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BookwormDownUnder

BookwormDownUnder

Joined October 2018

American living in Western AU with Aussie partner and beloved cat, Mittens. Reader, NetGalley lover, and reviewer.
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Thanks @thegreensofa for such a fabulous #aussiesecretsanta package! First of all, can we just talk about this wrapping paper? I‘m so in love with it I only unstuck one end and slid the gifts out. Maybe I can use it again!! Love the pen as I have a new planner lined up for January. Great looking books and bookmarks. 😍 You‘re awesome!! Thanks to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for organising!
Happy early Christmas, Aussies! 🎄

thegreensofa I‘m so happy you like it! I had so much fun shopping for you. Haha the paper I love that you are keeping it. It was such a find I couldn‘t wait to get home and wrap everything in it!😂😁. Merry Christmas!🎄💚🏝 2y
BookwormDownUnder @thegreensofa Wheee did you get the paper!! It‘s so unbelievably great. 2y
thegreensofa It‘s from the really big Dymocks store in Melbourne CBD. 📚🙂 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Fancy coffees in your future?! This looks so fun! 2y
CarolynM Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year 💕 1y
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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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#20best2020 in the order I read them. Thanks for tagging me @thegreensofa but you ruined my evening!! I was all set to read a new book that came today but just HAD to do this. 😛 This is both fiction and non- as it would take way too long to do both. Bear in mind there‘s still a month of 2020 reads to go. 📚

Want to play @Rissreads and @LapReader ?? Have fun!

Freespirit Love seeing everyone's fav books💕 2y
thegreensofa Ah excellent! Thank you 😊 I‘m so sorry to wreck your evening plans 😝 . But what what a great stack, I have taken a screenshot shot! Copy copy copy! 😍❤️ 2y
CarolynM Great list! I've done the screenshot too🙂 2y
Cinfhen This is such a fun list!! I‘ve taken a screenshot as I‘ve read a lot of your titles and loved them too 😍 2y
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My November reads. Loved most of them. Take Me Apart and White Fragility we‘re only ok and Bookishness was too academic. The rest were awesome!! What did you read in Nov?

#novemberwrapup #goodreads

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I finally get to read Vivek Oji!! My brother bought it for my bday present last month but I‘ve been swamped with NetGalley reads and holiday prep. Just posted my first book blog tour stop today and two NG reviews. I‘m on a break!!!

Here‘s Mittens watching a visitor in our yard. 🦘

Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness, what my son wouldn't give to see a 🦘 in our yard! Never mind that it's impossible! 2y
AmyG Amazing!!! 2y
Sleepswithbooks I love this 🦘 2y
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AlaMich Jeez!! All my cats ever got to watch were squirrels! 2y
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! 2y
BookwormDownUnder @Chelsea.Poole It‘s pretty awesome. I‘m American but my Australian partner still loves it and he‘s born and bred! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @BookwormDownUnder I have to say, I'm jealous!! 2y
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Take Me Apart | Sara Sligar
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Last night‘s situation. About to happen again tonight even though it‘s super early. Didn‘t sleep well and I‘m cold!! 🥶

This book is slow-going, for some reason. I feel like I‘ve been reading it forever.

#bookandcat

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Aussie Jingle Bells | Colin Buchanan
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Sent this out on Monday!! Normally swaps are a huge stress but I‘m hopeful I‘m ahead of schedule and my match doesn‘t have what I‘ve sent!!! Now to finish the quilt project underneath...

#aussiesecretsanta @thegirlwiththelibrarybag

CindiB The quilt is gorgeous! Waiting for my matches to be announced and then will get immediately on that. Postage delays will be an issue this year Canada Post already saying. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Woohoo! Hopefully Australia Post have it all sorted now... Happy quilting! 2y
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A day late with the Halloween but here‘s my October reading wrap-up. Hope you all had a great Halloween!! 🎃

#octoberwrapup #wrapup

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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I took my bike and my book down to the trail along the inlet. How perfect to read Anne outside while listening to the water lap the shore? Until I realized I was bring eaten alive by mosquitoes!! Alas, not as idyllic as PEI or Green Gables.

