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ChasingOm

ChasingOm

Joined May 2016

Just a small town progressive who uses a lot of !!!s (She/Her)
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I LOVED this Manga series. 😻

It‘s a sweet story told from the viewpoint of a kitten abandoned in a rainstorm to be rescued by a shady looking character and maybe - maybe - learn to not judge a book by its cover.

It made me actually laugh out loud at least once a volume.

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It‘s a beautiful day to sit outside and read!

Starting my #BookSpin from my Black History Month board - hoping my recently (mildly) concussed head can handle it. 😅

SpellboundReader I hope you're feeling better now. 🤕 (edited) 5mo
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Iris Kelly Doesn't Date | Ashley Herring Blake
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This is my second #BookSpin list for February - featuring romances that I own and need to read! 😅 (This #FoodandLit pick might be an outlier...we'll see if there are any romantic elements!) 💕

Texreader I hope it‘s good!! 6mo
Catsandbooks Lovely list! Hope the Luminaries has some romance! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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I have two lists for February's #BookSpin. This one recognizes Black History Month. (My Outlander #SeriesLove is an outlier here. My #FoodandLit pick is by a Maori woman.) 💛💚🖤❤️

Catsandbooks Fantastic list! ❤️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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I‘ve gotten out of the habit of taking pictures of what I‘m reading and sharing them here. 🥲 So here‘s a January report with a repost of my #BookSpin list!
Read: Tagged & Rated Below
Note: Read my BookSpin, Double BookSpin, and #FoodandLit choice this month!

Texreader This is great! I need to do something like this 6mo
ChasingOm For #FoodandLit Ghana. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 6mo
ChasingOm For #BookSpin. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
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ChasingOm For #DoubleBookSpin. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (When I originally picked this up a few years ago, I could not get into it. Definitely a right book, wrong time scenario - I LOVED it.) 6mo
ChasingOm A difficult read; Kate is an excellent story teller and artist and I‘m so glad she shared her own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
ChasingOm For #ReadHarder Manga, I read this series instead and I HAVE ALL THE LOVE FOR IT. It‘s cute and sweet and made me laugh out loud every volume. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!! 6mo
Catsandbooks Great job! 👏🏼🇬🇭 6mo
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By pure coincidence - I swear! - #6 on my list is my first book of 2024 that I just finished. 🤯 #BookSpin
I love books that get me to care about the characters *and* teach me something about the world that I didn't know much about. This book does that for the Duterte Regime's “War on Drugs“ in the Philippines, which included a wave of extrajudicial killings - no arrests, no due process, no rehabilitation for substance users. It was heartbreaking.

ChasingOm Now to get this one off my TBR (and my shelf!): 7mo
Singout Have you read Some People Need Killing? It‘s on my TBR list, although I forget where the rec came from. 7mo
ChasingOm @Singout I haven't, although it's on my TBR as well! 7mo
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Illegal | Eoin Colfer
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Another graphic novel off the TBR!

This one was very sad and also incredibly important. I do not understand people who have no compassion for the immigrants taking these life/death risks because they feel they have NO choice.

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Another graphic novel off my TBR!

This was super cute and had a good lesson to be proud of being who you are, not simply accepting what you‘re told you should be.

I got my Litsy TBR down to 99! 😂

TieDyeDude I loved this one! 😁 6mo
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Basil and Oregano | Melissa Capriglione
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While cleaning out my “to read” list here, I decided to download any graphic novels that were available from my library. This was the first one I read because it was the one I was most excited about - but it fell a little flat. The storyline moved a little too quickly - long standing resentments resolved in a frame or two - but the characters were great. I wanted more!

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My view while reading this book: A+

The book itself: Solid B?

I liked the setting and I liked the clues in the game, but I knew whodunnit WAY early on. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Good atmosphere, no suspense.

#GhostsofXmas

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
BookwormAHN Cute kitty 🤍 7mo
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I love Jenny Bayliss's holiday romance novels. 🥰
They're atmospheric and she really builds out all of the relationships in the MC's life - not just the romance, but the friendships and family dynamics too.
There is almost no 🌶, but sometimes the 🍭 wins!
The main character in this one is Elinor Noel - but she goes by Nory.

