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You Should See Me in a Crown
You Should See Me in a Crown | Leah Johnson
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Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
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GirlNamedJesse
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This audio bookended the loss of my Nana, but its humor, sweetness, and amazing underdog story were just what I needed to get me back into reading. This book is excellent and the narration is phenomenal! 🏳️‍🌈

Soubhiville I‘m sorry for your loss. I loved this book too, glad it helped you. 4mo
witchyreader13 Losing someone you love is never easy. I'm glad that you can find joy in a good story. Take care of yourself. 💛🌷 4mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Got this back today! Thanks for the fun round @kellyann28 @Erinreadsthebooks @ads0123 #lmpbc

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kissmehardy
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, gosh, this has all the good feels! In an effort to win a much-needed college scholarship, Liz – an unlikely candidate in her boujee Indy ‘burb high school – runs for prom court. Prom was def not like this at my school, but I‘m rolling with it for the sake of a compelling, endearing story. Loved Liz and her friendship, relationship, and familial drama as it all felt genuine. My favorite kind of YA. A common trope, yes, but it works.

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britt_brooke
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Still loving this pint glass, @HeatherBookNerd ❣️❣️ Listening to the tagged book while cooking dinner. Really fun so far!

#multitasking #booksandbooze

WanderingBookaneer Cute book! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd I‘m so glad you love it! 6mo
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PuddleJumper
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I loved this! The writing was great, the character development was fantastic and the teenagers behaved like teenagers which is sometimes rare in YA novels.

This was a very affirming read and exactly what I needed.

Adding to the lgbtq+ bingo as coming out scene

#catsoflitsy #lgbtqbookbingo #lgbtq2021 @Kenyazero

Kenyazero This one's a fun read! Good pick for coming out scene, and glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
PuddleJumper @Kenyazero It's super cute, well deserving of the hype. I'm glad I gave in and read it! 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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Charming and sweet with some @TheAromaofBooks characters to keep it interesting. I understand the hype; Leah Johnson has a great voice and I really enjoyed this debut! I love the romance, the honesty and the sparkle. #pride #ownvoices @TheAromaofBooks #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Very cute! An overall happy read!
#pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

#bookspinbingo

HOTPock3tt Happy PRIDE! 🏳️‍🌈 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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bibliobard
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While waiting for more essays to score for the AP exam I finished reading this. It‘s been on my #tbr pile for awhile now and I absolutely adored it! The teens are believable and I am glad (most) of the adults were supportive in this one (sometimes with YA I only see the adults portrayed as mean spirited and hateful so I love books that cast them in roles as allies). Great read for pride month 🏳️‍🌈 #lgbtqreads

bibliobard @TheAromaofBooks Also this was apparently my #doublespin back in April 2021 #bookspinbingo — I can still get credit right 😅 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Yes, you absolutely get credit!! 7mo
bibliobard @TheAromaofBooks Yay! I need to get back into the game next month 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I'll tag you in the reminder post for July & you can decide if you want to jump back in!! 7mo
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Bookish_Gal
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This debut novel deserves all its hype. Liz is such a relatable teen. The drama of high school is that of determining what parts of yourself you are hiding in order to fit in. And her, which ones just don‘t matter. Liz also happens to be a black girl in a southern (homophobic + racist) town where they only care about prom season. Literally. I really liked the raw emotions between Liz and her old friends. Love Mack “ruining” plans for the better

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YES!! Avatar is the best show! I‘m liking this friend group and their being so supportive
This is bringing me back to high school. Mine didn‘t have prom royalties, small place, but we sure did have all those clicks and social hierarchies. There can be lot to worry about

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Cupcake12
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A great YA read. Liz has always thought she‘s too black, too poor and awkward to shine in her hometown.
She wants to apply for college but financial aid is refused and that is when she finds out about her schools scholarship program for Prom Queen & King.
Liz must now endure social media, public events and her evil competitors if she wants follow her dream.
A cute heartwarming tale of first love and high school drama❤️

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Cupcake12
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#WeekendReads
1. Tagged.
2. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
3. Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens (Part of a book swap)

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Such a fun read! Liz is honestly one of my top favorite YA characters of YA books I have read thus far this year- hilarious, witty, kind, and loving. The author‘s writing is spectacular, and her character development of not only Liz and Amanda, but her other characters as well make it a very great read. I had heard so many good things about this book, and I am glad to have finally read it! ⬇️

Emily92Bibliophile If you‘d like to read the rest of my review for this amazing book, here‘s the link to my goodreads review! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3419776772 (edited) 8mo
Crazeedi Excellent review 💞 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence I loved this too! 8mo
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Cupcake12
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#FirstLineFridays
“I‘m clutching my tray with both hands hoping that Beyoncé grants me the strength to make it to my usual lunch table without any incidents.”

