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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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A rainy Sunday afternoon with #JohnnyBergen and a (silly but compelling) thriller.

vivastory Johnny! 2mo
AmyG Awww ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Did you read it aloud to Johnny? He‘s seems very contemplative. 😆 2mo
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sarahbarnes 😍😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! 2mo
Cathythoughts What a perfect picture 🤍🤍🤍 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Hi 👋🏽 Johnny 2mo
batsy So adorable 😍 2mo
DivineDiana Sweet Johnny. ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella He doesn‘t like to hear about ANYTHING that‘s “for his own good”. 😉 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What‘s up Johnny? Looking a wee bit sad 💖 2mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm He‘s just tired out from being bad. 😉 2mo
rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this photo! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! Perfect pose! 🐶❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @UwannaPublishme He‘ll be three soon and STILL isn‘t a very good book model. 😆 2mo
Suet624 Three!! Wow! Time flies. 2mo
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Everyone blamed Bob, the terrier, for leaving his ball on the stairs but … was someone trying to kill her?

#JohnnyBergen, the terrier, chose my next read. And I think he‘s trying to tell me something.

Leftcoastzen 😂🐶 4mo
MaureenMc 😲😆 4mo
rubyslippersreads Make sure Johnny puts away his toys. 🤣 4mo
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CarolynM 😆🐶 4mo
Suet624 How exactly did the selection process take place? Inquiring minds want to know. 4mo
ManyWordsLater I love this one!! 4mo
Ruthiella I approve of Johnny Bergen‘s taste! 😆👍 (edited) 4mo
BarbaraJean No need to read anything into his selection. Yet. Only if he starts leaving his ball lying around in precarious places. 😆 4mo
batsy 😆😆🕵🏾‍♀️ 4mo
Cathythoughts You better be on the ball ! ( 😬sorry for very corny joke 🤣 (edited) 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 Oh Johnny! This is a good read though. 4mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 4mo
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Friday night reads. And yes, those ARE dog toes on my desk. #JohnnyBergen


RaeLovesToRead Aww.. the toes! 🐾❤ 4mo
sarahbellum Toes 😍 4mo
ValerieAndBooks Hello, Johnny 🐾 and Leah 💖 !! 4mo
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Chrissyreadit So cute! ❤️ 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😀🐶 4mo
rubyslippersreads Johnny‘s little tippy-toes are so cute! 🐶❤️ 4mo
quietjenn Excellent! And I love the pup peek. 4mo
Tamra 😆 Why not? 4mo
batsy Awww 🥰 Johnny's toes just about distracted me from the pretty cover 😆 4mo
BarbaraBB That Johnny 🤣🥰 4mo
Cathythoughts That‘s so dotey 🥰 Johnny toes 4mo
Cathythoughts He‘s really getting into the whole book scene .. copying the book hand 😍 4mo
CarolynM 💖 4mo
LeahBergen @RaeLovesToRead @sarahbellum @ValerieAndBooks @Chrissyreadit @Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @Tamra @batsy @BarbaraBB @CarolynM Johnny thanks you all for being on his side in the desk matter. 😆😆 He‘s not supposed to be up there but the desk is in front of a window that looks down into my neighbour‘s yard … and right at the neighbour‘s dog. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s true! It IS like the little peeping brass hand. 🤣 4mo
Smrloomis 😂 Love the doggie toes 💕 4mo
LeahBergen @Smrloomis He‘s horrible. 😆 4mo
britt_brooke Too funny! 🐾 4mo
BiblioLitten Maybe he‘s trying to hi-5 the girl on the cover 🙌🏼 4mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke You understand my pain. 😉 4mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten I think you‘re onto something there. 😆 4mo
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Ballet For Drina | Jean Estoril
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Bedtime reading. 😆

I know that @CarolynM is a fan of this series … did anyone else read these as a child? Jean Estoril is a pen name for Mabel Esther Allan and I‘ve read some of her other books but not these.


