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Beach Music: A Novel | Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets offamilies in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a storythat spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife'ssuicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help intracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendarylist of classics that his body of work has already become.PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, andThe Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.
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- Tagged book was the first to come to mind
- Charlotte Bronte
- Breaking Bad
- Black Sabbath
- Bertha - Grateful Dead

#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee

*better late than never

CBee Never too late! You‘re keeping your promise on the Dead songs 😂👏🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yay Bertha! 2mo
AmyG @CBee Ha! @Leftcoastzen 👊🏻⚡️ 2mo
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Beach Music | Pat Conroy
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Some parts of this novel I loved and others annoyed me. The banter between the brothers was annoying at times. The scene in the theater near the end was a bit hokey and unrealistic. However, the way he moved between past and present was flawless. He gave moving descriptions of The Holocaust and the effects it had on his characters. Jack‘s mother‘s story was equally moving. Conroy is gifted writer in need of an editor who can showcase his talents.

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My book haul for today.

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I have this on my shelf but haven‘t reread it for a long time because it‘s so heart wrenching. Beautiful, amazing, heartbreaking. Love Pat Conroy. #12coloursofdecember navy blue cover Definitely not a holiday story 😂 @StayCurious #teamreadnosedreindeer

StayCurious 👍🏻🙂 sounds like a good read 2y
Scochrane26 @StayCurious It is a great read, but like all of Conroy‘s books, there should be TWs. This one is his most trauma filled-Holocaust, suicide, sexual abuse, violence. 2y
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"No story is a straight line. The geometry of a human life is too imperfect and complex, too distorted by the laughter of time and the bewildering intricacies of fate to admit the straight line into its system of laws."

Love this quote!!

#currentlyreading #fiction #novels #doorstoppers #relationships #quotes #bookquotes

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With @RidgewayGirl at Edisto Island. Excellent beach reading!

RidgewayGirl That was a great day spent reading on the beach! 2y
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I spent one summer reading almost every day. I read this book over a week and it felt like I traveled to the south and to Italy. It was such an epic and vivid novel, so sweeping and covering so many decades of historical events and the gamut of human emotion and experience. #7days7books number 4

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• Ah, this book gives me the feel and flavor of the country I most want to visit someday: Italy!! My ancestors are from this beautiful country and I love reading about it, especially in fiction 😍 Take me away, Pat Conroy •

#currentlyreading #currentsituation #fiction #novels #Southernwriters #PatConroy

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• Started today. My first Pat Conroy novel. The writing is beautiful so far... •

MicrobeMom Love this book!!♥️♥️ 3y
bibliobliss @MicrobeMom The writing is so lyrical... 3y
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Drizzly Blah Saturday so I decided to explore The Book Thing in Baltimore. It‘s basically a giant, walk in, Little Free Library full of books and volunteers. Take what you want, donate what you want, everything is FREE! I got 3 books for me and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for our LFL.

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"I do not know why it is that I have already been happier thinking of somewhere I have been out wanted to go, than where I am at the time. I don't it difficult to be happy in the present."

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1/ I have loved Thor all my life, but I‘m also a sucker for a bad boy, so Loki by just a smidge.
2/ It kind of depends. If I know someone likes florid, lyrical prose with a real sense of place, it‘s Pat Conroy.
3/ Venice
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5/ Hey, y‘all!
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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We‘ve settled in on Sanibel Island for a relaxing week. Unfortunately, there‘s a red tide, so we can‘t go in the water, and there are dead fish on the beach. Just means more reading time 😄 Enjoying the beautiful view from our balcony, and watching the rabbits coming out of the mangroves to nibble on the lawn.

CouronneDhiver That‘s a shame! I hope you have fun anyways 😎 4y
Mdargusch That‘s too bad but what a great view! 👍🏼 4y
Alfoster Beautiful though! Lucky you!😍 4y
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minkyb Beautiful setting. Enjoy. 4y
Lcsmcat We went to Sanibel about 27 years ago. Beautiful place! I remember biking around the island and going through the Ding Darling bird sanctuary. 4y
ValerieAndBooks Enjoy your relaxing time !! 4y
DivineDiana What is a red tide? Whatever it is, that‘s unfortunate. My husband would be so upset! 4y
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read Conroy before A Lowcountry Life. Love his memoir works - excited to try his fiction.

callielafleur This is my favorite of his! 4y
Vbrrgirl @callielafleur that‘s a good sign. Yay! Excited to get started. 4y
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Once again Pat Conroy delivers a wonderful plot and I couldn‘t put it down. I almost felt the warm sand of South Carolina between my toes.

