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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride | Lucy Knisley
In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.DIY maven Lucy Knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture . . . but also sort of horrified by it. So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. And she succeeded. This graphic novel--clocking in at almost 300 pages of humor, despair, and eternal love--is the story of how Lucy built a barn, invented a whole new kind of photo booth, and managed to turn an outdoor wedding on a rainy day into a joyous (though muddy) triumph.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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What a great graphic memoir about trying to plan a wedding that fits who you are but doesn't break the bank. Knisley's drawings, like her words, are precise, with just enough detail. Topics range from fun facts about wedding traditions around the world to fighting with your mom about her inviting the whole neighbourhood to making crafty decorations to how to reconcile a bisexual feminist identity with the hetero/sexist institution of marriage.

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booklover3258
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By far the best Lucy Knisley book I have read to date. I definitely should've read this before I got married but I basically did kinda the same things she did when she got married. Crafty, low cost, wedding in the backyard. It was awesome reading what she went through before the wedding, all the trials and tribulations... plus the stress of finding the dress! Loved the actual pictures from the wedding.
5 stars

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SauerPatch
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Day 4: #SomethingNew

Placed an order yesterday for a little something for myself, along with some sage oil because I‘ve been obsessed with sage recently. ☺️🌱 Incidentally, the book is a favorite of mine that I‘m giving as a gift. 🎁

#SelfImprovementSept

Samplergal I have this diffuser! It‘s wonderful. Enjoy! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 EO diffusers are so nice! Enjoy! 😊 2mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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Have a bit of a theme here for #somethingnew today. Up top, my Harry Potter shelf got a major update thanks to @Endowarrior21 😍 And on the bottom, HP Ravenclaw edition vans Andrew surprised me with that are doubling as my wedding shoes and my “something blue”. And yet another subtle way we‘re inserting HP into our wedding. Now the hard part is not wearing them until then!

#SelfImprovementSept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! Congratulations 🎊📚🙌🏻 💍 👰 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Congrats on your wedding! 💍🍾 2mo
GingerAntics I WANR RAVENCLAW SHOES!!! 2mo
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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Very true!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! 🙌🏼❤️ 2mo
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Sarahandhella
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I have been on a Lucy Knisley kick lately, but I am reading them all out of order. Finally feeling like myself again after having my gallbladder and gallstones removed last week. Marvel has been about this close the whole time. I definitely have a good reading partner/snuggle buddy.

AmyG Your buddy is adorable! 3mo
ladym30 Marvel is adorable!❤️ 3mo
Sarahandhella Thanks @ladym30 and @AmyG I think she is too! And I will take the snuggles! 3mo
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megnews
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Wedding planning fun and chaos in this #graphicmemoir. A good gift for the newly engaged.

Book 169/265 5/11/19

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WanderingBookaneer
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Now I want to know what her first 7 tattoos are.

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danimgill
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Mehso-so

As someone who is engaged, a lot of things in this graphic wedding memoir were pretty relatable. However, I felt like some depth was lacking - she doesn‘t really dive into some potentially interesting/heavy topics that she touches on, like her parents‘ relationships or the perception of bisexuality in the context of marriage. But the art is charming and she and her husband seem like genuinely good people!

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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Graphic Novel meets memoir. This was such a delightful treat about the authors wedding planning journey. #GraphicNovel #Memoir

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RachLovesTV
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This book was hilarious and delightful, even for a happily unmarried person like me. Like Lucy, I'm someone who has never felt the desire to be married, but I love the traditions of it: the coming together to commit your life, the celebratation of ones family and friends in a unique experience that will probably never be echoed again. To see your friends "make serious promises of love to one another is a very lovely gift."

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TerriGreen
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Another graphic memoir! After reading this I feel like Lucy is an old friend and I was personally invited to her wedding. It certainly reminded me of planning my wedding almost 20 years ago.

