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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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16 books made the flight home with me!!!! Had to leave a bunch behind😬and I did #sharethejoy and gifted a bunch of books to family members and other Littens over vacation📚🧡📚💜📚💚#BooksAreForSharing #OnlyThreeMonthsUntilJuly #SorryElmetYouGotCutOff

Sophoclessweetheart I need to read The Thorn Birds and Alias Grace 💛😁 2y
shawnmooney Random drive-by kisses! 😍😻😍😻😍 2y
Kalalalatja But what a stack to bring home 😍😍 2y
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batsy Wow!! 😍 You do Litsy proud 😁 #WhatAHaul 2y
rohit-sawant Niice! 😍😍 2y
somebooksaround The Song Of Achillies is the best!! Great lot!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great haul! 👍 I see some very good titles there. 2y
Cinfhen I‘m excited for these books @josteele @rohit-sawant @batsy @Kalalalatja well maybe not the #BOTM 😉 2y
Cinfhen My favorite type of drive by😘😘😘back at you @shawnmooney 2y
Cinfhen I‘m in middle of #ThornBirds @Wanderingwithwords its sooooo good!!!!! Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m excited for most of the titles too!!! (edited) 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Oh! That‘s great to know x 2y
Godmotherx5 Fun choices. Enjoy that haul. 2y
SilversReviews LOVED The Thornbirds. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How many did you read?!?! 🙃🙃🙃 2y
Cinfhen I think I read a total of 22 books while I was away @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to add them all to my GoodReads but that may take a few days....how are u?!?! 2y
AmyG Great books you have there! Hope you enjoyed your trip. 2y
Mdargusch Well, you sure brought some good ones home! 2y
emilyhaldi Lots of good ones!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 and July IS so soon! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Thorn Birds! I haven‘t thought of that book in years. Hope you had a good flight home!! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @4thhouseontheleft had a relatively easy flight and the airline only lost hubby‘s bag 😉we are doing a group read of #ThornBirds if you want to join in...it‘s really good, EVEN the second time around!!! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m very excited by my haul @AmyG @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi Thanks for sharing in my enthusiasm 2y
LeahBergen You brought some good ones home! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
AJones Nice haul! I have the same issue...I can never choose just one book. Especially if there‘s some kind of sale. It drives my husband mad. Lol 2y
minkyb More books, less shoes! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Six of those are on my TBR too! Glad you and they made it home! 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen Truth @minkyb 🙌🏻thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage which 6....maybe I‘ll share 😘😘😘 2y
Reviewsbylola I hope they all prove themselves worthy. 😂 2y
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@NCNY @cobwebmoth @Lmstraubie @Cinfhen @LauraBrook @Jas16 @scientistsam @Maggie @Reecaspieces @Robothugs @minkyb @EllieDottie

Okay #LitsyPaysItForward friends, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & I have run into a problem with shipping the books over to Dexter. We've sent two boxes, but it's going to cost Dexter to pick them up from the PO! We don't want to create a financial burden for Dexter, I'm not sure we should keep sending the books (⬇️⬇️)

