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Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places | Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras
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A one-of-a-kind gift book celebrating the world's most wondrous and unusual places - from macabre museums to magical natural phenomena - in all corners of the globe.
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aboutgilly
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Gina
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If this can give somebody closure from the pain of losing a loved one I think it is a beautiful idea...♡♡♡

Tamra I heard a podcast that featured this phone. It was both sad and heartening. On a lighter note, a recent Radio Lab episode had a story about a “taddle phone” in a preschool that worked really well. I think it‘s a good idea for all ages!! 3mo
Gina @Tamra omgosh I♡RADIOLAB... thx for letting me know 3mo
Tamra @Gina I bet I heard the story about the Japanese phone on it too! 3mo
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Mitch
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Dangerous free booklet that we picked up on Independent Bookstore Day. In just 16 pages I think I have at least 5 vacations planned! #bookishproblems

Karkar This was a great little giveaway! 4mo
Mitch @Karkar it really is - but my husband might think differently! 🤣 4mo
wanderinglynn Oh, I enjoyed getting that one. 👍🏻 3mo
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JSW
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Mr. JSW bought me this book and I am completely absorbed. I love its random places and factoids. 😂🦛🦛🦛🦛

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MrBook
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Thank you for the tags @DannyHattan and @Clwojick , two amazing and incredible Littens! ☺️🤗

1. The Clockwork Dynasty and Lonesome Dove
2. TCD: Europe over a century; LD: Texas
3. Inside a volcano. 😆🤯
4. @RadicalReader @Kaylamburson @IamIamIam

#WhatWouldYouDo

Clwojick Inside a volcano 😂😂😂😂 4mo
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FlowerFairy
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day, y‘all!!! Reading up on a few places to add to my travel bucket list while enjoying some Sneaky Buffalo (Espresso Vanilla stout made with cold brew)

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FlowerFairy
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day, y‘all!!! Reading up on a few places to add to my travel bucket list while enjoying some Sneaky Buffalo (Espresso Vanilla stout made with cold brew)

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Cattus obscura.
#catsofLitsy

SW-T 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
merelybookish 😹😹 6mo
Bklover ❤️❤️ cutie pie! 6mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆 6mo
TheSpineView Cute little face. Loving the black nose!❤🐾 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @TheSpineView Thanks! Her name is Maus (after “Die Fledermaus”) because when we adopted her from the shelter she was so tiny with such huge ears she looked liked a bat 🦇 😆 6mo
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BookBelle84
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This should be interesting.

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Lindy
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If “museum” is on a building, I‘m game to have a look. This book mentions some of the more unusual collections in the world, dedicated to such things as asparagus, absinthe, sharks, pig fat, antique vibrators, noses, phallic specimens (a blue whale‘s is largest: 5‘4”), cleaning, cannibalism, hearses, counterfeits, bordellos, BDSM, ticks (850 species), wax models of infant diseases, jewelery made from human hair, chamber pots, coffee cups, etc.

tournevis I've been to the counterfeit museum in Paris. It was great! 7mo
Lindy @tournevis I must add that one to my list for the next time I‘m there. 👍 7mo
tournevis @Lindy It was in 2000, so I do not know if it is still open. 7mo
Lindy @tournevis I just found their website & they assure visitors that they are indeed open & an appointment isn‘t necessary; just ring the bell during open hours & they promise to let you in! https://musee-contrefacon.com 7mo
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Lindy
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Pickpick

An atlas of the world‘s hidden wonders: it‘s the kind of book that‘s fun to browse. I was surprised how many of the them I had already encountered in fiction, like the dog suicide bridge (Internet photo above); Svarlbard seed vault; Shah Cheragh mirrored mosque; the difference engine; Saltstraumen maelstrom; taxidermy shop in Paris; Lumilinna snow castle; Chittagong ship-breaking yards; House on the Rock, Wisconsin; Weeki Wachee mermaids; etc.