ShyBookOwl Lol! 7mo
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AJBowers
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Book mail 📚🥳

Cupcake12 This is on my TBR list for 2021. Enjoy x 9mo
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kellyann28
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Finished this one this week! It was definitely a cute, feel good read! I will get this mailed out first thing on Monday! #LMPBC 💜 @Erinreadsthebooks @ads0123 @TheBookKeepers

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kellyann28
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Starting this today for our #LMPBC ! 💜

@TheBookKeepers @ads0123 @Erinreadsthebooks

Cupcake12 I have this on my to be read list....enjoy x 9mo
kellyann28 @Cupcake12 Thank you! 💜 9mo
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Solid YA book that I read in a day! It took me a little bit to get into the characters‘ teen way of speaking (I felt so uncool) but then I was all in. For me, it was a great book to borrow from the library but not own, but I get the sense others loved it more.

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unabridgedchick
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Our narrator Liz Lighty is just ... omg, adore her. Liz's desire to become prom queen starts because of the scholarship it comes with, but as she begins the process of drawing attention toward herself, navigating that very painful and complicated journey of adolescent social interactions, and trusting that she deserves every happiness presented to her, the prize at the end of all this represents something else entirely.

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Good morning! I have never been so invested in the results of a prom court before. The rom is killing me w the cute. alternating btwn reading the book & listening to the audiobook- which is wonderfully done- & I wish I was commuting & my train was late so I could keep reading!

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Kenyazero
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Liz enters into her school's prom queen competition in order to have a shot at a scholarship. Along the way, she deals with the ups and downs of friendship, racism, homophobia, classism, and the nuances of dating. I really enjoyed this read. The characters were compelling and the story flowed nicely from scene to scene. Content warnings for panic attacks, sickle cell anemia, racist bullying, and homophobic bullying. #LGBTQBooks #QueerBooks #YA

Kenyazero (the audiobook narrator pronounced manga as may-n-ga, though, which was driving me crazy) 10mo
Bookzombie I love your photo! I don‘t get how audio narrators make such huge mistakes at times. 10mo
Kenyazero @Bookzombie Thanks! Haha, I know! I guess if she's used to hearing people say maynga or someone told her that's how to say it, she might not have thought she needed to look up the pronunciation 🤔 10mo
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Kenyazero
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Every week, I highlight #LGBTQAuthors as part of #TheRainbowShelf 🏳️‍🌈 Leah Johnson is a professor of creative writing and composition, an author, and an editor. She is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow. Her debut novel has been featured on Reese's Book Club, Cosmo, and was a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book. #LGBTQ #QueerAuthors #QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks

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TheBookKeepers
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Finished! @Erinreadsthebooks @kellyann28 @ads0123 I‘ll get it in the mail this week #lmpbc

This is an old photo but I‘m wishing I was at a pool so it‘s fitting 😂

ShelleyBooksie I.love seeing everyone's photos! 11mo
Erinreadsthebooks Yay! Mine's in the mail headed to Morrisville 😃 @ads0123 @kellyann28 @thebookkeepers 11mo
TheBookKeepers Awesome! @Erinreadsthebooks which book did you decide on? 11mo
TheBookKeepers Yay so exciting!! @erinreads 10mo
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AvidReader25
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An Indiana teen struggles to find her place as she balances her passion for music with her anxiety and her high school's ingrained prejudice against her. Despite the heavy subject matter, this book is so full of joy. Liz felt so real and was easy to connect with. Her vulnerability and strength were beautiful and you can't help rooting for her. As a Hoosier, I loved all the Indy references. It was so fun to recognize places I‘ve grown up in.

