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The Frog Princess | E. D. Baker
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I enjoyed it. Just not enough to continue the series. #FairytaleReadingChallenge @Charityann

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Learned to appreciate this complicated genius a little bit more through her private poetry, thoughts, pain, and art. #Mexico #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

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The Edge of Lost | Kristina Mcmorris
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My Mexico / Mexico Mio | Tony Johnston
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I love Mexican food so much, I forgot to post. I always eat 2-3 times a week. #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

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National Library of the Philippines | Manila, Philippines (Library)
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@erzascarletbookgasm will you post some things about your lovely home? #Philippines #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

What are some books you would suggest?

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll be happy to, if you ever do one on Malaysia! 😊 For Philippines 🇵🇭, perhaps @thevagabondlawyer can jump in to help. 1d
Butterfinger @erzascarletbookgasm please forgive me. 1d
erzascarletbookgasm I wish you‘ll do one on my country though 😉 1d
Butterfinger @erzascarletbookgasm you were the reason I wanted to do Philippines. I feel like a complete idiot. I waited all year to ask you. We will do Malaysia. We have our countries for 2022, but I won't forget. 1d
erzascarletbookgasm 🤗Awww, another time! 1d
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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One of the best swaps. @Chelleo is also accepting children participants with an adult's supervision, of course. #BlitsySwap Go to her original post for details.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I declare this book will be my favorite for a very long time. The lovemaking scenes were so beautiful. The villain was dastardly and someone you could hate and hope his death would happen before the ending. Each character had his/her own story and each one combined to make a beautiful beautiful book. I want Fermín to be a real person and one of my friends. #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Excellant! 👍📘📚 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
sprainedbrain One of my favorite books of all time. 🥰 2w
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It left me uncomfortable. The young people are obsessed with death and pain. Some scenes made me cringe (wanting to dispense pain). It made me think of the kids who are fascinated with gothic themes. I didn't like it, but I didn't dislike it either. Not a very coherent review, is it? It just left me depressed. #YABuddyRead @megnews

Chrissyreadit I‘m reading similar reviews from everyone. @megnews I am going to have to skip this- I cannot handle the depression in my books right now. I need escapism this week. 2w
megnews @Chrissyreadit no problem. @Butterfinger expressed a lot of how I felt. I have a theory to ask about during discussion. I‘ll post in a bit. 2w
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I Can Make This Promise | Christine Day
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I'm having trouble sifting through my emotions. Anger, pride, hopelessness, and hope are all in combat. Anger at the injustice of the American government. What reparations can you offer? Pride in my heritage. My words are inadequate. Goodness, this is a great book.

#MGBuddyRead @megnews I love the books you choose.

megnews @Butterfinger Aw thanks! 2w
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Reposting for #LitsyEvents If you have something special to share remember to tag them. They will help get the word out. Please make this go viral 😃😃

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#Mexico #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

I didn't know much about Frida Kahlo - other than she was a tragic figure who was a genius. Learning about her hardships (broken body, multiple miscarriages) and seeing her physical pain and grief in two dimensional media are bringing up my pain to the surface. I don't know if it's therapeutic or too much. Isn't that the purpose of art though? In whatever form. To connect emotionally.

TheBookHippie Yes. I love her work she reflects self so much. One of my favorites. 2w
megnews I love Kahlo. Gonna have to read this. Thanks! 3d
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I love this. It looks like my journaling. #Mexico #FoodandLit @Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader Wow! That‘s so cool! 3w
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So glad I found this. A story of one man who shoulders his whole nation. Caught between what is right (fighting for democracy) and what is best (preserving his followers). I found another hero. Once again, US supports evil dictatorship and ignores human rights because Indonesia has money and partners. All Belo asks is peaceful talks. This is a strong role model. #TimorLeste #ReadingAsia2021 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle Nice! 3w
BarbaraBB Ooh yet another one for Timor. I think you‘re the first one to find this book! 2w
Butterfinger @BarbaraBB I would not have learned about Father Belo or Timor's genocide at the hands of Indonesia if not for your challenge. Thank you. And to you @Librarybelle 2w
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SW-T Very nice! 3w
Butterfinger @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick love your new profile picture. 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thank you! It was time for a change. 3w
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Crooked House | Agatha Christie
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I tried to make myself tolerate it. She made the murderer an unlikeable and ugly person. Take my word for it, this is not one of her best. Did she mean to imply that ugly people are deformed spiritually or morally?