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KarenUK
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#heyjune #lucyintheskywithdiamonds
I love Lucy Knisley‘s books... I love how she captures the joy of food, family and travel with her personal stories and simple, beautiful illustrations....

Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this author yet, but I‘m very much looking forward 1y
youneverarrived French Milk has been on my tbr for ages! 1y
Chelsea.Poole LOVE LUCY!!! 💖 1y
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BookishFeminist
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Hi there. Haven‘t been around Litsy much this year since I‘ve been kind of busy. 🙂

Can‘t wait to post more photos from our bookish wedding last weekend and get back to READING!!! @becausetrains

MaureenMc Congratulations! 1y
OutsmartYourShelf Congrats! 1y
RachelO Congratulations to you both! 1y
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wanderinglynn Congrats! 1y
JoScho Yay!! 💖 1y
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎉🎊🍾🎈 1y
Weaponxgirl Congratulations! 💕 1y
Suzze Congrats! 1y
asiriusreader Congrats!! Can‘t wait to see bookish wedding pics! 1y
MicrobeMom Congrats! Beautiful!! 1y
Sarah83 Congrats 💖 1y
2BR02B Gorgeous! Congrats to you! 1y
saresmoore Oh, yay! So happy for you both! 1y
MissAimz_55 Congrats!!!! 1y
irre Congratulations! 1y
Verity Congratulations! 1y
Soubhiville ❤️ yay! Congrats! 1y
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youneverarrived Congratulations! Beautiful photo ❤️ 1y
LiteraryinLititz Congratulations!! Can‘t wait to see more pictures!! 1y
mllemay Congratulations! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Congratulations! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
LeahBergen Yay!! Congratulations, you two!! 💕💕💕 @becausetrains 1y
LauraWeasley Congrats! 1y
MirrorMask Congratulations!!! 1y
DGRachel Congratulations!!🎉🎊🍾 1y
CouronneDhiver 👍🏽 You look GREAT! 1y
DivineDiana Looks like a splendid day! Cheers! 🥂 👰🤵 1y
Karkar Congratulations 🎉 1y
Beachesnbooks Congrats!!!! 1y
BibliOphelia Beautiful - Congratulations! 1y
Booksnchill Lovely, best wishes 1y
Jess Congrats! 1y
laurenlovesliterature Congrats!!! 💏👰💍 1y
Bookzombie Congratulations! You look beautiful! 1y
SoniaC Congrats you guys look so happy! Love it. 1y
JessClark78 Congratulations!! ❤️🥂🍾 1y
Tanisha_A Congratulations! 1y
JennyM Arghhh, congratulations. You both look so happy and beautiful x 1y
batsy Congratulations!! 1y
Bette 🎉❤️🥂Cheers, much happiness. 1y
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charl08
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And now for something completely different!

shrewandsnail I love her books! 2y
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meltedsquirrel
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It was really great to read this graphic novel about the author's experience planning her wedding. Knisley talks about being hesitant with lots of patriarchal traditions and the expenses of weddings. It doesn't try to make planning weddings sound like a magical, fun adventure while still not putting down other brides.

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emtobiasz
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I was recommending Lucy Knisley to a library patron the other day and realized I still hadn't read this. Something New is a memoir of Lucy and John's experience planning and having their wedding, complete with all the questions inherent in that. How much input should family give? Which traditions are useful and which just relics of a sexist past? How much should you spend, and on what? This might be my new favorite of Knisley's graphic memoirs.

