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Secret Lives of Color | Kassia St Clair
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Thank you so so much @mabell OMG this book is too beautiful!! And I‘m SOOO eager to try all of these amazing recipes with your loving notes!! Your “hosting gift” was beyond beyond thoughtful and I‘m so grateful!! So much fun reading and baking to look forward to!! #recipeswap

TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh that book looks so fun!!! 3d
LeahBergen What a pretty book! 3d
mabell I‘m so glad you had this book on your list - it looks very cool! I might have to get this one too 😄 I hope you enjoy the recipes! 3d
BennettBookworm I certainly will!! @mabell (edited) 3d
Ddzmini Great cover 🤗 2d
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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@mabell Happy opening day!! #recipeswap I am so excited already for such beautiful wrapping paper!

mabell ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
Ddzmini Omg turtle cake … 🐢🥰 2d
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Finished my #lmpbc book, definitely late, so I apologize for that again! This will be in the mail Monday! This book was between a pick and so-so for me. Definitely enjoyed reading it and lots to think about with these characters‘ complicated relationships. Hope you enjoy it!

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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Opening Day is approaching for #recipeswap! Sunday 5/15! Most of you have already posted to say you received your package OR to let your partner know when to expect the package if it will be arriving after this weekend. **If you haven‘t, now is the time!** Please save me the trouble of emailing to follow up with you after Sunday. Thanks, looking forward to it!!

TheBookHippie We‘re both all set ! 5d
Sapphire I received mine! Can‘t wait for opening day! 5d
Chrissyreadit All set! 5d
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Aims42 Can‘t wait for Sunday! I had to hide my package in my closet so it would stop teasing me 😆 5d
StaceGhost @Chrissyreadit and I are good! I‘m seriously having a hard time waiting— the box is so heavy! 5d
Julsmarshall So excited!! 5d
Mynameisacolour @Maggie4483 and I are both all set! 5d
Wonderwoman89 Mine were sent and marked as received and I got mine as well @ErinSueMreads @erank58 (edited) 5d
Pigpen_Reads Received mine. Now I want chocolate cake 😋 5d
DebinHawaii I received mine ages ago & according to USPS my partner received the box I sent last Saturday, but she‘s not at home so she‘s following up with her husband to make sure it arrived safely. I‘ll keep you posted. 🤞🏼🙏🏼 5d
Gissy I received mine and my package should arrive today. I sent you the tracking number. I posted a message when I received my package. 5d
shortsarahrose Still waiting for my package to come and posted the update on the postal situation for the one I sent earlier 5d
Graciouswarriorprincess I am still waiting. @shortsarahrose My package to you is delayed. So sorry. It should arrive either Monday or Tuesday. 5d
Meshell1313 @Gissy Yup! We are all set! Received and can‘t wait to open! 🥰👍🏻 5d
vonnie862 @Bookwormjillk I got mine last week and it has been so hard not to open it yet! 5d
erank58 Got my package from @ErinSueMreads 😊 can't wait for opening day!!!! 5d
LeahBergen @Avanders and I are all set! 👏👏 5d
CarolynM Tracking shows the parcel I sent was delivered on Thursday. I haven‘t received my parcel yet, but I didn‘t get to the Post Office yesterday. I will go on Monday morning (which will still be opening day in the US😀) 5d
BookNAround I got mine from @DebinHawaii and she got hers from me. I‘ve let her know I‘ll be late opening and posting mine by 10 days or so since I won‘t be home until then though. 5d
mabell I think we‘re ready! 😉😄 5d
Amandajoy I totally forgot to post but I got mine from @BayouGirl85 in the mail this week! 5d
Avanders @LeahBergen yes!! 💃🏽♥️😘 4d
BayouGirl85 I received my and ready for opening tomorrow. 4d
Ddzmini I received mine will post did @CarolynM receive her two packages? Let me know I‘ve been tracking them but it doesn‘t indicate anything 😨 2d
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Your #recipeswap package arrived today! @mabell Thank you, I‘m so excited!

mabell Yay! 👏 Only 8.5 more days! 😄 2w
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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@mabell great minds think alike! ☺️💌Your recipes for #recipeswap are on their way now!! And your book should be coming directly from the seller!