Lindy P.S. Can you name any of the novels that contain the places or things that I‘ve listed? 7mo
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Lindy
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I found the “merman” in Banff, which this book lists as one of the obscure things to see in the world.

saresmoore Neat! Also, kind of gross! 8mo
Dolly 😳 8mo
tournevis Obscure? It's in every single cryptid book out there! Of which there are a lot! 8mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 That‘s been there for years! 8mo
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Lindy
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Atlas Obscura has an entry for a Polish village of painted houses (Zalipie, inset above) but they missed a great opportunity: Čičmany village in Slovakia is full of gorgeous painted houses, all done in geometric white designs on black. Unfortunately, the only entry for Slovakia is Čachtice castle, where it‘s said that a 17th c Hungarian countess bathed in the blood of virgins.

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Lindy
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An imaginative “merman” is displayed in a glass case in Banff, Alberta. I‘ve been to over 30 of the places covered in this atlas, but I haven‘t seen this peculiar thing which is located in my own province. It will be easy to add to my list because I‘m travelling to Banff tomorrow to stay at my brother‘s home for a week.

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Tongzi dan have been standard street fare in Dongyang in Zhenjiang Province for hundreds of years. The smell of steaming urine wafting through the city heralds the arrival of spring.

Lindy @BookishMarginalia Please note that doctors in the area de not advocate consumption of anything boiled in human waste. 8mo
BookishMarginalia Thank god! 8mo
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Kimzey 😳 8mo
Lindy @Kimzey Urine from boys under the age of 10, collected by having them relieve themselves into plastic buckets. 8mo
AlaMich 🤢🤢🤢 What possible reason could there be for doing this??? 8mo
Kimzey @Lindy Thanks for the clarification. Hmmm, I think some traditions may not be worth preserving! But who am I to judge? 😬 I wonder how this practice got started? What were the perceived benefits? 8mo
Lindy @AlaMich @Kimzey @BookishMarginalia “Residents attest to the appetizing taste and medicinal properties of the eggs, believing they increase blood flow and lower internal body temperature.” 8mo
Kimzey @Lindy Ahhh, I‘m learning so much! I can attest to the medicinal properties - just imagining the appetizing taste is lowering my internal body temperature! Definitely leaves me cold! 🥶 😊 8mo
Lindy @Kimzey Hahaha! 8mo
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Lindy
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Built in 2007 in Poland to represent “the uncertainty and shifting of traditions that accompanied the end of Communist rule.” The builders “had to take breaks every 3 hours during construction to ward off their disorientation.”
(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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Padua University‘s collection of 56 wooden books made from 56 different tree species is the most intriguing thing I‘ve come across so far in the book.
More here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wooden-books-padova-university

Soubhiville Oh cool! 8mo
Lindy @Soubhiville Bark on the spines, preserved leaves and flowers inside… it‘s the coolest! 8mo
Emilymdxn This is incredible! How had I never heard of this?? 8mo
Lindy @Emilymdxn I‘ve just heard about it for the first time from this book. Books rule! (edited) 8mo
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Gina
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It's a strange magical world we humans create for all to gaze a pond...

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JPeterson
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I have traveled for work before, and have been fine. However, for some reason, the anxiety hit full force for this trip that I could barely pull myself together to pack and get ready. All I wanted was to stay home & ignore the world for the week.
My sweet boyfriend surprised me with this fun travel book as I was heading to the airport. I feel so incredibly lucky to have a person by my side, even when I‘m a mess, and knows how to make me smile. ❤️

squirrelbrain How sweet of him! And we‘re all here for you too, if you need any support during your work trip. Look after yourself ❤️ 9mo
JPeterson @squirrelbrain Thank you! ❤️ 9mo
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MaGoose
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I've been meaning to read this book for a while now. Since I got the Atlas Obscura journal from @debthmpsn as part of the #greatwideopen swap package she sent me, there's no time like the present to pick up the ebook...we can always use another book, right? As an ebook, it'll be easier to take with me on any travels and adventures in the future.

