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LibraryThing member avanders

I'm a Hygge girl, in a Hygge world.... On LT I'm also avanders; on Goodreads I'm at https://www.goodreads.com/avanders
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Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
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The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
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Examined Lives by Roberta Reb Allen
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
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Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
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Kalpa Imperial by Ursula K. Le Guin, Angélica Gorodischer
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Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint
The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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A brief but calm moment to make a touch more progress on the book (I‘m almost done!!) and drink some yummy coffee in this super fun mug from @hermyknee 🤗🥰♥️ (bottle behind it courtesy of #owlcrate)

Trying to appreciate all the little things. 😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘💗❤️ 3h
hermyknee Yay!!! I‘m so glad you like it 💙💙💙 3h
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Oooooh thank you @MaleficentBookDragon !!!
I haven‘t heard of either of these cozy e-books — & I can‘t wait to read ‘em! ♥️♥️♥️ I‘ve also been in a cozy mood lately! hopefully I can get to them soon... Brightened my week!! 🥰🥰🥰

On a related note, today, I stupidly committed to reading a non-fiction law book (which I bought and *do* want to read... some day 😁) w a boss at work. Sigh. 😕 So, maybe next month I‘ll have time. 🤞🏽🤞🏽

MaleficentBookDragon You're welcome! I got them too. We should chat when we've both read them. 1d
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Coffeehouse Angel | Suzanne Selfors
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Yay!! Received my #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub package last night! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Thank you as always @Marmie7 for the extra goodies!! The coffees smell yummy, I can‘t wait to eat the nibs, and I‘ve been wanting to try the vanilla latte! ♥️♥️♥️ I‘ve already read this month‘s book (and loved it!!), but we‘ll see if I get a chance to revisit it before it‘s time to send on ☺️

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suvata Nice 👍🏻 5d
slategreyskies Looks like fun! Enjoy!! ✨💚💙!! 5d
LeahBergen Wow! You‘re speedy. 😆 5d
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Avanders @slategreyskies ♥️😘♥️ 5d
Avanders @LeahBergen lol well, once the stuff is in the house... I have to send it out! Can‘t let it sit around... 😜😁😆 5d
LeahBergen Exactly! 😆 Mine is almost ready to go, too. 👍🏻 5d
Chrissyreadit You are so on the ball! I‘m just starting Swamplandia today. 🥰🙏🙏🙏💛💛💛🙌🙌🙌 5d
Avanders @Chrissyreadit oh it totally depends on the month... 😳 You‘ll see when you get it, I wasn‘t even able to finish my own #LMPBC book 🤭 This month I had some reading time 😁 ♥️♥️♥️ @LeahBergen 👏🏽👏🏽♥️♥️ I really enjoy these swaps soooo much. @BookishMarginalia 🎉♥️♥️🧚🏽‍♀️🧚🏽‍♀️ 2d
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Well, I‘m a couple days behind here... 😁 Thanks for the tag @SamHeartCoffee ! 😘😘
1. Many, many. Magpie Murders, for one! Have to read it still... 😳
2. I consider the tagged self help 😁 and 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
3. Oh... see above 😬
4. Oh gosh, in law school, I probably went 6 months? 😵😴
5. Well, I‘m so late, so *you*, if you haven‘t been tagged ☺️

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing ❣️ I have some hygge flannel jammies 🤗 5d
Avanders @Eggs they sound amazing! 🤗♥️ 5d
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Due to some anchoring-toddler needs, I *had* to rearrange/reorganize my books.... aw shucks....

Here‘s just a portion of one shelf... the shelf w a gap is my OwlCrate shelf (there are a few non-owlcrate books in there... and a few owlcrate books elsewhere... but still ☺️) sadly, this will be my last month getting it! 😕

MrBook Love it!!! 1w
JohannaRose Did you like owl crate? I was thinking of possibly getting that or fairyloot but I‘m not sure yet! 1w
Kalalalatja Pretty! 1w
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BethM Those are some sexy shelves! 1w
Usagi I had the same problem with my book shelves 😜 1w
SamHeartCoffee Zombies vs Unicorns!! 1w
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Life in the dessert doesn‘t often bring enough rain (for this pluviophile). But it‘s been a gray week and a very rainy morning. It. Is. Glorious. 💙🌧⛈🌧💙 (Pic is a view of a corner of our backyard .. flowers courtesy of prior owner.)

I finished this book last night in a long sprint. I found it frustrating and a bit overdone, but nevertheless entertaining and quick paced. Overall 🌟🌟🌟. See Goodreads for full review (link in profile).

Suet624 Soooo pretty. 2w
Blaire Beautiful spot! 2w
Chrissyreadit So beautiful 😍 2w
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Orphan Black | Jody Houser, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
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Thanks for the tag on this fun #summersantagoespostal questionnaire @nelehelen ! 💖

1. cheese, esp. cheddar or pepper jack 🧀
2. Raybans, aviator-style... I have 5? 😎Or socks. Because socks.
3. Orphan Black was *AMAZING*. 😠😐😳🙃🤓
4. Star Trek 2009 🚀
5. All of them 🌈(esp dark blues, greens, reds, & purples)
6. I like most hot beverages. London Fog?
7. We used to camp a lot as a family when I was little - all of those memories. ⛺
8. ✅

BethM I‘ve wanted to try London Fog since I read about it a cozy. And cheese.... yes. You can tell you‘re from WI 🧀=💕 2w
Christine I still miss Orphan Black!! 2w
Avanders @BethM If it‘s made right, it‘s amazing. You could probably do it? You‘d need steamed milk, strong earl grey tea, and vanilla syrup.... 🤤🤤🤤 I‘m drinking one right now... (from local coffee shop that makes the best London fogs I‘ve ever had). If you try one from Starbucks, just know that that‘s about 50/50 ... they‘re not amazing. 😔 2w
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Avanders @Christine I know.... I still can‘t believe how good it was!!! 😍 2w
MaleficentBookDragon 💙💙💙💙 Lone on Fogs. I bought vanilla syrup just for that. 2w
Chrissyreadit I need to try London Fog. 2w
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Trying a repost on the computer -- it's easy! But also, when you try to change the book it just *deletes* your already-written text, without warning! 😨

And I know it's no longer Wednesday, but #woundrouswednesday all the same (thanks for the tag @mollyanna !)