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I love a good fake dating romance trope - but I did not love the way these “country music star“ protagonists were written. The amount of “sweetheart“s and drawl felt forced rather than natural - and I grew up in the South, listening to country music! I loved this writing duo's first book and I'll pick up whatever they write next, but this was a bit of a miss for me.

#HolidayRomanceBingo
#GhostsofXmas

peanutnine Bummer! At least it's off the TBR! 8mo
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Today‘s plans. 😍

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I‘ve been sick all week, so I‘ve been throwing back the easy reads - mostly mysteries and romance novels. This library hold cam in at the perfect time!

Once I‘m done with Sister Holiday, though, I‘m looking for a mystery series that has a few books out already - anyone recommendations?

Other books read this week tagged in the comments.

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dabbe Hope you're on the mend soon! 🤗 1y
marleed The tagged has 3 books with a 4th coming out Christmas‘23. Then I believe the author plans to take a break for a few years before revisiting the series. 1y
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A Sinister Revenge | Deanna Raybourn
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I'm late with my March #BookSpin list, but since I haven't had time to read yet this month, I think it's okay. 😂

My most anticipated book is tagged; I LOVE the Veronica Speedwell series and the last one ended on a cliffhanger! I've already got the audiobook pre-ordered. 🥰

In February, I read 4 books, three of which ticked (4) boxes on my February Book Spin list. I'm looking forward to seeing what March brings to my TBR!

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Another solid installment in the Wayward Children series!

It didn‘t have the same world building that my favorite books in the series have, but I LOVED Antsy. I also love the idea of a shop where lost things are found - kittens, socks, and maybe even children who have lost their faith in adults…

(Finished on my flight home.)

#serieslove2023
#bookspin

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An early morning flight allowed me the last 40 minutes I needed to finish this audio book — but it had me crying in the last 10! Good thing I had some tissues in my carry on. 🥹

I loved this book and it was FANTASTIC on audio. The producers added small touches that made it feel like you were in the room with the narrator as she was telling her life story through short vignettes. I‘m going to miss Cara Romero!

#FoodandLit
#Bookspin

Catsandbooks Ooo that audio sounds awesome! 🇩🇴 1y
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Starting this one tonight on audio! I love the way the book is written as a conversation and the narrator really brings it to life.

This book will cover two 2023 challenges:
#FoodandLit Dominican Republic
#ReadHarder2023 (BookRiot) Listen to an audiobook performed by a person of color of a book written by an author of color.

Catsandbooks Conversation style sounds fun! 🇩🇴 1y
Texreader I hadn‘t heard of this one! Glad it‘s on my radar now 1y
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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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My final read of January is in the books! (Pun intended.)

This is a gorgeous graphic novel, made from a webcomic of the same name. The art is both bright and dark, playing off itself in interesting ways, and the story is compelling. I love Greek mythology and found myself asking “wait, is that REALLY what happened?!?” — as if any of it REALLY happened. 😂

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I have stuck with my resolution to spend the day in pajamas reading! 😄

This was the perfect book to finish during a day like this - a book about joy and fun and how we (especially women) are taught to “mature” beyond the things that light us up, into the things that society expects of us. On that note, I‘m going to crank my kpop playlist, meal prep breakfast for the week, and then settle in with my next read. 💜

Suet624 Sounds like a great plan. 1y
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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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I desperately need a day to stay in my pajamas, drink some comforting warm beverages, and read! My goal is to make Sunday that day...so consider this an accountability post. 😄

I picked up the tagged book at the library today. I'm looking forward to sinking into it, as well as finishing up my current non-fiction read, tagged below.

Julsmarshall Sounds like a wonderful day! 1y
Maria514626 Happy reading and resting! 💪👏🎉 1y
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While We Were Dating | Jasmine Guillory
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My #BookSpin list for February is full of romance books that I bought last year and didn't have the headspace to actually read. (My friends opened an indie bookstore in September and I had to make sure they survived!!) 🥰

In January, I read four books (so far), three of which were on my January Book Spin list, so I'm feeling pretty excited for this next round!