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1. I have things planned Saturday and Sunday, but Friday night is for chilling.
2. Sunset
3. I like the seashore more than the beach, if that makes sense.
4. Brown with bits of gray.
5. Hi!

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Saying #goodbye to the #beach. Still a few more days of #vacation to get some great reading in though!

Gissy Enjoy until last minute! Memories will be with you for ever! ❤️😍 5y
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#relaxing with my kindle and some great books at the #beach for a much-needed #springbreak #vacation

#currentlyreading Queen Anne‘s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert and it‘s a #cozymystery with a #ghost !!

Gissy Beautiful view!😍 5y
JoScho Enjoy! 5y
readordierachel Sounds lovely! 5y
Debiw781 @Gissy @JoScho @ReadOrDieRachel it‘s been the perfect therapy for my soul this week! 5y
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Day 18 Music #riotgrams 🎶

somebooksaround Hamilton🙌🙌 5y
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My book club chose BEACH MUSIC as a tribute to Pat Conroy the month he passed.

I also read SOUTH OF BROAD on my own a number of years ago.

Kaye I love Pat Conroy. Prince of Tides was probably my favorite but the ones I‘ve read are all good 5y
SilversReviews @Kaye I have PRINCE OF TIDES but have not read it...thanks for commenting, Kaye. 5y
shendrix413 My friend gave me Beach Music years ago and I've never gotten around to reading it! It's on Mount TBR 😁 5y
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SilversReviews @shendrix413 Those darn TBR Mountains. :). 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are supposed to be capitalizing titles of books because we can‘t underline them aren‘t we?!?! 😳😳 5y
DeborahSmall I love this book so much. He‘ll always be one of my favourite authors. Prince of Tides is in my top 5 reads of all time. Definitely a modern classic ❤️ 5y
SilversReviews @DeborahSmall I will have to get the book closer to the top. 5y
ptkpepe98 My fav is his worst (his words) "The Water Is Wide," which he wrote about his year teaching poor, African American kids under "separate but equal" here in South Carolina. It became the basis for "Conrack," with Jon Voight. 5y
SilversReviews @ptkpepe98 ❤️I don‘t know this book. 5y
Dragon I love Pat Conroy‘s “voice” - one of my favourite American authors. 5y
ptkpepe98 @SilversReviews - I believe it was among his first. Good, good book. 5y
SilversReviews @ptkpepe98 Thanks...I didn‘t know that. 5y
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#tuneintonovember #overcome

I‘ve been trying to use older books from my bookshelves for photo challenges and sometimes it makes me feel the years. I remember feeling #overcome by this book and loving it to bits but now I only have vague memories of the plot. Maybe it is me that is #overcome by age and failing memory! 😳 oh well “when I am old I shall wear purple. With a red hat that doesn‘t go and doesn‘t suit me.” 🤪

Reggie I‘m 38 now but I read this when I was a junior in high school. Over 20 years ago!!!!!! Babies have been born and have graduated high school, they drive cars, some of them are even parents now. So I feel ya. Lol 5y
Suet624 Hmmm... I️‘m with you. I️ know I️ read it but don‘t remember the plot at all. And I‘m sure I️ loved it when I️ read it. Pat Conroy 💕💕💕 5y
Centique I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one! @Reggie @Suet624 💕💕 5y
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Wishing I was still #cruising so I could enjoy lovely moments like the above picture. Instead I'm off to more meetings today!

