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Money | Martin Amis
24 posts | 27 read | 26 to read
John Self, consumer extraordinaire, rolls around New York and London, making deals, spending wildly and doing reckless movie-world business, all the while grabbingeverything he can to sate his massive appetites: alcohol, pornography, a mountain of junk food and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, this is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money, the terrible things it can do and the disasters it can precipitate.
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arlenefinnigan
Money | Martin Amis
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Mehso-so

This was......a challenge. I'd seen a lot of reviews saying this was a work of genius, and it's very clever writing, but quite smug and smartarse with it. The protagonist is possibly the most unlikeable I've ever read, and I spent most of the book trying to figure out whether he - and the novel - was a satire/critique of toxic masculinity and excess consumerism or the worst kind of antihero, and having finished it I'm still not entirely sure.

arlenefinnigan And that completes the @bookriot 2021 #ReadHarder challenge for me, only slightly late. Looking forward to cracking on with the 2022 challenge. Happy New year. 11mo
TrishB Happy New Year 😁 11mo
CarolynM Happy New Year 11mo
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arlenefinnigan
Money | Martin Amis
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Not that I'm not finding West Ham v Leeds terribly exciting...... #BooksAndBooze

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arlenefinnigan
Money | Martin Amis
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#ReadHarder challenge 22: a book with a cover you don't like
I fear the 80s soft porn style cover is indicative of the contents

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Billypar
Money | Martin Amis
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Pickpick

Whenever revisiting a favorite author after some time has gone by, I always wonder if the old magic will be back. In this case it was. What do we want to see done with characters like John Self, and their seemingly endless list of negative qualities (misogynist, abusive, racist, selfish, perpetually drunk, to name a few). Do we want to watch them change their ways or revel in their downfall? This has some great dark comic riffs on this question.

KVanRead Went through a big Martin Amis phase in college and loved this - though it‘s a blur to me now. Just remember laughing a lot. 2y
Liz_M There is something so oddball about Amis' writing and humor that I enjoy. Glad you liked this one! 2y
Billypar @KVanRead I think it would be a great read for a college class. It was very funny, and there's a lot of interesting narrative stuff that many students probably haven't seen before. 2y
Billypar @Liz_M Yeah, it's that endless inventiveness in his writing that does it for me. In his novels your enjoyment doesn't depend on the plot events because 'boring' scenes are just as fun to read as those with more action. 2y
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Billypar
Money | Martin Amis
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#expressyourself #MOvember
Apparently John Self expresses himself by making a movie about money, while "living money, talking money, and spending money on all the excesses 20th-century culture has to offer: drink, dope, sex, fast food, and love."
On my TBR shelf but from that description...sounds like a terrible novel! On the other hand, Amis hasn't let me down yet, and this is probably his most famous, so I can't not read it ?‍♂️
@Cinfhen

Leftcoastzen I haven‘t read that one either. He‘s excellent though. 3y
BarbaraBB I had a hard time finishing this one. 3y
batsy Read it for a uni class maaaany years ago and thoroughly enjoyed reading about a character I absolutely loathed, so I'm not sure what that says about me 😅 3y
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Cinfhen Some books just aren‘t for me....this is probably one of them 😬 3y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Yeah, he's a favorite of mine- it's been awhile since I read one of his though. 3y
Billypar @BarbaraBB @batsy @Cinfhen I was more attracted to this kind of narrative in college- @batsy like you mentioned, I hated the characters like Self, but I think I hoped they'd have a quiet epiphany by the end or something like that. 3y
Liz_M I loved this book! As an added incentive some of it takes place in the seedy NYC of yesteryear. 😁 3y
Billypar @Liz_M Good to hear! Seedy NYC is so interesting to see in old books and films - hard to believe the change in just a few decades. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
Money | Martin Amis
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

(Re-using my photo from a post I made last year)

These hashtags are sooo much fun to follow 😍! Anyone not playing yet, please do!!