Suet624 I have that particular sense of responsibility as well. 1y
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This week‘s #SouperSunday recipe came from the NYT Cooking section - Chickpea Harissa Soup. Listened to the first few chapters of the tagged while cooking and eating…the perfect combo! 🔪😂

Credit to @TheBookHippie for inspiring my weekly meal prep plans! 🥣

Tamra So delicious! 1y
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Things I loved about this cozy mystery (the first in a new series): the relationships, the love potentials based on high school relationships (as someone who moved back home after being away for years after college, the re-emergence of high school drama spoke to me), and the setting.

Things I didn‘t love are in the comments and hidden, but they weren‘t enough to keep me from picking up the second book when it‘s published in July. 😄

ChasingOm I didn‘t love that the plot focused more on exonerating her uncle than it did on the murder itself and I didn‘t love how many times the author repeated certain things - like how questionable her uncle‘s moral code could be. 🙄 2y
Bookzombie That‘s a cozy photo! 2y
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I was inspired by @TheBookHippie ‘s meal planning post yesterday and, while I‘m not ready to plan out every meal, I am ready to plan out my Soup Sundays! Between these cookbooks, my NYT Cooking subscription, and Pinterest, I‘m more than set for a year of soup! 😄

Today‘s recipe is going to be Kimchi Soup from the tagged cookbook. 💜

TheBookHippie YAY!!!! ♥️👩🏻‍🍳♥️ 2y
Tamra Soup Sundays - YES! 2y
Tamra I am too much of a mood eater, like I am a mood reader, to plan very far in advance. 😏 2y
ChasingOm @Tamra Me too, which is why my plan is to compile a master list of soup recipes that I have to choose from and go from there. 😄 The hardest part for me is knowing what options I have where, lol. 2y
Tamra @ChasingOm I know the feeling. 😌 2y
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Death by Bubble Tea | Jennifer J. Chow
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I love a good cozy mystery with a foodie setting and this new series seems like it will deliver everything I like - interesting characters with engaging back stories, food to drool over, and a familiar-to-me setting of West LA. Some of the back stories seemed a little forced in the telling, but there‘s enough there to have me putting the next one in the series (to be published in June) on my ginormous TBR. 🧋

#BookSpin #DoubleSpin

ChasingOm In an effort to be kind to myself, I repeated books 1-10 as 11-20 in my book spin list, which meant 7 & 17 were the same book — this one! 😂 2y
Bklover How lucky is that! Awesome! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And a double BookSpin win!!! 2y
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We Deserve Monuments | Jas Hammonds
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This was an excellent novel about a young woman finding herself (and her roots) in the town that her mother grew up in. The relationships with her family and friends felt real - being a teenager IS tough - although all the additional struggles felt a bit much for me. Usually I‘m here for all of the dramatics, so maybe it was just my headspace, but there was a LOT going on for one protagonist. Still - definitely worthy of my first book of 2023! 😄

ChasingOm Side note: we had Friendmas this weekend, so this photo was taken at the tail end of the decorations. 😭 I‘ll be packing them up this coming weekend. 2y
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Impossible Imposter | Deanna Raybourn
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Finished this audiobook while making the pictured dinner - this series never disappoints! Anytime Deanna Raybourn publishes a new volume, it draws me back to Audible so I can have all of them on one platform. 😂

Veronica is a marvelous hero and her relationship with Stoker is complicated and real, even if she does describe him as looking like a “disreputable pirate” more than once. I can‘t wait for book #8, coming in March!

Julsmarshall I feel the same! The “disreputable pirate” gets me every time! 2y
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We Deserve Monuments | Jas Hammonds
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I had a rough reading year in 2022, so we're starting out 2023 gentle. 😊

I'm looking forward to jumping back into #FoodandLit, Book Riot's #ReadHarder challenge, my #Outlander series read (maybe as part of #SeriesLove2023?), and #BookSpin...while also realizing that with a full time job, a part time job, and a new project, I probably won't be reading 20 books a month any time soon. 😂

Here's to being an active Litten once again! 🥂

bnp Volume doesn't count, it's that you're here that matters. 2y
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The Emma Project | Sonali Dev
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Funny how I haven‘t posted in 9 months, yet my picture today looks eerily similar to my last. 😄 I haven‘t read a lot this year and I‘m not sure I‘m back in a groove yet, but Bo says hi. 🐾

Suet624 Super sweet photo. Nice to see you again. 2y
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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My only plans for today. 🥰

mabell What a sweet face 😍🐶 2y
ladym30 Such a beautiful face!❤️ 2y
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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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For my #FoodandLit tour of Egypt, I read two books: the Lonely Planet guide and this amazing ride through an alternative Cairo where steam technology and magic coexist to make Egypt one of the world‘s great powers.
I love the characters in Clark‘s world (begun in two novellas before this full length novel), the world he has created, and the exploration of all kinds of power dynamics. I hope there will be more books in this universe!