Cinfhen Love a beach setting ❤️ 5y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Me too! 5y
PurpleyPumpkin How lovely!😍 5y
Debiw781 @Cinfhen @Andrew65 @PurpleyPumpkin I wish I was back there too! 5y
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Yes that is a police car protecting us from all the people on this beach. #hatemenow #noonehere #offseason #toldyouiwouldfloodyourfeed

AlaMich Wow. I am not envious AT ALL!! 😞 5y
Izai.Amorim Or maybe they‘re watching you...👀👀👀 5y
Reecaspieces @Izai.Amorim you know it!! We are not exactly “good girls”. 😂 5y
Reecaspieces @AlaMich sorry! Not sorry! 5y
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Thanks for the tag @cinfhen 😘. Here are my #5fordinner:

Pat Conroy
Shirley Jackson
Jesmyn Ward
C. S. Lewis
J.K. Rowling

Which 5 authors would you choose to wine and dine with over a good meal? @karenuk, @laurabrook, @emilyhaldi, @micheleinphilly

And for anyone other Litten who is reading this post and would like to play, then consider yourself tagged by me. 😀

Reecaspieces It's a toss up between Pat and Jk. If I just HAD to choose, I guess JK. 5y
saresmoore Now, this crew would set the stage for some weird conversation! I predict C.S. & J.K. get into a heated row and then make up over their mutual love of hearty British food. 5y
LauraBeth @saresmoore they would definitely quarrel but I have hopes that they‘d kiss and make up. I‘d have to take his phone away though because he‘d be texting Tolkien the entire time. Jesmyn would be the peacemaker. 5y
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LauraBeth @Reecaspieces it‘s a tough choice! 5y
saresmoore 😂 5y
britt_brooke Nice choices! 5y
JoeStalksBeck Jk Rowling is going be super busy with all these dinners! Lol 😆 5y
LauraBeth @britt_brooke ☺️☺️ 5y
LauraBeth @JoeStalksBeck 🤣 that‘s what she gets for being an interesting person 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes! I saw this and thought Pat Conroy would be on my list! 5y
LauraBrook Thanks for the tag! I'll have to put my thinking cap on. 5y
Litlady This is one dinner party I would definitely crash with a case or two of wine in tow .. Lol!! 📚💕🍷 5y
Cinfhen Nice group, LB 💕 5y
Reggie Awww Pat Conroy, he is totally my high school years. 5y
Reggie Did you know his mother used his book, The Great Santini, in court when divorcing his dad? 5y
rohit-sawant Excellent guest list! 5y
DebinHawaii Great picks! 👍👍 5y
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Mom went to the beach.

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For book groups.

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Yasss! I got my #beachinbookswap!!! Looks like the Postal Service tried to deliver it to my old address and then eventually sent it to my new address... but it arrived!!! Thank you thank you thank you to @WillRead4Coffee for the lovely and amazing books and gifts!!! I am so beyond excited to jump into these!! Also I already used the coffee mug it is AMAZING!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVE it all!!!! Thank you so much!!!

NovelGirl82 Awesome!! 5y
WillRead4Coffee Yay!!! I'm so glad you got it and that you like it! The mug was just to cute to pass up haha🤣🤣 5y
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✨Thank you so much @Bostonmomx2 ! Such a pretty edition of East of Eden (which I've never read) and Confess sounds super intriguing! The Reading glasses bookmark is adorbs and I love the sticky notes and candy! Also, the tea is the kind I get from Starbucks in my ombré drink allll the time so I'm super excited to have some at home for when Starbucks is closed! Love the cute flamingo bag! It'll be perfect for the pool!✨ #beachinbookswap

robinb Nice!!! 5y
Bostonmomx2 So glad you love it. I wanted to keep the bag for meeee lol 😍😍😘😘 5y
Laalaleighh @Bostonmomx2 I don't blame you! It's so pretty!! 😘 thank you again!!! 💙 5y
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TrishB Lovely 💗 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto I loved east of Eden and Confess both! This is wonderful! That bag. 😍 5y
Laalaleighh @Ashley_Nicoletto isn't it pretty?! I've always meant to read East of eden but never have. It's a really pretty edition! 5y
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Brb. Opening this incredibly massive box from @Bostonmomx2 for #beachinbookswap now that the lovely @steverogers got to open hers.