CrowCAH I like the money! 💰 3y
KarenUK 😍😍😍 3y
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keepingupwiththepenguins
Money | Martin Amis
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Mehso-so

Remember The Catcher In The Rye? Well, Money: A Suicide Note is basically the grown up‘s version. If you like your narrators drunk, rich, and horny, then this is the book for you! Amis reportedly based the book on his experiences as a scriptwriter on the film Saturn 3 (remember that classic?). If this is really what the script-writing life is like... Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/money-a-suicide-note-martin-amis/

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arlenefinnigan
Money | Martin Amis
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batsy What a fantastically campy 80s cover 😆 4y
arlenefinnigan @batsy I know! Soft porn focus 😉 4y
Cinfhen “Demonically funny” don‘t see that too often 😈🤡👹 4y
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Reviewsbylola
Money | Martin Amis
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I had a few of these Penguin Ink titles because the covers are just so fantastic. I ended up gifting them to @emilyhaldi to make room for new books.

They were my first thought for #carryingthebanner. #musicalnewyear

vivastory You are a good sister. I don't think I'd give these away, I love them. 4y
britt_brooke 😍 4y
Reviewsbylola I am probably the best sister ever. 😂 At least I like to think so. @vivastory 4y
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kspenmoll Beautiful covers; generous gift!!! 4y
Cinfhen They are gorgeous!!!! What a great sister you are 💖💖💖 4y
BiblioLitten Wow! 😍 4y
Kalalalatja They truly are stunning when you look at them all together 😍😍 4y
BarbaraBB How genereus 💕. Lucky Em! 4y
Mdargusch So cool! 4y
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Chili
Money | Martin Amis
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I love this cover!

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Ruthiella
Money | Martin Amis
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Never read any Amis - neither Kingsley nor Martin - but what is #silverandgold but money? 💰 💰 💰
#SeasonsReadings

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emilyhaldi
Money | Martin Amis
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What do you do when you have loads of #moneymoneymoney? Spend it on drink, dope, sex, fast food, and love. If you're John Self, that is.

I know nothing about this book that @Reviewsbylola gifted me, but love these Penguin editions. Is this worth moving up my tbr???

#ABBAinAugust

Kalalalatja Gaaaaaaaaah that cover!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 4y
Reviewsbylola John Self sounds like a fun guy!! 4y
Meredith3 Loving the cover! 4y
Cinfhen Coooooool cover!! Somehow I missed this post 4y
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arlenefinnigan
Money | Martin Amis
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Mdargusch Perfect! 👍🏼 4y
emilyhaldi Retro!! 💜💜💜 4y
emilyhaldi Ha!! I just realised this is the same book I posted too... But the VERY different editions threw me off 😆 have you read this one? 4y
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Reviewsbylola This is quite the cover!! 4y
arlenefinnigan @emilyhaldi not yet, it's Andy's, he thinks I should read it so it's on my TBR shelf. I'll get around to it eventually.... 4y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi wow I LOVE both covers! not sure which I like more! 4y
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arlenefinnigan
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BarbaraBB Oh man, that one is fitting for this prompt... 😂 4y
Cinfhen Sounds tempting 😊 4y
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ValerieAndBooks
Money | Martin Amis
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Pickpick

I loved all your discussion in my recent post regarding how some novelists include themselves in their books, such as what Amis did here. I‘m giving this a pick, although I know it‘s not for everyone. I actually almost bailed a couple times because John Self is creepy. But others in this story are too, and I couldn‘t resist seeing what would happen eventually. The overall result is a memorable book. #1001Books

Reviewsbylola Great photo. 💵💰 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola Thanks! I took out all the cash I had in my wallet for this — as you can see it wasn‘t much 😂! 5y
Reviewsbylola More than I have. 🤣🤣🤣 5y
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ValerieAndBooks
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a novel where the author inserts themselves in the story several times like this. Do any of you know of any other examples?

