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Ex Libris
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader | Anne Fadiman
Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.
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GatheringBooks
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Tera0707 I have a friend whose husband has two or three typo-tattoos. One takes up his whole forearm and I said “oh wow! Too bad such-and-such is spelled wrong!” (Can‘t remember the word) A tattoo artist once told me “check my spelling over and over because I‘m paid to make it stick; not for my spelling.” 5d
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thebluestocking
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July was just an okay reading month for me. I was busy with lots of other things, which happens sometimes. But my reading picked up at the end of the month, which I hope will continue into August.

#julywrapup #monthlywrapup #julyreads

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thebluestocking
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This is a very thoughtful and humorous collection of essays about books and reading. As usual with essay collections, some were more enjoyable for me than others. But overall, the reading experience was very pleasant. My favorite essay was the first.

KathyWheeler I loved this book and enjoyed her other essay collections as well. 4w
thebluestocking @KathyWheeler Ooh. I‘ll have to check out her other stuff! 💙 3w
KathyWheeler @thebluestocking She wrote one about the class of cultures between American doctors and the family of a Hmong child with epilepsy that‘s supposed to be really good. I can‘t bring myself to read it because I have epilepsy, but I‘ve heard nothing but good things about it. It‘s got a great title: 3w
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jb72
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#thursdaysurvey
1. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
2. Mr Salary by Sally Rooney
3. New release (once I get caught up): Bewitched and Betrothed by Juliet Blackwell
4. GR reading goal was 100 books and so far I‘ve read 83.
5. @Erin7 @kindergartenkat @Crazeedi
Thanks for the tag @xxjenadanxx

Crazeedi Thanks for tag!! 4w
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Christine
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This has to be one of the titles that‘s been on my TBR the longest. No more! And hooray for long-anticipated books that meet one‘s high expectations. I always love Fadiman‘s writing, and in this it was especially delicious - so brainy and word-nerdy yet funny and irreverent. (And I love how she suggests reading Steinbeck on Cannery Row as a book nerd triumph - I did that back when I used to live in Monterey! I read Cannery Row, obviously. 🤓🐟)

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ve just reread 84, Charing Cross Road, now I feel like rereading this “book about books”, too! 2mo
Christine @Theaelizabet Ooh, that is on my physical TBR shelf, must get to it soon! ❤️ 2mo
Zelma I adore this book, especially the essay about combining bookshelves with her husband. 2mo
Christine @Zelma Yes!! So great. ❤ 2mo
Oblomov26 This was a lovely book - so enjoyable 2w
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jb72
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#thursdaysurvey
1. Ex Libris - tagged
2. Me Salary by Sally Rooney - 1 star
3. I‘d like to read City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. Yes - read 100 books - I‘m about 30 books ahead (but I count children‘s books and short stories too)
5. I‘m a day late because I got sidetracked so I tag anyone else who wants to join.
Thanks for the tag @xxjenadanxx

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AutumnRLS
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Current reads. #podcastreads

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Vansa
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Prithu_reads
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Here's a book eater. I mean, literally! 😄

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Prithu_reads
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Now, that is what we call reading!

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Thndrstd
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Pickpick

A book I finished in 2018:

A lovely collection of short essays about the love of books and language. Beautifully written, smart, funny and full of sesquipedalian vocabulary. Delightful.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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I loved everything about this. For some the prose might be a tad purple, but that just made it better for me. I highly recommend getting it on audio. It's meant to be listened to IMO.

BarbaraJean I LOVED this book, so much. Hadn‘t thought about getting it on audio... I think maybe I need a re-read via audio soon!! 11mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @BarbaraJean YES! The audio was great! 11mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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#loveatfirstlisten The narrator is perfect and the writing is wonderful.