MyNamesParadise What a pretty kitty!! 5y
[DELETED] 206653737 So cute 😻 5y
Jinjer Ok but don't disturb kitty!😂 5y
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Laalaleighh @MyNamesParadise @bookish22 thank you!! Her name is Kairi but we call her bitty. 5y
Laalaleighh @Jinjer carefully balanced the box on my lap the whole time I was opening it then threw it on the floor for the kitties to play in. 5y
Jinjer @Laalaleighh Litsy kitty parents are the best kitty parents! 5y
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Omg @Laalaleighh I'm going to cry!!! THANK YOU! I can't even believe it. You really know me, and my tastes and I'll do my best to stop reading things 😂😂😂 You are amazing. Thank you so much! #beachinbookswap

Laalaleighh Yayyyy!!!!!! I'm really glad you liked it! You can resume with the reading of all the things now hahaha. 😘 5y
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It's here!!! Thank you @Laalaleighh ❤️💕❤️💕

Laalaleighh Open it! Open it! 5y
Laalaleighh My boyfriend wrote on the outside of the box. Can you send me a picture of it? He swore he wrote it neatly but I don't believe him Bc I don't think he's capable haha. laalaleighh@gmail.com I just want to see this mythical near handwriting he supposedly has 😂 (edited) 5y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh sent! Thank you again so so much ❤️💕❤️💕it means SO MUCH TO ME 5y
Laalaleighh Awwww yay!!! I'm so happy! I was reallllly hoping you would like everything! (And not have read them before you opened it haha) 5y
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@Mccall0113 Thank you so much! I can't wait to dive into this stack!!!!!!! I hope everyone is feeling better, and your mom is out of the hospital. Have a great summer!


Mccall0113 Enjoy! She's on the mend, thanks! 🌞 5y
Reviewsbylola Startup is 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 (edited) 5y
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Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm for my #beachinbookswap items. I have been looking forward to this all day as I have been doing a 10 hour shift and didn't have time this morning but it kept me going the thought of opening this.

Also thank you @Tiffy_Reads for organizing this. 📖📚

erzascarletbookgasm I'm keeping my fingers crossed you have not read any of them and will like them. Hope you like the rest of the stuff too. Enjoy! 🙂💖 5y
Birdsong28 @erzascarletbookgasm No I haven't read any of them and they all look good and can't wait to get round to reading them! The other stuff was great too.📖📚 5y
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Woohoo! Thanks @Lacythebookworm for these goodies for #beachinbookswap! Three great books and look at that ice cream pen (and the butterfly clip😍) Can't wait to read! Thanks @Tiffy_Reads for organizing!👊👊👊😍😍

Lacythebookworm Yay! I hope you enjoy the books! 5y
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@steverogers thank you for all of the great gifts!! I love everything and can't wait to read these books!

maximoffs So glad you like it! Happy Reading! 5y
SilversReviews Finished BEFORE THE FALL last week. It was good, but not a favorite. 5y
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@Kimlayman7 OMG!! Look at all these amazing goodies!! My poor beach partner didn't get all this good stuff. I need to step up my game!! Thank you so very much!!!! Amazing indeed!! #beachinbookswap @Tiffy_Reads

Kimlayman7 Glad you liked everything- enjoy! 5y
Hollie Killers of the Flower Moon is so good! 5y
Reecaspieces @Hollie it looks fabulous!! 5y
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Not opening my #beachinbookswap package until my person receives theirs tomorrow. Even though it's killing me to see what's in that massive box half the size of my table @Bostonmomx2 But it seems only fair to wait. So, don't worry swap partner who may or may not have figured out with a 99.9% certainty who you are, I'm waiting in solidarity with you. We can anxiously anticipate together. 👯

Laalaleighh Im also going to have a lovely chat with a postal employee that assured us it would get there today. Just for the record. 😒 But still! Solidarity!!! 5y
maximoffs OPEN THE DANG BOX. No need to wait since this is totally me. Did they say they'd deliver on Sunday? We typically don't get mail here on Sunday. ALSO you should be able to get your $$ back if it didn't arrive by guaranteed time 😘 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers I have a text update saying it's out for delivery. So IF it's you, it will be there today. Then I'll open my box 👯 5y
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maximoffs @Laalaleighh YAAAAS this makes me happy. I might be at work when it arrives but I'll hope mail comes early today 💕 5y
Laalaleighh And by today in my first comment I meant Friday. I forget that past midnight it's a new day whether you went to sleep or stayed up all night playing persona 5 instead. 💁🏼 @steverogers (edited) 5y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh 😂😂😂😂😂😂 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers check your mailbox. 🐶🐾📬📦 (edited) 5y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh I finally got off work!!! I can't wait 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers yayyyy! So excited!!! 5y
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Hoping my #beachinbookswap package shows up today. Also my Gilmore Girls bookmarks because I really need to use my Rory one for my textbook 😂

