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Road to Nowhere | Christopher Pike
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I‘ve got my coffee, my water and my book. I‘m ready to tackle #MarchUnshelfing again! This ones been on my shelf since I went shopping for the #ThrowbackReadathon. That was maybe 3 years ago 😂

mollyrotondo I love Christopher Pike! I haven‘t been able to get my hands on a lot of copies since I was a kid. I wish I could collect his works again 2y
Clwojick I always seem to find them at the thrift stores. ♥️ @mollyrotondo (edited) 2y
AmyK1 Love the mug! 2y
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Librariana Reminds me of the R. L. Stine "Fear Street" books! 2y
TravelsWithBooks I still have all my Christopher Pike books! I couldn‘t part with them. I read them over and over when I was younger. 2y
tracey38 I used to read all his books when I was younger! Such memories!!! 2y
Hooked_on_books Oh man, I read so much Christopher Pike in my younger days. Enjoy it! 2y
JodiPM I love Christopher Pike! I'm going to have to go looking for mine, they are all in a box some where safe.
Clwojick @AmyK1 thanks! My cousin got it for me when I got engaged. I also have a wine glass 🐱 2y
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I didnt find any Baby Sitters Club books but i did find these throwbacks!

Clwojick 😂😂😂 I have some Baby sitters club in my collection. (edited) 3y
glitterkitty459 Unicorn chronicles! ❤️❤️🦄 3y
bookish_wookish Im hoping i come across more! @glitterkitty459 3y
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bookish_wookish Im trying to rebuild my collection! 🙌🏼 @Clwojick 3y
Clwojick I always find mine at thrift stores. Last year when I cohosted the #ThrowbackReadathon I made a huge list of my favourite books as a child/preteen and started looking for them at thrift stores. I‘ve continued collecting them since then 3y
bookish_wookish Ive been doing the same thing! @Clwojick 3y
JoScho Total score!!! 3y
kellyreads I used to love those Girl Talk books! And Babysitters Club. My favorite was Sweet Valley High.❤ 3y
bookish_wookish Yes! I loved SVH too! I used to watch the show, i think it was on Saturday afternoons! @kellyreads 3y
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The Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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The 10 books that made their way home with me today. I was thrilled to find some newer ones on the shelf, but I was easily the most excited to finally have my own copy of one of my childhood favourites, The Phantom Tollbooth. I reread it for the #ThrowbackReadathon I cohosted with @monalyisha and I loved it just as much as I had as a child. This was SUCH a great day!♥️

Now to go peel off those darn stickers 😤

rretzler I loved The Phantom Tollbooth! I remember it being a class read in 4th grade. I then didn‘t read it for another 30+ years until I read it to my sons. I‘m probably due for a reread! 3y
Kamisha Phantom Tollbooth will always be one of my favorites! ❤️ 3y
monalyisha I *still* haven‘t read anything by Backman! 🙈 3y
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TheRomantiCate The Phantom Tollbooth legit changed my life... it‘s absolutely incredible!! The copy I currently have is my brother‘s copy that I stole 😜 my siblings and I loved this book so much that we used to act it out all the time... even my sister, who was a toddler at the time loved to “play Phantom Tollbooth” 🤩🤩🤩 glad to find others that love it too ❤️ 3y
Clwojick @TheRomantiCate ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3y
RadicalReader @Clwojick a wonderful book I highly enjoyed and strongly recommend is 3y
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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Not to toot my own horn but I just came up with a radical idea for a swap. It almost makes me want to host another one. Um, almost. 🙈

Am I crazy or would a music-themed #mixedtapeswap be SO fun? Matches could be made considering taste in both books & music. Littens could specify which format(s) they‘d accept their mixes in (playlists, CDs, cassette tapes). Books could involve music *or* Littens could create a soundtrack for a particular title!