1. It must be well told! 🌈
2. Socks! Esp. bookish & Christmas socks. 🎡
3. Many! One is tagged... 🍲
4. Edward Gorey ☠
5. I'm so late... 🙃

Eggs Thanks for joining in ❣️🤗 2w
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Read in part as e-book ARC (Advanced Readers Copy received for free in exchange for an honest review) and in part as audio book (1.5x speed).

Beautiful, heartbreaking, brilliant. Both the story and its telling. Left me a little bereft.

Cathythoughts Great to hear. I have this one 👍🏻 2w
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This was exactly what I needed. A cozy mystery set in gorgeous Virginia (which I can attest to), with a great protagonist, a strong family, good friends, a good mystery, a mild sort of background romance, and a little (big) something extra. I will definitely be continuing.

On a completely unrelated note, @MommyOfTwo your next #coffeebeanbookclub #cbbc package is in the mail! (I forgot to take a pic)

BethM I‘m glad you like it! I love this series! 2w
MommyOfTwo Yay! 2w
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Repost for @TimSpalding (and I can add — it‘s fabulous!!!):
The cat is out of the bag—@Litsy is now available on the web. Check out https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1569601 .

My thanks and congratulations to the whole @LibraryThing / @Litsy team!

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It's a Book | Lane Smith
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Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon !!! What a sweet surprise! Cozy love is the perfect kind of love to share
🤗🤗🤗♥️♥️♥️ I hope your Sunday was filled w hygge even despite your loss. 😿🖤 I look forward to reading this! 😊 I‘ve super been in a cozy mystery mood lately 🔪💙🤓


Ps this book is not in the database?? 🤷🏽‍♀️

MaleficentBookDragon You're welcome.🤗 2w
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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1. My “baby” (now >2!) straight chillin‘ on his bike w his g‘ma‘s hat on 😆
2. Tagged on audio. The narration is amazing. 🙌🏽
3. Errand fun w bubuh and mom.. maybe some reading? 😁
4. Hot & sunny. Almost always. 🌞🔥🥵
5. Good question! Maybe... take out? 😬🍛🍻

#summerthisorthat #summersantagoespostal
1. Both! All! (No rooibos or green tho)
2. Both! 🥓🍫
3. Allergic to dogs 🐶 Have 1 old cat... 🐱
4. Mountains. No question. 🌄
5. ✅

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 3w
JenlovesJT47 I miss you lady! Have you talked to @JenP lately? Wondering about our journal. Hope you‘re doing well! 🤗❤️😘 P.S. Time flies, hard to believe he‘s already 2! 😱 3w
Avanders @JenlovesJT47 I miss you too!! I cant believe how fast time goes & goes & goes 😱🥺 I ♥️ that he‘s 2 already... and also am sad about it. 😁 Some days it feels like I live completely under water... other days I feel like I‘m treading okay 😜 I keep hoping for things to calm down again 😆 I haven‘t heard from Jen in a while — I know she got super busy w school board stuff & I‘d guess that‘s where she‘s been .. miss her too! Hope you‘re great! ♥️♥️ 3w
Gissy Lovely picture! 😍❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I am soooo excited my real life book group picked this book for our next book.... it is so pretty!! 😍😍

tracey38 Very pretty cover! 3w
nelehelen Yasss that cover! 😍 3w
Bklover I‘ll be interested to hear how you liked this one. Just saw them talking about it on the Today show and it sounds interesting! 1w
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👏🏽👏🏽 #bookmail #litsymail #LMPBC !
Thank you @Chrissyreadit for such a fun pkg! I‘m geeked to read our next book (Nathan‘s?), & I love everything else!! The teas smell soooo good — can‘t wait to try them! And the cool notebook, pencils, highlighters, bookmarks, & library cards are all yummmmy goodies for my office-supply loving soul 🥰🥰🥰 Thank you for such a lovely pick me up!! ♥️♥️♥️

Also..wearing the fabulous slippers from the amazing👇🏽

Avanders @LibrarianRyan... the rest of my family is rather jelly 😁😘🥰 3w
cobwebmoth It's my book. Hope you enjoy it! 3w
Avanders @cobwebmoth ah! I got confused 😁 I bet I will — it‘s been on my radar for a while! 👏🏽👏🏽♥️ 3w
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Chrissyreadit Yay!!!! I hope you like the tea. I love Tonic and they have amazing blends. 3w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit I love trying new things — I‘ll try one tonight! 👏🏽👏🏽♥️ (edited) 3w
Chrissyreadit @Avanders next time I will send coffee from a new place I‘m in love with. 3w
Avanders Mmm 🤤 sounds yummy!! 3w
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Myths and Legends | Philip Wilkinson
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!!! Thank you soooo much @Readergrrl for this amaaaazing #mythsandlegendsswap package!!! The dragon journal is sooo pretty, the socks are amazing, and I love the metal feather bookmarks!! As for the books, I‘m super excited about all of them... and I‘d never even heard of the 2 on top!!! Yay!!!! Thank you thank you!! 🥰😍😆♥️🥰😍😘♥️
What a great way to wake up 😁😁😁