Photo is of Martin Amis at around the time *Money* was published (1984). He sure looks like an intense personality, and judging from the snippets I read about him while searching for a photo, it seems he was/is, indeed!
#1001Books

LeahBergen He looks like he was a bit of a bad boy. 😆 5y
Billypar I love Martin Amis but for some reason I never read this one. I heard his father didn't approve of the whole inserting himself into the story thing 😸 5y
readordierachel @britt_brooke posted a quote from Chuck Palahniuk's latest just the other day, in which he referenced himself 5y
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underthebelljar Stephen King mentions himself and his other books in some of his novels 5y
britt_brooke @ValerieAndBooks Yes! @ReadOrDieRachel 👏🏻 Twice in Palahniuk‘s new book the narrator references Chuck Palahniuk and/or Fight Club. I thought it was pretty weird. (edited) 5y
KimHM The description says the character is called “John Self”? Paul Auster does something similar in (edited) 5y
Faibka Yes, in a novel called “Niebla” (Fog) the main character is unsatisfied with the way his story is turning out so he decides to visit the author, Miguel de Unamuno, and they have a heated exchange until Unamuno gets annoyed and tells him that he‘s going to kill him in the next chapter 😜 (edited) 5y
Texreader How interesting and an interesting dialog you‘ve started. I‘ll have to keep a lookout for this oddity in books. 5y
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like that book much but I remember this and being so surprised. I loved it! 5y
ju.ca.no Hafez talks about himself in a lot of his poems. (Or maybe to himself) when I read it I thought is was kind of odd as it was the first time I came across something like this 5y
andrew61 I think paul auster has a character by that name in New York trilogy? 5y
MariettaSG Kind of different but Italo Calvino's If on 5y
MariettaSG If on a winter's night, a traveller. 5y
MariettaSG Second Person- you are the main character. 5y
BibliOphelia Ugh. I feel like Amis does it because he loves himself so much he can‘t leave himself out. To much “cocky white male literati” to me. Palahniuk doing do irritates me just slightly less, King and Calvino not at all. 🤷‍♀️ 5y
Liz_M Joan Didion doesn't use her name per se, but definitely has the hrrself commenting on writing the story. I think Tim O'Brian also puts himself in the stories of The Things They Carried. Again, not in quite the same way as a character the way Amis does here. And, of course, there is Philip Roth 5y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen yes, it seems like he was a bit of a bad boy😈!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar I wonder how much of a competitiveness they had between themselves, what with both being writers! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @ReadOrDieRachel @britt_brooke that would come across as weird to me, too. It‘s not like Palahniuk (haven‘t read him yet) needs to advertise himself! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @KimHM yes the MC is John Self. Martin Amis shows up as himself later in the book. Interesting to know about Paul Auster; I haven‘t read him yet! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Faibka That actually looks like a good book based on the Litsy synopsis — stacking it — did you like it? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @MariettaSG I want to read that one by Italo Calvino someday! It‘s also kind of a book about a book, isn‘t it? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Texreader yes, it‘s a great dialogue here— it‘s adding to my TBR too 😊! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB I‘m wondering if he‘s one of the first authors to use this device — so far all the other authors here I think have done it after he did? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @andrew61 @KimHM I‘ll have to look for that when I read Auster‘s trilogy — he‘s on the #1001Books list, so I‘m bound to pick it up eventually! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BookishJess do you remember any of the novels where SK mentions himself? Now I vaguely seem to remember Richard Bachman being mentioned by SK 🤔?? Did that actually happen? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BibliOphelia Did you read Money? Yeah maybe it was done as a vanity — but he puts himself in it as an ordinary writer, not an idolized person — I guess it‘s all in how the authors treat themselves in the novels. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @ju.ca.no ooh, Hafez! I‘ve read him and liked his poetry. I forgot about him referring to himself by name — maybe it was how they referred to themselves in that time/culture instead of “I”? I‘ll have to look at my copy of 5y
britt_brooke @ValerieAndBooks Completely agree! Very narcissistic. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I still have to read all three authors you mention; certainly will keep my eyes open for that 👀! 5y
Billypar @ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M The one Philip Roth I read where he does that is Operation Shylock, and that is my #2 fav Roth behind American Pastoral. Re: Amis Sr- I never read any of his but would be interesting if there was a rivalry. Rushdie, who is friends with Martin, had his Goodreads page outed where he was giving one star ratings to Kingsley Amis novels.... Wonder if he and Martin had a good laugh after that story broke 😁 5y
underthebelljar @ValerieAndBooks It might have been in The Dead Zone... I remember him mentioning one of the characters was reading Cujo lol. I also remember him describing a book to be “like a Stephen King novel” through one of his characters points of view. 5y
KimHM Yes, @Liz_M, O‘Brien is a character in Things, but it isn‘t as meta-fictional as when Auster does it, or, by the sound of this discussion, as annoying? as when Amis does it 😉. @ValerieAndBooks (edited) 5y
BibliOphelia I haven‘t, but to be fair, my comment was more on finding Amis rather insufferable, and wasn‘t an honest comment on his writing. (edited) 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BibliOphelia he does seem like he would not be easy to live with 😂! 5y
BibliOphelia Yep. 😂 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar wow, I can see Rushdie joining GR to keep tabs on what people say about his books, then getting into mischief there 😂! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BookishJess I will have to pay closer attention when I get around to reading the early King novels again! Or any of the many still to be TBR. 5y
MariettaSG @ValerieAndBooks Calvino: yes it is a book about a book and it is written as though you are the protagonist. 😐 5y
ValerieAndBooks @MariettaSG 🤔 hmm, interesting!! 5y
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ValerieAndBooks
Money | Martin Amis
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A beautiful day today after a week of daily rain!! This is my current #1001Books read. I almost bailed a couple times, the MC is unlikeable, but think now I‘ll be able to stick with this to the end. We‘ll see!

