❤️

Zelma I absolutely love The Sisters Brothers cover. ❤️ 9mo
ThatBookishGal I just love the drama of the Queen of the Night cover! 9mo
Linsy Love Ella Minnow Pea! 💚 5mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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For day 3 of #tarottakeover - the card is The Empress. Both the author‘s and the main character‘s creativity in communicating as letters drop out of their alphabet stood out to me. I also love this book! #octoberphotochallenge

ErinSueGreads Woah the synopsis for this one is crazy! 9mo
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Tex2Flo
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#sundysurvey @alisonrose
1. Most recommended: Ella Minnow Pea. Quirky story that with wonderful,word play
2. Avoid self help. They all seem to be something that could be covered in a pamphlet.
3. Novella (see tagged book), the probable German Shepherd, in a shelter for almost a year before we met.
4. Pop. 152K

alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 10mo
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hissingpotatoes
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4/5⭐ Of course the premise of this book is absurd, but I think that's the point: that people in control can very easily abuse their authority. The themes of censorship, government, resistance, religion, & freedom are well explored. I was often infuriated & frightened on the characters' behalf by the Council's actions, so the book did its job. The writing when all letters were used was absolutely gorgeous. #projectTBR #projectnew #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
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I suggested, further, that the following might be sculpted: a large box filled with sixty moonshine jugs—piled high, toppling over, corks popping, liquor flowing. Disorder to match the clutter and chaos of our marvelous language. Words upon words, piled high, toppling over, thoughts popping, correspondence and conversation overflowing.

#projectTBR #projectnew #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
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Today we queried, questioned, and inquired. Promise me that come tomorrow, we will not stop asking why.

#projectTBR #projectnew #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
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We must respect that silence and make our decisions and judgments based upon science and fact and simple old-fashioned common sense - a commodity absent for too long from those in governmental elevatia, where its employ would do us all much good.

#projectTBR #projectnew #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
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For the present, it is easier for us to turn away. Our repulsion, you see, will not spur us to revolt until this plague moves much closer to home.

#projectTBR #projectnew #contemporaryathon

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Tex2Flo
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#septemberdanes #heylove
@Cinfhen @Kalalalatja
My sweet old girl Novella Minnow Pea who had a great check-up today.

Kalalalatja Awwww 🐶❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen My thoughts exactly @Kalalalatja 🐶🐾❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen And adorable name for adorable face 10mo
DivineDiana Cheers for Novella! ❤️ 10mo
KarenUK Oh how I love that lovely old girl 😘😘😘 10mo
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BookInMyHands
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Ella lives on an island off the coast of the U.S. where letters and words are prized above everything else.

When letters start falling off a statue of the island‘s founder, the council takes it as a sign the letters should not be spoken or used- which leads to banning all books, many grocery products, and much more.

The letters keep falling, and punishment for breaking the rules is harsh. Can Ella find a solution before the police come for her?

BookInMyHands I love this book, and I‘ve read it several times. But reading it during the Trump presidency is weighty. It feels too close to reality at times. 11mo
BookNAround This book was so creative and so well done. I have his other books as well but haven‘t read them yet. 11mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Cautionary tale of the perils of censorship. Very Orwellian, creative & unique. #LMNOP 😶

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Late night patio beers, munchies & books with my home girl. 🍺🌭📖🌛#nachos #loadedfries #minicorndogs #whitesomer 🤤

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Mamashep
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Book: Ella Minnie Pea
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Movie: Erin Brockovich
Food: Eclairs
#manicmonday #favorites @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️ 11mo
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Suzze
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BOOK: Tagged book above, plus for kids - El Deafo by Cece Bell.
AUTHOR: Louise Erdrich
TV SHOW: Ellen (love her!)
FOOD: egg rolls

#ManicMonday

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊❤️ 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I almost picked El Deafo also! 11mo
Suzze @BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a great book for kids. 11mo
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Prairiegirl_reading
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@TheKidUpstairs So this is my cover. I definitely think it‘s worse. #uglycovers

ManyWordsLater I actually love this cover! 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I've had this one on my shelf for a long time now, but I kept passing it over (I think because of that horrid cover). But then it received the second most votes for #makemereadit, and I'm so glad! It was a lovely book, with a simmering, sinister, dystopian satire playing itself out behind the letters.