Avanders And thank you @MeganAnn for organizing such a fun swap!! ♥️ 3w
MeganAnn What a great package!! ❤️👏🏻🎉⚡️Lonely Werewolf Girl has me intrigued 😊 3w
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Soubhiville Un Lun Dun is a really cool book! Great package! I love the dragon journal too. 3w
BethM Great socks! 3w
Avanders @MeganAnn me too!! 😍😘🥰 @MidnightBookGirl glad to hear it!! It‘s sooo exciting receiving a new book that‘s right up your alley that you‘ve never heard about! @Readergrrl @Soubhiville it‘s been on my radar for a hot minute ... hope to get to read it soon! @BethM right?! So excited... 3w
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Myths and Legends | Philip Wilkinson
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Loooook at this pretty paper! I thought it deserved a post all its own... the pictures hardly do it justice though...
and the wrapping job was so good!!!
#mythsandlegendsswap @Readergrrl

ephemeralwaltz gorgeous!
MeganAnn SO pretty!! 😍😍😍 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Loving those wrappers 👍 3w
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LibrarianRyan That paper is amazing. 3w
Itchyfeetreader This paper is beautiful! 3w
bullbunny I agree, love the paper 3w
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Anyone? No? Just me then? 😆😆

Seriously though,.. imma need @owlcrate to do a special version so my set will be complete. #kthxbye #owlcrate

kstadt929 Gosh I really need to read the first ones as I have had them on my TBR forever !!! 3w
hermyknee YESSS ME TOO!!! I hope they will 🤞 I‘m so excited about it! Holly Black is amaze 🤯🤩 3w
Avanders @kstadt929 (shhhh 🤫 me too 😳) @hermyknee I‘m sure they will. They *have* to. 😄😄 Though my secret‘s out... I still have to *read* the 1st two. Meanwhile, I just alight my eyes on the covers.... 3w
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hermyknee OMG READ THEM ASAP! They are soooo good! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Avanders @hermyknee I knooooow I have to!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
minkyb Looking so forward to this! 2w
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Summertime | Vanessa Lafaye
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The lovely @hermyknee put this fun set of Q‘s together!

🌅Eagle River, WI 😍
🍉 Watermelon of course 😁
🧺reading... 😬 But lots of other things too!
🍵 tea, sweet tea, horchata
🕶 Raybans 😎
🥐 coffee shop ☕️
I don‘t know if my answers were helpful for #summersantagoespostal, but it was fun thinking about 😁

BethM Wi 💕 3w
SamHeartCoffee Yay ray-bans! 3w
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Phew! I‘ve been creating a spreadsheet to try to track all the books *received* (sent is a lost cause) through Litsy swaps, etc.... (all the #LitsyLove!!!!) and needed a small break to gaze at books.

Gaze with me....

hermyknee 😍😍😍 3w
Mitch I‘m gazing... and loving the view! 3w
Mollyanna Pretty! 👍🏻❤️👍🏻 3w
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MommyOfTwo Love! ❤️ 3w
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 3w
UwannaPublishme 😍🙌🏻 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I try to keep up with mine in a bullet journal ❤️❤️ 3w
Avanders @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I would love to do that... unfortunately I find I maintain e-copies way better even though I love hand-written things 🤷🏽‍♀️♥️♥️ 3w
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Myths & Legends | Jake Jackson
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Eeeee!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Received #mythsandlegendsswap #mals package today!! ... waiting patiently for 5/1...

The Future Is Blue | Catherynne M. Valente
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😍😍😍 I‘m *so* happy to have this. Special signed limited edition 1014/1250.

The rest of the pile was also damage from today 😁😁

Sarah83 Is it about steampunk? 🎉 4w
Avanders @Sarah83 I .. don‘t know.. it looks like it would be, but I didn‘t see that in the few things I‘d read... Scott may know... @GrilledCheeseSamurai ? 4w
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Avanders @Sarah83 not steampunk. More weird fiction. It's deliciously well crafted fiction though like only Valente can do. ❤️ 4w
Avanders @GrilledCheeseSamurai nice! Good to know ☺️☺️💙🤗🤗 4w
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At Barnes with a free Chai, courtesy of my sister, a spinach feta pretzel, and a couple books I may have to buy....

(Don‘t worry.. I first spent all my money at the local independent bookstore this morning... pictures to come later!)

Velvetfur Oohh cafe and books, that's a great way to spend your day! 👍 4w
Avanders @Velvetfur such a luxury! ☺️ 4w
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Yay!! This month‘s #coffeebeanbookclub #cbbc has arrived!! I‘ve been wanting to try this coffee forEVer (and it‘s so good!!), and the coffee towels are perfect for the kitchen! Thank you @Marmie7 for always sending such fun extras! 🤗🥰♥️ I‘m also super geeked to finally read this month‘s book... it‘s been on my tbr for a hot minute! 👏🏽👏🏽

Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 4w
BethM I know that book! 3w
Avanders @Gissy 🥰😘♥️ @bethm yeah you do! 😁 I was so excited to get it! 👏🏽👏🏽😘 3w
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BethM The newest one in the series just came out yesterday! 3w
Avanders @BethM I just got to the part where it stops being “just” a cozy mystery.... I‘m so intrigued!!! And soooooo jelly. 🥪 3w
Avanders @BethM PS did I already tell you to listen to the first books of this series *on audio*? I listen at 1.5 speed (bc it almost always sounds weirdly slow at regular speed 😆)... and definitely recommend. Then I read the 3rd on paper... and bought the 4th on kindle. 😁 (edited) 3w
BethM This book has a lot of set up so if you like it rad the others as they get much better. I have it on my tbr so you must have mentioned it. Currently trying to figure out some audio options as my library is pitiful and audible is only one a month. 3w
Avanders @BethM good to know! I already bought the second in this series 😁😁 That sucks! Have you looked into hoopla? Or Scribd? A few of my coworkers used scribd for free audio 😁 3w
Avanders @BethM hmm 🤔 maybe it‘s not free.. but I looks like you can get a free month anyway 🤷🏽‍♀️ https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/349821981/Scared-Witchless 3w
BethM I totally downloaded the app and the book this am. I think once I finish buying the HP books on Audible in a few months I‘ll be cancelling. This one has a lot of stuff! 3w
Avanders @BethM yay! Hope you enjoy 😁😁 I haven‘t done it myself yet bc Libby and hoopla keep me wellllll stocked! (So far, anyway ☺️) 3w
BethM We don‘t have Hoopla and our Libby is underfunded. 3w
Avanders @BethM blech 😖😖 I know it‘s based on your library 😔 Hopefully scribd works for you! 3w
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Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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1. Actively reading: Once Upon A River (Setterfield); Examined Lives (Allen); and Murder in the Mystery Suite (Adams)
2. Nyxia Uprising (3rd in the trilogy)
3. Tagged book ... I‘m finally going to get to it! (Perhaps w some audio assistance as I think it‘s ~800 pages and I don‘t have time in my life for a chunkster right now...