BarbaraBB Hi Johnny! 5mo
TrishB 🐶❤️ 5mo
Caroline2 Oh my…. How cute is your little doggie!!! 😍 5mo
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rockpools Good night! And I had no idea MEA wrote under a pen name. Enjoy 😊 (edited) 5mo
batsy What a lovely photo! Johnny is too precious 😆 5mo
Cathythoughts Oh very cosy ❤️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Aw, sleepy Johnny! ❤️ 5mo
AlaMich Still looks like a puppy! 5mo
Julsmarshall Sweet puppy! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶 5mo
LeahBergen @rockpools Her ballet stories were published under Jean Estoril but she also wrote as Anne Pilgrim and Priscilla Hagon. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Who knew? 😆 5mo
rubyslippersreads Is Johnny taking a catnap? 😹 5mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 This is his nightly 12 hours of solid sleeping to prepare for his big days. @rubyslippersreads (edited) 5mo
mabell I love everything about this 😍❤️🐶🩰 5mo
CarolynM 💖💖 Hope you're enjoying. 5mo
LeahBergen @mabell 😘😘 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I loved it so much that I read the second one in the series immediately afterwards. 😆 5mo
CarolynM I can relate? Don't you just love all the secret "Elizabeth Ivory's daughter" stuff? So romantic! And it made me feel sort of familiar with London before I'd ever been there. 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I do! When the name first came up (in a list of famous ballerinas) I though, “Hmm, I can‘t recall an Ivory?” I should‘ve known. 😆😆 5mo
Centique I had a copy of this but it wasn‘t so pretty! I remember the title so well but I don‘t think I read any others. 5mo
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Spam Tomorrow | VERILY. ANDERSON
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#LittleChristmasSwap unwrapping: photo outtake.

The bag crinkled and must be inspected. Immediately. 😆 #JohnnyBergen

@BookishTrish @bookish_wookish


Soubhiville Fun photobomb! 7mo
Dragon 🐶 💚🐉 7mo
LeahBergen @Soubhiville He‘s a terror. 😆 7mo
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mabell Nice job staying on the alert, Johnny! 👏 7mo
Ruthiella Any crinkly bag could contain a TREAT! He knows that! 😆 7mo
Cathythoughts Johnny 👏👏😂 7mo
batsy Aww! Lil paws! 7mo
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Love in a Cold Climate | Nancy Mitford
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Look what‘s arrived, @rubyslippersreads !

I‘m so glad I didn‘t go ahead and buy a #FolioSociety edition of Love in a Cold Climate after you bought me The Pursuit of Love for my birthday. 😆 And a #PersephoneBooks that I don‘t own! Please thank Sadie and Nicky for the cat poetry and book-shaped paper clips and let them know I‘ll read a verse to #JohnnyBergen. 😆

Thanks so much, my dear friend. I love everything!! 😘😘😘

TrishB Lovely gifts ❤️ 7mo
JamieArc Oh my gosh that edition 😍. 7mo
BarbaraBB Such wonderful gifts 😍 7mo
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rubyslippersreads You‘re very welcome! I‘m so glad it finally arrived. I was beginning to think it had been diverted to the North Pole. 😂 7mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @BarbaraBB Most definitely! 😍 7mo
LeahBergen @JamieArc Isn‘t it beautiful?? 7mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I‘m so thrilled with everything! 😊 7mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Nicky and Sadie are thrilled they can help #johnnybergen expand his reading horizons. 😹 7mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 7mo
MaureenMc 😍 7mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous & that chocolate sounds divine 💫 (edited) 7mo
batsy Beautiful 😍 7mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Someone has to! 😉 7mo
LeslieO That Mitford is a beauty 7mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#JohnnyBergen Visits the Grandparents (subtitled: I Want To Rip the Face Off of Santa Claus).

