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CSeydel

CSeydel

Joined February 2018

Science writer🔬Angeleno 🌴 Mom of teens🍷Worst Buddy Read Partner Ever 📚⌛️😵
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This one felt very different than the other two I‘ve read by her (The Round House, The Night Watchman) although still unmistakably Erdrich. Somehow this one was slower-paced and more diffuse. I still enjoyed it although it wasn‘t quite what I expected - and I still wouldn‘t really know how to describe it if someone asked for a recommendation. #authoramonth

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#bookspin #doublespin

Here‘s my February list!

1-2. All Involved
3-4. Being Mortal
5-6. Born Standing Up
7-8. Dragon Reborn, The
9-10. Evidence of the Affair
11-12. Horse
13-14. Little Eyes
15-16. Shutter
17-18. We Were the Mulvaneys
19-20. White Mosque, The

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3d
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Late posting my #joyousjanuary wrap up but I am feeling the joy! Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting 😊

✅ Finished Appointment with Death
✅ Finished What Meets the Eye
✅ Finished River of the Gods
✅ Read an installment of Serial Reader each day

Andrew65 That‘s excellent, well done 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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Friday night #joyousjanuary update

Finished What Meets the Eye … Review to come
Finished part 3 of River of the Gods
Still reading one installment a day on Serial Reader - finished A Christmas Carol and returned to Little Women

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 1w
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#joyousjanuary Day 4 update! Having a Monday off is all fun and games until you have two days‘ work to finish on Tuesday 😬 but I did manage to get a little reading in. I‘m not loving What Meets The Eye so far, but maybe it will pick up once the plot gets cooking.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Good luck with work. 2w
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I felt like this one fell a little flat compared to some of her other ingenious plots. Most of her mysteries are character driven - it‘s all about the psychology with Agatha! - but this one seemed so preoccupied with the psychology that the plot suffered a little. Or maybe it just me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Finished Appointment With Death, read an issue of Christmas Carol, and now I‘m getting back to River of the Gods (which I started in Nov!). I was reading it for book club, but then I couldn‘t make it to the meeting and I moved on and never finished the book. But it‘s so good! I just have to get past my mental block. That‘s what readathons are for 😊 #joyousjanuary

Andrew65 Hope the Readathon helps you get past that mental block. Doing great 👏👏👏 2w
CSeydel @Andrew65 it‘s definitely helping! Thanks 😊 2w
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Todays #joyousjanuary reading:
2 installments of Christmas Carol on Serial Reader
Part I of Appointment With Death #serieslove2023

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done 👏👏👏 2w
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I was a little disappointed because the movie anecdotes from Steve Martin‘s 40-year career made up less than half the book. Most of the book is similar to A Wealth of Pigeons; single-panel New Yorker-style cartoons. Entertaining, but not what I expected.

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I made this graphic for Hercule Poirot books because even though they can be considered a series, they largely stands alone and I‘m not reading them in order. So I X‘d the ones I‘ve already read and we will see how many I get to this year!
#SeriesLove2023

ozma.of.oz That looks like so much fun! 3w
Ruthiella Love Poirot! ❤️ 3w
batsy A fun reading adventure! 2w
BarbaraJean Love this! I‘ve been slowly reading through Poirot books over the past few years and am planning to include a few more in my #SeriesLove2023 reading as well! 2w
CSeydel @BarbaraJean Awesome! 2w
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Series I‘m working on for #serieslove2023

I had to make a separate graphic for Hercule Poirot …

TheSpineView Looking good! 💙📖📚📚📚 2w
Andrew65 Great series, I look forward to seeing your progress. 2w
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#JoyousJanuary Readathon goals!
1. Finish River of the Gods (which I started back in November)
2. Read an installment of my serial reader every day
3. Murder in Mesopotamia for #backlistreadathon
4. What Meets the Eye for my book club

Andrew65 Great goals and look forward to seeing your progress, great to have you with us. 😁 3w
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Late getting this posted, but I‘m excited to read my #bookspin and #doublespin selections for #january ! Both were Christmas gifts to me … in 2020 😬

TheAromaofBooks I also just checked a 2020 acquisition off the list 😂 3w
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Graph Out Loud | Graphjam Com
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Hey, who‘s on StoryGraph? Someone convinced me to sign up, but now I need to find people to follow! Look for me under “Carrie562” or comment below with your username!