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 4w
emz711 Omg read Labyrinth! I've read it over twice and it's incredible. Made me read the others in the cemetery of forgotten books over again! 1w
Avanders @emz711 they‘re all so good! 👏🏽👏🏽 7d
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Zero Bomb | M.T Hill
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You get me #justtherightbook.. you really really get me...

Got this gem this month from my monthly subscription service where someone in CA picks out books for me based on my specific preferences .... so fun.


hermyknee How do I get that job? 4w
Avanders @hermyknee I knoooooow... it would be so fun!!! 4w
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Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 | Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub
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Ohmygosh thank you @Soubhiville for such a sweet and thoughtful package!! I was home yesterday w a sick toddler... your package totally made my evening 🤗🤗🤗

Thank you for the teas and chocolate, and I love stroopwafel! The bookmarks are so pretty, and the card is so cute (and contained such nice words ☺️)! And I am soooo excited for this gn!!

#litsylove #litsymail

TheKidUpstairs I totally read that as "I'm soo excited for this GIN" I think that says a lot about where my brain is at! 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you like it 🧡. I picked up a copy of the graphic novel for my husband too, and he was laughing a lot as he started it! Enjoy my friend! 1mo
Avanders @TheKidUpstairs lol well.. my brain could use some of that too.. 😁😁 @Soubhiville so fun! My husband was pretty excited to see it too 😄👏🏽♥️ (edited) 4w
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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A very cool #giveaway from the very cool @Clwojick (see her page for more details):

Winners for the #giveaway will be randomly selected on May 1st! So make sure to get your adorable animal pictures by April 30th at 11:59pm EST.

Follow the link for a more detailed explanation, and a PREVIEW of the vinyl sticker designs I will be giving away. The lucky winners will get to choose whatever design they like! ♥️


Clwojick Thanks for the repost ♥️♥️ 1mo
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Vigilance | Robert Jackson Bennett
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It‘s been a whirlwind week and a whirlwind couple of days! Received a yuuuummmyyy stack of books for my bday (including the #SFFS books since open day was that day 😁😁). I cannot wait to read each of these!!

#litsylove #litsymail #familyofreaders #booksforlife


(The rainbow brite & sprite funkos are from my MIL ☺️)

TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 1mo
Velvetfur That's fantastic! Oh and happy belated birthday! 🎂 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏 1mo
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Karkar Happy birthday! Hope it was great! I just got Rainbow Brite for my birthday too. 😎 1mo
Avanders @Velvetfur @Karkar thanks!! 💝💝 And she‘s so great @karkar 😁🌈🌟 1mo
Usagi 😍😍😍😍😍😍 1mo
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The Book Dragon | Kell Andrews
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I mean... these are all just perfect bookish items. Words fail me. 🤭Thank you sooo much for such generosity!! @Chili

#scififantasyswap #sffs

Chili @Avanders You are very welcome! Enjoy! 1mo
Avanders @Chili 😘😘 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon I 💚💜💙♥🖤 everything in this package! Wow! 4d
Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon right?! @Chili was bang-on 👏🏽👏🏽😍 1d
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Whew!! What a day! I‘m finally ready with my 2nd #sffs pkg.. Thank you @Chili for such thoughtful & amazing & full gifts!! The candy!! The pic doesn‘t do it justice: there were so many pretty Easter m&ms! And the tea looks perfect 😍😍
I‘m so so excited about each of these books!!! & the journal is a perfect addition! The scarf is so pretty & the dragon bookmark is so cool... the other gifts I‘ll post separately w closer pics. Thank you!!! ♥️♥️♥️

Chili @Avanders I‘m glad you like everything. I had so much fun putting it together. Enjoy! 😁 1mo
Chili @Avanders what‘s better than packing peanuts? Packing m&m‘s. 😆 1mo
bullbunny I also got that same mug! 1mo
Wonderwoman89 What kind of tea is that? 1mo
Avanders @Chili lol packing m&m‘s 😂😂 And yes, I love it all!! ♥️♥️ @bullbunny it‘s so great! And now we‘re mug twins! 😆 @Wonderwoman89 it‘s called diamond jubilee and it‘s a black tea w silver tips, bergamot, and citrus flavors. Ie special earl grey 😁😁 1mo
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I have time to open 1 before work...
Thank you *so* much @iread2much !!! You sent not 1, but 2 books I‘ve never heard of!! I *love* discovering new books... esp someone‘s favorites!! I‘m sooo excited to read these!! 🥰😍🥰😍🥰😍 And that pixie stencil is soooo cool!!

I also love the library cards you chose to send to explain the books — Alice in Wonderland & Kafka are great choices 😘 And the chocolate looks divine! 😁 Thank you!!! ♥️♥️♥️


Chrissyreadit Cry Wolf is so much fun! 1mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1mo
Melissa_J Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉 1mo
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iread2much Im so glad you liked everything! I hope you enjoy the books. 1mo
iread2much And happy birthday! 🎉🎂 1mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit can‘t wait to read it!! @Redwritinghood @Melissa_J thank you! ♥️♥️ @iread2much I love it!!! And thank you! 💜💘😘 1mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday! 1mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit thanks lady!! 💘💜😘 1mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Well, it‘s not quite midnight here... so I opened a (technically? 😬) *non*-#sffs package from @AmyG 🤭

Thank you!!! I am *sooo* excited for this book!! And the pouch, socks, and tray are all so pretty and amazing! The cocoa looks scrumptious and I can‘t wait to have a cup 😁😁 You are so sweet and thoughtful!!