Friendly reminder to everyone participating in the swap to send out your book + recipes if you haven‘t already! I‘ve received lots of messages from people so I‘m really excited for opening day, fast approaching! Tagging you even if you already posted, but don‘t worry, I know you‘re on top of it! 🥰

Wonderwoman89 My partners box will be delivered on Saturday and Sunday from Amazon (edited) 2w
TheBookHippie Mine is enroute 📬 I have tracking number if ya need it. 2w
Sapphire Mine is on the way too! I hope the recipient has as much fun with it as I did putting it together! 2w
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Bookwormjillk Mailed mine today, and received one yesterday. Can‘t wait for opening day! 2w
LeahBergen I can hardly wait! 👏 2w
Pigpen_Reads Mine will be out this Thursday with priority shipping! 2w
DebinHawaii Mine are going out tomorrow priority. Planned to send them sooner but got the book in damaged & had to wait for a replacement. 😔 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘ve posted mine but the shipping hasn‘t updated since 28th April. 🤞🏼 it arrives on time! 2w
shortsarahrose Mine will be sent by the end of the week 2w
Ddzmini Can you resend my info for my swap didn‘t get it… don‘t know why ddzmini@me.com 2w
Chrissyreadit Mine will be mailed Friday 2w
BayouGirl85 Mine will be mailed by Friday. 2w
BennettBookworm @Ddzmini your email has been resent- please respond so I know you received it, thanks! 2w
mabell Yay! I think I received the book! I have a mystery box here from Word Up via bookshop.org. 😄 2w
Magpiegem Mine will be mailed in the next couple of days 😊 and book going direct! Xx 2w
BennettBookworm @mabell yay that‘s the one!! 2w
BennettBookworm @Mynameisacolour @LapReader Just want to make sure you saw my emails and can confirm your swap info. Thanks! 2w
Mynameisacolour Got it, thank you! 2w
Gissy I will send it priority mail 2w
Ddzmini Sent out half today… my husband said to send out the rest so I‘ll do that tomorrow 🤗 should have sent it all in one package 🤦🏼‍♀️📖 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Sending out on Saturday. 2w
Meshell1313 @Gissy Received your package. Can‘t wait for opening day! 🤗🤗 🥰🥰 7d
StaceGhost I have mine from the illustrious @Chrissyreadit and she just received my package as well 🥳 6d
Chrissyreadit 🌈💗🌈💗🌈so excited! 6d
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Pickpick

Truly a spiritual experience reading this book. I got it from the library but will definitely be purchasing now because there were so many quotable nuggets of wisdom I want to revisit.
The world Chambers imagines for the future is one I really want to live in. Hopeful, clever, funny, cathartic, simultaneously so unique and so natural.
Highly recommend!!

For those who read it: Did you want it to be longer, or was it just the right length?

TheKidUpstairs I liked that it was novella length, but I'm also excited for another one! I guess I mean to say that it was the right length to tell this story, and I can't wait for more stories from this world. I've got the second book on pre-order! 3w
BennettBookworm @TheKidUpstairs I agree! I wanted more, because I loved the characters and their world, but the story felt complete. So excited for book 2!! 3w
Kayla.Adriena Omg I love Becky Chambers and I loved this book! I love everything she writes! I thought it was the perfect length 3w
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BennettBookworm @Kayla.Adriena Yes!! I really want to read more of her books now so that‘s good to know! 3w
Sapphire I want to be a tea monk. 2w
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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@shellleigh33 I forgot to post but my #LMPBC book is headed your way! I sent it Friday morning! Thanks for your patience and I‘m super excited to see what y‘all think of this story…

shellleigh33 It was waiting in the mail for me when I got back from the beach Wednesday. I haven‘t been able to put it down since I started it yesterday after I got off work. Thank goodness it is a holiday weekend so I was have been able to read all day today 😊😊 1mo
BennettBookworm Music to my ears! @shellleigh33 (edited) 1mo
kstadt929 I miss our postal book club crew 👋 just saying hello!! 1mo
BennettBookworm Yesss hello friend! @kstadt929 1mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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#RecipeSwap matches have been sent!!
Please check your email and confirm you received it by replying if you haven‘t done so already.
My mouth was watering just making the matches!
Super excited to see all the yummy results ❤️
Opening day is May 15!
P.S. Happy National Sourdough Day apparently!
Collage credit from the internet ;)

