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Carol

Carol

Joined March 2016

Cataloger by day, obsessed bookworm all the time. Instagram: bildungsromans
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Who Is Vera Kelly? | Rosalie Knecht
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Thrilling and tender, this is the diverse lady spy novel I've been waiting for!

Check out my review on the library's blog to see how I manage to make the most awkward literary/pizza metaphor mashup ever.
https://areadinglife.com/2018/06/14/who-is-vera-kelly/

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Someone I know from outside the bookish community is looking for titles and since I don't have access to many of my books right now (I moved an I'm still unpacking books) I'm turning to you. Any suggestions? @BookishFeminist perhaps in your wheelhouse?

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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Happy book birthday! You're still on my nightstand but I'm getting closer every day. One day moving won't be a priority and I'll be able to spend time with you. 😘

shawnmooney I really enjoyed her stories 2y
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BED OF LIES

The next Sarah's Scribbles book comes out in March but is available now on Netgalley.

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Bookzombie It‘s like she knows me sometimes. 😂 2y
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When I told @acktopus that I needed a book spiral for today's #uncannyoctober he gleefully gave me this perfect book.
So. 😂
Please enjoy this book Spyral.

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Look who I found in my mailbox! You're welcome back any time @outofprint 😍

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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Powerful. Infuriating. Heart-wrenching. Important. Necessary. This is a fast read so there's no excuse not to add this to your TBR, talk it up with library patrons, and shout it from the rooftops that Dear Martin should be everyone's next book to read.

This is a debut novel for Nic Stone. Her writing is captivating and honest, sometimes raw, but definitely skilled. Her sentences reach inside the reader and draw out the anger and empathy equally.

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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A funny thing happened on the way to reading another book. I started reading this instead and am completely hooked.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great quote! Stacking this one to read! 2y
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Book and drink for #uncannyoctober! I just finished reading Artemis and am in the mood for more flawed but mighty heroines.

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Published in 1937, The Haunted Bridge is perfect for today's #uncannyoctober prompt: published in the 1930s. I must be the only person who doesn't own The Grapes of Wrath 😂

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Everything Must Go: A Novel | Jenny Fran Davis
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That Sunday morning reading cocoon life. 😍☕

What happens when you're 16 and decide to go to a remote hipster Quaker school because your crush said he'd be there, but he bails & leaves you there alone? You put on your big girl boots and make the most of it! I've read reviews that say our MC, Flora, grows & matures over the course of this book, so for now I'm laughing at her immaturity as she struggles to leave her vanity at the door & settle in.

rubyslippersreads This looks great! 2y
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THIS IS HAPPENING!!! ???????? I'm at 20% in and it's every bit as good as you'd think. When I quote him IRL I refer to him as "my Yogi, Detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda, the Homicide Hunter."

DGRachel @dsfisher A Joe book!!!!! 2y
Lizpixie I love this guy! Homicide Hunter is on the Crime&Investigation channel on Foxtel and I watch it regularly. He's so awesome, and can be quite funny.😍 2y
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Starting to see ads for this beauty! 😍😍😍

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#bookmail today was oh so very good to me!
From the bttom up:
Women in Sports, which I'm reviewing but it's not a review copy
An autographed and finished copy of Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions, which I read last month and absolutely adored
And the top two are the notebook & book for this month's #nopostonsundays (title hidden to avoid spoilers) @whelanmaria chose this one & it looks rad!
Oh, and SAGA'S LYING CAT ENAMEL PIN OMG

abbiereadsbooks THAT PIN THOUGH. 2y
whelanmaria Ahhh!!! I can't wait to read your thoughts in the notebook! 2y
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Truth!!!
If you love Sarah's Scribbles you'll probably love Lady Stuff, too!

Erika13137 My current book from the library was last handled by one of those monsters. They couldn't find a receipt or dome other scrap piece of paper to hold their place? 2y
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How to Be Perfectly Unhappy | The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman
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Just a friendly reminder from an unlikely source (The Oatmeal).

melissajayne I needed that. 2y
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Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection | Nick Seluk, The Awkward The Awkward Yeti
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Yaaaaassss that bookworm life. 💕
Right now this is available as READ NOW on Netgalley.