The best thing about it is I have completed my #PopSugar2021 challenge with it.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎊Congrats on finishing the challenge! 🎊 3w
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I cannot wait for Christmas Break. Thank you so much Danielle and for organizing the swap. #PuzzleSwap @rather_be_reading

rather_be_reading it was so pretty! i def will be getting one for myseld 3w
Texreader Gorgeous 3w
ncsufoxes Ohhh, I love puzzles. I missed this swap. Hopefully there will be another one. Have fun 3w
rather_be_reading @ncsufoxes i plan on doing another 3w
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The Almond Tree | Michelle Cohen Corasanti
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This journey was amazing. I was pulled instantly and shared in all of Hamid's struggles and accomplishments. And what is so striking to me is that it is written by a Jewish American. It just shows her level of empathy and honesty when she writes about the atrocities toward Israeli Arabs. #Palestine #ReadingAsia2021 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Glad you liked this one! 3w
BarbaraBB It sounds good. 3w
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Literature and Food Studies | Amy L. Tigner, Allison Carruth
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Drum Roll Please....

The 2022 countries are announced.

1) Read one book set in the nation.
2) Eat one dish native to the nation.
3) Share any fascinating pictures, articles, etc. about nation.
4) Tag #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger
5) Have fun.
6) More exciting news. Leila is working on a monthly buddy read. Join whenever you are able.

Jerdencon I was doing well this year and then summer and my reading slump hit - but am hoping to join again! All great countries! 3w
TheKidUpstairs Yay! So excited to see this continuing. Now to start researching these countries! 3w
BrittanyReads Hi! I'd like to give this challenge a try! What is Dec 21's country? TY!! 3w
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Catsandbooks @BrittanyReads it's the Philippines! So happy to have you! 😊 3w
BrittanyReads Yes!!! I think I have the perfect Christmas read! Its by a Filipino author about a Filipino family but set in NY, I believe. Does that count?! @Catsandbooks 3w
Catsandbooks @BrittanyReads absolutely! Any book pertaining to the country works! Do you know what it's called? 3w
BrittanyReads @Catsandbooks that author also has this book which I believe actually takes place in the Philippines 3w
Catsandbooks @BrittanyReads both of those sound good! Thanks for the suggestions! The Holiday switch would be perfect for the #wintergames too! 3w
BrittanyReads You're welcome, and thank you! Can't wait to start reading and cooking 😄 @Catsandbooks 3w
Roary47 I‘d love to tag along with this if you don‘t mind having me. 😊💛 3w
Butterfinger @Roary47 we would love to have you. 3w
Butterfinger @Catsandbooks Leila, I really do want to help with titles for the buddy reads, but it may have to be during Christmas break. Be patient, I will try. 3w
Catsandbooks @Butterfinger no problem! I'm just slowly working on it 😊 3w
TheBookHippie So excited! I love this challenge ! 3w
Texreader @BrittanyReads You‘ve been added to our group list. Yay!! 3w
Texreader @Roary47 You‘ve been added to our group list. Yay!! 3w
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Panpan

I didn't care for it. I felt it was too much like The Selection and not enough like Aladdin. #FairytaleRetellingChallenge @Charityann

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Tagged for #AuthorAMonth
My students make me smile, especially when learning about the digestive system this week.
My biggest peeve is when my daughters talk to me while ignoring the book in my hand.

Can you play? @mhillis @La_Cori
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 3w
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I want to listen to this epic research again. Like, as soon as possible. The intricate details that went into this work was amazing. The intrigue of not only between governments, but between the people. I loved how Larson entwined the primary documents, the diaries of regular people, with letters from military and government personnel to tell one heck of a story. Rudolph Hess's story was insane.

Butterfinger @megnews @MallenNC didn't you just say that narrative nonfiction was one of your favorite genres? Please put this on your tbr. 4w
sleepy.ash87 This looks like a great read! 4w
megnews I think it was @MallenNC I‘m not a nonfiction fan so when I make myself read it, I try to read narrative nonfiction, which I do enjoy. Thanks for the tag! 4w
MallenNC @Butterfinger @megnews It was me! I love narrative nonfiction. I do need to read this one. I‘ve enjoyed Larson before but haven‘t gotten to this one yet. (edited) 4w
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My only goal is to finish Unit 2 in LETRS, including the 10+ online hours.

#NovelNovember @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck and thanks for sharing. 😍 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

For the third week in a row.

From the Place of the Dead #Timor
The Almond Tree #Palestine #ReadingAsia2021

Crooked House #PopSugar2021

(Audio) The Splendid and the Vile

The Warmth of Other Suns #OtherSuns #BuddyRead

Forced PD LETRS - I hope to finish Unit 2 Sessions 1-4

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This. This is the reason I am not reading. Please understand. I love to learn and want to be a better educator, but would have appreciated the choice.