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MaGoose
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This is the first of a few posts I'll have about my #greatwideopen swap package from @debthmpsn. I received such a lot of good stuff that it didn't fit into one or even two photos!! Here's my box of snacks including teas, a pair of socks, energy bars, book marks, a travel journal and stickers. 😀👌👍😍 Thanks so much!

debthmpsn I hope you enjoy!!! 9mo
MaGoose @debthmpsn I love everything. The books are GREAT and ones that I might not have bought for myself. I like the Atlas Obscura journal, which prompted me to buy the book to go with it. Thanks, again. 💕💜 9mo
debthmpsn You‘re very welcome! I hope the books are good reads. I tried to pick ones that had great reviews :) 9mo
MaGoose @debthmpsn I've always wanted to go to Istanbul and Scotland, so now I can go in my imagination until I'm able to go there physically. 9mo
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Mehso-so

This is an encyclopedia of unusual sites you could visit while traveling. It would make a great coffee table book. To read cover to cover - dry - it‘s an encyclopedia.

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MStew
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This book is a beauty!! I love it. This is for anyone who loves traveling or would love to travel but cant catch a break! here's your break!! This book takes you all around the world and has beautiful photographs!!you will love it!!#litsy #travel #litsyreads #litsyfamily #read #book #bookaddict #booklover #books #booknerd #packyourbags

Crowcrumbs I love the blog. I‘m sure I‘ll end up reading this at some point! 13mo
MerinEliza Wow sounds wonderful. I have to pick this up. 13mo
MStew @MerinEliza its beautiful!!!!!!!😍 13mo
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MStew @Crowcrumbs you should!!! 13mo
CaitlinR Makes a great holiday present. 13mo
MStew @CaitlinR it really does i received mine for christmas! Lol 13mo
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My #primeday pick! I‘m excited to have this so I can read little bits when I‘m in the mood! It‘s a heavy book!

EstelaV JIC(just in case) it's also a website! Explore to your hearts content! https://www.atlasobscura.com 13mo
ElishaLovesBooks @EstelaV Thank you!!! That‘s amazing! 13mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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https://instagram.com/p/Bj5pMZQHeDp/ If I‘m ever in Detroit... #TBR John King Used & Rare Books, more than 1 million books in stock (photo credit Abi Inman)

Wife This is a really fun place. Lots of old treasures!📚 1y
Branwen Im actually going there on Friday! 😀 1y
Palimpsest I just heard about this place today because of an Atlas Obscura article. It looks amazing! 1y
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Kimberlone So rustic! I want to go to there! 1y
Howseldomtheydo @Branwen Enjoy 💕📚 1y
Tamra Oh my! Sends my book browser anxiety into overdrive! 💜 1y
tammysue Wow I‘d love to spend a day or two there! 1y
Zelma Ooh, that looks amazing! 1y
Suet624 Wow!! 1y
BiblioLitten Sigh 😍 1y
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Booksnchill
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1. French lavender
2. Marcella season 1 prepping for season 2 out today on Netflix
3. Atlas Obscura- what a great, fun read about places I need to see!
4. Whole grain mustard and tomato relish
5. Besides reading??? Painting before the heat hits outside then playing with Whiskey🐾
#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

Bklover 3- Yes!! 1y
ElishaLovesBooks Just stacked Atlas Obscura-sounds good!! 1y
Booksnchill @bklover @ElishaLovesBooks Love it as a by the side of the chair dip in and out book! 1y
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LibrarianChels
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Planning my trip to Mallorca and Barcelona this October! Atlas Obscura is fun. Love to look through it before a trip.