TheFunkyBookworm Cool cover! 5y
Cathythoughts That happens , doesn‘t it ? The “ almost Bail “ .... I do that & even start eying up other books .... but the something pulls me back 😉 5y
BarbaraBB I bailed on this one too! 5y
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MicheleinPhilly I was soaking up as much Vitamin D as I could today! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @TheFunkyBookworm it is a cool cover (Penguin Ink) 😍!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts the main character is driving me crazy!! But the writing is keeping me from bailing just yet!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB good to know— so if I eventually decide to bail, I won‘t feel bad😉. John Self is such a 🤬!! But the writing is keeping me from giving up just yet. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly same here!! But rethinking our outdoor time after I had to remove a tick from son — we weren‘t even in the grass or anything 😱! Off Deep Woods from now on I guess!! 5y
Liz_M I think part of the point is that the mc is a jerk. There is a slyness in the storytelling that I quite enjoyed. 5y
batsy John Self is the worst. But despite myself, I was unable to put it down. 5y
MicheleinPhilly Ugh! My friend has had to pull 3 off of her dog so far this year. Despite the fact that he takes flea and tick meds. It‘s supposed to be bad this year. 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I‘m getting into it more now even though he‘s such a jerk. I‘m at the point where he‘s lying and saying his name is Martin and he‘s a writer (I.e. this book‘s author)...clever!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy he‘s definitely kind of a train wreck 😆!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly eek! Be sure to check Pickles every time she comes in from the park!! 5y
MicheleinPhilly Oh I do. We have an entire routine down because she‘s usually filthy anyway. My little tomboy. 5y
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ValerieAndBooks
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My Book Outlet order arrived today! Love these Penguin covers 😍.