Lcsmcat I read this years ago and loved it! 11mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Lcsmcat It's wonderful writing. 11mo
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Briary
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It's finally Saturday and time to enjoy some lovely books and TBR planning. 🎉

SledgeReader Beautiful piece of crochet work! Did you make?? 13mo
Briary @SledgeReader Thank you! yes I've made it ☺ 13mo
SledgeReader Lovely! You are very talented. 😍 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#ReadingResolutions Day 5: Anne Fadiman talked about #Bookstore(s) in her reading memoir. I confess to not loving it as much as I thought I would: it was only the 1st essay which really made me laugh as she talked about Marrying Libraries. The others I found to be quite alienating and not really much to my liking. Full review here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2014/05/10/saturday-reads-the-distinctive-taste-and-s...

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scripturient
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I ordered an embosser stamp yesterday and today it was already in the post. The picture is a bit blurry but this is what it looks like. Can‘t wait to use it for my books. 😍

LiteraryinLititz Love it!! 14mo
Susannah That‘s awesome! 14mo
Sarah83 So gorgeous 😍😍😍💖😘😘 14mo
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julesG That's cool. Pretty fast delivery, too. 14mo
Heideschrampf 💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕 14mo
Aims42 So cool!!! 👍🏻 14mo
BookBabe Yessss! Love this so much! 😍😍❤️❤️🙌🏻🙌🏻 See, @MrBook , I told you we need one of these! This is awesome! 14mo
scripturient @BookBabe Thank you!! :) I just sent out your chocolate package. It doesn‘t have a tracking number though but should be there in about two weeks. 😊 14mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Ruthiella Great selection! I own all three too! I‘m a sucker for books about books 📚😍 1y
Crazeedi If it has *book* in the title, I have to check it out and most of the time I'm reading it! 📚 1y
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Tomigirl44
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One of the best books I‘ve read in a long time - refreshing, fun, and an author I could relate to, as we have similar perspectives about books. I think almost any reader would enjoy this collection of essays. It was fun using my kindle dictionary to learn new words (that has never happened before and it was great). I‘m looking forward to reading more by this author.

RaimeyGallant This sounds so interesting. 1y
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Eyelit
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This was a re-read for me for #freakyfriday (cause it‘s been so long since I first read it). I liked it pretty much the same as when I first read it. I consider it something of a comfort read. I like Anne and her quirky family and their reading habits.

TheLudicReader This is on my tbr shelf. 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks I‘d love to just sit in on one of their dinners. 1y
Eyelit @CoffeeCatsBooks oh yes! That would be so interesting! 1y
charl08 So good! A favourite here too. 1y
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Mindyrecycles
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RIP Books on the Nightstand. 😢 I love all my reading podcasts but botns was my favorite. #bookishpodcast #readingresolutions @Jess7

Bookzombie I loved it too! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve heard good things about this podcast. Sorry I didn‘t get to it sooner!😞 1y
Beckys_Books I miss this podcast 1y
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umbrellagirl
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Want to use LT? Did you know there is a promotion where your account is upgraded to lifetime for FREE if you log in via one of their mobile apps!