Smangela We had thought about looking for a mission trip going to the Philippines but I don't know how to go about that (anyone?). Any ideas on perhaps another #goodsamaritan thing to do with the donated books? We don't want to upset anyone but we don't want to put Dexter in an uncomfortable position either. Let us know what you're thinking! 2y
LauraBrook This sucks! Why does he have to pay for gifts?!?!? Stupid post office! Okay, deep breaths. Is there some way to send Dexter money so he can get his packages? Hmmm, trying to think if I know anyone in the Philippines... Will keep my thinking hat on. 2y
cobwebmoth If we can't get them to him then what about children's hospitals? They usually take book donations. I think some prisons take donations too. 2y
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Cinfhen That's so upsetting ?I keep seeing that image of Dexter with his "new" books and the joy he felt...there are probably organizations that accept books for overseas distribution who would appreciate our haul ?it's still a way to #payitforward & #sharethejoy 2y
Robothugs 🤔 I wonder if @LauraBrook 's idea would work? Or is there a way for us to pay for him? How much is it going to cost him? 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @cobwebmoth I like this idea!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Robothugs I'm hesitant about sending money... Dexter told me himself that the government/post office is corrupt. Idk!!! Ill do whatever y'all think!! I really like the children's hospital idea! I work in the er and I can get info about St. Jude and Lebonheur... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm very disappointed about this because he was so excited!! He said he will try to get the money for the first two boxes. It will be about $12usd. We have spent $155.00 so far with shipping. (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm at work so I'll be checking in with everyone throughout the day!!! 😘😘 2y
Robothugs Hmm well I wouldn't want to send money that way then. Is there another way? I suppose we couldn't prepay the charges for him. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Robothugs If we can't get the books to him, then I'm definitely in favor of donating to a place. 2y
Reecaspieces I am out of town at present....just tell me what to do and I wil, do it. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reecaspieces you've already sent shipping money and I used it to ship the first two boxes!! You don't need to do anything but meet me one day for lunch!!! I hope all is well with your uncle 😘😘 We just included you because you participated! ❤️😊 (edited) 2y
LauraBrook I can get Philippine pesos in my city. Should I get some and we could mail him the cash? Would that work? Or do you think they'd open the envelope? 2y
minkyb My 2 cents. No pun intended. If we could mail money to Dexter so he can rescue the boxes that are already there that would be great. I don't think it makes sense to send more. It makes me very sad to say this. I never chipped in for shipping so I will be sending a money order or check out in the next fee days. 2y
ScientistSam I agree with @minkyb that if we can, we try to find a way that he can get the boxes that are already sent, but we see whether that works before sending more. And I'm happy with the idea of donating to hospitals or prisons as a fall back, though really sad if we need the fall back. I have a Phillipina friend and I'll also ask her for some ideas. 2y
Lmstraubie I can't even wrap my brain around this! He has to pay for what is rightfully his??? Sigh... don't know if it would be safe to send him money although if we could somehow cover the cost of the first two boxes that would be great. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How small were the previous packages that he was able to pick up without cost (the ones just from you)? 2y
ScientistSam My friend suggested using one of the private shipping services specific to US to Philippines mail. It would take longer though, and I don't know if it would work in terms of location or avoiding the fees. But may be worth looking into? This particular one picks up from NYC it looks like but there may be similar ones close to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks http://fbb.vpweb.com 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lmstraubie I sent one book in February and it took almost 5 months... I know! It's crazy! 2y
NCNY Can we wire money to him? Is Western Union still a thing? I'm fine with all the suggestions of alternate places to donate if we can't figure anything out. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lmstraubie the first one I sent was one book and it went to his home... idk why the boxes went through the post office... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm going to message him to see if he thinks he can get the money for the boxes that are already there. Fingers crossed he can!! Then go from there! Whatever happens these books WILL go to someone who loves books and can't financially afford them and someone who will appreciate them the way we all do... I really wanted it to be him... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ScientistSam I will look into this tomorrow... thank you!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook I don't think sending money is a good idea... he even told me the post office is "corrupt." ?? this is so frustrating 2y
Smangela @LauraBrook @cobwebmoth @Cinfhen @Robothugs @Reecaspieces @minkyb @ScientistSam @Lmstraubie @NCNY @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks for all the responses guys :) and Thanks Misty for being up on responding to individual posts. Luckily we don't have a real deadline so we can take our time and see what we can do. I love how charitable and understanding everyone is ❤️ brainstorming always generates the best ideas IMO ☺️☺️ 2y
Cinfhen The fee Dexter is facing is probably custom taxes, which is total BS,but a way for his govt to squeeze some $ @Lmstraubie @LauraBrook I agree, while my first preference was for Dexter to receive the books anyone in need or want would benefit just as much. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Everyone sleep on it and think about it over the weekend! I'm really open to the children's hospital or prison idea... if this doesn't work out... I love you guys and so happy to be a part of this wonderful group!! We will still bring happiness to someone 😊 2y