#kindredspiritsbuddyread

MrsMalaprop Sounded idyllic, until you got to the mozzies! Bloody Australia 😂. 2y
BarbaraJean Such a gorgeous reading spot... but yikes about the mosquitoes!! 😬 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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I got a bit behind in the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. My birthday, a new bike, and a baaad NetGalley ARC all contributed. But I‘ve been catching up! At least it‘s easy to do 3-4 chapters at once with Anne. She‘s calming my soul.
@BarbaraJean

CarolynM Love City Basement Books - it's a treasure trove! Hope you're doing well over there in the west, Maureen😘 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM I planned a whole trip to Melbourne around City Basement. We were supposed to be there two weeks ago. But when all hell broke loose mid-year, we cancelled. 😕 (edited) 2y
CarolynM Hopefully the state borders will reopen in the not too distant future and you can do your Melbourne trip. We had to cancel a mid year trip to the NT. We're crossing our fingers for next year. 2y
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Look what came in the mail today!!! I had to order from Amazon US since this doesn‘t come out in AU until Nov. I love this cover!! And especially love the spine!!!! Totally dorking out over here. Can‘t wait to read this!

#bookmail #newbook #booknerd

Nute I know the feeling of grand enthusiasm for a book. So happy for you!🙂 2y
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We finally have a Little Free Library in town!! Super cute and great selection. I left two and took two. Pic cut off the white whale on top. Perfect for the Ocean Beach section of town.

#littlefreelibrary

TheSpineView Cute! Love the sea theme! 💙🏝 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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Here are my two old Anne books and a biography of L.M. Montgomery. I bought it for the gorgeous cover. Read it earlier this year and kinda bummed me out. She didn‘t have an easy life. Would rather think of her in Anne‘s world!

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead
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BarbaraJean Love those old editions! Interesting about the biography...I‘m curious to know more about her life. 2y
Centique Beautiful old editions 😍 2y
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 2y
Nute Lovely editions! 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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“She‘s next door to a perfect heathen.”
😂😂😂

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #AnneofGreenGables @BarbaraJean

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Day off!!! It‘s cold, my allergies stink, and I‘m still recovering from too much socialising. Perfect remedy right here!!!

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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Allergies win! I‘ve taken to my bed VERY early. Have two chapters to catch-up on for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. I‘m enjoying this so much!! Thanks @BarbaraJean for organising. 🙂

BarbaraJean You‘re welcome! I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! Sorry your allergies are winning... but glad you have Anne to console you! 2y
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One for the Books | Jenn McKinlay
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I‘m book-nerding out and only Littens will understand without judging. My review was featured on my favourite author‘s Facebook page!! 😊This makes me so happy! 🤓🤓

#bookreview #cozymystery #booknerd

Reggie Woohoo!!! 2y
TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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Just came out to read yesterday‘s and today‘s chapters for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and the little fella was sleeping so cute!

gradcat Love that beautiful kitty!! 😍😻🥰 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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Thank you @BarbaraJean for the awesome #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead!! I‘ve never done a buddy read before but I‘m in dire need of some Anne right now. Just finished chapter one after a loooong day at work. Looking forward to Friday night and chapter 2 tomorrow. I need a weekend!!!

BarbaraJean What a lovely old edition!! It‘s wonderful to have a little dose of Anne to look forward to, isn‘t it?! I‘m settling down with Anne and tea right now. 😊 2y
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Another amazing book by Ijeoma Oluo. It was as enlightening as it was infuritating. Oluo‘s combined clarity of thought and eloquence with which to voice it is a rare combination. I knew it would be well-reasoned and thoughtful but the level of research undertaken and presented was surprising. One reading is not enough. How lucky I feel to live in the Age of Oluo.

Thank you to #NetGalley and Seal Press for the ARC.

#Mediocre

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Littens, I‘m SO happy to be home!!! Bookworms don‘t need to go away to escape. We have books! Mittens and I are homebodies. 😻

CarolynM Always good to reach home after a trip🙂 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM Yep! Now I‘ve done a face mask, hair oil, and manicure to get the camping off me. Ready for work tomorrow!! #kiehlsaddict 2y
CaffeineAndCandy So true ❤ 2y
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I‘m home! Cervantes to Denmark WA. Cool signs on the road, a hello Perth/goodbye Perth drive-by, and a very happy cat (and human)!!!