Patchshank Im on it. Same screen name 3w
Liatrek Just joined today 🙂 liatrek 3w
wanderinglynn I just sent you a friend request! 3w
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IamIamIam I just started using it in earnest last week! I'll send a request! 3w
CoffeeNBooks I just followed you- I'm coffeenbooks74 there. 3w
CSeydel @CoffeeNBooks i followed you back! 3w
CSeydel @Patchshank got your friend request, thanks! 3w
Wannabe_Quijote Brien_k 3w
Bklover I just followed you. I‘m bklover 😊 3w
CSeydel @IamIamIam awesome! 3w
CSeydel @Bklover thanks! I didn‘t see an option to follow you, so I sent a friend request 3w
Birdsong28 My profile name is birdsong_28 3w
zezeki Same as here, zezeki 3w
julesG Followed you just now. This should lead to my profile: https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/julesg 3w
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Birdsong28 @julesG @CSeydel Sent you both a friend request and I am following you both 3w
TheRiehlDeal Same username on there, TheRiehlDeal. 3w
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Bookzombie I‘m Bookzombie on there as well. 2w
CSeydel @Bookzombie following! 2w
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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This was my first by Alice Feeney, and I was darn disappointed. The twists were so glaringly obvious that I was certain they were just the top layer of a more elaborate plot.

Nope.

Unfortunately, the characters and the writing just weren‘t good enough to redeem this one. The backstory should have been gripping but somehow it just felt flat. I think it comes back to not really finding the characters engaging. 2/5 ⭐️

batsy Yes, pretty much my thoughts on this! 3w
britt_brooke I‘ve only read Feeney‘s Rock, Paper Scissors and was truly terrible. I‘ll never read her again. (edited) 3w
CSeydel @batsy @britt_brooke My people, how I‘ve missed you. I was feeling awful for being negative because of all the rave reviews. But this was just … bad. 3w
britt_brooke @CSeydel We have your back! 🤗 3w
batsy @CSeydel @britt_brooke I felt the same! I was glad to read your review 😁 3w
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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Happy birthday @wanderinglynn !! And congratulations on your 300K, what an accomplishment 😃

#300Kbirthdaygiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 3w
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Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay
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I enjoyed this fine, although it felt like it wandered a bit. There were quite a few subplots (some obvious red herrings) and it did feel a little contrived at times as he tried to resolve all the loose ends. This was my 2nd by this author, and I would probably say I enjoyed the other one (A Noise Downstairs) more.

Q84 I think I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing. 2mo
CSeydel Let me know what you think! @Q84 (edited) 2mo
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Wow, this book was terrific! I enjoyed the way he alternated the chapters featuring Mulholland, Griffith, and MacPherson. Truly encapsulates the astonishing origins of our highly improbable metropolis (as Dorothy Parker called it, “72 suburbs in search of a city”). Learned a lot about the 1920s and some historical figures that I knew the vague arcs of, but not the details. Highly recommend!
#nonfiction #history #usa

DocBrown SoCal history is FASCINATING is it not? 3w
CSeydel @DocBrown Absolutely! 3w
CSeydel @DocBrown I‘m reading Joan Didion‘s Where I Was From right now and it is very different but equally fascinating 3w
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No 1 Ladies Detective Agency BINGO CARD 🤣

I enjoyed this one (book 18), but I have to be careful not to read several of these in a row! The formula gets to be a bit much after two or three back to back!

Kristin_Reads I love this series! I‘ve been reading one a year since it started. My comfort reads! 7mo
Tamra Yay!! 7mo
CSeydel @Kristin_Reads they are so good! 7mo
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Yay, it‘s April #bookspin time!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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I enjoyed this; although it did feel a bit disjointed at times, eventually I got into it and it get easier to keep reading. Some fascinating history of pigments and ways of thinking about color.

My #bookspin for February - or actually I think it was my #doublespin ?

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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CrossTalk | Connie Willis
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#Two4Tuesday

Definitely chocolate!

For a good Valentine‘s Day read I would suggest CrossTalk by Connie Willis. She has a great talent for blending sci-fi, humor, and romance and her characters are so much fun to be around.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❤🍫📘❤ 12mo
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Great Hunt | Robert Jordan
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#weekendreading Working my way through book 2 this weekend!

Andrew65 That is a Chunkster! 12mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My February #bookspin list

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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#doublespin

I didn‘t manage to tackle my bookspin pick, but I read my double spin and it was amazing

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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Read this for my science writers‘ book club. Interestingly, the group was divided between those who found it grim and those who found it hopeful. I‘m in the latter camp. Sure, the theme is how well-intended human intervention creates unforeseen problems, but ultimately I find it hopeful that scientists continue to look for creative, technological solutions to humanity‘s ecological problems. Kolbert‘s writing is lovely yet direct.