BookFreakOut YES insta-logged in to get this!!! I crocheted a sad gall bladder for my surgeon dad. 2y
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When your book matches your hair 💙💙💙

MarriedtoMrT Love it! 2y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 2y
Soubhiville Yay! 💙💙💙 2y
TrishB Lovely 💙 2y
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Jonesy Vol. 3 | Sam Humphries
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Hells yes, Jonesy. Hells yes. 👊

elkeo_TheBookDragon Amen, sister. 3y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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If you like your romance contemporary and your YA diverse and your stories rich with cultural insights/familial expectations and your dialogue snappy and your meet-cute a total disaster to make the complex relationship that follows that much sweeter--and even if (especially if) none of these is your jam--I highly recommend you pick up When Dimple Met Rishi, which publishes May 30th.

bookloaner Loved it so much! 3y
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Conference Program | American Library Association
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Spotted some Litsy love in the March/April 2017 issue (received in the mail today) of Public Libraries Magazine, the official publication of the Public Library Association. 😍

LectricSheep That's super cool! Do we know who she is on here? 👀 3y
Carol @LectricSheep not as of yet! I'm emailing the editor and asking her to put me in contact with Katie. I'll report back! 3y
LectricSheep Dedication! Nice! 👍🏻 3y
Zelma I mentioned Litsy in a job interview and was pleased that none of the librarians there knew about it (since it was a techie job, promoting an unfamiliar app was a plus on my side). 3y
melbeautyandbooks That's awesome! 3y
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This book is bad. So bad. Dated celebrity references abound, as does insulting assumptions about the reader. I'm actually just hate-reading at this point because I want to see how many ideas she has herself and how many are actually lifted directly from experts like Michelle Phan. Then I got to this section and I about died. What. The. Hell?!

BestOfFates How does that book exist?! 3y
Carol @BestOfFates If you're at a dinner party and hate the food, spit it up into your napkin and, since it's a fancy linen napkin that they'll discover later has your gross spit-up portion in it, just steal the napkin or THROW IT AWAY. What the living hell? 3y
BestOfFates @Carol Hahaha, it's like a parody of itself! 3y
Carol @BestOfFates agreed, though nowhere does it say this is satire. It's being marketed as self-help/humor. The book gets even worse later, teaching you step-by-step how to fake an orgasm, saying it's easier to potty train your cat than let your SO know you just used your own bathroom, and assuring you that scheduling emails and saving up work for a work from home day is easier than just....working from home! This book is a disaster. 3y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Help me Dimple, girl. You're my only hope for climbing up out of this reading slump!
Seriously, I don't think I've been this excited about a book in quite some time. 😍

awishman I've got this on hold at the library! It sounds so good! 3y
BestOfFates So envious!! 3y
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Just another day in the stacks. Yes, I do love my job! #maythefourthbewithyou

elkeo_TheBookDragon AMAZING photo!! 3y
Simona 👏👏👏😂❣️ 3y
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It's the best time of the month. It's Previews day! 😍

quirkyreader Previews is a dangerous thing for me. So years ago I stopped getting it. Now I just look at the weekly lists. 3y
Carol @quirkyreader good call! 3y
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Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (north of Seattle) always has the best displays and this is one of the very very best I've seen. #independentbookstoreday

tpixie Love The Wicked Witch of The East's feet! 3y
Carol @tpixie me too! Especially her shoes 😍 The rainbow went up much higher than the frame of the photo and it's hard to see but there are sticky notes cut into smaller pieces that form the stones of the yellow brick road. 3y
tpixie Ooh I'll need to look closer! Very creative! 3y
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tpixie Oh yes, I missed that detail!! Clever! I'm from KS - I'll have to show my bookseller! 3y
Carol @tpixie I regret not taking another photo from directly over the table, because there are also little figures of the characters (Dorothy, Lion, etc) scattered along the path. The displays here are always amazing 3y
tpixie I just saw them!! They are great! 3y
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Kamau has written an insightful look into both the comedy world and the inherent racism people of color, but especially Black men, face every day. There's an author's note in the back of my galley where Kamau promises more content in the final copy on the current administration and political situation. I can't wait! And luckily you don't have to wait long, either, since this book hits shelves May 2nd.

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Q. How did Kamau feel when Totally Biased ended?
A. 6 pages of relief.

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When you open a package at work and it's two rad books from @acktopus 💓💓💓

acktopus Yes, it was completely a non-selfish gift entirely not at all for me to read. 3y
Carol @acktopus yes but still we both win 🤘😘 3y
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I'm alive! I was telling my fellow #nopostonsundays Littens today that I've been MIA from Litsy this year. Life has gotten hectic and I couldn't keep up with all my social media. I'm making an effort to dip back in here, though. Here's what I'm starting reading tonight. 🤓

Smrloomis Welcome back! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Carol's back!! 3y
LeahBergen 👋🏻👋🏻 3y
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SoniaC So good to see you back! 3y
Zelma Yay, welcome back! 👋 3y
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Damaged Goods | Jennifer Bardsley
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Yesterday I got to finally meet author Jennifer Bardsley in person when she came to my library. 😍

melbeautyandbooks How cool! 3y
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My cubicle at the library greeted me thusly this morning as I completed another successful rotation around the sun 🎂🌞