Next up, I'm taking a short #makemereadit break for my next #PoutineandPaperbacks read! @DebbieGrillo @drokka @CouronneDhiver

Prairiegirl_reading I have this on my tbr pile. The copy I have has a much uglier cover. 🤣 11mo
TheKidUpstairs @Prairiegirl_reading I wouldn't think that was possible! 😂😂 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ll post mine. It‘s really awful. 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hmm. Now I'm intrigued. I have this sitting on my shelf as well. 11mo
Linsy Loved this book! 💚💚💚 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. The Sandlot, The Mighty Ducks, Aladdin
2. There is a place in my town that makes Frings Poutine, so I choose that. Best of all worlds!
3. I love dancing and singing to Bruno Mars in the car. At home if I'm listening, it's often My Morning Jacket, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, or a dance party worh my boys featuring Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, One Direction, Elvis, etc.
4. 👍 (and Heir of Fire on my Kobo)
5. 👍
#FriYAYintro @jesshowbooks

PathfinderNicole Mighty Ducks 💜 11mo
merelybookish Thanks to my kids I seem to know lyrics to most pop songs. 11mo
CouronneDhiver Bruno ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
absolutebookish The Sandlot!!!💛💛💛 11mo
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Bookworm83
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If you‘ve not read this lovely little book that has flown #undertheradar, you are missing out! It is described as as “a hilarious and moving story of one girl‘s fight for freedom of expression and a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.” If you enjoy books written in letters and/or untraditional formats you will love this one!

#24in48 #HourThirtychallenge

EmilyM I loves this book--such a gem! 12mo
Bookworm83 @EmilyM More people need to read this one 😍😍 12mo
Lola I bought this a few months ago. @Liberty loves it and talks about it on the @bookriot podcasts. This weekend may be a perfect time for me to read it. 12mo
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Bookworm83 @Lola It‘s a great readathon book! Enjoy! 12mo
smilingshelves I love this book! 12mo
Readerann Ah, what a great choice for this challenge! I loved this little gem. 12mo
Lola Thanks for the inspiration to pick this one up. Loved it! 😍 12mo
Bookworm83 @Lola So glad you enjoyed it! 😘 12mo
tpixie I love this title. It's been on my TBR forever. I've got to read it! 11mo
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TheHispanicBookworm
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This book started off delightful and then towards the middle I was sort of over it. Am I the only one who thought this?

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PulchraBee
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Mehso-so

clever

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Tex2Flo
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The book that inspired Novella Minnow Pea, my unique character of a GSD and doggie companion. A real reader‘s book with a novel look at the alphabet in our lives.
#riotgrams
#shouldbemoreknown

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Kappadeemom
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He sits patiently while I read ❣️❣️❣️ #dogoflitsy #jackthedorkie

Burghbookaddict Hey Melanie! Did you get my email about the food swap?? 😊 14mo
Kappadeemom @laurenashley Thanks for the reminder. Just emailed you! 14mo
JoScho I love Jack ❤️ 14mo
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LibrarianRyan I love this book. So unique. Cute doggie tooo 14mo
Kappadeemom @JoScho awwww, thank you!! 14mo
Kappadeemom @LibrarianRyan thank you! Yes, this book is unique! 14mo
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Balibee146
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My annotated book arrived back home a few days ago.... 💗💗💗 all your insightful comments and so glad you all enjoyed the book... Thank you @samharnold @DivaDiane @jhod #lmpbc #groupX

@samharnold your book will be in the post to you tomorrow or Friday at latest, sorry. Got about 30 pages left to read tonight.... Loving it 👍

jhod Yay!! 1y
samharnold Excellent thank you. @jhod will be posting yours back tomorrow 😀 1y
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DivaDiane
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I stayed up too late last night to finish this delightful book! Thanks to my #LMPBC #GroupX or I might not have read this at this time. I‘m so glad I did!

I adore this book. Clever, Witty, charming, horrifying, heartwarming, tragic, devastating and inspiring all in quick juxtaposition and succession. If you haven‘t read it, what are you waiting for?!?

BibliophileMomma Stacked. 1y
DivaDiane @Tiffy_Reads 👍🏻😊 1y
samharnold I felt exactly the same when I read it. Can‘t say it was my favourite as I enjoyed all the reads. This has been a wonderful experience though I have thoroughly enjoyed it. 1y
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DivaDiane
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Wow! This book had elicited a lot of marginalia!! It is my 4th #LPMBC with #groupX ( @samharnold @Balibee146 @jhod ) It‘s so colorful! My husband would be horrified. 😲

GatheringBooks oh em gee! no reading journals for your group? :) 1y
jhod Ha! Yes - you will have trouble finding space on some pages!! 1y
DivaDiane @GatheringBooks Haha! The whole point is to markup the book! Hence the “Litsy Postal Markup Book Club” #LPMBC 1y
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StephanieGeiser Looks great! I am sending off my first #lmpbc book soon. I can‘t wait to get it back and read what everyone else thought! 1y
Balibee146 Can't wait to get it back.. Probably wrote too much in my own book, sorry 😂😂😂👍 1y
Mdargusch After doing #lmpbc round one, my favorite book was the fourth book in the exchange. There was so much writing that I felt like I was in the room with my group while reading it. It was so much fun that I had to sign up again! 1y
GatheringBooks @DivaDiane aha!! got it! i didn‘t know there was such a thing!! 🤦🏽‍♀️ that is awesome, then. :) 1y
emilyhaldi Love it!! 1y
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Mindyrecycles
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My weekend schedule was unkind and I only got to spend about 20 minutes at the Festival of Books this year. But in that time I managed to buy these for 3 bucks each. 🙂#tfob #bookhaul