LeahBergen I‘m already pondering what recipe to send! 😆 2mo
Kayla.Adriena Good thing I saw this! Gmail sent your email to "promotions." Also p.s. to whoever got me as a match I did a terrible thing and went on a book buying binge , so disregard the books I listed , my Litsy tbr is updated! ? 2mo
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mabell Yay! Thank you so much! 😄 2mo
BennettBookworm @Kayla.Adriena lol! 1mo
BennettBookworm @mabell so excited! 😍 1mo
Sapphire Just finished packing mine out to mail! 2w
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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I LOVED this. Start to finish, didn‘t want to put it down. All the warm fuzzy feelings alongside substance and originality. Lovable and believable characters. I also think the author had such clever ways of breaking the fourth wall! It‘s something I‘ve seen other authors try but she actually succeeded 😍

robinb Just so perfect! 2mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Final reminder! #RecipeSwap Signups close Friday :)

This is a low cost swap - 1 book 📖 plus 1 recipe 💌

https://forms.gle/VB7sf1oPqYS124xb6

(This image is from a website called noble pig so I can‘t take credit but gosh, it makes my mouth water!)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag This is such a fun idea - i‘m glad I saw this post while sign ups were still open! 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @BennettBookworm, did my form come through? I don‘t think I got an email? (It was really late when I did it so reasonable chance I did it but forgot to submit 🤪) 2mo
BennettBookworm @thegirlwiththelibrarybag yes that came through all right! 2mo
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Pickpick

This is the sweetest book! Teaches Marie Kondo‘s method of tidying while also tackling complex issues about friendship and how to accept help. Clearing physical space in our lives can help us make emotional space for the people we love most! 😭😍

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Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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#unpopularopinion I really was so disappointed by this.. and so surprised bc it even had an endorsement from Christina Lauren on the cover! I have read so many GREAT contemporary romances and this just didn‘t do it for me. Actively made me mad a lot of the time, in fact. I only finished it bc of a reading challenge.

FelinesAndFelonies 😂🤣😂 2mo
Aims42 I‘m sorry the book was a dud 😔 But…. I love the picture you shared, I literally laughed out loud 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
BennettBookworm Did anyone else feel like this couldn‘t have been written by a woman? The female protagonist is so clueless and insecure, and the sex scenes (while steamy, sure) sounded like porn for straight men. Also everything that was meant to be a surprise was so obvious from the beginning! Also don‘t make Title IX into a joke for the entirety of the book! I really found this so offensive, esp that it‘s being held up as a book for brainy women… 2mo
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BennettBookworm @Aims42 @FelinesAndFelonies lol I love this picture of Beaker! Thanks! 🤣 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Aims42 same. I couldn't not laugh at the picture. 2mo
Aims42 @FelinesAndFelonies LOL 😂 There‘s something about Beaker that is an instant laugh maker, it‘s the sheer look of shock and terror that just gets me 🤣 2mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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#RecipeSwap

Wouldn‘t it be fun to share a favorite recipe with a Litten and receive a book with a beautiful recipe to accompany it?

This is a low cost swap - 1 book 📖 plus 1 recipe 💌

Signups still open a little longer! https://forms.gle/VB7sf1oPqYS124xb6

I‘m so excited about all the signups already ;)

TheBookHippie 👩🏻‍🍳♥️ 2mo
Avanders 🤭 I did it! ♥️ 2mo
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LeahBergen This is going to be fun! 👏 2mo
ErinSueMreads I'm so excited!!! 2mo
mabell Thanks for the reminder! I so want to do this one!! 2mo
Meshell1313 Yay! Can‘t wait to swap! 📖 2mo
emz711 I have a good book to send but you have to send a book someone wants? Is there a random choice? 2mo
BayouGirl85 I think I signed up. Can you check? 2mo
BennettBookworm @emz711 good question- there‘s no random choice, however there are people who said “open to anything” or “anything on my TBR” ..so if you do sign up I could match you with someone who said open to anything…as long as the recipe requests also matched! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Can you email me ASAP please? Chrissyreadit@gmail.com 2mo
DebinHawaii I just signed up. Thank you for hosting. 🤗 2mo
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I‘ve passed my third #owlsreadingchallenge subject!! These were some truly great picks.
The tagged book was less of a thrill for me than the first Finlay Donovan book, but still enjoyable.