Thank you! ♥️😍🥰😘♥️🥰😍😘

AmyG Thank YOU...for organizing such wonderful swaps. 😘 and yes, not a SFFS package but a thank you package! 😝 (edited) 1mo
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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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Holy 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Batman! I love this book so much. I can‘t wait for the next. All the yes‘s. I enjoy everything this man writes, and this was, so far, my favorite!

Aaaas for the poor, unfortunate book that followed it, only ⭐️⭐️1/2 ... All Our Wrong Todays is a *quick* read, which was nice, and had a fun concept. But its execution was meh, and it suffered from some unfortunate 2-D writing.... imho.😉 (see GR)

Reading #er #arc A Divided Mind now...

Yeah_I_Read I LOVED this book!!! His other series is awesome too! 1mo
IndyHannaJones I've eyeballed this one 1mo
Avanders @Yeah_I_Read I‘ve only read the 1st book in the other series (a long time ago!), but I have the other 2... need to get on that 😁 @IndyHannaJones it‘s so good... 😍 1mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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#LMPBC book and goodies: received!
Thank you @cobwebmoth for the tea and cookies — they look so fun! And thanks for shipping the book on 😘♥️

And thank you @Chrissyreadit for the bookmark and teas!! 🤗 I‘m super geeked to read this book! It‘s been on my tbr for a while 😁♥️ Also, your book sleeve is so pretty!! 😍

cobwebmoth 🤗❤ 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😘 1mo
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Don't Be Late | J.M. Snyder
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#sffs #SciFiFantasySwap mail-by date was yesterday! (Earlier for int‘l shippers.)

If you‘re tagged, then I haven‘t seen a post, comment, or email confirming your package was sent (or I‘ve forgotten, in which case, please let me know & forgive me!).

This includes those who may have said they *would be sending*, but not that it *was sent*. Please let me know ASAP when you sent your package!

Let‘s make sure everyone has something to open on 4/18!

Stephuhhnieee Sorry! I am mailing out tonight, on priority so it will absolutely be there! 1mo
Avanders @Stephuhhnieee okay thanks! Let me know if there are any issues 🤗 1mo
Regi_C Apologies, I got super sick over the weekend. I'm going to try and make it out today, and if that doesn't happen, first thing in the morning and send it super-speedy post 1mo
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Schnoebs I sent mine out around mid March 👍 1mo
Stephuhhnieee @Avanders Absolutely, will do. So sorry again! I have zero clue where the month of March went. 1mo
Avanders @Schnoebs awesome, thanks! 💃🏽💃🏽 @Regi_C okay thanks — let me know if there are any issues! Regular priority mail should be just fine still — and a flat rate box is probably your most affordable option! 🤗 (and hope you‘re feeling better!) (edited) 1mo
Marmie7 Mine is on the way! 1mo
Avanders @Stephuhhnieee ha I hear ya! 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ @Marmie7 awesome, thanks! 💃🏽💃🏽 1mo
Shadowfat I've mailed out my international one and plan on sending the local one out priority tomorrow 1mo
Heideschrampf Heading to the post office tomorrow :) 1mo
Avanders @Shadowfat @Heideschrampf ok thanks!! 🤗🤗 1mo
tdrosebud I will getting to the post office tomorrow or Thursday and will be shipping priority. 1mo
Avanders @tdrosebud okay thanks — let me know if there are any issues! 1mo
shanaqui I wrote down the wrong date, clearly -- all I have written down is "to be received by April 18", which is the only one in my confirmation email that I can see. In the UK shipping won't take 9 days, or anything even close. Three days would be enough! I'm not in the UK right now, so it won't be sent until the 13th. It's going 1st class, so it'll be there 1mo
shanaqui Ugh. 12th, not 13th; it'll be there either 13th or 15th. 1mo
shanaqui (Pressed send too soon on that first message!) 1mo
Avanders @shanaqui ah if you look in the original confirmation email (from when you signed up) and early posts, that‘s where you‘ll find it. But yes, most important date is received by date! 🤗 And thanks for the update — let me know if there are any issues! ☺️ 1mo
shanaqui @Avanders Thanks for the reminder -- and all the work you're putting in! Sorry I'm a duffer about dates. My swap will get the parcel in time, never fear! 1mo
Yeah_I_Read @Avanders I‘m waiting for one item to be delivered and had planned on sending my package out 2day priority mail on Thursday 4/11. It should arrive in plenty of time for opening day 😊 1mo
LapReader Posting this arvo. It doesn‘t have far to go. 1mo
TheEmpress Waiting on something to be delivered Thursday and will have everything in the mail with 2 day shipping 1mo
MommyOfTwo Mine has been sent and received 1mo
FantasyChick Last thing came yesterday. I'm shipping via FedEx tomorrow 😊 1mo
Regi_C Mailed mine today! Didn't receive a package yet 1mo
Ingerella Sorry! Just got home from vacation yesterday and my package was here. Mine is in a box and will be dropped off at the post office tonight. I'll post a pic tonight too. Thanks for keeping us on track!! 1mo
kamoorephoto I haven‘t mailed or received yet but I will definitely let you know 😽 1mo
MeganAnn The last item I was waiting for arrived today so I‘m boxing everything up and will take it to the post office tomorrow morning. Shipping priority so it will be there in plenty of time. ✨📫 Thanks for the reminder! 😆 1mo
sweetpealsd My package is sent. There is one item that had to be mailed separately but it should not be late. 1mo
Pogue My special order go here today. I am going to express ship it Friday morning. 1mo
Heideschrampf @DuckOfDoom @avanders i forgot to take a picture, but the box is on its way now! 1mo
TCLinrow Mine is going to the post office with me today😊 one on my items only arrived yesterday and I had to go collect it 😓 should be there with time to spare though ☺ 1mo
TheRomantiCate I‘ll be sending this afternoon... I‘ve been waiting on a couple things that only arrive today... so so so sorry for the delay 😔😔 1mo
BookishMarginalia Mine will be out tomorrow or Friday, priority mail. (I also messed up my dates and got confused — 😱🤦🏻‍♀️ so very sorry 🙁) 1mo
Avanders @shanaqui ha no worries — and great! That‘s what‘s important 😁 @Yeah_I_Read ok - let me know when it‘s sent! 🤗 @LapReader 👌🏽 let me know when it‘s sent! 🤗 @TheEmpress ditto 👆🏽😁 @MommyOfTwo awesome!! 💃🏽💃🏽 @FantasyChick awesome! Let me know when sent 🤗 @Regi_C sweet! 💃🏽💃🏽 (yours is on its way :)) 1mo
Avanders @Ingerella great — i saw the pic! ☺️🤗♥️ @kamoorephoto ok thanks! 🤗 @MeganAnn 👌🏽 ok let me know when it‘s shipped! 🤗 @sweetpealsd okay thanks! 💃🏽💃🏽 @Pogue got it! Let me know once it‘s shipped! 🤗 @Heideschrampf awesome, thanks! 💃🏽💃🏽 @TCLinrow great, thanks! 💃🏽🤗 @TheRomantiCate thank you! 👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ @BookishMarginalia ha it happens! 😘💃🏽♥️ 1mo
Lauranahe Sorry! I sent my stuff out a while ago, and I got an email that she received it. Thank you!! 1mo
BookishMarginalia I also received 2 packages from @TK421 last night. Yey! I‘ll post pics today. And my package is all wrapped and packed and going out priority mail tomorrow. 1mo
sblbooks @Avanders I just sent you an email. Please respond as soon as possible. Thanks 1mo
Avanders @Lauranahe awesome!! 💃🏽💃🏽♥️ @BookishMarginalia yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 1mo
TheEmpress Mine was just sent! It‘ll arrive Monday!! 1mo
BookishMarginalia Sent. Will arrive Monday. 1mo
Avanders @TheEmpress @BookishMarginalia yay!! 🧬🦄🦠🔮 1mo
Avanders @sblbooks response received — all is good on both ends! I‘ll email shortly, but I just wanted you to know 🤗 1mo
kamoorephoto Sent!!!! 1mo
Avanders @kamoorephoto 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 1mo
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I bought this because it is *beautiful* and I know my mom lives this series... But page 1 and BAM, whaaaaa?? And you know, it doesn‘t get better from there. Mom says, “rabbit pie was a good thing to eat back then!” Uh, whaaaa? But it remains beautiful. Idk, ⭐️⭐️⭐️?

