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BennettBookworm

Joined November 2016

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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! 5d
LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeee! You finished it!! 5d
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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! 😁 7d
TheKidUpstairs All Systems Red is awesome!! I second @SeaToSkyes recommendation on that one, it was almost on my list too! 6d
LiteraryinLawrence You‘re going to love the tagged one! 6d
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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! 2w
BennettBookworm @Nessavamusic thank you! I don‘t want to put it down! 2w
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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! 🤗 2w
megnews Long Way Down is so good. Check out the graphic novel too if you get a chance. 2w
LiteraryinLawrence Yayyyy! So excited to read the books you brought for me too!! 2w
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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 🎉🎉🎉 2w
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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! 💕 3w
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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 😍 3w
BennettBookworm @IuliaC Thanks! 😁 3w
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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! 3w
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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 ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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Orbit Live just hosted an EPIC conversation with authors Harrow and Lucy Holland (Sistersong) and WOW it got me so amped! They also gave recommendations for several other books I‘d never heard of. They talked about writing where “the boundaries of myth and history are totally blurred,” prioritizing inclusive feminism, and their research and writing in general. Loved hearing about how their drafts differed so much from final books. Check it out!!

BennettBookworm Did I mention that I really want to be friends with both of them?? 😆 1mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Getting ready for November while wrapping up my October reads! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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This book is so beautiful and educational and I want to share it with everyone I know!! Illustrations are stunning. Really cool to think about other languages and how experiences can be unique to where you live or universal to all of humanity, and how our languages reflect that! #blameitonlitsy

la_rose_noire Wow! That looks amazing! 1mo
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Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas
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A great backstory to The Hate U Give! Glad I finally read it! #bookspinbingo

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Exquisite! Emily Henry is so talented. She makes me laugh out loud one second and then bawl the next. I also loved the way she played with chronology. This was just as good as Beach Read and I will read allllll her books. I want to find an Alex of my own!!

LiteraryinLawrence I haven‘t read either! But I do own Beach Read… 1mo
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Excited to be immersed in romance! #LibraryHaul 😁

Prairiegirl_reading I loved both of these, but especially Rosaline Palmer. So fun! 😄 1mo
BennettBookworm @Prairiegirl_reading yay I‘m so looking forward to it! When I heard it was like the GBBO I was like, say no more, that‘s perfect! 1mo
Bianca Rosaline Palmer is really good! Loved it. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @BennettBookworm yes! Same! We had just binged all the seasons plus all the Canadian ones too and I had a whole in my life! It was very well done. 😄 1mo
CarolynM ❤❤ 1mo
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This book has changed my life. If you are seeking change in some area of your life, maybe it will speak to you, too! Burnett and Evans teach a college course at Stanford, and this book reads like a (super engaging) course syllabus, with assignments to do along the way. I worked through it over 8 months, and wow, it has paid off!! ⬇️

BennettBookworm I have a whole new attitude on what it means to build a “happy life” and how to think about this big transition and job search I‘m in now. Truly transformative stuff, expressed through humor and heart and relatable anecdotes. 2mo
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Trapped! | James Ponti
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Honored to be the first to post about this fabulous third installment to the series!! A quick and delightful read. I wonder if there will be more! @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks!

LiteraryinLawrence Yay, you read all 3! TOAST method rocks! 2mo
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Vanished! | James Ponti
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Loved this! Such fun and endearing characters. Just as clever as the first book. Quality middle grade fiction is just the best. Thanks @LiteraryinLawrence !! #bookspinbingo

LiteraryinLawrence I know! This series is delightful and somehow I just stumbled across it. 2mo
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THANK YOU @LiteraryinLawrence ! This book was Magic and Heart and Adventure! In its 374 pages I was lost and then found. The prose was dizzyingly beautiful and the story was utterly transporting. It was reminding me of Jasper Fforde‘s Eyre Affair, and if you know me, you know that‘s HIGH praise ❤️

Lucy_Anywhere I just finished this and loved it! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! Sounds like it really hit the sweet spot for you! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I‘m excited to do #bookspinbingo for October! Most of these books have been on my shelf foreverrrr and some of them I‘ve started already but I want to be motivated to finish! 😌