RebelReader So jealous! 1y
LibrarianChels Trip cannot come soon enough @RebelReader! I can‘t stop thinking about it although it‘s awhile away. 1y
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AllenTStClair
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I‘m learning a lot of interesting things from this book!

mabell 😂😂👏 1y
OrangeMooseReads 🙌🏽 1y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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🌴 My Atlases!!
🌴 Maldives, Italy, Brazil, Mongolia
🌴 Antarctica
🌴 Planes, Trains & Automobiles
(all forms of transport)
🌴 Ice Cream

#manicmonday @JoScho

CouronneDhiver Mongolia? Wow! That‘s awesome 👏🏽 Very exotic 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @CouronneDhiver Thanks. That's why I went there, because I didn't know anyone who had been before 😊. It was remote and challenging, but I think that's part of why I liked it so much. Unique and rewarding. 1y
JoScho You have been to some amazing places! 1y
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VeganCleopatra 😮 How have you managed to go to so many great places? 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @VeganCleopatra I've made travel a priority in my life. A lot of hard work, sacrifice, and determination. But for me it's worth it 😊 1y
VeganCleopatra Ah good, you weren't just born rich then. 😉 You sound like a person with good tips, care to share? 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I wish I was born rich! 😂😂 I've got lots to share, I love talking about travel as much as I do books. Any specific questions though? @VeganCleopatra 1y
VeganCleopatra I'm going to brainstorm on it and get back to you! But while I'm thinking more, how did you plan for your Kenya trip and save costs etc? Have you been to Africa before and already knew some tips ahead of time or will you be learning this trip? 😏 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @VeganCleopatra I have been to Morocco, but this will be my first foray in cental/east Africa. I usually travel solo, so I like to book tours rather than backpacking. There is a huge range available in terms of costing, counties to visit, travel styles. Some companies I'd recommend are Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, or Dragoman. For Kenya we are using On The Go tours for the first time, we know someone who did the exact same tour. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @VeganCleopatra In terms of saving, you need to make it a priority. For me I don't have kids, a house or even a car. I'm a home body so I don't go out. I just save every penny I can. Luckily I have a job that is flexible, and let's me take as much time off as I want (unpaid). But if you have kids or a mortgage don't be discouraged. You may just need to save for longer or go away for a shorter period. I hope that helps? 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @VeganCleopatra with regards to tours, I like them cuz they plan the itinerary, arrange lodging, sometimes meals, and you pay a lot of the costs upfront. Also, when you go to more exotic or "dangerous" countries, you have that extra security of travelling with a group. And they know the safe places to go. 1y
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BookHermit
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Going to put this curse in all my books from now on 😂

~from atlasobscura.com

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AllenTStClair
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Going to spend some time tonight exploring the world through my Kindle. I‘m a wild and crazy guy! #OutdatedSNLReference

ju.ca.no That book looks so interesting, I‘m always tempted to buy it when I see it in a bookstore😅 2y
AllenTStClair @ju.ca.no I was the same way, but I never bought it. Then it was for sale for $4.99 in the Kindle store.... 2y
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BookNAround
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If you‘ve browsed this book, you know there is no resisting it for random facts fans. 😁 No one tell my husband I searched out the lovely indie bookstore, Sunrise Books (High Point, NC for my #nclittens), while I waited for my daughter today and purchased this for myself. Better yet, I told bookseller Laura about our community and I‘m pretty sure that @bramble is her. Welcome! #litsywelcomewagon

bramble You are correct! It was lovely to meet you. :) 2y
BookNAround @bramble So glad you‘re here. Great to meet you too. @RaimeyGallant has a link in her bio to a post a bunch of people wrote to help you get the most out of Litsy if you‘re interested. 2y
cobwebmoth @bramble Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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RaimeyGallant @bramble I do! I do! (edited) 2y
bramble Excellent! Thanks. :) 2y
Bklover Welcome @bramble !!!! (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻👏🏻 @bramble 2y
ErinSueMreads I got my husband this and the companion notebook and he is obsessed with them!!! He carries that book back and forth to work with him every single week! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Lcsmcat Litsy field trip, anyone? 😀 2y
gibblr I've been to one in Hobart! Not sure if it's in the article as I haven't read it yet. 2y
DarcysMom Great article! Thanks for sharing. 2y
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Tamra Wow! 2y
TheEvilQueen Sounds like my kind of place. 2y
MicheleinPhilly *puts house on the market, starts packing* 2y
batsy Wow, it's like a town made for Littens 😍 2y
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CaitZ
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Books I'm thinking about reading for the Nonfiction Challenge 2018. I'm very much a mood reader, so I'm not promising I'll actually read any of these. I definitely will read at least 12 nonfiction this year. #nonfiction2018 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have Atlas Obscura in my to read pile too, but it‘s a big one! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m thinking that one might be good to read almost like a daily devotional book, one part/section each day. 2y
CaitZ @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's my plan. I figure if I read a little each day I can finish it by the of the year. 2y
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Mahal kita mahal m ba ako