ARITHMANCY:
🌟 Arithmancy: A book with a number on the cover - Long Way Down
🌟 Golden trio: A book in a series - Finlay Donovan Book 2
🌟 Mad Eye Moody: A book with multiple points of view - Children of Blood and Bone

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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This book was nothing short of genius. Told like a long form poem, the story took me on a journey that had me crying, laughing out loud, and chilled to the core. Reynolds made me feel so much in so few words. The whole concept for the book - I can‘t give too much away! - felt so unique, while also making me think of other favorite books that ask the big questions. I‘ll be thinking about this for a long time. Thanks @LiteraryinLawrence !

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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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#RecipeSwap

Wouldn‘t it be fun to share a favorite recipe with a Litten and receive a book with a beautiful recipe to accompany it?

I don‘t know about you, but I LOVE writing and collecting recipes. Over the years I‘ve also been inspired by so many cool recipes people post on Litsy!

This is a low cost swap - 1 book plus 1 recipe 💌

Spread the word! https://forms.gle/VB7sf1oPqYS124xb6
More details in comments 👇🏻

BennettBookworm Signups close 3/25; Opening day 5/15 (World Baking Day!)
Open internationally. The more the merrier!
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BennettBookworm You have options to list any dietary restrictions and allergies, as well as what kind of recipe you‘d like to receive (i.e. dessert, main course) to guide your swap partner‘s choice of recipe to share, and I‘ll do my best to match people with similarities (i.e. vegan, gluten-free). This swap is for one book only, but you can also select an option for sharing more than one recipe! 2mo
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BennettBookworm Feel free to repost, use the hashtag and tag me :) Looking forward to sharing delicious recipes and spreading cheer together! 2mo
Meshell1313 Just signed up! Thanks for organizing! Sounds super fun! 2mo
CarolynM I've signed up🙂 Thanks for organising 2mo
StaceGhost This is such a great idea! Thanks for setting this up 🥰 2mo
Sapphire Looking forward to it! 2mo
BennettBookworm @Meshell @CarolynM @StaceGhost @Sapphire Thank you so much!! Yayyy I‘m so excited 🥰 2mo
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Survival of the Thickest | Michelle Buteau
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I‘ve passed my second #owlsreadingchallenge subject!! My goal is at least 3 prompts in 10 Hogwarts subjects and I‘m finding it super fun :)

ASTRONOMY:
🌟 Astronomy: Book involving outer space - Cloud Cuckoo Land
🌟Star struck: Book about a celeb - Michelle Buteau, Survival of the Thickest
🌟 Sirius Black: A character has a celestial name - Galileo‘s Daughter

LiteraryinLawrence This is such a cool challenge! 3mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Speechless.

I just...

No, still speechless!

This book has left me reeling. Earth-shattering perfection. Please please please read it, so we can talk about it!
The way these stories are all woven together through space and time, the enduring power of the story that unites them, and the way in which Doerr makes the reader a part of the journey...it‘s absolute magic!
😭😭😭I am in awe.

Kayla.Adriena I did love All the Light We Cannot See, this one sounded far out there for me! 3mo
BennettBookworm @Kayla.Adriena it is SO worth it! Genius writing and genius plot 3mo
CBee I LOVED this book so much. 3mo
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BennettBookworm @CBee Yayyyy!! ❤️🙏🏻 3mo
Cortg I loved this one & gave it a rare 5⭐️ rating. I have a co-worker who wasn‘t a big fan. We had a delightful discussion about what didn‘t do it for her and what I loved about the stories. ❤️ 3mo
BennettBookworm @Cortg Yay! I agree, I wanted something on Litsy more than “Pick!” 3mo
LaraReads @BennettBookworm I started following someone new on YouTube specifically because I loved his review of this! https://youtu.be/O6pfvXvAPa4 I‘m a big fan of his reviews now on there & goodreads! 3mo
BennettBookworm @LaraReads woah thanks I totally have to check that out! 3mo
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The Kindest Lie: A Novel | Nancy Johnson
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Hi #lmpbc Group K! These are four books I‘ve had on my list for a while now...Would love to hear your preferences :) Can also suggest others!
@Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 @LiteraryinLawrence