Listened to Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling.) Actually re-listening because the next in the series has just been published. I love to listen to this series because the narrator, Robert Glenister, is unbelievably good.

bookandbedandtea Looks like a great road trip! I, too, really enjoy the narrator of this series and I'm looking forward to listening to the next one. 2y
BookwormDownUnder @bookandbedandtea His voice is hypnotic! And he does all the accents so well. Uh oh, I think I have a crush on him! 😛 2y
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Today we drove from Coral Bay to Cervantes, about 10 hours. Went through Carnarvon, which has this dish commissioned in 1969 to help the US space program. Also saw this dry river and banana trees!.

I only read a little because I napped. Coral Bay was loud last night! Some sort of drunken party and it‘s not a big place so sound carries. Anyway, I‘m reading Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo.

Tomorrow I‘ll be home!!!!!! 😻

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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What can I say that hasn‘t been said? This book was amazing. It was compelling from the first page. A unique plot that could have so easily failed if not written so brilliantly.

Unfortunately, I should not read plane crash books as I struggle with the 30-hour flight between here and mom! 6-7 hour flights I love. 30 hours in a tin can is way too much time to think of disasters. 😛

Last day away. Heading home tomorrow!!

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Finished this today in campy. Was feeling sick-ish so read all day! Really liked this. Light and funny but actually tackles a serious cultural issue.

#bookwormonvacation

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Took a Can-Am buggie tour through the dunes and onto the beach for a snorkel. I picked this up at reception‘s take-one-leave-one shelf. Love it so far!

#bookwormonvacation

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Of course I saved Beach Read for the beach!!

#coffeeandcurrentlyreading #beachread #bookwormonvacation

JennyM You are making me very jealous! Have a great time. Looks the perfect spot 🌊 ☀️ 2y
BookwormDownUnder @JennyM That was for Bookstagram. Reality: Sunburn on my calves, really itchy bite on my ankle, spilled coffee and got on chair, Kindle, glasses.... 😛 2y
JennyM @BookwormDownUnder ha! That sounds like my usual beach day. Looks stunning though. Enjoy 😊 2y
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One for the Books | Jenn McKinlay
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Another home run in the Library Lovers series.

Read in the car on the way to Coral Bay, WA. 🇦🇺
#cozymysteries

JennyM Beautiful ❤️ 2y
Freespirit The colour of that water! 2y
CarolynM That looks heavenly! 2y
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One for the Books | Jenn McKinlay
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We‘re on the road! Finished listening to 1984 and read most of tagged. Saved the last bit for the hotel tonight. Missing my cat but his house sitter has arrived so going to try and enjoy my holiday now.

Some scenes of the day. The canola is so much more beautiful in person.

#aussieroadtrip #readinginthecar

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 The Mystery Machine! Did you see Shaggy? 😆 2y
BookwormDownUnder @wanderinglynn Nope! Didn‘t see Scooby either. 😛 2y
CarolynM I'm envious, it will be a while until we're allowed to go anywhere. Enjoy your trip😘 2y
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One for the Books | Jenn McKinlay
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Vacation starts tomorrow!! I‘m only excited because I‘ve been denying myself this TBR selection until we leave. Two days of driving so should be plenty of reading time!! And napping. 😛 Audiobooks are for both of us but I‘ll prob just listen to the two on my phone. 📚

#readinginthecar #beachbooks

LeeRHarry Where are you off to? Living vicariously right now 😏 2y
BookwormDownUnder Coral Bay. I‘ll be posting pix for everyone in lockdown! 2y
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About 25 years ago, I stumbled on a diary of Anne Morrow Lindbergh‘s in the library of the retirement village where I was weeekend receptionist. I discovered that she attended the college I was attending at that time. My fascination with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping probably began there. However, I never really read about it. What a great book to start with!!! I tracked down all of Mrs. Lindbergh‘s published diaries years ago, pictured here.