Yamich49 Happy Birthday!!! 🎁🎊🎉🎈🎂 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat Happy birthday! 🎉🎉 3y
Maike Happy birthday! 😊🎉 3y
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BooksTeasAndBookishThings Happy Birthday!!! 🙌❤📚🎉😊 3y
DebinHawaii Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎂🎁🎈🎉 3y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 🎉📚🎉📚 3y
Lizpixie Happy birthday!🎂🎁🎈🎊 3y
JoeStalksBeck Happy bEARTHday 🎊🎉📚❤️❤👏🎈‼️‼️‼️ 3y
Simona Happy birthday 🎈🎁🎊🎉🎂 3y
Minispok Happy birthday!!!🎉🎉🎉🎂 3y
Texreader Yay!!! Happy day! 🎉🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎂🎊🎈 3y
Sue Happy birthday! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
TheLondonBookworm Happy birthday 😊😊🤘🤘🤘 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Happy birthday!🎂🍾 3y
Suet624 Happy birthday!!!!! ❤❤ 3y
jmtrivera Happy birthday! 3y
Lacythebookworm Happy Birthday! An unopened box from Baker and Taylor is a sort of present, right?! 😊 3y
LitHousewife Happy birthday!!! 3y
KateTheBookworm Happy birthday!! 🎂🎉🎈 3y
MyNamesParadise Happy Birthday!! 😊😊😊 3y
LindsayReads Happy birthday!! 3y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday!!! 🎂🎉 3y
Reviewsbylola Happy birthday! 🎂🎉 3y
Bookzombie Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎉🦄⭐️ 3y
LauraBrook Happy birthday! 🍾 3y
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This notebook is as gorgeous as the book that accompanied it (no spoilers for my #nopostonsundays Litsy postal book club friends). You have amazing taste, @Mars 😍😍😍

ReadingEnvy I have this one right now. 2y
Carol @ReadingEnvy woohoo! These spoiler-free posts work because I don't remember which title it was 😂 2y
Carol Ooh wait @ReadingEnvy that means this is the missing book, right?? 2y
ReadingEnvy @Carol I thought we had straightened it out in Facebook, but yes. 2y
Carol @ReadingEnvy ah I must have missed that. Facebook hasn't been consistently notifying me of new activity. I'll check my settings! 2y
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When your Litsy #nopostonsundays postal book club pal sends you something incredible with this month's rotation. 😍😍😍
Oh @Yamich49 I love it so much!!!! Thank you!!!

Yamich49 Glad you like it! Isn't is super cool? I've had it on my Etsy list for a while and had to order it! 😉 3y
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Hey guys, sorry I've been MIA lately. Life has been stressful and I'm making changes to hopefully balance everything better. I wanted to share a blog post I wrote for my library about reading for self-care. Written on day 3 in office--of course now I want it to just be a list of human rights & climate change books. Anyway, you can read it here https://areadinglife.com/2017/01/26/reading-for-self-care/
Miss you guys! I'll be back on the regs soon!

Yamich49 Good luck with everything! Hope things become less stressful for you soon (in your personal life at least, politically it doesn't look good). 3y
BookishFeminist 💙💙 good luck and stay strong. You're not alone. List of human rights and climate change books coming up soon. 👍🏼 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Thanks for sharing! I'm right there with you. 3y
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Hooray for the next #nopostonsundays book! This one has been on my TBR for a while and I'm really excited to read it!

emmanoble I really loved it! 💕 3y
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I'm definitely a pierogi! 😂😂😂

Laura317 Cute! Not sure what I'd be. What's the confused sqribble? That might be me. 3y
UrsulaMonarch @Laura317 - it's "broken slinky"! ?? 2y
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My Unscripted Life | Lauren Morrill
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WHAT?!?! I AM SO DAMN OLD.

LeahBergen 😂 3y
Suet624 Yeah, me too. 3y
Livelovebark Woah! That's crazy! I don't feel old, in fact I'm not old! (32) but every year, I am starting to feel more and more outdated to these new generations 😭😭 3y
Coleen This makes me sad (as my newspaper sits about 6" from my elbow as I type this). ? 3y
Dorianna How does one go through life never reading a physical newspaper? That's a thing that happens now? I need a nap. 3y
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My Unscripted Life | Lauren Morrill
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This particular line is totally speaking to me right now.

BookFreakOut No plan survives first contact! 3y
thec0zy Ooh I love this quote! 3y
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Varshitha Hahaha😂 dunno how the entire year just got over.. 3y
Dorianna This has felt like the year that will never end. 3y
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Before I Fall | Lauren Oliver
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The book on the left is the book my stylist was raving about and recommending for me. The book on the right is what I thought she was talking about...for like 5 minutes 😂😂😂

Megabooks 😂😂😂😂 Yeah, they're pretty different! 3y
Zelma 😝 before I fall I quite good and worth a read, but yes, very different! 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Finished this amazing book at the hair salon (full review later when I can mentally unpack everything in this crazy book!). Totally regretting not bringing my Kindle, too, but at least there's time for Litsy once again! I miss you guys!