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LiteraryinLawrence Interesting choices! I‘d vote for Behold the Dreamers or Kindest Lie but I‘m curious to hear what the others think. 3mo
Kayla.Adriena I haven't read any of these, I'll read the descriptions when I can't, my vote is against anything with creepy kids 😅 3mo
Kayla.Adriena *can 3mo
Kayla.Adriena I vote for Behold the Dreamers, any of them seem fine 3mo
shellleigh33 I vote for Behold the Dreamers also 3mo
BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLawrence @Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 Great we will be reading Behold the Dreamers for my pick! 3mo
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My first #owlsreadingchallenge subject is complete!! My 2022 goal is to get a passing grade (3 books) in at least 10 Hogwarts subjects. It‘s fun to pair books with the clever prompts! See comments for the link ;)

DIVINATION:
🌟 Trelawney: Contains Prophecy - Key of Rain
🌟Unfogging the future: Mystery or thriller - Finlay Donovan bk 1
🌟 The grim: Contains a death - Under the whispering door

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This series is so dear to me because one of the authors, Rabbi Mike Feuer, is a beloved teacher of mine. This is book 2 in the series (check out book 1 in the comments!) and continues the riveting story of the Age of Prophets. Mason and Feuer brilliantly bring the world of the Bible to life, making something so ancient feel so vivid and tangible. The emotions of the characters are so visceral because the writing is so strong. I had chills!

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First path complete through the #promptmaze by @TheAromaofBooks !
Nonfiction >> Multiple POV >> Title Starts with a Vowel!
Such a fun idea and now I‘m excited to go back to the start and go a different route. Thank you for creating this!!

TheAromaofBooks Nice!! I am having so much fun with this, even though I have been stranded for a minute haha Need to pick up a book with some red on the cover somewhere!! I think I will try to make a new maze for April - I'm going to try to shuffle it up, find new prompts, etc. quarterly, I think. 3mo
BennettBookworm @TheAromaofBooks Count me in!! :) 3mo
claudiuo I love the #PromptMaze! Same as you I finished it in 3 reads: Nonfiction > Written in First Person > Children's book and started it again on another path 😁 3mo
BennettBookworm @claudiuo I can tell this next path is going to take me much longer! 😅 3mo
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Survival of the Thickest | Michelle Buteau
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Ahhhhhh!!!! Tonight I got to see Michelle Buteau LIVE with Ilana Glazer to talk about her new book!!!!! It was everything and more. I‘m pumped to read these essays and also can‘t wait to see it turned into a tv series. So grateful to hear her in person- not only is she hilarious, she‘s such a heartfelt, motivational speaker: “Say yes to yourself!”

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I rarely post about books before finishing them, but I just want to say, I have only just begun this book...and it is already one of the most exquisite things I have ever read.
He gives me chills; he makes me laugh and then burst out crying. Perfection!
**As someone who reads so little nonfiction, I‘m curious if anyone can recommend other nonfiction that reads like this delicious collection of essays!
@LiteraryinLawrence

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Finished! The Libby audiobook narrator, Kate Kellgren, was so excellent, giving animated voices for the different characters. This was also my first full audiobook I think!
I‘m glad I finally read this classic. I was especially interested to learn what quotes from the movies were in Austen‘s text verbatim and what dialogue was interpreted from the book‘s descriptive parts.
@LiteraryinLawrence @SeaToSkyes #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 @monalyisha

monalyisha Ohhh, congrats on your audiobook success! Some of my first audiobooks were by Katherine Kellgren, too! She narrated the Incorrigible Children books, which I love. They‘re all British accents and manners — but interspersed with wild wolf howling. 😅 She died far too soon (in her late 40‘s). She was fantastic. 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence This is so awesome!!! I‘m excited for you! 4mo
BennettBookworm @monalyisha wow thanks for that rec!! 4mo
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Happy National Dragon Day! These are my favorite books with dragons! How about you??
And a tshirt I love just to drive home the message!
🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉
@Branwen

curiouserandcurioser @BennettBookworm i love dragons!! And that shirt!!💜💜 4mo
Branwen HAPPY DRAGON DAY!!! 🐉💕 OMG your shirt is AMAZING! And such great book choices! ❤📖 4mo
BennettBookworm @Branwen thank you!!! 4mo
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I‘m so glad I finally read this! And now I need to read book 2! Really intense story and vividly painted world. Interesting to find a story where magic is depicted in both a good and bad light? Obvi as a reader tho you know it‘s good and it‘s just that others fear it, which is a commentary in itself. My only thing was that the writing jumped around so much, switching narrators every few pages, IMO making it hard to focus sometimes.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I‘ve loved Pride and Prejudice my whole life thanks to @LiteraryinLawrence BUT I‘ve only seen the films. Deciphering Austen‘s language always feels hard to me, like Shakespeare tbh- beautiful but hard! So now I‘m trying audiobook thanks to the Libby app and thanks to my rowing machine and needing something to listen to while I exercise! Loving it so far ☺️ I think this is finally the year! #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD @SeaToSkyes @monalyisha