wordslinger42 Where did you find Gilmore bookmarks?! 5y
maximoffs @wordslinger42 Etsy! Let me see if I can find the link 5y
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maximoffs @wordslinger42 oh no! She's on a break! The shop is called BeyondthePages12 5y
wordslinger42 @steverogers Awesome!! Thank you so much 😊 5y
wordslinger42 @steverogers Oh, that's alright, I can wait! Anything Gilmore is worth the wait! 5y
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It's here! Can't wait to open it tomorrow! Thanks @PandaPanda

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It's here! Woohoo! Thanks @Lacythebookworm for my #beachinbookswap! Can't wait to tear into it! Thanks @Tiffy_Reads for organizing this!👏👏👏😍😍😍

Cinfhen 😍😍😍 5y
Laura317 What fun paper!! 5y
Lacythebookworm Yay! I hope you like them! 5y
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Dear #beachinbookswap person. No, today is not the day you will get your books, but they are headed out to you express. I've had them forever but I purposely waited as long as possible to send them. When you read the card, you will understand why. So uncross your fingers and don't worry, I love you too much to ever forget about you! I'm just a fellow perfectionist who was trying to get it perfect! PS you're my fave. For serious. 💙😘✨⚡️

Laalaleighh PPS -there's at least seven clues as to who you are that are included in this post. Maybe you will pick up on them? Fingers crossed! 💙 5y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag 10/10 for the wrapping paper ⛄️ ☀️ 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww that's so sweet!! 💕 Now I'm trying to figure it out 😉 5y
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maximoffs I THINK THIS IS ME. LIKE 99.9% SURE THIS IS ME. AND IF IT IS you are my absolute favorite as well ❤️❤️❤️💕💕❤️❤️ and even if it isn't, you're still my favorite ❤️💕💕❤️❤️💕❤️💕 5y
BibliophileMomma @steverogers ALL SIGNS POINT TOO..... 😜😜😜😜😜😜 5y
maximoffs @Tiffy_Reads I KNOW I'm 99.9% sure it's me I just want it noooow 😂😂😂 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers @tiffy_reads 👄🤐💁🏼😘 5y
Laalaleighh @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 🎶probably getting gorgeously tan in summerrrrr🎶☃️☀️ 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers how many clues did it take to give it away? 5y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh i got it pretty quick I think! LOL 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers did you notice the presents are arranged to make (an attempt at) a super hero shield? My boyfriend eventually used his engineering skills to help me because I was so dismal at it haha. 5y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh I SEE IT NOW 😍 5y
Laalaleighh @steverogers remind me to send you the pictures of my own awful attempts. 5y
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Crossing my fingers that today I get my goodies from the #beachinbookswap ! I'm usually the friend that recommends books/buys books for people that I think they'll like, so this feels special! 💕

PandaPanda I am similarly crossing my fingers today! 5y
maximoffs @PandaPanda ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
BibliophileMomma Yours is on its way @steverogers 5y
maximoffs Woohoo! Thanks @Tiffy_Reads ! 5y
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#TBRtemptation post 1! Jack McCall is an American living in Rome with his young daughter trying to find peace after his wife's suicide. But his sister-in-law begs him to return home, and 2 school friends ask him to help track down another friend who's gone underground as a Vietnam protestor. His journey will leads him to shocking and liberating truths. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

anrobe This is one of my favorites! 5y
KathleenM Pat Conroy was a great writer! I loved this book. 5y
Graciouswarriorprincess Love Pat Conroy! (edited) 5y
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CherylC This is one of my favorites! It's right up there with The Prince of Tides. 5y
Aleida On my top 20 of all time. Love Conroy 5y
TNbookworm One of my favorite writers! 5y
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It's on it's way! #beachinbookswap

BethM @Mommamanzi I wasn't going to tell you but this is yours. I'm telling you because I realized that I packed it like an idiot so to avoid cutting into one of the presents it is probably best to open it from the bottom lol. Unless you can slit the side and muscle the top open. 5y
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maximoffs Yay @Kimlayman7 !! So glad! Hope you enjoy 5y
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A week till I can open this! #beachinbookswap 📖📚