Also — received #sffs premier-size pkg from @Chili ! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 yay!! Can‘t wait til 4/18! 💃🏽♥️

LibrarianRyan My grandfather use to make rabbit pie. It‘s a bit gamey but if it‘s cooked right. 🤨 2mo
Chrys Lol, I have a copy of Peter Rabbit tales that my mom used to read to us as kids, I had forgotten about the pie. I really need to do a reread 2mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan lol I have no doubt that it was and probably still can be good... I was just... a bit 😟 at the casual pass-off about the father-of-the-main-character-in-a-children-book‘s fate being at the center of one such pie 😆 2mo
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Avanders @Chrys it‘s amazing what we can find in these older books! 😆 2mo
GingerAntics That‘s gross. 2mo
Crazeedi We ate rabbit when I was a little, my dad would go hunting... 2mo
SleepyDragon Haven't read the books, but my kids watch the cartoon based in it. One time when it was on I asked my husband if rabbit pie was a thing, and he just shrugged. Lol 2mo
BethM I remember my mom reading this and me being freaked out. 1mo
Avanders @GingerAntics @BethM lol it‘s so weird to have put it in a children‘s book! But I think a lot of older children‘s books are a lot... darker than what we‘re used to those days 😁 @Crazeedi @SleepyDragon lol it‘s not really the fact of rabbit stew that was so disturbing.. just that the thought that the mother refers to the killing and eating of the main character‘s father as an “accident” so flippantly 🤭 I think it just took me by surprise 😁😜 1mo
GingerAntics lol I‘ll give you that. I think I read somewhere once that children‘s stories have long been the way children come to understand the world around them, most especially the dangers and pain of the world. Now, we shelter our children from that, but previous generations couldn‘t afford to do that. Tell the kids to stay out of the woods, they want to discover why. Tell kids there is a monster waiting to get them in the woods, they stay out. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Avanders @GingerAntics interesting — it makes sense though! Both that that‘s how they‘ve learned of such things and that we now try to shelter them from it all 😳 Interesting to think about necessity being the bases for these stories.. 🥺 I‘m not sure it *is* better for kids to be sheltered like they are these days... but as a relatively new mom, I can tell you it *feels* better to shelter them 😜 1mo
GingerAntics I read that children‘s stories were how kids safely encountered death, bad people, and dangerous situations. It‘s probably not “better”, but then we live in different times with different protections, so in a way it‘s not all entirely necessary either. If you read Grimm‘s original fairytales they are pretty grim. Some (dare I say many) of those dangers don‘t exist anymore, so it is a balancing act in modern time‘s. 1mo
GingerAntics I‘d say when it comes to it, you‘re probably not going to keep your 5 year old from meeting other kids with different backgrounds or prevent your 9 year old from reading Harry Potter or things like that. I think HP plays a very similar role for modern kids that fairytales once played. Some sheltering isn‘t bad. Too much is a problem. I think we let kids be kids more than used to be the case, by a long shot. 1mo
Avanders @GingerAntics very true! And I used to love the original Grimms.. maybe there‘s something to it 😉 And yeah — I agree re the HPs of the world.. maybe we just start a little later. That being said, I started reading Stephen King at 8... 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
GingerAntics DAMN!!! You definitely were not afraid of anything. I‘m impressed. I think kids generally do like the original Grimm‘s because they don‘t dumb things down or talk down to kids. Not sure when that started, but we need to stop that. (edited) 1mo
Avanders @GingerAntics 😆😆 I was a crazy kid... I agree! Dumbing things down for no reason never helped anyone! 1mo
GingerAntics It really doesn‘t. I think that‘s how we end up with dumb adults, and kids are totally aware of when they‘re being talked down to or having their intelligence insulted. After reading Little Big Minds, I honestly believe kids are all geniuses, but we keep telling them to “grow up” so they lose it. I was a weird kid, too. I used to love watching 20/20 and Dateline when I was 8 or 9 years old. 1mo
GingerAntics By 8 or 9 I could also question how my grandmother said people were born gay, but god didn‘t approve. I also knew that when she said “don‘t be ridiculous” I was making her uncomfortable and question her biases with my questions. I think not dumbing things down really makes kids think in beautiful, wonderful ways. Maybe she came to regret refusing to read children‘s books to me by that point. lol (edited) 1mo
Avanders Huh — I‘ll have to check out that book! That‘s why we‘re all here on Litsy... great minds and all that 😁😘 1mo
GingerAntics You‘ve got little ones, you‘ll love that book. Even if they‘re still really little, you can look forward to awesome dinner table conversations with your little ones. I want to borrow everyone‘s kids after that. I need to hurry up and have some kids. lol 1mo
Avanders Lol well.. conversations w my 2 yo aren‘t *quite* coherent yet 😆 But soon!! And then I‘ll send him your way to chat w ya 😁 Ya know, they can be a lot of fun and really good for cuddles on a rainy day 🤗🤗 1mo
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#sffs #SciFiFantasySwap swappers: you should be wrapping up all your gathering and packaging this weekend! Ship date is by this coming Monday April 8th. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