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Eggs I enjoyed it 11mo
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Bookgoil
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I finally made my list! Top 20 books I read in 2020! Hands down You Should See Me in a Crown was my fave but these all were fabulous reads too. I read over 500 books and these are the standouts!

SW-T Nice looking list! 11mo
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ChasingOm
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The tagged book was a gift from my husband for Christmas and as soon as this prompt came to mind, I knew I was going to pick it up next. I can't wait to see everyone's recommendations!

#IntegrateYourShelf

KVanRead Just read and loved this one that definitely encompasses a look at that intersection 11mo
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Lovesbooks87 Loved the tagged book! It was so good! 11mo
ImperfectCJ I loved this one. I have read little of Lorde's poetry (I don't read a lot of poetry in general), but these essays have kept me thinking and reflecting since I read them several years ago. 11mo
TheBookHippie Loved the tagged book!!! 11mo
TheBookHippie I very much enjoyed 11mo
Blaire @KVanRead I loved this one as well and a great fit for the prompt. 11mo
KVanRead @Blaire Yeah, I just loved it. 5 stars for sure. 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly I have some Audre Lorde on my TBR! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh I see @ImperfectCJ already listed that 😆 in which case may I also recommend 11mo
MeganAnn I really want to read this one: 11mo
MeganAnn And I loved this novella from Alyssa Cole‘s reluctant royals series that focuses on two women falling back in love with each other. In fact, I‘ve loved the entire series! (edited) 11mo
MeganAnn @Clare-Dragonfly Cinderella is Dead looks interesting as well. Added it to my TBR! 11mo
LaraS Thanks to #canadareads I‘m smack dab in the middle of 11mo
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Branwen
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I love it when holds come in just in time for the weekend! 😃💕📚 Happy Friday, littens!

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LilMrmd79
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Got a chance to get to B&N yesterday so that I could spend some of my birthday gift cards.

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kimmypete1
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I‘m not even sure I‘m on the right day lol, but here‘s Day 8, my August favorite. #12Booksof2020 @Andrew65

Andrew65 It is the eighth day today 😊 13mo
maich This one is on my tbr😊 13mo
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OriginalCyn620
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britt_brooke Great photo! 13mo
Lovesbooks87 Loved the book and also love the friends ornament. 13mo
OriginalCyn620 Thank you @Lovesbooks87! I haven‘t read the book yet but I‘ve heard all good things! 13mo
Bookgoil This is my top book of 2020!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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thewallflower0707
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This book had all the high school stereotypes packed into one, but it didn‘t bother me. The heroine is likable and the romance is sweet.

#youngadult #youshouldseemeinacrown

Buechersuechtling You didn‘t really read one whole book (336 pages) in one day, one that you probably bought only yesterday, did you❓😯👏🏼 13mo
thewallflower0707 @Buechersuechtling I did! It was very lighthearted and the vocabulary was very easy. 13mo
Buechersuechtling @thewallflower0707 You definitely do differently than I do. You are not posting about half of the book you‘re currently reading in from of quotes on Litsy. 😇😂 (But, you know, I am really impressed by it. I feel, like the book is talking to me. Which is weird, I know.) 13mo
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triplem80
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This book was so delightful! I'm glad I finally got around to finishing it -- definitely one of my favorite reads of the last several months!

#TeamReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious

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Work has been hectic lately, so I‘m extremely grateful for the 4 day weekend (and honestly the low key Thanksgiving planned for today, too). 🙌🏻 Spending my day reading, decorating for Christmas, and then making dinner with my husband.

Aims42 Enjoy!!! 💕📚💛 14mo
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ahoffkosik
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Not sure how it happened, but the end of New Reads November 2020 on my podcast is already here! It‘s been such a fantastic month on the show — and today‘s episode is a grand finale. 🎉 Jenny Lee (author of Anna K) joins me to chat about Leah Johnson‘s You Should See Me in a Crown. 👑 We discuss representation in YA, friend breakups, our own prom experiences, and more. Link to listen in my bio!

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underground_bks
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You Should See Me in a Crown doesn‘t hold much in the way of surprises, but it is a pleasant and affirming story of a poor, Black, and queer young woman finding love and being celebrated for who she is, and that‘s lovely in addition to being vital.