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great deals though! 1y
JulAnna 💕People of the Book! 1y
Zelma All great choices! 👍 1y
minkyb Nice choices! 1y
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DivaDiane
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I got my final #LMPBC #GroupX book! I‘m excited to start reading this, but I think I will try to hold myself back until I‘ve finished The Graveyard Book. 😱

Thank you @jhod for the lovely package including the chocolate (which I ate immediately before I took the picture)! And the tea, the gummy bears and the stickers! I ❤️ the stickers!! Don‘t worry about being late. I am too.
PS: the first pic I took, I‘d forgotten the lovely Hogwarts bookmark!

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Balibee146
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For today's prompt of Set On An Island. This is set on the fictional island of Nollop, named for Nevin Nollop who devised the phrase 'the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'. #marchinbooks @maich

jhod Very good. There was a question on a quiz show last night about pangrams. They exist in most languages. The Danish pangram includes the word 'sexquiz' 😂😂😂 1y
Balibee146 Lol @jhod maybe sexquiz help one to feel the Hygge 1y
SilversReviews I am doing so many challenges that I forget what day I am supposed to be on. 1y
SilversReviews Cute photo. 1y
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jhod
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@suvata is organising another round of #lmpbc
@DivaDiane @samharnold @Balibee146 and I have had a great few months and I've signed up again! Group x is for UK readers :-)
Reading the tagged book at the moment and it's brilliant and I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise.

JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s a fun book!! 1y
Balibee146 Glad you are enjoying it! I'm really enjoying #LMPBC xx 1y
Supersteph How does it work? 1y
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jhod @Supersteph basically 4 people each choose a book, read it and make notes in it over a month and then pass the book onto the next person. So you read 4 books over 4 months 1y
Christine11 I just signed up for the uk one 😊 I hope I get how it all works ! 1y
DivaDiane Oh wow! group x is already filled up! Oh well, I had a lot of fun reading the chosen books so far, but I need to concentrate on reading the books on my shelves! 1y
jhod @DivaDiane Oh no! Will miss you!! 1y
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Bkwurm
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A delightful little book for word nerds and grammar lovers everywhere.

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Linsy
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This used to be my TBR shelf, but I‘m not sure what happened to it. I‘d say I wasn‘t responsible, but my husband‘s books are curiously missing from any book-related messes. #shelfie #riotgrams #mounttbr

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jhod
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Thanks for the tag @DivaDiane !
1. Mostly bed or outside if it's summer
2. Sometimes bookmark, sometimes I just try and remember!
3. I normally stop when I want to go to sleep or at my tube stop
4. Drink tea or wine
5. Music on tube
6. Normally a hard copy, an ebook and an audio
7. Everywhere. Am most productive on the beach on holiday
8. Ssh
9. Not anymore
10. Not intentionally, but I'm not precious!
11. Just for #lmpbc (tagged book)

jhod @daydreamin_star have you done this yet? 1y
daydreamin_star I haven't! Will do now :) 1y
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vlwelser
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Someone said they hated this one because it's epistolary. I immediately had to read it. 💖📚📬 #LitsyAtoZ #letterE

CatLass007 A friend of mine recently recommended this. The description she gave of the book made it seem delightful. 1y
vlwelser @CatLass007 It is definitely delightful. I like that description. ☺ 1y
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samharnold
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Did you receive the book or has it been caught up with the Christmas post?

jhod Oh yes I have thanks! Came when I was away and forgot to post to let you know. Am looking forward to it! 2y
samharnold Excellent it‘s a good quick read. Enjoy. Happy New Year 2y
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samharnold
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@jhod Popped the book into the post for you. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

jhod Lovely thanks! 2y
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samharnold
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This is not one of my usual reads and had I picked it up on my own and read the synopsis I would not have purchased it. Which would have been an awful occurrence because I simply loved this book from start to finish. The sheer brilliance of this book, as letters drop the author writes without using them. The story is heart warming with a comedy twist. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @jhod
@DivaDiane
@Balibee146
#LMPBC

jhod Great! Look forward to it! 2y
Balibee146 Oh I'm so relieved you enjoyed it.... Think I put far too many scribbles on it lol 😀😀 2y
samharnold No I loved them 😃 2y
DivaDiane Looking forward to it!!! 2y
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