Zelma This was really high up there for me too. She did a great job with it. 2y
BethFishReads I love all her books! 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Guys, I'm so obsessed with Lucy Knisley these days...it's a problem. I WANT MORE BOOKS!! I loved Something New, not just because it was sweet and well written, but because by now I was invested in her life and the people she knows. It was amazing to see this next stage in her life and how she went about it, especially little details she doesn't point to, like how they have a Vespa now?!?!! She mentioned wanting one in an earlier book! ❤️❤️❤️

LA_Mead I love Lucy Knisley too! She‘s working on a new book now and then there was also a picture book out recently. 2y
GondorGirl This was my first Lucy book and I loved it! I'm so excited to read more of her! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @LA_Mead exciting! I'd heard about the new book but not the picture book! 👍 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Reading Something New right now bc it's late and I can't focus on a big block of text. But it makes me want to go make a wedding Pinterest board!!! But in the middle of this #24in48 readathon, I really need to be reading or sleeping, those are my main options. 😂 Maybe I'll make one tomorrow while I listen to an audiobook? 🤔

UrsulaMonarch Nice idea! I like that book ☺️ 2y
JamieArc I read that book a month after I got married and was so disappointed I didn‘t have it while doing the planning. It was a very cathartic and relatable read for me. 2y
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Godmotherx5
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I wish I‘d done something like Lucy planned since our dinner was virtually non-existent. #TheHeroWinsTheRound

#SpeechBubbleChallenge #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon #LetsGetGraphicPhotoPrompts @Clwojick @TricksyTails

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Godmotherx5
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My dad is not a dancer. Finding the right music for when the DJ announced #LetsDance was one of the highlights of wedding planning.

#SpeechBubbleChallenge #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon #LetsGetGraphicPhotoPrompts @Clwojick @TricksyTails

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Godmotherx5
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I was waiting for my own moment of #Panic but everything felt right. I can relate to the emotional feeling Lucy had when it was time to do hair & get dressed.

#SpeechBubbleChallenge #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon #LetsGetGraphicPhotoPrompts @Clwojick @TricksyTails

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Godmotherx5
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Godmotherx5 Oops, I meant “dress shopping” may not bring out a bride‘s best side. 2y
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Godmotherx5
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Godmotherx5
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A throwback to my favorite graphic novel/artist. Something New was published just after my own wedding. The comments & quotes were relatable & made me laugh #LFMAO
“This isn‘t all about you, ya know!” 😆🙃🤪

#SpeechBubbleChallenge #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon #LetsGetGraphicPhotoPrompts @Clwojick @TricksyTails

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GondorGirl
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Lucy Knisley's graphic memoir about planing her wedding was amazing. As someone who is currently planning a wedding I connected with so much of this book. Knisley covers everything from the struggle to make things unique, to rain at an outdoor ceremony, to whether or not tacos are acceptable wedding food. I will be giving this book to every friend who gets engaged fron here on out, because it's pretty much perfect. I might have cried at the end...

BookFreakOut I just read Relish, will have to check this one out! Tacos are totally acceptable, my brother had them at his wedding. 😆🌮 2y
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GondorGirl
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This is literally exactly what I've been dealing with the last few weeks. Why isn't "wedding" theme enough? Apparently, because my shower is on St. Patrick's Day the theme is going to be leprechauns. I kid you not. And because I love my future mother-in-law I'm just going to go with it. ??

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hyperhawk Lol at least you know she likes you plus from everything I have heard and seen of her she just likes being involved 2y
GondorGirl @hyperhawlk Yup. But I'm totally going to wear a green dress. 😆 2y
SandyW Sounds like fun. The favors should be little bads of gold (chocolates) with rainbow flags attached. Happy wedding shower 👰 2y
vlwelser My bestie's sister threw her a luau baby shower. Like a baby isn't enough of a theme. So weird. Enjoy your shower and congrats on the wedding! 2y
mrozzz Omg thank you!! I feel the same way! 2y
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GondorGirl
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I'm loving this graphic memoir about wedding planning. So many of these things are on point with what the fiance and I are going through right now. 👰🤵

