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A Blade So Black | L.L. McKinney
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Alice has to juggle a protective mother, Nightmarish creatures from Wonderland only she can fight, promises to friends, & a recently poisoned mentor who needs a hidden artifact to be cured. But no big, right?

I enjoyed this a lot. I liked Alice as a character. I liked the balancing act between real life & the mystical forces she fights. But I felt really unsatisfied with the ending, & there wasn‘t a lot of character depth beyond Alice.🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

BookmarkTavern #NoBuy2023 @PuddleJumper On your shelf for over a year, #JolabokaflodSwap gift from @TheDaysGoBy Thank you again for the gift! I‘m sorry it took so long to get to it. 😅 Ah! Forgot! This was also a #14Books14Weeks read! @TheHeartlandBookFairy (edited) 1mo
TheDaysGoBy Aw no sweat! Sorry it was only a so-so! Always nice to get it off the book shelf though and make room for others 1mo
BookmarkTavern @TheDaysGoBy I did like the writing enough I‘m going to search out more by her! We‘ll see how that goes. 😁 1mo
5feet.of.fury If you do decide to continue the series, the 3rd book is finally coming out next month. I have been waiting yearssssss 1mo
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Return to Sender | Kevin Henkes
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Also waiting for me were these parcels.

@Cinfhen - apparently yours was “unclaimed” 🙄🙄🙄 I will try again.

@galueth28 - apparently the items in yours “do not comply with articles 28 & 29 of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU” - yet I‘ve had no trouble sending novels, bookmarks and greeting cards to other EU countries 🤷🏻‍♀️ Is it worth trying again? FYI @MaleficentBookDragon this was a #jolabokaflodswap parcel.

Cinfhen Oh wow! Im shocked it made its way back to you!! But with everything going on in your life don‘t worry about my package xxxx 3mo
Centique Oh what a shame. That is so weird especially the second one. I have had a package to Cindy completely disappear and she had one get lost coming to me too 😬 3mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I finished the last stretch of my 8 week apprenticeship yesterday, so I decided I deserve a little treat.

#RFKuang has yet failed to disappoint me. Expectations are high! #BetterthantheMovies sounds very cute. A bit conflicted on my second #KathleenGlasgow novel.

Kenyazero Congratulations, that's super exciting and worthy of a treat! 4mo
BarbaraBB We‘re discussing Yellowface the first half of July during #CampLitsy23. You can join if you like! 3mo
thewallflower0707 @BarbaraBB sounds nice, I will try to remember the dates! 3mo
BarbaraBB We‘ll tag you! And I just finished the book you sent me for #jolabokaflodswap. It was wonderful ❤️ 3mo
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Night Film: A Novel | Marisha Pessl
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I got this in my #jolabokaflodswap a few weeks ago and instantly started to read it! While a bit slow in places for my taste, I did really enjoy the mystery and the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Got some #audiojournaling done today,finally! I only just got my new journals, auspost is really doing a great job lately.Not.😠At least they‘re here now.Do you like my new journal? Special edition with my name on the cover. I love it!Totally worth the extra money. I‘ve been meaning to read the tagged book for years, finally getting to it for the 40th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic.So infuriating and so so sad🏳️‍🌈🫶 #JumpStart2023

julesG 😍😍😍 Love all the supplies. (Post is slow here, too. Seems they went into hibernation on Boxing Day.) 9mo
Larkken Your supplies are inspirational! I‘m using the same ones from last couple years until they run out or I can find a place for new ones 😂🤩 9mo
Clwojick Ahhhh! I love all the stationary! 😍 I‘ve considered getting my 1817s titled as well, but I haven‘t pulled the trigger yet. After seeing yours, I might have to though! 💖 9mo
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Lizpixie @julesG thank you! I‘m still waiting on a #jolabokaflodswap & my #aussiesecretsanta packages! 9mo
Lizpixie @Larkken I‘m glad to inspirate. I have a huge tub full of more art supplies as well, when I did the #greatlibrarycleanof2022 my daughter went to Kmart & bought me ten 50litre tubs and we spent two weeks sorting everything. Now I have them stacked & labeled in their own spot in my library.👍 (edited) 9mo
Lizpixie @Clwojick I‘m so happy with my journal! They brought the Bullet Journal special edition in black & this blush pink this year. Not much of a choice, I would‘ve preferred a yellow but🤷🏻‍♀️Where I bought it had the option of whatever you wanted on it in foil(gold,rose or silver)or colour. I think the rose on the blush pink turned out nice. I was gonna go with Lizpixie!🤓 9mo
Clwojick You should have!!!! 💖 9mo
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I'm so sorry I forgot to post this when I got home @LeslieO ! I love it. The candy is gone, that sponge candy was so interesting! I really liked it. I'm thinking of saving the book for Christmas season this year but haven't decided yet. Thanks again!
Thanks for hosting #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon !

LeslieO You are so welcome! I loved the book and wouldn‘t blame you if you wait to read it next Christmas season. I hope interesting means you liked the sponge candy!😄 9mo
LeslieO BTW did you get the truffles I scattered in the box? I hope they didn‘t get mixed up with the packing stuff. (edited) 9mo
tdrosebud @LeslieO Yes I liked the sponge candy. It sort of reminded me of a malted milk ball but not quite. And all I received is what is pictured. There wasn't a truffle. 9mo
LeslieO Oh no I think I only put them in one of my swap boxes. 9mo
tdrosebud @LeslieO no biggie. I loved what I got! 9mo
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I finally finished my #JolabokaflodSwap book from @Readergrrl and it was 10/10 interesting! If the print wasn‘t so tiny I think I would‘ve finished it sooner lol 😅 Definitely a pick for anyone who‘s intrigued by the mob, the culture of the 1940s-1960s and anyone else really.

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Fantastic! Tense, compelling and O‘Farrell‘s writing is so rich and vibrant. I love how she constructed this one with the dual timelines that ultimately converge. Really clever and effective.

squirrelbrain I loved this too, in fact it‘s made my #top22of22 9mo
CBee Got this in my #jolabokaflodswap from @Amiable and cannot WAIT to read it!! 9mo
rmaclean4 Loved this book! 9mo
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Wrath | John Gwynne
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I‘m very very very late with posting this and I apologize (after holiday stress with work) but thank you @The.Great.Catsby for my #jolabokaflodswap package. I‘ve never had Gatsby chocolate before so I‘m looking forward to trying it!

The.Great.Catsby I've never had it either, but it just looked so alluring. Let me know if you like it! I also hope you enjoy the book 😊 9mo
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Yay! Finally received one of my #JolabokaflodSwap packages today. Thank you so much Krysta, I‘ve been dying to read this book, plus it‘s a B&N exclusive hardcover edition🙌The chocolate also smells amazing. I‘m so sorry postage was that much, I thought AusPost gouged prices!😱

Follow.my.read This book was a solid 5 ⭐️ I loved it!!! 9mo
BookmarkTavern I‘m so glad it got there! 😂 I hope you enjoy it! The chocolate is made locally. ❤️ 9mo
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