Reecaspieces I have been doing a little research. There are several literacy programs all over the US. We could contact them and see where that leads. 2y
EllieDottie I'm ok with anything you all come up with and will echo what everyone has said here about how bs this all is!! If you need more money to help make anything happen please let me know! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reecaspieces ok let me know who to call!!!! 2y
Maggie So sorry I've been MIA and am just now seeing this. This is terrible, and I'm so upset over it! But I agree with everyone, as long as the books go towards a good cause, I'm okay with whatever everyone else wants to do. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie I'm going to see what @Reecaspieces finds out and go from there!! Thanks everyone!! This is so frustrating! 😨 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EllieDottie no!! You already sent money and your books were the first to be shipped!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I emailed the Literacy Coordinating Council, but they are based in the Philippines.. Hopefully they can advise!! 2y
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks let me know what you find out. I should be back in the 'sip late today and I can do more research then 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reecaspieces ok!!! No response yet!! 😘😘 be careful!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm researching safe houses, children's hospitals and women's prisons... what do y'all think? I messaged Dexter to ask if he was able to get the first two boxes and haven't gotten a reply yet... @Maggie @NCNY @Smangela @EllieDottie @cobwebmoth @LauraBrook @Cinfhen @Robothugs @minkyb @ScientistSam @Lmstraubie I'm so stressed 😩😩 I hope no one is upset with me... I promise I'll get them to someone who will benefit from them... 2y
Robothugs Of course we are not upset with you!! This is not something anyone could foresee happening! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
ScientistSam @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks don't stress about it - we'll find a way to get him the first two boxes (maybe doing a wire transfer to pay back the fees) and there are a lot of good causes that could use books. I think all of us just want to see them go to a good home, and I'm sure we'll find one. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Robothugs ok thank you!! I'm talking with a lady a church. They have someone who ministers to a prison... ❤️I'll keep y'all updated!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ScientistSam thank you so much!!! 💕 2y
Robothugs That sounds perfect. I'll still want to help with any fees involved if you need it. 💕 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 2y
Maggie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks we're not upset with you at all! ❤️ I'm sorry you're stressed! This was such a wonderful thing you organized, and I know it's frustrating that it didn't pan out after you worked so hard. But there are always people who need books! 2y
cobwebmoth @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm not upset with you at all! As long as people who need the books get the books I'm fine with whatever you need to do. *hugs* 2y
EllieDottie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh my goodness! No one is upset! Thank you for putting this all together! And either way this is going to a great place to help get books in peoples hands! 🤗🤗🤗 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Robothugs thank you!!! I'm going to find somewhere that doesn't involve any fees... even if I have to drive to Memphis (the nearest children's hospital) or Pearl MS (the nearest women's prison) unless I can find a church that someone ministers to these places! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Maggie thank you!!! 😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @cobwebmoth thank you! 😘 I'll get it figured out!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EllieDottie thank you!! And yes, I'll make sure of it!!! 😘😘 2y
Cinfhen I'm sooooo thankful for everything you've done & organized @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Smangela Thank You 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thank you!! I will find all of the books a good home!! ❤️ 2y
Smangela @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks we all ❤️❤️❤️ you and your big heart! You're doing amazing and taking on 99% of the job here, I've only helped organize communication lol. You are amazing 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Smangela awww thank you!! And I love all of you and I'm still so glad we did this because these books will bring happiness to someone and that's what matters! ❤️ thank you for all that you have done getting the word out! You're my communications specialist 😘 2y
Lmstraubie 🤤 Upset with you???? Are you kidding??? I feel bad that the bulk of this is falling on you. You are an 😇 my dear. 😘 2y
LauraBrook @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Misty, you are a wonder for doing all of this. Like everyone else has said, ideally we can get these books to Dexter plus $ for him to retrieve what was already sent to him, and if not, there are plenty of good causes that could use them. 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lmstraubie thank you sweetie 😘😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook thank you so much!!! He sent me a message on Facebook last night that he should be able to get the boxes Wednesday! 🤞🤞🤞 I'm so appreciative of everyone being so understanding!! 😘💕 2y
minkyb Are you NUTS! This was a wonderful endeavor. Something so kind and worthwhile getting screwed up a government. We shouldn't be surprised. Please don't stress. You did/are doing an incredible thing. 💙💙 2y
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Big Brother: A Novel | Lionel Shriver
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My BookOutlet order from way back when finally arrived!!! But check out Big Brother...guess that's why it was $2.99! I'm ok with that! There are 2 other books but my daughter snagged them and I'm ok with that too😊#sharethejoy and the Steve Berry book belongs to hubby and you know...I'm good with that 😜#familyreads