monalyisha @jerdencon I think I remember you asking for swap inspiration! 3y
CouronneDhiver Interesting! 3y
kyraleseberg I haven't done a swap before but wouldn't hesitate to sign up for this brilliant idea!! 3y
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Exbrarian I like it. 3y
RainyDayReading I would so take part in a swap like this! Combines my two loves, books and music. 3y
Soubhiville That sounds really fun! 3y
Chrissyreadit OMGoddess!!! Yes!!!! Please consider, have a not responsible for... consult the “list” of swap offenders...limit your sign up if necessary.... etc etc.... 3y
LauraBeth I love the creativity of this! 3y
LibrarianRyan I‘d do it. 3y
LapReader I‘m in. 3y
Jerdencon @monalyisha sounds fun! Want a partner to do it?? 😂 3y
monalyisha @Jerdencon Hmm...if no one else takes up the mantle, I may be willing to host in late Spring/Summer. But I‘m hoping someone else will volunteer. I‘m totally cool with doing the work of collecting info & matching people, but dealing with the fallout of those who never sent/received gifts, or didn‘t post upon opening, etc. was SUPER stressful. I‘m too much of a people-pleaser & ended up spending a lot of extra money (which I honestly can‘t afford). 3y
Chrissyreadit @monalyisha have you connected to see how others handle poor swap participants? @Avanders @BookishMarginalia I‘m curious too as I prep my matches and swap. 3y
Chrissyreadit @LibrarianRyan have you had to work through painful swap stuff? 3y
BookishMarginalia @Chrissyreadit I‘m fortunate that 99% of Littens that sign up for my swaps follow my rather strict guidelines carefully. Problems are usually solved fairly easily with the rest, with a handful of missing packages (in over 1,000 matches) being replaced by lovely and generous angel Littens. I think when people sign up for my swaps they understand it‘s a commitment. Since I‘m well-known, I tend not to have any issues with people “forgetting.” 3y
monalyisha @ChrissyReadIt I have. @Avanders was super helpful when I hosted. I just get too personally invested & would rather leave it to less sensitive/more practical folk. 🤷‍♀️ I do agree that the majority of participants are beautiful souls! Hosting just isn‘t for me. 3y
Chrissyreadit @BookishMarginalia thanks! @monalyisha had an amazing swap, with some frustration- I‘m bummed that she was burned, and I‘m hoping to learn so I can minimize problems ahead of time. 3y
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit You got this. 💪🙌 3y
RadicalReader @monalyisha I love your bio so accurate of book in my hand coffee in an IV!! Except mine would be sweet tea 3y
sprainedbrain Oh this sounds like a fantastic idea and I would love to participate! I‘m sorry... didn‘t realize there were issues with Witch Please. You were an awesome host. 3y
monalyisha @sprainedbrain It‘s okay! The issues were minimal; overall, it was very successful! Just not a responsibility I‘m eager to take on again. My husband made me promise I wouldn‘t, lol. I was pretty overwhelmed. 😆 I need everything to be perfect. Anything less than perfection is a travesty. I‘m working on it. 😉 3y
monalyisha @RadicalReader Thanks! I took inspiration from Lorelai Gilmore. 💁‍♀️ 3y
sprainedbrain @monalyisha I completely understand... I‘ve cohosted exactly one swap, and it was very stressful, and I think @mabell felt the same. We had a good result in the end, but gosh, I‘m not in any big hurry to do it again. 😂 3y
Biverson12 I think this is a great idea! I‘ve never participated in a swap before, but I often listen to music when I read so I‘d be super excited to put together a book and music for someone! 3y
LibrarianRyan @Chrissyreadit yes. I always have my list checked by the people who maintain the bad swapper list. And personally I keep a list of bad hosts to make sure I never participate in one of their swaps again. I have been fortunate that my swaps have been small and had 100% participation. But I‘m always ready to replace a package if need be, and I send out frequent check up emails. I‘m anal and I know it. 3y
LibrarianRyan To be honest I had a worse time with a traveling book. I was supposed to have my book back six months ago. But it has not even made it to the half way point because it got stuck. It‘s still stuck even though the Litten has told me at least 3 different times that it was sent. And that was way more work. Way more. 3y