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MyNamesParadise
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At 1st when starting this book I wasn‘t in the mood to read it. It picked up when Mack and Liz started being friends. This book was made to make you feel happy and while it had a predictable ending, I still ended up enjoying it. It‘s an important book for those of color and the LGBTQIA communities to see characters that look like them in fiction. I was trying to get some diverse reads in my line-up. I‘d read another by the author.

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All the angst, joy, confusion, triumphs, scares, and victories of high school. Anxiety attacks, being awkward and uncoordinated, poor, black, queer, and vulnerable, along with navigating friendships and dealing with racism and bullying while being yourself in a conservative white space are explored as Liz tries to win homecoming to get money for college. A gorgeous book that makes you root for Liz, first love, and learning to be yourself.

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Loveforlit2
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A story of strength and purpose. So many high school kids struggle to except themselves for who they are and this story is so important for a variety of reasons. Really enjoyed Johnson‘s first novel.

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Bookgoil
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Don‘t mind me here‘s the 53 books I read in September. I‘m feeling pretty lazy about doing a breakdown. Lots of audio and here‘s my BIG favorite.

You Should See Me in a Crown is everything - everyone should read it!!!!

I had lots of good reads but that will likely be my favorite book of the year now.

I know it‘s a busy picture but can you spy any faves?

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watermelontaco13
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𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙎𝙚𝙚 𝙈𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 is a “self-love anthem for queer black girls everywhere”. It is amusing, charming and a quick read. I don‘t think I can gush any more about how great this book is. I absolutely loved it and Liz Lighty! I really hope Reese Witherspoon adapts this

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Bandrea
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I have heard so many good things about this book, so I‘m ready to dive in. Worked the last 3 nights and now for my reward!

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Bookgoil
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I am so in love with this book I can‘t sing it‘s praises enough. Liz is a girl with a dream she wants a full ride with her musical experience but when it falls through she enters a competition for Prom Queen. When new girl Mack shows up and she starts to fall hard for her she‘s not sure what‘s most important. This book is so much! I love Liz and all her faults as she tries out something new, mends an old friendship and find love. Amazing on audio!

Graciouswarriorprincess I loved this book! I was lucky enough to be chosen in the Reese‘s bookclub to have an online discussion with the author and others. It was so cool and fun! 1y
Bookgoil @Graciouswarriorprincess that‘s so awesome! That‘s how I found out about it my friend was talking about her new book pick and I‘m like it‘s probably lame and adult and I was like no that looks so good!!! 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Bookgoil I just loved it! So relatable to everyone. 1y
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I had a great time this afternoon attending Reese‘s book club discussion. It was so good and great fun! And I loved this book!

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Book 127 done!

KarouBlue Wow, cool! 😎 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MellieAntoinette Thanks. I can‘t wait to be a part of it this afternoon.😊 1y
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#SuperSeptember readathon. Thank you for hosting @Andrew65 .

1. Finish “You should see me in a crown”.
2. Start and finish:
-The Starless Sea
-From Liberty to Magnolia
-Transcendent Kingdom
3. Read daily for at least one hour.

MallenNC Good goals! I loved You Should See Me in a Crown 1y
Andrew65 Great goals, good luck 😊👍 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC. I am listening to it and need to finish by Sunday noon since I was chosen to attend Reese‘s bookclub discussion for it Sunday afternoon. @Andrew65. Thank you! 1y
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MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess I saw your post! You need to buy a lottery ticket because you‘ve had great luck lately. Enjoy the discussion. 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC. Thanks! Everyone has told that and I won another contest today for an eye place in Rocky Mount. They are primary eye care but they sell sunglasses so I will probably get a new pair. 1y
MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess That‘s great! I very rarely win things, so I live vicariously through your winnings 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC Lol! I can‘t believe that I am winning lately. I figure though if you don‘t enter, you won‘t win. So why not? 1y
MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess Someone has to win, so why not you? 😀 1y
AllisonM89 I LOVE The Starless Sea!!!!! 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC Lol! You too should win! 👍🏻🥰 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @AllisonM89 I can‘t wait to read it as I loved her first book! 1y
AllisonM89 @Graciouswarriorprincess you will love it then! 1y
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