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#PuzzleSwap @rather_be_reading Delivery on Nov. 7. I hope you like it.

rather_be_reading yay! yours also should get there nov. 7 4w
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!! 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I have never been so late. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Never too late to BookSpin!! 😁 1mo
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Dude, I seriously love the good energy you put out. 💝 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Zoes_Human - haha well thank you, I do try to focus on the positive. I read somewhere that when you learn to play the piano, you practice & practice until your fingers instinctively know which key to hit - & our attitudes are same way. If you practice hitting the positive notes every day, those are the ones you'll start hitting instinctively. It's really stuck with me all these years as I've worked on being a sunny-side-up kind of person 😂 1mo
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I'm thinking about one of these. I'm not one who enjoys poetry. I signed up for the challenge. I do enjoy classics. It will not hurt my feelings if you say no. #LMPBC @Readergrrl @Hazel2019 @mcipher

mcipher I‘m scared but up for the challenge myself! 😂 1mo
Readergrrl I would love to read Onegin! I‘m not against Don Juan, but I‘ve heard great things about Onegin. 1mo
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#BookReport @Cinfhen

I finished A Darker Shade of Magic for #AuthorAMonth and read the short story "Yellow Wallpaper".

#WeeklyForecast

Ongoing Discussion with Warmth of Other Suns

Crooked House - will be finished with PopSugar 2021

The Almond Tree - #Palestine
Place of the Dead - #Timor

Thief of Cahmaran (ebook)

Cinfhen It seems like lots of Littens enjoyed this month‘s #AAM 1mo
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Love a good duel. This time, there are several duels. Between Antari. Between man and magic. A fascinating story. I was engaged from the first page. Thank goodness for challenges. I found a new series. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great job 1mo
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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Well, that was weird and fascinating. #OverbookedClub @megnews @sblbooks

TheBookHippie Ha. Good description ! 1mo
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Little Bird and I enjoyed Book Character Day.

Bookwormjillk That‘s super cute 👍 1mo
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Literature and Food Studies | Amy L. Tigner, Allison Carruth
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Are we excited for Mexico? I am. I believe I am going to read Murmur of Bees. I want to also read a biography of Frida Kahlo. Summer of the Mariposas looks like a great ya novel. Share what you plan to read and eat. #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Butterfinger Sofia Segovia 1mo
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ElizaMarie I have been at that pyramid! 1mo
Bookwormjillk I am!!! Right now I have Mexican Gothic out from the library, but I want to find some nonfiction too. 1mo
AnneCecilie I plan to read this 1mo
TheBookHippie I have my stack! I don't believe there is a Frida Kahlo book I haven't read so enjoy!! 1mo
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Zambia | Debbie Nevins, Timothy Holmes, Winnie Wong
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Isn't it funny how one fiction describes a man as a hero? But, actually he was a dictator. Love these nonfiction reference books.

Chrissyreadit Is this the same as the tagged book? 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- our own history books have a bit of inaccuracy to. I‘m glad you picked a country I knew so little about. I took this week off for medical stuff and reading so I am finally getting to know Zambia today. 1mo
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit yes. Just a different cover. The Cultures of the World series is very extensive and always has 144 pages. Go figure. 1mo
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Literature and Food Studies | Amy L. Tigner, Allison Carruth
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For those having trouble finding something to eat for #Zambia. #FoodandLit @Jari-chan @Chrissyreadit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Chrissyreadit Thank you! 1mo
Chrissyreadit I will be honest- my struggle was being diagnosed with diabetes last month and trying to get used to the diet I‘m following- it felt intimidating to prepare unfamiliar food. But that being said I know there is a fruit mix with mango and papaya in one of my recipes. ❤️ 1mo
Butterfinger I am sorry @Chrissyreadit I will definitely be praying. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger thank you! It‘s def just a process and I‘m doin well with a vegan diabetic diet and intermittent fasting! But cooking is not a preferred activity for me and it is now a big part of every day. Thank goodness for Audio Books! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit oh so sorry. It‘s a difficult switch out. 1mo
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I'm really aiming for that growth mindset this year.

@hannah-leeloo @megnews @JaclynW @sblbooks

Desha This is a great quote! 💗 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true ❤️ 1mo
JaclynW Great quote! Great focus for the year! 💕 1mo
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Mrs. Pollifax on Safari | Dorothy Gilman
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A series about a #bumblingdetective in the CIA. She is an elderly woman who is bored and is hired by the CIA because who would believe an old woman can be a spy. She is in Zambia during the apartheid and trying to identify an assassin. A romance is bubbling in this one. #FoodamdLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks #BBRC @LibrarianRyan #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

LibrarianRyan Sounds fun. 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
rabbitprincess I love this series! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

