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I have mixed feelings with this book. It is very predictable and I think was too long with repetitive of unnecessary details. Also I didn‘t like much Matt with his explosive character where he easily offended Kate twice. But besides those comments, the novel was so funny: Kate‘s mom😳🙄, her dates😆her relationship with Laura, the town gossips☺️At least in those blind dates there were staff present in their first date😅. Love Drew! 34⭐️

Gissy Thank you @Charityann for the book. I received it last year during #Bestof2020swap
@Chrissyreadit I‘m using the mug you sent me in the photo☕️👌🎄💚❤️

December 2021 #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
tpixie Great photo!! @Chrissyreadit @Gissy pretty mug! 4w
Chrissyreadit I love it! 4w
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Gissy @tpixie Yes! ❤️Thank you! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I have very similar feelings about this one. I found so much of it funny and fun, but wish we could have gotten more of Matt's perspective - it may have made him a more sympathetic character. 4w
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks You are right! And those immature tantrums?🙄I don‘t know what would be his decision if Sarah didn‘t leave him🤔So for me, he was a little bit selfish🤷🏽‍♀️ 4w
TheAromaofBooks The one that got me was when Kate was on her way home and it's late and she's exhausted and Matt pretty much bullies her into staying up late to help him in the cafe. I just never felt like he was putting her needs first! 4w
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks I forgot about that one! I can imagine that now she has to help him, not because he needs some help but as an obligation😠No, thank you, I don‘t need a match like Matt🙄 4w
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The Swap | Robyn Harding
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Hi friends! Last year I hosted the #Bestof2020Swap. The idea was to reflect on the things that brought you joy throughout the year and share them with someone else, by sending your match some of your favourite books and goodies.

I would love to know how many people would be interested in participating in a #Bestof2021Swap? If there is enough interest, I will post sign ups by the end of this week. Opening day would be January 1, 2022.


Bookwormjillk I love this idea!! 3mo
ozma.of.oz Oh this is clever! I‘d totally be interested! 3mo
bibliobard That sounds fun! 3mo
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jenniferw88 Yes! I was wondering if you were going to do it again! 100% behind it lol! 3mo
guinsgirlreads Yes! I really enjoyed this swap last year! 3mo
staci.reads I would definitely be interested! 3mo
Mynameisacolour You can count me In! 3mo
Soubhiville I‘d join 😊. 3mo
Kdgordon88 Sounds like fun. Count me in. 3mo
rachelsbrittain I would definitely be interested! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Yes. 3mo
SamanthaMarie Ooo that's very fun!!! 3mo
BookNAround I‘m definitely interested. 3mo
quietjenn I'm interested. I didn't join last year, because we were moving, but I thought it seemed like just the coolest! 3mo
monalyisha Me, obvi. 😉💖 Will repost for you rn! 3mo
Bookishgal71 Oh I think so 3mo
ncsufoxes Sounds interesting 3mo
thewallflower0707 Sounds interesting ☺️. Does anyone know if there are already Christmas book swaps in planing? 3mo
candority @thewallflower0707 I know @MaleficentBookDragon is hosting the #JolabokaflodSwap again this year, and @bookish_wookish is hosting the #LittleChristmasSwap. I‘m sure there are others happening, but that‘s all I know of at the moment! 3mo
rsteve388 I am interested. 3mo
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 3mo
guinsgirlreads @candority Thank you! 😊 3mo
sprainedbrain Yes, please! I missed it last year and won‘t do that again. 😉❤️ 2mo
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The Swap | Greg Moriarty
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After the all-encompassing Fall Swap season, I always need something easy for the Winter. ❄️

Enter the #JolabokaflodSwap hosted by @MaleficentBookDragon 🐉!

It‘s a “fun, low pressure swap of one book and some chocolate that you open on Christmas Eve so you can spend the night in bed reading a new book and enjoying a sweet treat.”

Sign up here until Nov 18th-

vivastory I haven't signed up for a swap in awhile but this one is tempting 3mo
monalyisha @vivastory It‘s easy-peasy! (I also loved @candority‘s #Bestof2020Swap last year…but I‘m not sure if there will be a repeat.) 3mo
vivastory Just submitted! 👏 3mo
monalyisha @vivastory 🙌🏻📦🌲❄️ 3mo
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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My friend told me this is one of her favourite books. I have read a couple other books she has recommended and disliked them, and unfortunately, I disliked this one too. I think it‘s time to admit that our reading tastes differ wildly 😂