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m going to make a list too! Why not? ☺️ 2mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Even though this book isn‘t my preferred genre, I was really excited to read it. The reasons it didn‘t work for me were
1) the MC was supposed to be super smart and perceptive and instead felt really not smart at all, constantly putting herself in danger with suspected murderers, and
2) the resolution was WAY too rushed in my opinion.
I‘m curious what other people will make of it! @LiteraryinLawrence

BookwormAHN I agree the Mc was totally clueless. She was rather frustrating in my opinion and the ending nuts. 2mo
BennettBookworm Thank you @BookwormAHN !! That‘s so validating, I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me!! 2mo
BrittanyReads The MC frustrated me too. Didn't love this one even though it seemed right up my alley 2mo
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BennettBookworm Agreed @BrittanyReads I just kept thinking, a female author would never write her to sound so dim-witted! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I love mystery/thriller, but something about this author turns me off. I‘ve never read him, though I have one of his books from a swap. This review makes me feel like I‘m thinking along the right lines with avoidance. 2mo
BennettBookworm @Hooked_on_books I hear that the silent patient is really good, so maybe start with that one and see, but I wouldn‘t start with this one... 2mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s right, I did read The Silent Patient! I was not a fan, though lots of others seem to love it. 2mo
AmandaBorchers I agree. I think this book had a lot of potential and it just felt too rushed. I did like that it felt like a nod to Dorothy Sayer‘s Gaudy Night! 1mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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NO WORDS for how amazing this book is!! But I‘ll try:
🍹Heartfelt, moving, sincere, gets you right in the gut
🍹Patrick felt so real, like we were already friends
🍹Such relatable relationships
🍹Hilarity at every turn and then startling catharsis
🍹Never wanted it to end
Steven Rowley is such a genius writer and I hope you read this book and love it and tell all your friends!

LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeee! Can‘t wait to borrow it from you! 3mo
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Eeeeee thank you thank you @LiteraryinLawrence for this magical book swap!!! I am SO eager to dive into these books and the journal is so gorgeous! Happy September! ❤️❤️❤️

LiteraryinLawrence Yay! The swap made this week feel so special! 💗 3mo
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Honored to be the first to post about this epic new cookbook! I love Gerard‘s hyperbolic writing style and how she makes all the recipes here seem very approachable. Everything looks utterly mouth-watering and I‘m so excited to dive in!!

Ericalambbrown Looks awesome! I need to check that out 4mo
Tamra 😬 I just promised not to check out more cookbooks! 4mo
ICantImReading I love this cookbook!! 4mo
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BennettBookworm @ICantImReading I seriously can‘t wait to make these recipes! 4mo
ICantImReading @BennettBookworm I‘ve made quite a few and can vouch that they‘re very tasty 😋 she‘s so creative and her photography is stunning! Her first cookbook is wonderful, too! 4mo
BennettBookworm @ICantImReading I‘ll need to check that out, too! 4mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Winners were randomly selected for #steamygiveaway! Thank you SO much to everyone who entered! Really appreciating you and getting to see your cool mugs!
@jenniferw88 and @Sleepswithbooks ...congrats! Please email me at suzannehutt@gmail and either let me know three wish list books (and I‘ll pick one to surprise you) or if you prefer I can just choose from your Litsy TBR if it‘s updated. Also please include your mailing address. Yay!!

Soubhiville Congratulations! 4mo
Sleepswithbooks Thank you so much!!! I‘m excited!! 😁✨✨ 4mo
jenniferw88 Woohoo! Will email over shortly! 4mo
Traci1 Congrats! 4mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Giveaway ends tomorrow! To enter, please post a picture of your favorite mug with your current read, use the hashtag and tag me! You can also check out my previous post!