TheLibrarian Ugh I‘m hating my wedding planning and it‘s starting to turn into nightmares. When is yours? 2y
CouronneDhiver Try to remember that the whole point of a wedding is the marriage itself, not the party. 2y
GondorGirl @TheLibrarian June 2. When's yours? 2y
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GondorGirl @CouronneDhiver We're trying to keep it really low key and personal. Neither of us want the big fussy thing. 2y
whatsthEStorey Oh my gosh, I love this so much! This is so close to my inner (and outer with a very select few) monologue every time I think/talk about getting married! 😂 2y
TheLibrarian @GondorGirl Yours is coming up soon! Mine‘s not until Sept 1. 2y
GondorGirl @TheLibrarian It's coming up fast... we're doing almost everything ourselves and I'll be out of town for 11 of the 20 weeks we have until the wedding. 2y
mrozzz So good!!!! 2y
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ErikaB
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My top nine from 2017. All non-graphic novels were audiobooks as my ability to concentrate on words evaporated near the beginning of the year, as did my attention to my reading challenges. I haven't finished my tally for the end of the year but I'm sure I came up short of my goal. I keep reminding myself that I'm doing this for fun, not to check off boxes, and that they're not assignments. Here's to a new year that's not as crappy as the last one!

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KarenUK
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With retail craziness at work, and back-to-back house guests at home... I needed a little light reading...
Just finished a Lucy Knisley double-bill.... Neither lived up to the lofty heights of ‘Relish‘ (which I adored 😍😍)... but both were charming, her illustrations are wonderful and her love of food and family shines through... 💕

GondorGirl I just picked up a copy of the wedding book. I've never read anything of hers before. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Lovely collage! My favorite of hers is pretty brutal and, I think, amazing: 2y
KarenUK @Lkelly ooh I forgot about that one.... yes brutal, but amazing I agree 👍💕 2y
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JamieArc
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I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I love her illustrations and the way she tells her story. Having gotten married a month ago and *hating* the planning process because I am not a traditional person who buys into the wedding industry and all its "shoulds," this was a very relatable and cathartic read for me. Recommended for all non-traditional brides, and one to buy for my shelf.

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JamieArc
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Wrapping up my October 2017 readathon. I didn't get as much read as I had hoped, but it was still a lovely day free from obligations and very full of reading. To those continuing through the night, good luck and happy reading! #readathon

Readerann Well done! I'm hoping to read at least part of Something New before I fade away 2y
DebinHawaii Great job! 🎉❤️👍 2y
Cinfhen Well done 🎉🤓💕 2y
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svenezia
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I didn't know I was reading a book about myself!

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jessberk13
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Adorable. I love Lucy Knisley's style, it's just so tiny and perfect and cute! Just have one left I haven't read yet, but my library doesn't have it so I'll have to do some digging!

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Shan-nana
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This was hilarious and at times mind boggling - the world of wedding planning is a weird place 😂 Mostly I loved this book for how relatable Lucy Knisley made it. Weather you're planning a wedding or not it's a fun read.

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AileenRR
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I'm with Lucy; dresses with pockets are THE BEST!

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Shan-nana
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Talking about Poutine: "it's fine to pile on the extras, but then you are obligated to call it what it is: DISCO FRIES". This quote makes me so happy ?

Zelma 😂👍 2y
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Chelsibno
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I thought this #graphicnovel was a sweet read. Focusing on her preparations for her wedding, Knisley relates the ups and downs of her wedding planning with in a way that's both heartwarming and hilarious. I think this would be an interesting read for newly engaged readers.

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Shan-nana
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"And in the darkness...steal the covers!" ?

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Clwojick
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I'm not sure if this graphic novel is going to scare me or not. Recently engaged, and not looking forward to how expensive and crazy overwhelming wedding planning can be. I'm sure this will at least have me laughing. 🤗

minkyb My daughter was also engaged recently! Happy planning. 2y
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5 ✴ - This is my first experience of reading Lucy Knisley and I loved it. The art is simple & quirky & fits the style of Lucy's writing. As someone who is beginning to plan their own wedding & also doesn't want some of the elements that are considered to be the norm for the average wedding I found it both reassuring & refreshing to read how they made their dreams a reality despite the almost constant societal pressure to have the standard wedding.