Zelma I'm at the nail salon and forgot my book. Very glad for Litsy! 3y
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Life delay means I'll be shipping on Monday but it's ready to go! #nopostonsundays @abbiereadsbooks

Kshakal Are we supposed to send out? I didn't get an email from Ramya?? 3y
Carol @Kshakal there was a conversation on Slack last month where the general consensus was to try to ship each month around the 15th and there was another conversation on Slack either earlier this week or last where people were trying to figure out shipment timing with holiday pressures. I'm getting on a plane Tuesday for 2 1/2 weeks out of state so I wanted to be sure my gal Abbie's book from me was on the way before I left. Hope this helps! 3y
Kshakal Got it! Perfect! Thanks for the update! I totally missed all of that! 3y
Carol @Kshakal No worries! I never figured out how to turn off push notifications for Slack so I see everything lol 3y
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How I'm spending my day, working with Danish to Russian translations and guessing at what the story is. [I don't really need translation help, it's just a game I play with myself to make work fun.]

Happy Friday!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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This book is completely gorgeous and hyped to the hilt (movie rights already sold!). Despite the way I tend to hide from hype this book is so far (chapter 7) living up to it. I'm calling it now: Caraval will be a book subscription feature in January or February. Looking at you, OwlCrate!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I'm going to regret reading an early copy of this, aren't I?

LeahBergen 😠😠😠 3y
LeahBergen I also hate when the photo section isn't added in nonfiction ARCs. 😠 3y
BookNerdBritt That's how I felt about 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon That is an annoyance with ARCs. I hate it. 😡Maps are the best part!! But I do want to hear if this book is worth reading...and getting a final copy... 3y
Carol @LeahBergen @BookNerdBritt @elkeo Totally true, the struggle is real! However, I have to report back that so far I don't think I truly needed the map and I sacrificed much sleep last night to get to chapter 7. So far, so good! 3y
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My coworker Julie's Halloween costume, while adorable and genius, is the polar opposite of the modern cat lady. This is my third year writing the modern cat lady pieces for my library's blog. Maybe you'll find something to stack! (Or just scroll to the very bottom to see photos of my cats) https://areadinglife.com/2016/12/08/modern-cat-lady-2016-edition/

[DELETED] 1409720085 Cute kitties! 3y
Dorianna I really enjoyed your post and your cute kitty photos. Also your co-worker's costume is the best thing I've ever seen. 😂😂😂 3y
Smrloomis Exactly what @Dorianna wrote 😁 Love it. Thanks for sharing! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Great blog! 3y
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Poison's Kiss | Breeana Shields
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Well hello, gorgeous.

BekahB Ooohhhh that's a pretty cover. 💕 3y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Anyone else have a giant bookmark collection and still sometimes end up using makeshift bookmarks instead? 😂😂😂

AWahle Yep! My favorite is a paint chip from Lowes with flowers on one side and the paint colors on the other. 3y
jmtrivera All the time! I was just thinking about the silliness of that the other day! 3y
Soubhiville Of course! Reciepts, sticky notes, leaves... whatever's handy! 3y
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quirkyreader I have all sorts of bookmarks and when the pile gets to big I pass them along for other readers to use. 3y
Reviewsbylola I grabbed an empty fruit snack package last night for my bookmark. 😂 3y
Paustinpharmd I usually use whatever comes with my book mail boxes. But it would be cool to find some masculine or comic book nerdy ones. Most I find in stores are laden with inspirational sayings or are flowery etc 3y
Carol @Paustinpharmd don't ever go down the rabbit hole of looking at bookmarks on Etsy or you will be pleased and broke. 😂 I know what you mean though. Most stuff is too girly for me and when you can find something like you're describing it's poorly done. There are some DC, Marvel, Harry Potter, and Star Wars ones in the back of my Target with those fandom displays. Maybe you'd find one there that isn't just awful? 3y
Carol @AWahle whoa! I didn't realize they were quite so fancy. That sounds like a great balance of frill and function. 3y
Carol @jmtrivera @Soubhiville right?!!?? 😂 3y
Paustinpharmd I found some cool pop mini ones on amazon of marvel heroes a couple years ago those were neat. Also got a star wars one with a picture of a storm trooper on it. 3y
Carol @quirkyreader that is a rad idea that shares the wealth! My problem is even though I don't always grab for one I can't even contemplate giving one up. Guess I'm officially a collector now? 3y
Carol @Reviewsbylola needs must!!! I feel ya! 3y
Carol @Paustinpharmd f-yeah Stormtrooper! 👍 3y
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It's Previews day for me and I've just found the standout title in February's new releases.

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