Zoes_Human I have the blue owl cup also! 4mo
BennettBookworm @Zoes_Human that is so funny! 4mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Hey Littens! I‘m hosting a giveaway for two winners to receive a pre-loved owl mug and a book off of their TBR or wish list. I‘m doing some spring/summer cleaning and these adorable mugs need a new home.
To enter, please post a photo of a favorite mug you own with the book you‘re currently reading, tag me @BennettBookworm and use the hashtag! #steamygiveaway
Tea, coffee, and cocktail lovers from all over the world are welcome!! ☕️📖 😉 closes 8/6

Soubhiville Oooo, fun giveaway! I‘m going to enter later, but right now I just want to tag @Eyelit the owl fan to make sure she enters! 4mo
Traci1 I love the owls. 😍 4mo
Sleepswithbooks Adorable!!! 4mo
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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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CHRISTINA LAUREN = UNPARALLELED 🔥🔥🔥
I can‘t even...this was SO good. They write the dreamiestttt romantic leads and this plot really gave me a lot to think about. Read itttttt wow 🤩

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So excited about this #bookhaul !! Went to Roscoe Books today in Chicago and left with all of these books I‘d been really looking forward to reading 🥳 a diverse mix of genres - fiction, poetry, children‘s books, cookbook, oh my!

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Visiting my old neighborhood in Chicago, Roscoe Village, and had to stop by my fave independent bookstore here, @RoscoeBooks ! And then of course HAD to leave with lots of books ☺️

Leftcoastzen Looks like a great store. 4mo
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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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I was sadly disappointed by this sequel! I‘d been SO in love with the Golem and the Jinni, and anticipated this so much. But then it felt like on your favorite television show when the two leads finally get together and then the next season the show stops being enjoyable because you realize their passion and flirtation stemmed from a place of instability and poor communication...😕

LiteraryinLawrence Oh nooooo! I‘m sorry this disappointed you! 5mo
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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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Is it a problem that I didn‘t revisit the Golem and the Jinni before starting the sequel? Because it‘s been 8 years and already they‘re referencing so much from the first book that I do NOT remember 😳 just need some encouragement from folks who read this one- will it eventually matter less that I don‘t remember the first book?

BekaReid Uh oh. Should I take this as a warning to reread the first book then? It's been awhile for sure. 🙄 5mo
BennettBookworm @BekaReid LOL I would personally recommend it! I feel like it would‘ve helped orient me! 5mo
CampbellTaraL If there's time and capacity, re-reading the first might be helpful. I forgot a main antagonist's role/acts from the first book that would have made the actions of characters in this book make more immediate sense. I wouldn't say it was required to enjoy, though. The second book stands on it's own fairly well. 5mo
BennettBookworm @taraWritesSci thank you! Helpful! 5mo
Kempii I didn‘t know there was a sequel and am excited to check it out! Though I too am fuzzy on the events of the original book. 5mo
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Congrats! | Ariel Books
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#k100kgiveaway @RamsFan1963 Thank you for this generous giveaway opportunity! And congrats on 100k!! 😱🎉

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Very fast read! Compelling, heart-racing stuff. The ending was simultaneously great and infuriating, haha. The three leading ladies in this story made me want to be bold and go after my dreams, too. I will definitely read more by Penner! #authenticbooks

KristiAhlers I truly enjoyed this one!! 5mo
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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This one ticks ALL the boxes! I loved the Alice Network and this may have even been better for me! I learned so much about Bletchley Park and the British codebreakers during WWII, and reading the Author‘s Note it became clear that these three amazing women were largely based on real people! I loved them and their relationships. The whole story was brilliant in the way the mystery unfolded- so many twists!!

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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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OMG OMG OMG IT‘S HERE!!!! SO MANY YEARS OF ANTICIPATION!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

BethM Beautiful cover! 6mo
Soubhiville Enjoy! Are you diving right in to it? 6mo
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BekaReid Nice! I only recently saw there was a sequel. Cannot wait to get it! 6mo
Nute I remember that the cover art for the first book was just as lovely as the art for this one. Can‘t wait to get it! 6mo
peaknit Me too! I have been watching the calendar! I‘m trying to savor it but it‘s tough! 6mo
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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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This is one of my most highly anticipated books of the year because I just love Christina Lauren! They are an amazing duo! And I am sooo excited about all of these #authenticbooks goodies this month!