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Zelma
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I adore Lucy Knisely's graphic memoirs. Some work for me a bit more than others, but this was definitely an enjoyable one. It explores her relationship with John and their wedding planning journey, with tidbits about weddings traditions throughout history. One thing I loved was her use of real photographs in this book. A bit long but very satisfying, happy read. I returned the book to library so here is Mr. Z and me on our Vegas elopement.

merelybookish That's great! 2y
Jas16 I love this picture so much! 2y
Zelma @merelybookish @Jas16 thanks! We got married in a chapel and wanted a photo by the famous sign afterward. We just got lucky Elvis was there. Which was nice, because he knew the spot to stand for the best photo. 😆 2y
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britt_brooke 😍😍😍 2y
CouronneDhiver Cool! What a fun elopement idea. 2y
tapgurl Congratulations! I loved that book too:) 2y
LeahBergen This is awesome!! 2y
EvieBee Awww! So beautiful and vintage! 2y
Zelma @CouronneDhiver @LeahBergen thanks so much! 😁 2y
Zelma @tapgurl it was 6 years ago but I appreciate it! 😉 2y
Zelma @EvieBeeReads 😘 thank you! I loved my hat. It was a fun style and perfect for enjoying the Vegas strip afterward. We stayed dressed in our wedding clothes all day. 2y
Laura317 One of the best weddings I ever attended was at Caeser's Palace. It was a blast! What a lovely couple you make, even with Elvis! 2y
Zelma @Laura317 we had the best day ever. And thank you so much! 2y
ValerieAndBooks What a great picture 😍!! 2y
Suet624 An elopement! And Elvis. Perfect. Love this photo. 2y
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Zelma
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I had grand plans to host a friend for dinner and catch up on his adventures from the last 6 months working a cruise ship. He just canceled and I am secretly really pleased. 😶😉😋 Now I get read my stack of comics and drink wine and eat cheese and crackers instead of cooking and socializing. Introverting for the win!

Grrlbrarian Girl, I feel you! Enjoy!!! 2y
Zelma @Grrlbrarian thanks! 😂👍 2y
BookishMe I totally get the same excitement!! YAY 2y
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Zelma @BookishMe total yay! 👏 and even better is we're rescheduling to have brunch. 2y
BookishMe @Zelma awesomeness 2y
Melwilk I totally understand! 2y
Laalaleighh Nothing better than the feeling of cancelled plans haha. 2y
DebinHawaii The gift 🎁of time! 😀👍 2y
emilyhaldi Yes!! Love cancelled plans! 2y
Jinjer Cancelled plans are the best!!! 2y
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Zelma
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Evening plans have commenced. Wine, cheese and crackers, comics. 😋

ReadingSusan Loved that graphic novel! 2y
BethFishReads Oh I love her 2y
Zelma @ReadingSusan yay, looking forward to diving in more today. @BethFishReads I do too. Some of her books are better than others, but I absolutely love some of them. 💕 2y
BethFishReads Agree 2y
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allthembooks
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15 minute breaks at work are for reading.. #amreading #somethingnew #graphicnovel

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WanderingBookaneer
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You had me at page 2!

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WanderingBookaneer
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Starting this one before heading to bed. I ❤️ Lucy Knisley.

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MKcanread
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I felt like the library gods were telling me something by having all my Lucy Knisley holds come in at once so I committed and I am glad I did. As someone who has a soft sot in her heart for diy and weddings, this book was entertaining and spoke to me. Going from single to bride sets an unusual stage and her art and cooking background make for a creative and at times overwhelming journey.

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Read.Em.And.Eat
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Alright Littens, I have been tossing around the idea of a book blog for a while and I think I'm finally going to do it! It will be some books and some recipes - but I need your help!

What keeps you coming back to a book blog? Are there any books you want to see posted? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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quietjenn
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I've decided that this weekend will be a bit of a personal read-a-thon. I'd love to whittle down my library pile a good bit. I'm very keen on concentrating on books I own or have downloaded. Anyhoo, on to this now.

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