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan I think my biggest issues were trying to be inclusive with international swappers (it‘s tricky), & feeling like I had to make up for disappointments (no matter how big or small — both fiscally & emotionally). I didn‘t have a lot of participants who failed to meet their commitments, but it was more than I could realistically afford. There were (GENEROUS!) volunteers who stepped in but I tried to handle too many cases on my own. (edited) 3y
monalyisha None of this is making a great case for someone taking my #mixtapeswap idea over. 😅 3y
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha I totally get that and don‘t knock anyone for that at all. I have helped send replacement packages for other swaps more than once. But I have the advantage of lots of galleys that I can use to help stuff and I keep a constant stack of “stuff” that looks fun for library giveaways. Otherwise I would be screwed. 3y
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan That‘s handy! It‘s definitely a big job & all our repeat hosts are FREAKING AMAZING humans. 💖 3y
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha that I agree with. My biggest was 36 people. 7 international. I don‘t know how the host with 400 do it. Yikes!!!! 3y
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan I had close to 100 people sign up. I was thrilled. There are definite rewarding moments when hosting, for sure. I think reading events (swaps, buddy reads, giveaways, pen pals, etc) are a thing that the Litsy community does really well. I LOVED hosting #freakyfriday & the #throwbackreadathon, & #newyearwhodis is going smashingly already this month! I think I just get nervous when money‘s involved & I‘m spearheading. 3y
Chrissyreadit @monalyisha your ideas are freakin‘ awesome. I bet you could match people individually for this the way you did newyearwhodis- and then they could decide if they want a virtual playlist or to exchange info for their own swap- then it‘s completely not your responsibility..... I love when authors have playlists with their books. 3y
Chrissyreadit @LibrarianRyan I loved your swap too! I was nervous, by the theme but now am so excited it will happen again. 3y
Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @mabell you had an amazing swap too! I‘m so grateful, because to be honest it was joining swaps that helped me feel connected to the reading community on Litsy- more than anything else. I only have a couple reading friends nearby and I love how this has filled a gap. 3y
Chrissyreadit @monalyisha you can also disregard - I probably come off far pushier than I intend- but I do love your ideas 😘 3y
mabell @sprainedbrain You can say that again! I would delicately call it a “learning experience.” 😂 But it was fun, and appeared to be a success! (Primarily because you were the co-host!) I‘m so glad you enjoyed it @Chrissyreadit ! 3y
monalyisha @mabell I like your way of looking at/wording things. 😉 Delicate, indeed. 3y
Avanders @sprainedbrain @monalyisha @mabell @Chrissyreadit @BookishMarginalia @LibrarianRyan I agree with what everyone's saying 🤗 hosting swaps is fun and exhilarating and wonderful ... about 95%. And then there are the few issues, and they require attention and it can be frustrating. But there are always angel littens willing to step up. *And* we're all grateful that people keep hosting bc swaps also great fun to participate in!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
Chrissyreadit Yes at the end of the day, it is because of participation that Litsy is the community we love- and sometimes these days I have a difficult time liking people- these swaps have consistently been fun reprieves from serious day to Day. I am grateful that instead of burning out from Litsy you recognize how to handle it. ❤️💕❤️💕 @Avanders @sprainedbrain @monalyisha @mabell @BookishMarginalia @LibrarianRyan 3y
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Entering the #LilNuggiveAway hosted by @monalyisha with my novella recommendation of I‘JAAM: An Iraqi Rhapsody. This is powerful, quite funny at times, immensely heartbreaking and full of dread. The setup and delivery of the story-telling is totally captivating. Highly recommended.