The fifth book in the back is just a very cheap one that I threw into the cart to meet the minimum total for a discount to apply.

readordierachel Penguin Ink editions are so cool! 5y
readingjedi Great covers! 5y
charl08 V tempted by that Bone People. 5y
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Redwritinghood That one you threw in is actually a really great book. I loved it. (edited) 5y
emtobiasz Oh, I quite liked that fifth book! Nothing life-changing, but bookish family secrets galore: 5y
ValerieAndBooks @ReadOrDieRachel I agree 😊! I have two or three other Penguin Inks already, guess I have a collection now 😂 5y
ValerieAndBooks @readingjedi I was excited to get them at those Book Outlet prices 😊 5y
ValerieAndBooks @charl08 maybe Book Outlet still has it?? 5y
ValerieAndBooks @Redwritinghood the blurb did look good! It just looks out of place design-wise 😊 5y
ValerieAndBooks @emtobiasz bookish family secrets — seems good! Glad you liked it. The cover design is so different from the rest here! 5y
batsy Wonderful Penguin editions 😍 5y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy I want to get to them soon! So many books, so little time!! 5y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have found some surprisingly good books that were $1.19 and in bargain section of BO! Happy Reading!❤️ (edited) 5y
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batsy
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Reviewsbylola Omg such a good choice! I‘m so mad I didn‘t think of it! 5y
GripLitGrl 😂😂😂nailed it i like the last word addition too!!!😎 5y
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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Mdargusch Great pick! 😂 5y
emilyhaldi This book was so intense I couldn't even finish it 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5y
ValerieAndBooks I just happened to get a copy of Money today (book mail haul)! 5y
batsy @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch Thank you, I think @Cinfhen has seen me trot out American Psycho for a number of prompts 😆 5y
batsy @GripLitGrl Thanks 😁 5y
batsy @emilyhaldi Intense and obnoxious, too 😅 5y
batsy @ValerieAndBooks It's an interesting read, but also rage-inducing. Look forward to seeing what you think of it :) 5y
Meredith3 Omg this is so perfect! I love Patrick Bateman in a weird way 🤔 5y
batsy @Meredith3 I know, it's his analysis of pop songs that does it for me 😂😂 5y
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peacegypsy
Money | Martin Amis
Pickpick

I read this for a graduate class, and Money provides both exceptional cultural commentary and exemplary prose. Despite his flaws, the protagonist is, well, somehow endearing.

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arlenefinnigan
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batsy 👍👍 5y
Cinfhen I'm kind of intrigued!! Did u like this book? 5y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen haven't read it yet, it's my husband's. He thinks I'll enjoy it. We'll see 😉 5y
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arlenefinnigan
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#IfIWasYourGirlfriend..... I'd probably end up taking out a restraining order, Martin. #rocktober @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Hahahaha 🤣🤣🤣I'm not familiar with book or author but your comment!!!! 5y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen haven't read this yet but seems to be in the mould of "oh the burden of being a white middle class man, I'm so tortured and angst ridden" 5y
Cinfhen 😤😤😤 5y
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GoneFishing
Money | Martin Amis

I gestured at my litre of fizzy red wine. “Want a drop of this?” I asked him.
No thanks. I try not to drink at lunchtime.”
So do I. But I never quite make it.”
I feel like shit all day if I drink at lunchtime.”
Me too. But I feel like shit all lunchtime if I don‘t.”
Yes, well it all comes down to choices.."he said. “It‘s the same in the evenings. Do you want to feel good at night or do you want to feel good in the morning? It‘s the same with life.

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SeeJulieRead
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With the completion of Money, my bingo board is a little fuller! (Note: I use post-it notes to figure out my options.)

Ms.Story What an awesome idea! My teacher brain is thinking about how this could be incorporated in the classroom 🤓 6y
SeeJulieRead I love it! I used to get jealous of my daughters' summer reading programs, so I am glad I get to do this. 6y
Victoria_C I love your post it notes idea. 6y
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