BookwormDownUnder Thanks to #NetGalley and #columbiauniversitypress for the opportunity to read this book. 2y
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Lucky's | Andrew Pippos
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This book has it all; love, hate, sin, redemption, tragedy, and even some joy. Emily leaves London to interview Lucky, a former restaurant franchiser, for a New Yorker article. Lucky's tale unfolds in flashbacks and forwards, finally unraveling the story of his life. The characters are well-developed and intertwined in a clever way. This is a great addition to Australian literary fiction.

#NetGalley #review #Luckys #PanMacmillanAustralia

CarolynM I haven't see this one before. It sounds good, I'll have to look out for it🙂 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM Pub date Oct 27! 2y
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Ugh! Trying to post reviews of every book I read until the end of the year but have to keep adding them to Litsy because they‘re ARCs. I‘ll do it tomorrow. In the meantime, here‘s a pic of a little whoopsie that happened this afternoon. Mittens was thrilled ...until the broom came out!

Megabooks Oh dear! 2y
CarolynM 😂 2y
JazzFeathers Ooops! 😸 But how do you add titles to Litsy? I tried once, but didn't manage. 2y
BookwormDownUnder @JazzFeathers You can‘t do it on the app but I go to the web page and haven‘t had any issues. Have you tried the web site? 2y
JazzFeathers @BookwormDownUnder l haven't. Thanks for mantioning it. I'll try it. 2y
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#litsymademedoit This is not my genre but I bought the book! At least now I‘m ready for vacation in a week. 📚

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Morning off! Too bad it‘s still so cold. 🥶

#coffeeandcurrentlyreading #netgalley

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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I wanted this so bad from NetGalley but couldn‘t get it. Got it now!

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Stealing the Crown | T. P. Fielden
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Mehso-so

Any time there‘s a cast of characters at the beginning of a book, I worry. If I can‘t keep them straight through the narrative, it‘s not a great book! This one took forever to get through. It plods. But had such a great premise!

#netgalley #arc #arcreview #bookstagram

CaffeineAndCandy That is so how I feel. Very relatable 2y
Sace Lol. When I was a kid I used to love Agatha Christie because there was usually a cast of characters at the beginning 😂 2y
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Are you on Bookstagram? I want to follow all Littens so put your BG handle here and I‘ll make sure I‘m following.

Happy Spring, Aussies!! 🌸

#bookstagram

BookwormDownUnder @StaceyKondla Gotcha!! Thanks. :)
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BookwormDownUnder @AmyG Gotcha! Your posts look like my August reads. 😃 2y
DAB How do you know you are a bookworm? 2y
BookwormDownUnder @DAB If you enjoy reading, you're a bookworm! 2y
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*AUGUST WRAP-UP*

Here are the 12 books I read this month. Thanks to Goodreads, for the perfect summary photo! Except Litsy cut it off. 🙁

There are 7 ARCs, 1 for book club, and 4 hyped. I liked all of these books and even loved a few!

What was your favorite book in August?

I think mine was Ninth House. Loved so many, though!!

#monthlywrapup #goodreadschallenge2020 #arcreview

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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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What are your favourite books from childhood? One of mine is The Snowy Day. And my teddy bear had been with me for nearly 50 years. He‘s very special!

#childrensbooks #feelingnostalgic

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Taking Root | Brenda Bellinger
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For a short, simply written YA book, Taking Root really captured my imagination. I read it straight through this afternoon. It won‘t win any literature awards but it‘s sweet and enjoyable. The characters are endearing. I really enjoyed it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

#NetGalley #TakingRoot

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Tara, whose name means Star in English, is an Indian woman caught between the expectations of family and society and her desire to find her own happiness in the world. It's fascinating to learn about Indian culture and see how it conflicts with the American lifestyle and values. One can see why a woman from India would be torn between the two worlds.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. #PurpleLotus

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Saturday morning in my library!

#weekendreading #saturday #donotdisturb

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A short memoir by a man who was a homeless teen in LA. He has a lot of drive, determination, and dreams. His humor and confidence help him survive, but also make this a great read. He's also brutally honest and not afraid to look bad at times. A great read!

Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

#arc #review #bookstagrammer

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Honestly! Is this allowed?? Of course, he immediately knocked my water bottle cover onto the floor. Cats. 🙄
😻😻

#shelfie

wanderinglynn 😂 But he‘s so pretty. ❤️🐱 2y
BookwormDownUnder @wanderinglynn He gets away with a LOT because of that. 😀 2y
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Knot on Her Life | Mary Marks
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What are your favourite bookish accessories?

A quilting friend made me this Book Lending Record. Love it! I used it today, as a matter of fact. 📚❤️

#booklove #librariansoflitsy #booknerd #cozymystery #librarylove

CarolynM I need one of those. My books frequently go walkabout and don't always come back. 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM I‘ve got one book I‘ve had to buy at least 4 times because of walkabouts. 2y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Awesome! So glad I saw all you Littens reading it. 🙂

What other fantasy do you recommend for a newbie??

I‘ve posted a review on my blog, as per my challenge, but I don‘t see me continuing with that.
https://bookwormdownunder.blogspot.com

📷: Courtesy of an IG filter. Having fun with those!

#fantasy #ninthhouse #review #litsyrecommends

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘d recommend Natasha Pulley or Naomi Novik. I‘ve just started The Magicians (mostly because I couldn‘t bring myself to watch the show without having read it first) 2y
BookwormDownUnder @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Cool!! Thanks for the recs. I'll look them up!
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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So close to finishing last night but I couldn‘t keep my eyes open any longer. And now I have to go to work!! 😭 Until tonight, book.

📷: Instagram filter. Cool!

#bookstagramnewbie
#readinginbed

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Mittens may doubt my resolve but I‘m going to restart my blog and challenge myself to post reviews for every book I read for the rest of 2020. Hold me accountable! And mock me when I fail...

https://bookwormdownunder.blogspot.com

#2020challenge

CarolynM You can do it🙌🤗 2y
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Hi all! Just FYI that I changed my Litsy name from ReadingDownUnder to @BookwormDownUnder just in case you think I left. I am maybe starting a Bookstagram account and that‘s the name that was available so I want them the same. 😘

@LapReader @Rissreads @LeeRHarry @JennyM @CarolynM @LuckyDuck

CarolynM Thanks for letting me know, Maureen. It would have taken me a while to work it out🙂 How are you over there? Looking forward to the Spring? 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM I‘m great! How about you? I personally hate spring so I‘m happy by my fire. 🙂 2y
JennyM Thanks for letting us know! It doesn‘t take much to confuse me these days 😬😘 (edited) 2y
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BookwormDownUnder @JennyM I didn't want to lose touch with my peeps!! I'm trying to be better about Litsy and possibly Bookstagram. Gotta stay off of Facebook!!
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CarolynM It's cold and wet here so I am looking forward to some better weather. It will be nice to be able spend more time outside, especially if we have long term restrictions🙂 It will be nice to see you around here more often😘 2y
BookwormDownUnder @CarolynM Cold and wet here too. I probably won‘t do all the fun posts here and will never have a great bookstagram account because that‘s all time I could spend reading! 🤓 2y
Rissreads Thanks for the tag and letting me know! I‘m the same, I try not to be on any social media too much as it eats into my reading time ❤️ 2y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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This is so not my genre but so many Littens posted about it, I bought a copy. Have to say, I‘m loving it! Thanks for the unintended recommendation!!

#litsyrecommends

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Glad you are enjoying it! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous cat 2y
AlaMich I love your tuxedo boy!!! We had a beautiful tuxedo girl that we lost a couple of years ago, at the age of 17. They‘re the best! 2y
BookwormDownUnder @AlaMich My US cat was a tuxedo too and he lived to be 18. My sister kept him when I left for AU (he was both of ours) and was devastated to lose him. This little guy was brought to me to foster, full of ringworm, unbeknownst to me, and I fell so hard for him. Flash to me treating my massive outbreak of ringworm a few months later!! But he's a big boy of 3 now. 2y
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