SeaToSkyes Yay!! 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
BookDadGirlDad It took me 2 attempts to finally get through P&P. I was so glad I read it. A favorite classic. 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Yay! You‘ve got this! 4mo
AvidReader25 I love P&P and Persuasion is excellent as well! 4mo
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OMG OMG OMG First book of 2022 and I already know this is the book I‘ll be recommending to EVERYONE this year!!! Thank goodness the second book comes out soon!
Finlay‘s story was so sexy, suspenseful, and sublime! Loved the characters and all of the twists and turns. She felt like such a real person, balancing single motherhood and her career, just put into a very out-of-the-ordinary situation!
THANK YOU @SeaToSkyes !! #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22

LiteraryinLawrence But wait, I can‘t tell: did you like it? 😋 Just kidding! Glad it was gush-worthy! (edited) 4mo
monalyisha Well, now I kind of want this *immediatey*? 😅 I may have to see if I can snag myself a copy before vacation on Monday. Very effective review! 4mo
BennettBookworm @monalyisha PLEASE DO! 😂 4mo
SeaToSkyes Yay!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!!! 😁😁😁😁 4mo
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OMG @Readergrrl THANK YOU!!! Happy New Year and happy #bestof2021swap!! These books look so exciting and I absolutely love this bookmark! And sketchbooks plus beautiful markers and pens are so perfect for me because I love journaling and drawing! So grateful for your thoughtfulness. Thank you @candority for organizing and I‘m wishing everyone a year ahead full of awesome books and memories!

Readergrrl I‘m so glad that you liked everything!! I had fun picking things out for you. I love these swaps and the opportunity it gives me to get to know new people. Have a very Happy New Year!! 5mo
candority Wonderful! 😊 5mo
BennettBookworm @Readergrrl same here! You too!! 5mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Liane, you‘ve done it again!!! Heart-racing. Chill-inducing. Laughing and crying and gasping. I cannot give anything away!!! 😱😱😱She has such a knack for describing people in the most human way, and for turning relatable everyday experiences and relationships into something worthy of extraordinary study. These characters were really captivating. This book is long, but every detail felt super integral!

BennettBookworm This was also the first book I‘ve read that mentioned the pandemic, as if the story took place in real time (it‘s at the end, which isn‘t spoiling anything about the plot). Did anyone else feel weird about that? I felt like I was reading about my own life and it was so strange! 5mo
AvidReader25 I felt the same way about Penny‘s Madness of Crowds. It is surreal to read about the pandemic while living in it. 4mo
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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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YIPPEEEEEE! Thank you SO much @shortsarahrose for this gorgeous book!! I heard the author give a book talk a few months ago and was completely taken! Also could this cover be any more stunning?! I‘m so excited to dive in. And delicious Reese‘s to fill this #jolabokaflod package to perfection! Wishing you a wonderful holiday!! 😄❤️😄 @MaleficentBookDragon

shortsarahrose I‘m so glad you like it! I had not heard of this book before your wishlist, but it sounds really interesting (and is totally ending up on my tbr) 5mo
BennettBookworm @shortsarahrose yay that‘s awesome!! 5mo
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Shipped | Angie Hockman
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I‘m SO glad I stuck with this because it was a really great read!
In the beginning I wasn‘t so into it- a combo of the main character really bugging me and the writing itself- but then it became an exciting story that I didn‘t want to put down. I also liked how the author talks so much about ecotourism and the wonders of the Galápagos - makes me want to go!!
This was from my very first #authenticbooks box a year ago haha took me long enough!