2 ⭐️ This was my #DoubleSpin pick for August @TheAromaofBooks

Aims42 Ughhhh, I‘ve got a friend like that too 😕 Love her, but not her tastes in books 4mo
candority @Aims42 She doesn‘t like some of favourite types of books either (horror, thriller), so at least we‘re even! I‘m always glad to have a fellow book lover as a friend, even if our tastes don‘t align 4mo
Cathythoughts We watched the movie recently, my husband loved it … I liked parts of it but would have bailed ( on the movie ) if I was watching alone 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 4mo
monalyisha Hi @candority! 👋🏻 I know it‘s early but I‘ve started to see some Holiday swap sign-ups get posted. I‘m wondering if you‘re planning to run the #BestOf2020Swap again — or rather, the #Bestof2021Swap? It was so great last year! Hope you‘re doing okay! ✨💞 (edited) 3mo
candority @monalyisha Hey there! I‘ll make a post this week to see how many people are interested. If there‘s enough interest, I‘ll host it again 😊 I hope you‘re doing well too! 🥰 3mo
monalyisha @candority Nice! I‘ll help share the good word. 💯 3mo
candority @monalyisha thanks! I‘ll tag you in the post tomorrow. 3mo
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Walt Whitman wrote, “Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons, It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

In World of Wonders, Nezhukumatathil admits to once licking a piece of quartz as a child. She reports that “it tasted like campfire smoke.” If that‘s not eating (with) the earth, I don‘t know what is. She‘s clearly one of these “best” people & her book reflects her superlative nature. Just gorgeous.

monalyisha My favorite chapters include: Firefly; Peacock; Touch Me Nots; Monsoon; Southern Cassowary (mostly because it gave me a chance to focus on the sheer strangeness of this bird); Monarch Butterfly; & Firefly [Redux]. 10mo
KatieDid927 I tried Cara Cara oranges for the first time because of this book. They are indeed awesome. 10mo
monalyisha Thanks to @catiewithac for including this book in my #Bestof2020Swap box! 10mo
monalyisha @KatieDid927 Jealous! 😍🍊 10mo
catiewithac 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 10mo
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O. M. G. @Heideschrampf My #Bestof2020Swap package arrived TODAY!! It flew from Germany to the US in just days but has languished in Postal Purgatory for the last 2.5 months!!! I absolutely LOVE everything and your very sweet note! That might be my favorite part!! I will be having tea while reading tonight!! Thank you for everything! Just so wonderful and a VERY welcome surprise on a boring March morning! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🌞💐😊📚

candority Wow, that took so long 😭 I‘m so glad it arrived though! I love that mug 🦊💕 11mo
Heideschrampf Yay! I‘m so happy it FINALLY came! Incredible how long it took, but i‘m just glad it didn‘t get lost in the mail and you like it ❤️ please excuse the slight kitsch-factor, this book swap came right at the perfect time for some much needed release 🙈🤣 (edited) 11mo
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A big thank you to the lovely @DinoMom who sent me this book for the #Bestof2020Swap. Unfortunately, I didn‘t like it.

As respectfully as possible, I am rating this memoir 2 ⭐️. I think Jacob Tobia‘s story is an important one, but unfortunately, they just came across as too self-absorbed and braggy. I really wish they had addressed their own privileges (i.e. their race and class privilege) and accepted responsibility for some of their failures⬇️

candority I wrote a much longer review on Goodreads, if you want to check it out: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3854442679 11mo
TiminCalifornia Great review. Think I‘ll pass on this one. 11mo
candority @TiminCalifornia Thanks, Tim. That‘s probably for the best. 11mo
DinoMom It was on my TBR as well as on yours. I think it is now pushed to the bottom...lol 11mo
candority @DinoMom Good plan! Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did if you do eventually read it. 11mo
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@sebrittainclark sent this to me as part of my #bestof2020 box and I just finished it. I loved it! I‘ve been out of the dating game for a really long time but the relationship between Rhi and Samson was fantastic. There was romance, yes, but there was a lot of other things going on. Business, trust issues, standing up for yourself, speaking out, etc. I‘ve read a couple of Rai‘s other books but this one is my favorite so far!

candority So glad you enjoyed it! The first success (that I‘ve heard of) from the #Bestof2020Swap! 💖 12mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 12mo
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I feel that I‘m still in Christmas festivities! Yes!! 🎄ahhh!💚❤️💚❤️It is here @Charityann The #Bestof2020Swap box is here😃So happy! Thank you in advanced.

Photo 1: love that cute wrapping paper and the card has a cookie house. It makes me remember your posts of every goodies you made during the holidays😋

Let‘s see photo 2🤗


Charityann Yeah! I‘m so happy it finally got to you!! Hope you enjoy!😊🎄 12mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Thank you so much @Mynameisacolour for this extra cozy #bestof2020swap 📦. I‘ve heard so much about this book and am excited to read it. It is cold and rainy here today so the slipper socks, tea, and hot cocoa will be put to good use. I have hidden the cashews from the #manpanion. 😝 They are just for me.

Thank you @candority for hosting such an interesting swap. We should do it againnext year.

candority Those socks look so cozy! 😍 13mo
Avanders 😍🥰♥️ 13mo
mom2bugnbee Milk chocolate sea salt cashews? Are you kidding me? 🤤 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon @mom2bugnbee I know, right? 🤤 13mo
Mynameisacolour You're welcome! Enjoy!!😊 13mo
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