If I haven‘t seen a post, comment, or email from you by Tuesday, first thing, I‘ll tag you as a reminder ☺️ Let‘s make sure everyone has something to open on Open Day!!


bullbunny Just letting you know I am sending tomorrow. Can't today waiting on something that's late and work. But will be received quickly 1mo
Elma I'm still waiting on an item for mine. The item has been shipped, so just waiting for it to arrive and then I'll send my package out right away using Priority Mail. 1mo
Avanders @bullbunny @Elma ok — let me know when they‘re sent! ☺️ 1mo
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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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2 fun questionnaires to answer! Thanks @Nessavamusic & @LibrarianRyan ♥️♥️
1. writing a novel in the mountains
2. Teenage: Claire‘s; Adult=Paralegal at big firm in chi
3. Less by Greer..I haven‘t 100% given up yet
4. I‘m loving this Scared Witchless series! (Cozy)
5. Tagged!

1. Tagged one!
2. Back to the start! I don‘t want to miss any of it!
3. Not a thing.. so far, it‘s everything I want it to be
4. Tagged!

#whatwouldyoudo #woundrouswednesday

BethM Ooo I‘ll have to check out scared witchless! 2mo
Avanders @BethM yes! And the audio is great.. the reader does *such* a nice job! 2mo
Eggs @Avanders I like how you combined them! Thanks for joining in 🤗🌺 2mo
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tournevis 👋👋👋👋👋 2mo
SamHeartCoffee Thanks for the tag, @Avanders , I will try to get some answers in!! 1mo
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Gold Mailbox | Beth Schulman
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Now I‘m ready for a nap 😴😴😴 On their way:
#sffs basic to @iread2much
#sffs premier to @NovelGirl82 (didn‘t quite all fit in 1, so there‘s a small 2nd box)
#mythsandlegendsswap to secret! 🤫 (box marked #mals)
#cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub to @MommyOfTwo
#travelingbook to @Soubhiville
#LMPBC to @TK421 and @cobwebmoth
And a small #jb late bday envelope to @ReadingRover !

#LittensKeepingUspsEmployed 😆

Lovesbooks87 Wow! You were busy! 2mo
cobwebmoth 😄😘 2mo
MeganAnn Whoohoo!! Look at all that Litsy awesomeness! 😆❤️🎉⚡️ 2mo
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NovelGirl82 Oh my goodness! You were busy! I‘m so excited!! 2mo
TK421 Yikes! I'm glad that I can ship from work. 😀 2mo
LibrarianRyan Hey you took a laundry basket in to the post office as well I take it. 😁 2mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! I‘m going to try and channel your success 👏🙌❤️😘 2mo
MommyOfTwo Woohoo! 2mo
iread2much Ooooo! Can‘t wait! Thank you! 2mo
BookNAround Holy cats! Your post office must love you for keeping them in business. 😉 2mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan lol no... we still have a bunch of those huge ikea blue bags lying around ... I used one of those and carried the rest 😁 2mo
BethM You may have a problem.... 😂 2mo
Avanders @BethM maaaaayybeeee.... 😳 2mo
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*Always* with a book...

This one is an interesting take on the 3 Bears... it‘s in an Igloo... it‘s *beautiful* ... but there‘s the *weirdest* “moral”... or just, no moral. Like, whoops I‘ve used all their stuff! Bye-eeee! And the snow bears are all chill w that. 😧

But so pretty. And fun to read. ☺️


cobwebmoth He's so cute! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Those eyes! Adorable. 2mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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kspenmoll Adorable!!! 2mo
mdm139 Such a cutie pie 2mo
Mtroiano Sooo cute! 2mo
BookNAround He‘s darling! 2mo
Gissy So cute and so happy with his book!❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
UwannaPublishme Awwww! He‘s a cutie! 💕 2mo
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Santa in the Summer | Jay Schleifer
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It‘s not a problem 😜 it‘s joy, fun, happiness in a box, book love personified, anticipation of the highest order, childlike excitement for adults (& “adults”), &, no question, the best 👏🏽 thing 👏🏽 about 👏🏽 summer 👏🏽

Join me.. ice cream & pine trees, pools & jingle bells, sunshine & snow, summer & Santa.