You can also friend me at ofthatilk 🙂

#librarything

Samplergal Do tell how. Just log in on the app?? Certainly there is a catch. 1y
GarthRanzz I don‘t see anything about account upgrades at all in the iOS app. Just an app that hasn‘t been updated in three years. 1y
umbrellagirl @GarthRanzz The app is only for cataloguing. It doesn‘t have any other capabilities. 1y
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umbrellagirl @Samplergal No catch. Just log into your account on the app and they will do it. I r also heard they are waiving fees for Littens but I don‘t know how that works. 1y
Mommamanzi Just created one, not too sure how to add a friend. My user name is mommamanzi407 1y
Seekingtardis I‘m with @Mommamanzi I don‘t know how to add a friend either but my username is seekingtardis 1y
DarcysMom I am DarcysMom over there. I have no idea how to add friends, or how to navigate much on LT. I have the android app and it seems pretty sparse. 1y
Laura317 Well I signed in. I‘m chinamom64. I can‘t figure a thing out. 1y
Samplergal I‘m not sure of the whole point of it yet. I‘m karennovakoski over there. 1y
IamIamIam How does that work? I DLed it last week and signed in so how would I figure out if it's upgraded? 1y
aprilpohren I am ajpohren on LT. I am trying to reacquaint myself with LT. I have been a Lifetime member for years but haven't used it in a very long time. 1y
Itchyfeetreader I am same user name over there and have re-energised and tidied an old account (and horrified myself by the number of unread books I have!) I got the sense from some of the posts I skimmed that friending wasn‘t the done thing so have not really connected with anyone at the moment... maybe I‘ll stick to adding litsy folks for now! 1y
aprilpohren I friend requested everyone listed in this thread 😁 1y
DarcysMom I friend requested people, too. 😁 1y
SandDune I‘m a longtime LT user (and new on Litsy) and no, we don‘t friend as much as some sites. Doesn‘t mean we don‘t have friends! Best way to get to know people is to join an active group that fits the sort of things you read (look under the Groups tabs), comment on other people‘s threads in the group, and start your own. It is actually very friendly. Last time I looked the app wasn‘t great. I use LT via Safari on my phone. I‘m SandDune there too. (edited) 1y
SandDune Meant to say - if any one wants to see how the threads work please feel free to pop over to my current thread on LT. http://www.librarything.com/topic/289454# which is on the 75 Books Challenge for 2018 Group. (edited) 1y
umbrellagirl @SandDune Thanks! I signed up ages ago but just started using it. 1y
Astroneman My username is michela79 1y
umbrellagirl I‘ve sent friend requests to each of you 💙 1y
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Nebklvr
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What kind of love do books inspire in you? Courtly love—you treat the book as a pristine object or carnal love where you annotate and highlight to your hearts content? This is a bunch of essays centered around books and bookish people. Amusing and interesting and occasionally tiring.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Some shades of #green ! 💚🌱🌿☘️🍀🍃
#readingresolutions

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Bibliogeekery
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I won!! A book themed game. How could I not? 😍📚

398.2 Fun! 1y
BookaholicNatty I saw this game at our local library!!!!! Is it fun?? 1y
Mitch Oh my goodness- what game is that? It looks beautiful! 1y
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Bibliogeekery @BookaholicNatty it's really fun! 1y
Bibliogeekery @Mitch Ex Libris. Really fun! 1y
Mitch Thanks! Does it work OK with 2 players?? 1y
Bibliogeekery I played it with four but it's supposed to work with 1-4 players 1y
tournevis Review, please! 😀 1y
Bibliogeekery @tournevis It's a great game! It takes awhile to figure it out but once you do it's fun. You are basically building a bookshelf and competing to get the most points. My nieces also enjoyed it (8 and 10)! 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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This bookshelf building game!! 😍📚

GrilledCheeseSamurai Added to my amazon wishlist. 🤗 1y
tournevis I've only heard great things. Also Biblios. 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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Spending Family Day playing this amazing game where you build bookshelves 😍📚

GrilledCheeseSamurai I wants! 😍 1y
Bry I‘m always telling my boyfriend that we have enough board games...but maybe we need ONE more. 😜 1y
2BR02B This looks fantastic! 📚❤ 1y
AmyG Oooooo 1y
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sofiaga
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I am a geek and I ordered a book stamp

twohectobooks I keep debating whether to get something like this for myself. Haven‘t managed to take the plunge yet. 2y
sofiaga @twohectobooks I was a little hesitant too, but a couple of years ago they stole a bunch of books from me. I thought it may be good to labeled them. This is very discreet and looks nice. It doesn‘t damage the aesthetics of the book. I got it from a store called packagery on Etsy. 2y
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DeborahSmall
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#BookReading #150PnPCoverParty this is my favourite book about people reading. Great funny essays ❤️