Nessavamusic Very cute read 6mo
Kimberlone I just read this and really enjoyed it! 6mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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It was sooo fun to read all of these comments from #lmpbc!! So glad we all enjoyed this one ☺️ Sending hugs to @LiteraryinLititz @sharread @shellleigh33

shellleigh33 🤗🤗 6mo
sharread Thank you 🤗 hugs to the group too. Send me a message when you do the next group read. That was fun. 🥳 6mo
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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I finally finally finished! Thank you for your patience!! This will be going in the mail to you this week for sure @shellleigh33 :) Between a pick and a so-so because I really enjoyed the writing style and would definitely want to read more from Center, but the story itself often left me feeling frustrated. I did like the message at the end, though!

LiteraryinLawrence Yay! This one was cute! 6mo
MaggieCarr One of the firefighters from the crash has her own story in 6mo
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I‘m so excited to participate in #14Books14Weeks2021 !! Thanks for hosting @TheHeartlandBookFairy !! This stack is 11 so far- missing three books that I‘ve ordered but they haven‘t arrived yet 😄🌻📚🏖

janeycanuck Ooh, you‘ve got some really good looking books on that stack! 6mo
BennettBookworm @janeycanuck thank you!! I‘m pumped! 6mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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I read this in one sitting and it was such fun! Along the way it got so chaotic I really didn‘t know how they were going to solve so many wild problems but of course the ending was great! 😂 loved the writing style and the emphasis on family. I can for sure picture it as a movie, very strong vibes of My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Crazy Rich Asians- a winning combo 🤩

ICantImReading I loved this, too!! 😍 6mo
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Such a good historical fiction read! My favorite parts were about the cooking and recipes, and I learned a lot about rationing and daily life in WWII England. I also loved the strong female relationships. At times overly saccharine, but sometimes that‘s comforting.

Tamra I love your recipe box! It‘s disappointing they‘ve fallen by the wayside with the web, but perhaps they‘ll make a comeback. I‘ve contemplated starting one. (edited) 6mo
BennettBookworm @Tamra yes, thank you!! I love handwriting recipes so much that I actually have two boxes because they wouldn‘t fit in just one :) highly recommend! 6mo
Jaimelire Loved this one❤️ 6mo
Tamra @BennettBookworm 👏🏾 They are so personal, which I appreciate now. I‘d like to start collecting them from thrift and antique shops, but I bet they are hard to find. 6mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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#authenticbooks book box is here!!! This one is heavily themed around weddings which is super cute and also they made the interior box design really gorgeous. I‘m so excited to read this book!

LiteraryinLawrence You‘re going to love the book! 6mo
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Do you love letter writing and France and beautiful connections between strangers with a shared love of reading and curmudgeons turned best friends??? Look no further! ☺️This book was absolutely perfect!

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Hilltop Books in Philly! If you‘ve never been to this magical used bookstore, check it out! I found the tagged book and a book all about making pottery, my newest creative endeavor, and I‘m definitely eager to go back to this store soon! Something really cool is that since they‘re affiliated with the library, they have this collection of library record books dating back to the early 1900s and they are so fascinating to look through!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 📚 ❤️ 📚 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence This looks awesome!! 7mo
Ruthiella Wow! It looks so inviting! 😍 7mo
BoleyBooks I love visiting bookshops while traveling! 📚🤗 7mo
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Sisters | Raina Telgemeier
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER @LiteraryinLititz !!! Love you so much and so grateful for another year of your impeccable book recommendations!! 😍😁🎉

MySharonaK Happy Birthday!!! 🥳🥳 7mo
Soul Happy Birthday 🎉🎉!!! 7mo
Palimpsest Happy birthday! 🥳 7mo
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TheSpineView Happy birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
Avanders Happy birthday!! 🎈🎂🎉 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence Aww, thanks Suz! 7mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! @LiteraryinLititz 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday @LiteraryinLititz 🎉🎂🥳 7mo
Megabooks Happy birthday at @LiteraryinLititz !! 🥳🥳 7mo
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My book box came! #authenticbooks never disappoints! I like how most of the items this month have apothecary in the name or come from businesses themed around apothecaries. And this book cover is stunning!

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