8little_paws Delicious Foods.... When you read that one, remind yourself it's based on a true story. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @8little_paws I've heard mixed reviews on this title but didn't know it was based on a true story 3y
8little_paws When you are finished reading it, Google "Bulls-Hit farm" 3y
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Cinfhen @8little_paws you know I want to google it right now!!! 3y
Suet624 Have you read other Shriver books? 3y
Cinfhen Yes, only one but I loved it, which is why I purchased this one! The book was 3y
Gleefulreader The spine on my copy is the same. Is driving me nuts! 3y
Cinfhen Did you buy it from BookOutlet @Gleefulreader ?!? 3y
Gleefulreader @Cinfhen No - I found it at a thrift store. I meant to look at copies in the bookstore next time I'm there to see if they are all the same. 3y
Cinfhen @Gleefulreader I will need to check to, I assumed it was just a bad copy run 3y
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Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
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I'm loving this book. It talks about #joy as our birthright; joy as a gift we can choose each day. #sharethejoy

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Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
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These points are supported by scientific research as well as by the traditions and experiences of these two men. #ShareTheJoy

BellaBookNook These are some things I have been working on lately. I just read a great book by Pema Chodron called Taking the Leap and this is one of the things I highlighted in that book to apply to some re-occurring reactions in my life. Taking a pause to reframe the situation and get the ego out of the way is so crucial for happiness. 3y
BethFishReads @BellaBookNook oh I'll have to look into that. I'm getting lots of food for thought 3y
BkClubCare Reframe! Yes. This verb encourages a pause, a reminder to consider another perspective. ❤️ I eagerly await your project updates (and no pressure intended.😉) 3y
BethFishReads @BkClubCare thanks! I think I'm getting way more out of the book through this project than if I'd simply read it in one afternoon 3y
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Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
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I'm going to try an experiment -- inspired by @missfarin , who sent me an ARC of this book & a matching journal. I plan to read a chapter a day during September and share a photo of a quote, my thoughts, or something else that relates to what I read. I want to find and #ShareTheJoy If you decide to join in tag me so I follow along.

Hobbinol I'll look forward to reading your posts as you turn the pages... 3y
RunningnReading What a great idea, Beth! 3y
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BellaBookNook I love the idea and I'm glad I found you today so now I can follow along. 3y
BethFishReads @BellaBookNook 😊😊😊😊😊😊 3y
BellaBookNook Yeah!! Thank you. Can't wait for this book to be released and do you know if they will sell the journal too? I can't wait to hear more. 3y
BethFishReads @BellaBookNook I don't know if they'll sell the journal too. Maybe @missfarin knows 3y
missfarin The journal was a limited edition promo item, I'm afraid. 3y
BellaBookNook @missfarin Oh that's too bad. Well I can't wait for the book to be released. 3y
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Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
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Last night, my book club leader, who is a Giants fan and always gives me sh*t about the Tigers, gave this to me. I was shocked and then so happy. How couldn't a surprise Tigers pencil pouch plus more not be the best gift ever? Emily certainly knows how to #sharethejoy. Her friendship means so much.

Gezemice Ah, treasure that friend! She is a keeper :) 4y
LitHousewife @Gezemice Yes, she is. 😊 4y
BethFishReads Awwwwwww 4y
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Mayread There's nothing like the call of back to school materials. 4y
Coleen ❤️ 4y
CaitlinSiem Always happy to find another book lover who is also a Tigers fan! *high five* 4y
Jess_Read_This Way to represent the "D"! Always happy to find a Tiger's fan as well. Very sweet gift from your friend! 4y
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Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
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Best book mail ever. I'm feeling the joy & am ready to pass that joy along @missfarin #sharethejoy

LitHousewife I loved mine, too. I can't wait to check it out tonight. 4y
Ellsbeth I love any time these two gentlemen do anything together. I just want to sit in a room with them and listen to them talk. 4y
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