DrexEdit I really liked The Sixth Extinction. Stacking this! 😊 13mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#bookspin
Because I have to do everything the derpy way, here is a photo of the spreadsheet on my laptop with my bookspin list! I hope I am not too late to play! I am back on litsy and ready to join in for 2022. Woot!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Never too late to BookSpin!!! 😁 13mo
CSeydel @TheAromaofBooks yay thanks!! 13mo
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#starwarsbuddyread

Yes that says JANUARY. I did read it closer to Jan, but I never posted my review. I quite liked this one although there were times that I would have liked to spend a little longer in a particular timeline. I don‘t mind the multi-thread construction, but occasionally it felt a bit fragmented. Still I enjoyed the adventure, the characters, the humor, the action. Well done.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great review! And I always want to spend more time in all the timelines. They added together nicely, but each one could have made its own book! 2y
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Blackout | Connie Willis
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#bookspin #february @TheAromaofBooks

Finally read this! Connie Willis time travel books are always a turmoil of emotion. She enjoys setting the scene so much that sometimes it feels like the plot is stagnating. But once it gets going, wow. This is part 1 of 2 and it‘s truly part 1 - it just ends in the middle of everything. Ack! Good thing I have book 2 right here ...

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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My April #bookspin roster! Hopefully I‘ll have more reading time in April. I think things are settling down some, work wise.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2y
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One of Ours | Willa Cather
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1. Last Shot (Star Wars) by Daniel José Older
Blackout by Connie Willis
Assembling California by John McPhee

2. Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart

3. One of Ours by Willa Cather

#weekendreads

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My March #bookspin list. I hope it‘s not cheating to double up, but I wanted to make sure I got to at least one book for my yearlong challenge!

Also ... I‘m still reading my February books so 😬🤪

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! And doubling up is totally fine!! 2y
CSeydel Oops i need to change 17/18 to 2y
Bookzombie This is a neat idea to focus in on what you want to read. 2y
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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This was an ok romance. Started out intriguing, but the second half was mostly contrived and frustrating. The characters were forced into awkward conflicts and made to react in unnatural ways in order to move the plot to its necessary resolution. I didn‘t really like or relate to any of the characters and I got SO. SICK. of reading about Olive‘s ginormous boobs and Ethan‘s rock-hard abs that I was ready to toss them both into Kilauea by the end.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Great review 😂 2y
CSeydel @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks! I call em like I see em 😄 2y
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#nonfiction2021
This was a very important book about a real but largely unseen problem - missing data. When tools, systems, and even medical technology and drugs are developed, it‘s from an assumption that men represent all humans and women represent a special case. The problem with the book is that she too often drifts from her thesis, muddling the point. Also, some of her statistics are of questionable sources. 3/5⭐️

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Little Eyes | Samanta Schweblin
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#BookCupidSwap @LadyCait84 @candority

Love all my goodies! Dove chocolates are my favorite, and there‘s 3 different kinds in there 💕 I hadn‘t heard of this book before, but it looks really good. I always like reading more translated works and this seems like it will be creepy and fun! Thank you so much!

❤️📚💗🍫❤️📚💕🍫❤️📚💕🍫❤️📚

CSeydel Oh and the Star Wars book clips!! Adorable! 2y
candority I really want to read that book! I hope you like it! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘💘💘 2y
CSeydel @candority thank you for organizing the swap! 2y
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candority @CSeydel It has been my pleasure! 💖 2y
LadyCait84 Hope you enjoy the book!! And the chocolates!! Happy Valentine‘s Day!! 2y
CSeydel @LadyCait84 @candority Happy Valentines Day! 💕💘 2y
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Cupid's Match | Lauren Palphreyman
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#BookCupidSwap @candority

Aaaaaand look what arrived today 😍 Such a cute and festive package ... but I have no idea who my Cupid is. Hopefully she included a note inside!

@Bookbinger - yours is projected to arrive on Friday 🤞🏻

Chelleo Hey neighbor! 👋🏾 I‘m across the river a ways up 75 2y
candority Yay! So cute 😍 2y
CSeydel Hey @Chelleo I‘m actually the one in California (although I grew up in Cincinnati!) I don‘t know who my KY Cupid is, there‘s no Litsy handle on the package. I hope she sees this! 2y
LadyCait84 @CSeydel Ahh!! Forgot to put my handle on the box, sorry!! And wow to a random Cincy connection! 2y
CSeydel @LadyCait84 haha no problem! It‘s so cute, thank you - can‘t wait to open it 😍 2y
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Cupid's Match | Lauren Palphreyman
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#bookcupidswap @Bookbinger @candority

As usual I forgot to include a note before I sealed up the box! But it‘s on its way, and at least the box is marked with the Swap hashtag. (Also, the box is comically big for what‘s inside, so I hope you‘re not disappointed when you open it 😬)

Happy Valentines Day!