Ongoing Discussion #OtherSuns Warmth of Other Suns

(Ebook) Thief of Cahmaran #FairytaleReadingChallenge @Charityann Pickwick Papers #whatthedickens @Clwojick

Tunnel of Bones #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Crooked House to complete #PopSugar2021

Almond Tree and From the Place of the Dead #ReadingAsia2021 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB How are you going with #ReadingAsia2021? I think you‘re almost finished?? 1mo
Cinfhen Wonderful 1mo
Librarybelle Lots of good reading this week! 1mo
Butterfinger @BarbaraBB I have 9 more to go. I don't think I will have to carry over to next year like I did for Europe. 1mo
BarbaraBB That is so good! I find Asia a lot harder than Europe last year! 1mo
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#BookReport @Cinfhen

Completed two challenges from 2020 #USStates and #CenturyReads

Read for #BBRC and #FoodandLit

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 congrats 🎉🍾🎈🎊 1mo
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Another favorite of Chaya's today. #BBRC letter x @LibrarianRyan #RoaringWolf @Roary47 @Littlewolf1 green on the cover

Roary47 That looks neat. 😊💛 1mo
LibrarianRyan Love this series. 1mo
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The Queen's Feet | Sarah Ellis, Dusan Petricic
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A queen who has hyper feet. How fun and relatable. #BBRC letter q @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Nice. I need a new q book. 1mo
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What a quirky, colorful, and sweet little folktale from Zambia. 🥰🥰 #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks Chaya is reading it a second time.

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Redwall (Redwall, #1) | Brian Jacques
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I want to go back in time and love this in #1986 my last book to complete #CenturyReads 100 years/100 books. I have always liked animal fantasies such as Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH so I don't know why I hadn't read it before now, but I will definitely continue. #BBRC anthropomorphic before 2010 @LibrarianRyan #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

Plenty of adventure, different dialects, a great villain. Just wonderful.

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Little Witch | Anna Bennett
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Delightful!! Where was this book when I was a child and wanted to be a fairy's daughter. #ChildrensClassics2021 @TheBookHippie #RoaringWolf @Roary47 @Littlewolf1 read in one sitting

TheBookHippie 💜💜💜💜💜 1mo
Roary47 Yay! 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Off and on. I wish I was more consistent. I do keep my calendars. I want someone to use them a hundred years from now as a primary document.

October has been a so so reading month.

I am grateful for my girls. I am so glad I get to be their mom.

Crazeedi I wondered why I cared about keeping my old calendars, now maybe I know! 1mo
Eggs My mom kept all her year-long diaries for decades. My siblings and I enjoyed reading them after she died-not so much profound as it was snapshots of her day to day life and thoughts 💙💙 1mo
Butterfinger @Crazeedi @Eggs yes. I wonder if my girls will like my old snapshots of doctors' appointments and dance recitals. I hope so. 1mo
Crazeedi @Butterfinger right? 😉🥰 1mo
Crazeedi @Eggs that's so precious 1mo
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Didn't like hard-boiled crime fiction. Don't much care for cozies. But, when combined with a mystery centered around Poe in October, to mimic Olaf, "put them together, it just makes sense."

The ghost is a Dick Tracy detective who pairs up with a modern day woman who doesn't put up with his Raymond Chandler sexist remarks. Awesome combo and a new series for me. #BBRC @LibrarianRyan #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

LibrarianRyan Yeahh 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
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Misty of Chincoteague | Marguerite Henry
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As a young girl, there was nothing I wanted more than my own Phantom. As an old woman, there is nothing I want more than to have more Phantoms in their natural habitats.

mdm139 I loved this series growing up. I was a horse girl. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I reread this series a year or two ago and was surprised at how delightful I still found them. I cried my eyes out reading Stormy! 2mo
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Thank you Ryan. This is my first book hugger and I love it. @LibrarianRyan #BBRC

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh glad it made it. 2mo
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#BookReport @Cinfhen

Finished Ophie's Ghosts and Trask.

Almost finished with Misty of Chincoteague, Redwall, and The Ghost + the Dead Man's Library.

#WeeklyForecast

Will continue reading Warmth of the Other Suns #BuddyRead + The Splendid and the Vile (audio)

Will hopefully begin Little Witch #ChildrensClassics2021 Mrs. Pollifax on Safari #FoodandLit and I Hope You're Listening #YABuddyRead

Will read The X-Files and The Queen's Feet #BBRC

Cinfhen Hope you had a good reading week 🥰 1mo
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If one could ignore the racist slurs, one could appreciate this adventure story and culture clash set in the #Oregon wild. Trask relates to the indigenous people, but one tyee, chief, has to decide for his tribe to die in peace or war because death is inevitable. White man will come. Should be a classic, if there weren't slurs. #CenturyReads 1960