LeahBergen I loved this book ❤️ 2y
CrowCAH Though the title with “ex” meaning “the” is a little misleading for those who take it literally! Lol 2y
tracylovesbooks I heard about this on the podcast “What Should I Read Next?” I want to read it soon! 2y
Linsy Yes, a great book! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 8: My GatheringBooks post today whereby I wrote about “The Heretofore-Unexplored Privilege of Buying Books” is basically an ode to #Bookstore or to be more precise, it is a Manifesto of a Bargain Book Hunter. Here is the link - do visit, fellow Littens and book lovers. The photo above is me doing my book hunting at Bras Basah here in SG. https://gatheringbooks.org/2018/02/08/the-unexamined-privilege-of-buying-books/

tournevis Very good post! Shared it on twitter. 2y
GatheringBooks @tournevis awww! Thank you! am glad you liked it. :) 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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This completely delightful book chronicles aspects of the author‘s life of reading and writing, including “marrying” her books with her husband‘s (several years after marrying him), compulsive proofreading, a meditation on the sonnet and much more. A must read for those who love books about books.

TheKidUpstairs Stacked. I LOVE books about books. 2y
Eastbriar One of my favorites! 2y
shanaqui I really knew I was married when I crossed the sacred line and organised my wife's shelves because she did it wrong, and while I was at it, I shelved her books along with mine! 😂 2y
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I would so love to be a part of this family! The fact that they are mocking the grammar on menus makes me smile. 😄

I have always had to fight the urge to correct the grammar and spelling in my mom‘s letters and send them back to her. 🤭

398.2 That‘s funny! 2y
Soubhiville Oh my gosh- what would your mom do? I laughed at the idea but my mom would not. 2y
ReadingSusan Ha ha this is amazing! 2y
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Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville I think she‘d roll her eyes and chuckle, but I was always afraid she‘d be hurt, which is why I‘ve never done it. 2y
DivaDiane A friend reckoned she could travel the World and eek out a living proofreading and correcting the menus in restaurants and hotels. Or at least get free food and lodgings. 2y
Hooked_on_books @DivaDiane That would be so cool! 2y
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I love that the maid scolded him! Littens can so relate to this chapter. The author admits to dog-earring pages (egads!). She also has a friend with 8000(!) books who buys 2 copies of every book so that one copy will not have to submit to the indignity of having its pages turned. 😂

Soubhiville Yes! Someone buy that boy a book mark now! 2y
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Angieville
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Jess_Read_This Awww!! I love how you shaped a heart on your shelves with books! ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful! 2y
Chachic ❤❤❤ 2y
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specificity
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I just love this book so much! She talked about her love for books, words, and writings along with life experiences such as being a woman and mother. Many passages make me laugh!

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readinginthedark
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I know I‘ve been MIA lately; I‘m just having a hard time reconnecting to the world after my week of flu-dom. But thank you everyone for the sweet birthday wishes! My parents got me a few books and the pictured board game, in which you build a library of rare books in a magical kingdom!!! It‘s amazing! ❤️📚🎉

Tamra Ohh, sounds fun! Is it a board game? What is the age range? (edited) 2y
readinginthedark @Tamra It is very fun! The recommended age on the box is 10+ for 1-4 players. A younger kid could probably play it, but there are a lot of things to keep track of all at once. 2y
Tamra @readinginthedark I‘m going to check it out! Thanks for posting. 😁 2y
readinginthedark @Tamra 👍🏻You‘re welcome! 2y
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scripturient
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Thank you so much, @BarbaraBB , for these awesome ex libris stickers! 😍 They are amazing and definitely worth the wait. I feel honoured that you went to so much trouble for little old me. You truly are a wonderful Secret Santa. ❤️ #ssgp

BarbaraBB Yay, you like them! I read in your timeline you would love such an ex libris stamp, and I thought maybe you would like these for an affordable alternative! 2y
robinb ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Heideschrampf Awesome!! 2y
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ReadingRover
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It was a wonderful week of bookmail for me! More like last week because I‘ve been so busy that I haven‘t checked the mail as much as I should have. The best is that Dexter and I both have been getting gifts!!! My awesome Litsy friend @Bookworm83 and Dexter‘s girlfriend Lulu sent us each a little something for the holidays! Thanks so much Erin & Lulu!!! I love the book & the magnet. Your cards were fabulous too!!! The pigs are amazing!!!