Bookbinger It‘s going to be amazing whatever it is!!! Thank you so much!♥️ 2y
candority Wonderful! 💖 2y
Bookbinger I‘m so excited, my birthday is Valentine‘s Day do I‘ll get to open this with everything else! 2y
CSeydel @Bookbinger oh nice! Happy birthday! 2y
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#bookspin #February #MountTBR

I made my list for Bookspin! 10 fiction and 10 nonfiction. Can‘t wait to find out where the spinner lands!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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1. I‘m working on a 3000-word feature article about how biological sex differences influence drug efficacy, and it‘s due Friday.

2. Coffee Crisp! I got 4 in my Christmas stocking and I‘m savoring them.

3. First thing in the morning, while I‘m drinking my coffee and getting ready for the day. And last thing at night when I‘m tucked in and relaxing.

@Cupcake12

BiblioLitten I love Coffee Crisp! 2y
Cupcake12 Good luck with your feature article 👍🏻 Have a good week and thanks for playing x 2y
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Smile | Raina Telgemeier
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#recommendsday #webtoons #graphicnovel

My 13 year old is looking for a new graphic novel to read. She has read Raina Telgemeier‘s books and enjoyed them. She is asking for recommendations based on her favorite Webtoons: Gourmet Hound, True Beauty, Castle Swimmer, Edith.

Help me out, littens! I don‘t know a lot of graphic novels. Anyone?

Purpleness Try Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rex Ogle and maybe El Deafo by Cece Bell 3y
LibrarianRyan 5 Worlds (series), Akward (series), Cleopatra in Space, Castle in the Stars (series), Rapunzel revenge (series), Real Friends by Hale (series), Invisible Emmie (series that is half gn half novel), Tea Dragon Society, Cucumber Quest (Series), I have not read the webtoons you mentioned these are just some of the MG GN series that I like. 3y
CSeydel @Purpleness @LibrarianRyan Thanks! I asked her what she liked about her Webtoons and she said, the romance. Do any of the ones you mentioned have a romance aspect? I already requested Invisible Emmie from our online library and I‘ll look for the others! 3y
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CSeydel @LibrarianRyan awesome. I was able to get Castle in the Stars on her kindle. It looks really good! 3y
LibrarianRyan @CSeydel ít'ѕ vєrч ѕcíєncє. ít'ѕ σn thє vєrgє σf ѕtєppíng wíth αn αuѕtєn vєαrn fєєl 3y
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#translations #AmazonCrossing

I expected a psychological thriller, which this was - but with the emphasis on "psychological" and not so much "thriller." It was a suspense book full of sordid, horrifying events, but written in a quiet, gentle, philosophical tone. If that sounds like an odd reading experience, believe me, it was.

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The Body in the Library | Agatha Christie
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This was good, not my favorite Miss Marple but a quick read. The solution was a bit tenuous but overall it was entertaining. #wintergames @FantasyChick

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The Body in the Library | Agatha Christie
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#24b42020 OMG I STINK at readathons! I read this book yesterday, some in the afternoon and some at bedtime. No idea how many minutes. I got through about 5 chapters. Let‘s call it an hour and a half? #wintergames #jingleballers @FantasyChick @TheReadingMermaid

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas | Agatha Christie
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#wintergames #jingleballers #holidayread #booktomovie

Highly satisfying account of a puzzling Christmas Eve murder, where everyone has a motive but the evidence points nowhere. Naturally Poirot reveals the truth using his “little grey cells” and a careful study of the victim‘s psychology. Nobody does it like Dame Agatha!

Note, this was made into a TV episode starring David Suchet as Poirot

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Arthur Christmas: The Novel | Justine Fontes, Ron Fontes
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Watched our favorite modern Christmas movie, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. I adore this movie! It never gets old! #wintergames #jingleballers @FantasyChick @Clwojick @StayCurious

mabell I love this movie! “Techno Tommy textin on his calcoolator” Grandsanta is great! 😂 3y
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I have put off reading this for many years because I didn‘t want to commit to a 19 book series or whatever, but now that I‘ve read it, I really enjoyed it! The characters are vivid, the quest is exciting, and the world felt rich. Looking forward to book 2.

FantasyChick Haha I've had this series on my list for years and never picked it up for the same reason. That's a lot of books to read! Happy you enjoyed it! 16pts 3y
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Hercule Poirot's Christmas | Agatha Christie
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Reading by the light of the Christmas tree #wintergames #jingleballers @FantasyChick @Clwojick @StayCurious

FantasyChick Looks so cozy!! 3y
CSeydel @fantasychick Very cozy 😊 Do I get 15 pts for it in the #selfiescavengerhunt, or was that a limited time game? (edited) 3y
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Untitled | Unknown
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FantasyChick 😄 16pts 3y
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