LiteraryinLawrence Glad you liked it! The book I‘m about to start also features the Galapagos. 😋 5mo
BennettBookworm Lol no way @LiteraryinLawrence !Which is that? (edited) 5mo
EvieBee I really loved this one! 5mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Thank you @shortsarahrose !! This #jolabokaflod package arrived today! Yayyy! @MaleficentBookDragon

shortsarahrose Yay! Glad it arrived safely 🎁 5mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Thank you @Readergrrl !! The #bestof2021swap arrived today! So exciteddd! @candority

Readergrrl That was fast!!! 5mo
candority Yay! 5mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Post office trip today! @Sharpeipup your #jolabokaflod and @Readergrrl your #bestof2021swap packages are on their way! Yayyy @MaleficentBookDragon @candority

Sharpeipup Thank you in advance! 5mo
BennettBookworm @Sharpeipup you‘re so welcome! 😄 5mo
candority Wonderful! 5mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks Another fun month of reading in November! Didn‘t get a bingo but these were def some of my new favorite books. Looking forward to December!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 6mo
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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This book wrecked me. What began as a fun and whimsical story - full of diverting fairy tales and nursery rhymes and reimagined history - became something FIERCE and all-consuming. Harrow has done it again! This story of three sisters and their legion of Sisters fed my soul and made me believe that anything is possible when women put their minds and hearts and powers together. AHHHH the writing was devastatingly flawless. Now I need my own copy!!

sprainedbrain Such an awesome book. Great review! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeee! You finished it!! 6mo
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This is so exciting! Thanks @monalyisha for organizing #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 ! Thanks @SeaToSkyes for your awesome list! I‘m going to start with the tagged book and take it from there bc there are clearly so many gems here I‘d love to read/have been meaning to read for a while. Yay! Can‘t wait to see what you choose, too!

SeaToSkyes Yay I'm excited!! I hope you enjoy whichever ones you pick! 😁 6mo
TheKidUpstairs All Systems Red is awesome!! I second @SeaToSkyes recommendation on that one, it was almost on my list too! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence You‘re going to love the tagged one! 6mo
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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Not even 50 pgs in and this is already so captivating. I love this quote- it‘s getting me all fired up.

Nessavamusic Love this book! I hope you really enjoy it! 6mo
BennettBookworm @Nessavamusic thank you! I don‘t want to put it down! 6mo
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So excited about this eclectic mix in my #bookhaul from my sister‘s library! @LiteraryinLawrence

aperfectmjk Yay! New-to-you books! 🤗 6mo
megnews Long Way Down is so good. Check out the graphic novel too if you get a chance. 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Yayyyy! So excited to read the books you brought for me too!! 6mo
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New Year, New You | Steve Pacer
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I‘m so excited for #NewYearWhoDis by @monalyisha !! What a fun idea- this will be my first year!

monalyisha 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
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Wow. I just read this cover to cover and it was a beautiful whirlwind.
I heard Albom give a virtual book talk last week and it was so moving, really more like a class in religion, philosophy, and spirituality than a book talk. He is such a unique writer.
Though this story is brief, it is packed with surprises and overflowing with “food for thought.”

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My Favorite Things | Maira Kalman
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Thanks @candority for bringing back your amazing swap! #BestOf2021Swap is a great way to reflect on the positive things about this past year and spread that love to another Litten!

candority Thanks for sharing! 💕 6mo
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings. Loved the writing style and voice. Despised several key characters (as I was intended to) which made it an unpleasant reading experience for many pages. The trigger warning on page 1, while understandable, made me tense for the entire book, just waiting for the inevitable. I also felt it took too long to get to the good parts..

My apple pie, on the other hand..🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

In any case, I still want to try Boyfriend Material now.

IuliaC The apple pie 😍 6mo
BennettBookworm @IuliaC Thanks! 😁 6mo
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Most Likely | Sarah Watson
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I adored this, start to finish! Four best friends who are always there to support each other and be cheerleaders for each other, on the cusp of high school graduation, figuring themselves out. The mystery element was super fun and kept me guessing!! Thank you @LiteraryinLawrence for lending this to me!! I will definitely read more by Watson.

LiteraryinLawrence Oh yay! I‘m so glad you liked it too! 6mo
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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I have been soooo looking forward to this and YAY! Now it‘s that time again! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for your epic facilitation! #jolabokaflodswap
If you‘re looking for an easy, chill swap, this is the one!

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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#bookspinbingo was really fun this month! Didn‘t get a bingo but it definitely motivated my reading choices!

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Hi @Sleepswithbooks !! Your beautiful card arrived a while ago but I wanted to tell you OMG it made my day and thank YOU!! ❤️🌻❤️🌻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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