Just because you asked, @vivastory 🤣🤣

vivastory I was hoping for a pic with a Christmas sweater 🤣😂 This is fantastic! Thanks 🐶🎄 8mo
LeahBergen @vivastory He really fills out his dollar store ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater‘. 😆 8mo
Tamra 😜 8mo
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Ruthiella That Santa is up to no good and Johnny knows it! 🤣❤️🐶 8mo
DGRachel He‘s so cute!!!!!! 8mo
MicheleinPhilly There‘s that little rascal! 8mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶cuteness!badness! 8mo
mrp27 🤣🤣 8mo
Crazeedi I have a very similar desk/hutch 8mo
Megabooks Lolol!! That‘s a toy, isn‘t it?? 😉 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh Johnny! 😄 8mo
AlaMich He‘s just making sure Santa knows who‘s boss! 8mo
CarolynM 🤣 8mo
shawnmooney 💕💕 8mo
batsy He deserves a movie of his own! 😆❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ! Santa better watch out 😳 8mo
youneverarrived 😂😂 8mo
MaureenMc 😂 8mo
Suet624 Love the little sweater. Is it cold inside or does he just want to look snazzy? 8mo
Reggie Lolol 8mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 8mo
LeahBergen @Crazeedi Oh, do you? This has been passed down in my husband‘s family. 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @Megabooks He thinks it should be. Everything is a toy to him. 🙄 8mo
LeahBergen @batsy He‘d like to thinks so. 😆 8mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 We HAVE had a record cold spell here, but no… he‘s just being snazzy. 😆 8mo
Suet624 Well he‘s pulling it off. 8mo
Crazeedi @LeahBergen yes its antique, mine is missing the glass, lol 8mo
LeahBergen @Crazeedi I think they had to replace this glass at one point after a kid broke it. 🤣 8mo
Centique Aw the Christmas sweater! 8mo
LeahBergen @Centique He‘s quite beefy in his sweater. 😆 8mo
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In which I show off a few of the books I received for Christmas: Part One.

A history of the evolution of the British country house, from Roman times to the present. I love this cover (and it‘s illustrated 👍).

Librarybelle I checked out a copy of this from the library - it looks fascinating! 8mo
vivastory Are we also going to be treated with a picture of #johnnybergen 🐶? 8mo
Amiable What an adorable cover! 8mo
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EvieBee I bought this last week! 8mo
batsy Great subject and cover 😍 8mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover ❤️ 8mo
Jess_Read_This I bought this last week as a Christmas present to myself. It sounds so lovely and well written. 8mo
charl08 This looks lovely, was very tempted in the bookshop when I saw it! 8mo
LeahBergen @Librarybelle Let me know if you‘re liking it! 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @Amiable @batsy @Cathythoughts @charl08 I‘m a sucker for a good cover. 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee @Jess_Read_This We have great taste. 😆 8mo
Centique Oh oh, what a beauty! I‘m going to have to get this I think 😍 8mo
LeahBergen @Centique I want a country house! 🤣 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Lindsey, my #BestOf2021Swap has arrived, and is currently undergoing rigorous inspection. Yay!!

Soubhiville We all gotta love our swap-box inspectors! 🐶❤️ 8mo
OriginalCyn620 Too cute! 8mo
BookBosomed1 Omg. Who is that?! 8mo
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sprainedbrain @BookBosomed1 that‘s Finley. Head postal inspector around here. 😂 8mo
LeahBergen My #JohnnyBergen lives for the hope of bubble wrap in ALL parcels. He runs around the house, obnoxiously popping it in his teeth. 😆 8mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen omg that‘s hilarious! 🤣 8mo
Chrissyreadit 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
BookBosomed1 @sprainedbrain A good boi that has an important job to do! 8mo
BookBosomed1 @LeahBergen LOL. That is amazing. I tried to give my dog, Fred, bubble wrap tonight to see what he would do it. He just stared at me with judgment…per usual. (edited) 8mo
LeahBergen @BookBosomed1 😆😆 Did he? My last dog couldn‘t be bothered with bubble wrap but this one loves it. My best friend likes to hear him pop it as she says, “it‘s such a satisfying sound”. 😆 8mo
candority Hahah Finley deserves a raise for being such a great inspector! 🐶 8mo
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