monalyisha I‘ve never heard of this one! Excited to look into it. Thanks for your recommendation & for entering! 🤗 4y
BkClubCare @monalyisha - I read it years ago and remember my being so enthralled. I think of it every time a novella discussion pops up. And now I‘ll have to pay attention on how you increase Litfluence - I can‘t seem to get mine over 10k 4y
monalyisha @BkClubCare I‘ve hosted a couple of events (the #throwbackreadathon & #freakyfriday. I‘m sure that‘s a big part of it). Good luck! 4y
BkClubCare @monalyisha - ah. Yes, I can see how that would help! Thx 4y
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First off, thanks for this awesome #giveaway @melyndarae and congrats on #3K👏👏👏
If you would have asked me 2 days ago, my favorite trilogy would have been The Hunger Games. Hands down! THEN I remembered these amazing books and how much I loved them! R.L. Stine never goes out of style 👍 I couldn't pick between the two so I added them both, but...gun to my head...cheerleaders probably would be the better trilogy 🤗

CareBear Oh my gosh, that bottom series!!! I totally forgot about them and then I saw your photo and I remember alllll about it! Thanks for the nostalgia 💕 4y
JoScho I loved Fear Street so much! 4y
TheKidUpstairs I was just going to comment with the same thing that @CareBear said! Thanks for the memories. 4y
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FantasyChick Growing up I swear I owned all his books! I can't believe I sort of forgot about these 😑 I might have to find these again someday and relive it all! @TheKidUpstairs @JoScho @CareBear Nothing like a little blast from the past 😊 4y
CareBear I don‘t remember who hosted the #throwbackreadathon but these make me want to participate in the next one! 4y
FantasyChick @CareBear I believe that was @Clwojick And yes!!! A #throwback is definitely needed 👍👍 4y
CareBear @FantasyChick thanks! I should have known... @Clwojick is always involved in my favorite readathons! 💜 4y
Clwojick @FantasyChick @CareBear woot woot! You know it 😉 4y
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Beezus and Ramona | Beverly Cleary
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Ramona and beezus was my favorite movie also.
Kinda wanna rebuy the book since it got ruined and lost it, its such a good book!!! 😍😍💖
I love collecting books I loved as a kid
Anyone else do the same thing??? :)

Clwojick I starting a small collection for when we did the #ThrowbackReadathon last month, and I‘ve kind of just kept collecting. Lol 4y
Ash11hope @Clwojick how Awesome!!! Aha 😄 4y
Alfoster Yes! Read this to one of my granddaughters! So much fun!😍 4y
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Ash11hope @Alfoster How Awesome!!! 😄💖 4y
readinginthedark I never saw the movie, but I loved this book series! 4y
Ash11hope @readinginthedark The movie was pretty cool honestly, haven't seen it in years but might try to get a DVD, and I agree, the books are pretty Awesome too 😄💖 4y
vkois88 I have several of the books from when I was a child (most of them were kept in storage... and what wasn't, I have been slowly trying to replace) that are shelved for my daughter when she's older. Plus some picture books that we read now. 4y
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Statistics For Dummies | Deborah J. Rumsey
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I read my first ever graphic novels this month and enjoyed them. I also participated in #Litsypartyofone, #ThrowbackReadathon, #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon, and #24in48 #Januarystats

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January 2018 Reading Stats. 💙

11 Physical Novels
17 Picture Books
23 Audiobooks (129 hours and 41 minutes)
73 Graphic Novels
124 Total Books

15/60 Books Read for #MountTBR Challenge

3 Events ( #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon #ThrowbackReadathon and #24in48 )

1 Amazing Month of Reading ♥️

#bulletjournal #bujo #readingchallenges #stats #readingstats #januaryreads #my2018

AndreaReads Awesome page (and stats)! 4y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
MissAimz_55 Congrats and love it! I bullet journal too and this is a great idea! 4y
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DrexEdit Amazing! 👏👏👏🎉🎉 4y
JackOBotts Wow! Awesome spread! 4y
Valink 23 Audiobooks?!?! Tell me your secrets! I‘m barely able to get one in a month & I‘m trying to think of times I can squeeze some listening time in. 4y
Clwojick @Valink well, first of all I almost always listen to them on 2x speed. And secondly, I often have troubles sleeping, so some nights I‘ll finish a whole audiobook simply because I can‘t fall alseep. I also have my headphones in while cleaning, cooking, and commuting to and from work, and also at the gym. ♥️ basically whenever I can lol 4y
readingwinds I have a rule of no cooking/baking while audiobook listening. But 23 is impressive. Your numbers and bujo spread are impressive. 4y
Q84 Congratulations! That is amazing! The journal entry is beautifully done as well. 4y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏👏 4y
DivaDiane Are there even that many waking hours in a month?!? Amazing! Clearly I have to step up my game. 😳 4y
DivineDiana Definitely amazing! 4y
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