Bookworm83 I‘m glad you like it! Lulu and I are so grateful for your friendship 😘 2y
ReadingRover @Bookworm83 😝 is four are quite a set!!! We‘re so happy to have found you guys on here too! 2y
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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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A sweet package from my #LitsyGoesPostalOG member, @Bookworm83 ❤️ She sent a book I honestly have never heard of, but it looks perfect! And that beautiful magnet which pictures don‘t do it justice, and I have to say I love her card! You may not be able to tell, but in those guinea pig pictures one has reindeer antlers, the other has a reindeer sweater 😍 It is absolutely perfect, I can‘t thank you enough for your thoughtfulness! Happy New Year 😘

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Also, your handwriting is seriously perfect. It is amazing! 2y
Bookworm83 You are too kind and you‘re welcome!! You always do such nice things for our LGP group and you deserve some bookish love. I had the magnets custom made by a local artisan and I think she did an awesome job and the book is one of my faves! 😘 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Bookworm83 I love our group so much and wish I could do so much more for all of you. I swear I have never been surrounded by so many genuinely kind people in such a small group. I hate that we all live so far apart, but it is amazing how close we have gotten despite the distance. She did a fantastic job! It looks beautiful 😍 I can‘t wait to read it! 😘 Thank you, again 2y
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Bookworm83 I feel the same way. There is something so special about our group and I love it! 2y
KathyWheeler I loved Ex Libris! She has a couple of other books out that are similar and are also good. (edited) 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @KathyWheeler good to know! It looks like such a quick and fun read for sure 😍 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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What a wonderful surprise today from @Bookworm83 in the mail today! I love the magnet and can‘t wait to read this book! Thank you so much and I am so lucky to host the Litsy bookclub with you!!

Bookworm83 You‘re welcome! 😘 2y
Lcsmcat I love Ex Libris! Happy reading - your TBR is about to explode. 😀 2y
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Shadowfat
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My boyfriend got me the board game I've been wanting to play forever! Now the question is who can I find to play it with me?

ghosthost I got that too! We played it last night. It was a lot of fun. If you can‘t wait, it has a version for one player. (edited) 2y
Shadowfat @ghosthost that's good to know you can play with one person, I might do that. I'm glad to hear it's fun, I was worried it wouldn't be! 2y
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dariazeoli
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#bookmail from my #litsypenpals is the best mail!

Thank you @Bookworm83 - that mail magnet is adorable and the notepad caught my eye the other day at the store 😁 I‘m excited to read this book, too!

Your photo card is also great! Thanks again; Merry Christmas 🎄

Bookworm83 You‘re welcome! I‘m glad you like everything. The book is one of my favorites ❤️ I‘m going to open your gift tomorrow! 2y
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cinann
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Cinfhen 💚 2y
BookMaven407 💚 Mary Roach! 2y
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Moonpa
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#cult classic - bookworm style!
#NoteworthyNovember

Lcsmcat ❤️ both of these! 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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I still can't find my lamp shades and my table needs fixed. And I have to get something to sit in that's not a folding chair.

LeahBergen What a wonderful space. The shelves turned out great! 👍🏻 2y
Simona Looks like very cozy room❣️ 2y
kamoorephoto Gorgeous!! 2y
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LibrarianRyan @Simona it is but it's cold. I have to put in a space heater. 2y
LibrarianRyan @LeahBergen one more to go. It's going to be white. Originally it was going to be orange but changed my mind after I got the first 5 up there. 2y
GypsyKat Love it! 2y
Bookzombie I love this! 💗 2y
AmyG That is the coziest reading space. ❤️ 2y
ladym30 Looks fantastic! 2y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Anyone have a muffin? I love this quote!

BookNAround I love this book but this sentiment makes me squirm. I'm much more of a keep books pristine kind of reader. 2y
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jdtchicago

A sonnet might look dinky, but it was somehow big enough to accommodate love, war, death, and O.J. Simpson. You could fit the whole world in there if you shoved hard enough.

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