Catsandbooks This is on my TBR! 2y
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The Curie Society | Janet Harvey, Heather Einhorn, Adam Staffaroni
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This graphic novel was my first read of 2022 AND my first #BookSpin of the year. I loved the idea of a secret society of badass women scientists, recruited in college to do amazing things, and I really hope there is a sequel. This is going straight to the local LFL in hopes a young woman picks it up. 🥰

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My February #BookSpin list!

I read 7 off my list in January, including my Book Spin, and I‘m working on my 8th today. 😄

Numbers 16-20 are all “Library Book.” 🥰

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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I love the Raje family and I thought that this would be my favorite of the trilogy (a fourth book comes out this year) because of the yoga and political campaign plots (two things very much in my wheelhouse) but it fell a little short of expectations. That being said, it was still excellent and I love the characters even more — a perfect snowy day read cuddled with Bo under the electric blanket. 🥰

ChasingOm This is my favorite of the three: 3y
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Portrait of a Scotsman | Evie Dunmore
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We‘re expecting another good snow dump starting tomorrow, so my husband and I ran all our preparation errands this morning and I‘m now settling down with this stack of #WeekendReading possibilities. 😄 We have a long weekend here, so I‘ve got two full days and this evening to make a dent.

The tagged book is up first!

Andrew65 Sounds like reading is the best option. 3y
readordierachel I loved this one. Stay warm! 3y
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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My #WeekendReading plans, while waiting for the snow to melt so I can run some errands tomorrow. I didn‘t go to bed until 1 am this morning, wanting to get to the halfway point!

Andrew65 Plenty to keep you busy but a good read. 3y
Kloves2read One of my absolute favorites series. I am currently on book 9. 3y
ChasingOm @Andrew65 I just finished! @Kloves2read I don‘t know what took me so long to pick it up! 3y
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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We got a good ol‘ snowstorm today, so I‘ve settled in with a warm (decaf) coffee, a fuzzy blanket, and the first book in my #Outlander2022 read. ☕️

A friend of mine gave me books 2-5 last year, so my goal is to read one a month in 2022 to catch up on the series. I‘m only to chapter 3 and I‘m already obsessed with Gabaldon‘s writing. 🥰

Skyrimir Jealous of all the snow pics I‘m seeing on Litsy! We rarely get any snow here. 3y
Cortg That‘s an impressive goal. I read 1-2 books a year to catch up! 3y
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m going to give #BookSpin another go this year! Here‘s my list. Numbers 16-20 are all “Library Book.” 🥰

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Here is my Holiday Haul! 😍

I think my last book of 2021 will be the tagged, and my first book of 2022 will be The Curie Society. (I like my rituals on New Year‘s Day, so a graphic novel will be the perfect pop of reading.)

wanderinglynn I love your gnomes! 💜 3y
ChasingOm @wanderinglynn Thank you! The first holiday decorations my husband bought for our new house. 😂 3y
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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Tomorrow will be full of traveling between my husband‘s family & mine, so today I stayed home to bake, do laundry, and read the tagged book.

I love Christina Lauren‘s stories; they do such a good job of making you root for the characters. I want to be friends with these families and spend time in Park City with them over the holidays. ❤️🎄🎅🏻

📸 is a holiday tradition — grandma‘s banana bread for tomorrow morning.