#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange
Hosted by the one, the only, the originator of the Goes Postal, @BookishMarginalia

Examined Lives | Roberta Reb Allen
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My early Saturday morning...

Velvetfur That's a pretty cover 😊 2mo
mabell Looks cozy! 😍 2mo
Avanders @Velvetfur I‘ll pass it on! (I know the author ☺️). And @mabell for a few precious moments.... ☺️ 2mo
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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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He said, “if the phrase ‘the magic equivalent of database management‘ gets you hot under the color - then this book really is absolutely for you (you weirdo).” It does, it is, and I am. I‘m not quite to the halfway point, but this is turning into everything I‘d hoped this book would be. 😍

Also - @AmyG I received your package!! Sorry for the delay in posting.. sister was in town and time kept getting lost 😉 Thank you!!!! 🥰♥️🤗 #sffs #litsymail

AmyG You‘re welcome! I hope you enjoy. 😘 2mo
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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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I know I‘ve been largely away.. but wanted to respond to these questions — thanks @Gissy @Chrissyreadit and @Endowarrior21 for the tags!
1. Massage!
2. Very organized 🤓
3. I‘m able to mentally process complex legal issues quickly ... did I mention 🤓?

1. Green Bay, WI and Chicago, IL
2. Far, far away... 😳
3. Foundryside: Tavania (fantasy)
4. ABQ: Green Chile & blue corn!

All the love to everyone — do one if you haven‘t already!

wanderinglynn Love you answer to #3! Thanks for playing! 😘 2mo
SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 2mo
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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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My bedside tbr is out of control ... 15 books on the currently reading / “yup, read this one *next* pile” 🤭😬 I just need more tiiiime....

Foundryside (also being moved along by audio-reading) is *so* good though..

Top left pic is just a handful of books my sister has picked up over the years with funny/offensive (nowadays) titles.😆 Amazing to see what sold at different times! Thought my bookish friends would appreciate the mini-collection 😁

Reagan-reads Bahahaha that mini collection is brilliant! 2mo
BooknerdsLife 😂😂😂 brilliant collection 2mo
Usagi The struggle is real 😏 2mo
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Last night, exhausted, I discovered the *best* kind of surprise — #litsymail !! @Marmie7 Thank you for another wonderful #coffeebeanbookclub #cbbc pkg! My husband tore into the chocolate as soon as he was “allowed” 😆 we‘re excited to try new coffee! ☕️ And the socks are so cute!

Also @iread2much I rec‘d my #sffs #scififantasyswap basic package already! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️💃🏽😘 I cant wait til 4/18 (which, not-so-coincidentally, is my bday 😁)

Avanders @BookishMarginalia 👆🏽👆🏽 it would appear I‘ve copied your brilliant idea to have open day on your bday... books for bday are the best presents! 🎁💌♥️ 2mo
Tadams4 Cute socks! 2mo
iread2much Im so glad it made it safely! I hope you enjoy it and happy early birthday! 2mo
tpixie Great #bookishgifts ! 2mo
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Oooooooh 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😍😍
Thank you soooo much @GrilledCheeseSamurai !!
This huge box from Canada w green “we searched your crap” sticker tape arrived filled w amazing goodness! I‘m beyond excited for every. One. Of. The. Books. The mug is perrrf, & the chocolates... my husband immediately tore open the coffee crisp, commenting that he‘d just heard about it on a podcast?! (He shared 😉) The wunderbar is 🤤.. & I can‘t wait to try the rest! #SFMBC

LeahBergen Crispy Crunch are sooo good! 2mo
Avanders @LeahBergen it looks kind of like butterfinger? Can‘t wait to try! 😄 2mo
Sarz Was the podcast SYSK? I think they mentioned it recently. We don't have Coffee Crisp (or any of those chocolate bars) in Australia. 2mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai Yay! Glad it made it safe! Wunderbar is my faaaav (although they're all good). 🤗 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Also...holy crap do I love the Nevermoor book(s). It's my new absolute bestest middle grade series! 👍 2mo
kamoorephoto I NEED some chocolate. I especially miss my Cadbury‘s....😕 2mo
Melissa_J I looooove Wunderbars!!! And Crispy Crunch are way better than Butterfingers 😊 @LeahBergen 2mo
rabbitprincess Coffee Crisp is the best!!! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon @rabbitprincess @GrilledCheeseSamurai I ♥♥♥🤤 the coffee crisp you sent me. 2mo
Avanders @Sarz yes! ☺️ @GrilledCheeseSamurai it makes perfect sense that it‘s your fave.. I think it is my new fave too! 😁 And awesome re Nevermoor ... can‘t wait to read it! 🤗🤗🤗 @kamoorephoto lol I totally relate ... right now it‘s off the table til Easter 🐣 @Melissa_J Apparently all Canadian sweets are awesome? 🤷🏽‍♀️😁🤤 @rabbitprincess it‘s impressive how well they do the combo of flavors! @MaleficentBookDragon 😁 I love all the local flavors! ♥️ 2mo
SamHeartCoffee THE. MUG! 2mo
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Nyxia Unleashed | Scott Reintgen
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(Full review on Goodreads)

Jones (Narrator) brings humans & Adamites/Imago to life. The richness of his voice lends depth to male & female characters alike....
The book is also great. Reintgen has written deeply flawed & human characters who earn your greatest sympathies. I continue to be impressed w his imagination & where he takes us -- to a distant galaxy far far away, yet to a place that can be as familiar as your own neighborhood.

CouronneDhiver It‘s unlikely to be my thing, but you make this sound amazing! 3mo
Avanders @CouronneDhiver lol well, if you do ever try it out, I‘ll definitely be curious to hear your thoughts! 2mo
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