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Lidia
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I'm in bed with the flu since yesterday. Fortunately I have good company to keep me entertained

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon 💕 2y
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Booksnchill
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#BOOKFRIDAY2017 @Liberty giving this to my almost graduate nephew instead of “Oh, The Places You‘ll Go” in hope that this inspires him to actually seek out those places!

BookNAround Very cool! I think I need to add this one to my Christmas list. 2y
Booksnchill @BookNAround it is on my list as well!!! 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Black Friday shopping haul. Only buying books for gifts this year, we all need more books.

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moarbookspleaze
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I also got this one for Phil‘s birthday.

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Debiw781
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I'll need a #bigjetplane to travel back to Ireland so for now I'll just enjoy these pictures and descriptions.

#tuneintonovember
@Robothugs
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen This book sounds amazing! #WishList 2y
Debiw781 @Cinfhen I may never read the whole book but I love visiting different areas in it! 2y
DivaDiane @Cinfhen Atlas Obscura also does a website and newsletter- it‘s fascinating! 2y
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Gayan
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Today is my 36th Wedding Anniversary so Robbie took me to Barnes & Noble and told me to get whatever I wanted.

Graciouswarriorprincess Happy Anniversary! Nice picks! 2y
Gayan Thanks, it was so much fun picking out books and not worrying about the bill. Not that I worry to much anyway. 😂 @Graciouswarriorprincess 2y
merelybookish Happy anniversary! What a thoughtful gift! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly WOW! Congrats! 2y
rubyslippersreads What a romantic gift! 💓 2y
Bette Happy day! Congrats. 🎈🎉 2y
Redwritinghood Congratulations! 2y
valeriegeary 😍 2y
Jenken1998 Happy Anniversary! 2y
Christine Keeper. 😉 Happy Anniversary! 2y
MaureenMc Happy anniversary! 2y
LeahBergen Happy Anniversary! 2y
stacybmartin Happy anniversary - definitely a keeper! 💜 2y
Gayan Thanks everyone. He also took me to Sephora. 2y
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TheresaGivan
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Husband and I have been out of town on a small anniversary celebration, we stopped at a Parisi for a cup of pour over coffee and I read aloud to him from Atlas Obscura. It's been a nice trip. ☺️ #HusbandsOfLitsy

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TheresaGivan
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I received three books for my birthday. This one has been so much fun so far! Lots of strange places out there! #ilovetoread #ilovetotravel #HusbandsofLitsy #WhenTwoBookLoversGetMarried

laurenbescoby Are you a fan of obscure statistics and facts? I highly recommend this if you are. The opening pages are maps of stereotypes. It's very tongue in cheek, but guaranteed to give a laugh! 2y
TheresaGivan @miralunasbooknook Oh thank you! I'll definitely have to look for that. 😆 2y
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Librarianaut
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The Beast and I, in our reading nook (aka "the couch"). I'm enjoying an old fashioned cherry coke (as in, made with grenadine).

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StaceyKondla
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I'm going to write curses on the inside covers of all my books. http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/protect-your-library-the-medieval-way-with-...

cleoh Hahaha oh my this is amazing 😱😂 2y
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Debiw781
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I love travel books loaded with pictures so I had to buy this book. When we went to Ireland, we saw the Skelligs from a distance but it wasn't open to tour. We did go inside a beehive hut nearby. And how could we travel without #compasspoints to direct us around the world?

#jubilantjuly
@RealLifeReading