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How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology | Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Sophie Jordan, Joanna Shupe Sophie Jordan
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I read the first story in this collection this evening: Tessa Dare‘s “Meet Me in Mayfair.” Dare is a favorite regency romance writer and this story didn‘t disappoint…I loved the relationship that the two characters built over the course of an evening spent walking through London. The author did an excellent job building a believable connection in a short time!
#FestivePhotoChallenge Mistletoe #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious I liked this one 3y
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Window Shopping | Tessa Bailey
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My other book this weekend was this 🔥🔥🔥🔥Christmas romance that I downloaded on a whim. It was SO MUCH STEAMIER than I was expecting but — I‘m not mad about it.
I love a good Grumpy Bear meets Cheer Bear story line and I especially loved the fact that it was the female lead who carried the bah humbug attitude. I just wish I could see her window dressings IRL!
#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge Santa‘s Little Helpers

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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Oof! This week was a whirlwind and I didn‘t get much reading done until I canceled all my weekend plans and decorated/read instead. 😅 #NoRegrets
I loved our #TeamGameSleighers team read! I wasn‘t going to pick it up — I‘m not a huge fan of the twin swap trope as I am actually married to a twin and find it hard to believe, lol — but I got invested in all of the characters quickly AND I‘m a sucker for a reality baking show plot. ❤️
#WinterGames2021

ChasingOm #FestivePhotoChallenge Our stocking situation! 3y
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Landline | Rainbow Rowell
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Another short holiday story and my answers to the #WinterGames2021 Week 1 Challenge!

1. @SeaToSkyes
2. @Laughterhp
3. @sebrittainclark
4. @StayCurious
5. @peanutnine
6. @PuddleJumper
7. @PageShifter
8. @MatchlessMarie
9. @audraelizabeth
10. @DebinHawaii

This short story didn‘t really do anything for me, although I‘ve liked Rowell‘s work in the past. Maybe it‘s too early for me to want COVID in my stories…. 😬

DebinHawaii Aww… thank you! 😁🤗 3y
StayCurious I hear you... 3y
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Commencement | J Courtney Sullivan
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Another short holiday story; I‘ve tagged the author‘s novel.
I read this while my husband and I drove to Columbus for a short anniversary weekend away. 😍 Walking around the shopping center last night, we admired the lights & listened to the Silver Bells on the horse drawn carriages. #FestivePhotoChallenge
I love stories set in reality television; I would read this story as a full novel so I could learn more about the characters. #WinterGames2021

StayCurious Happy anniversary! 3y
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My second holiday read for #WinterGames2021, with a cherry rugelach background for the #FestivePhotoChallenge prompt.

I love a “misunderstanding in childhood leads to adult rivalry leads to love” trope as much as anyone, but there were pieces of this that fell flat for me. It also had ZERO chemistry on the page between the love interests, which was disappointing. I did like the Jewish traditions and Yiddish that were sprinkled in though!

Laughterhp Oh no! I have this one on my list to read this month. 3y
ChasingOm @Laughterhp I hope you disagree with me!! 😄 3y
StayCurious good review! 3y
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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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This short story isn‘t in the database, so I‘m tagging a novel by the author instead. This was short, but not necessarily sweet; it‘ll have you wanting to hug the people in your life who work to make the holidays special. 🎁
My Nespresso advent calendar and the book cover will have to do for the “Red & Green” prompt of the #FestivePhotoChallenge for #WinterGames2021 because we haven‘t decorated yet. 😂
Go #TeamGameSleighers!

StayCurious Great! 3y
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Here is an early December TBR for #WinterGames pre-game points! Not pictured is the third in the Arden trilogy because I‘ll need to pick it up, probably at the library. 🌲#TeamGameSleighers

sebrittainclark A Holly Jolly Diwali and The Matzah Ball are on my list too. I read In a Holidaze last year and absolutely loved it! 3y
StayCurious I'm looking forward to some of these myself! 3y
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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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I can‘t adequately describe this book. It‘s totally bananapants (the multiverse, a long-standing impasse between good vs. evil, and paranormal creatures all factor heavily in the plot) while also being very grounded in reality (police shootings, protests, and fear of “others” also make appearances). There are no neat bows wrapped around the end, which makes sense as this is the first in a promised series. Who KNOWS where book two might take us?!

wanderinglynn Sounds fascinating. Stacked! 3y
peanutnine I love your description of bananapants yet grounded 😂 definitely captures the feel of this one! 3y
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