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CogsOfEncouragement

CogsOfEncouragement

Joined June 2016

Stay up late reading. Regret it in the morning. Repeat.
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waiting for the cable guy

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Rip Van Winkle | Washington Irving
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I read this short story in one sitting. It has me thinking about a lot of themes and life lessons. I did not expect that.

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More fun from these characters. I enjoyed this one for the month of October.

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Rip Van Winkle | Washington Irving
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Picked up a library hold today. Super fun to find this inside. #BookNerdBliss

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Makes you wonder where the book was from 70 to 91...👻 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Maybe Rip Van Winkle fell asleep reading it in 70 and didn‘t wake up to return it until 91? 😂 (edited) 1w
Readerann Love it! 1w
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Fun and sweet, though a little predictable. Beautiful artwork that I took my time to enjoy.

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Death on the Aisle | Laura Durham
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This type of easy read is a good pairing for what my schedule has been lately. I plan to continue with the series, the next one is a novella set at Halloween.

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Death on the Aisle | Laura Durham
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coffee break

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Review To a Kill | Laura Durham
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Easy, fun. Love these minimalist covers too.

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included with amazon prime - audible series The One

sweet story of a beloved neighborhood dog

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Finished this last night. My boy asked me to get the next in the series today. #BedtimeBookClub

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Much of this is written as correspondence. I‘ve read a few other books that use this method and always enjoy seeing the story from different points of view. I appreciate the author revealing the ways characters miscommunicate or sometimes a character‘s deceit in this way. #LibraryEBook

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Love the cover. Not taken in by the characters but I finished it because I enjoyed the way the author used words. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #LibraryEBook

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For Better Or Hearse | Laura Durham
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The main character is a wedding planner and she has quirky, likable coworkers, neighbors, and friends. The brides (or their mothers) are awful in the best possible way for an extra laugh. Which Durham knows about all too well, because she was a wedding planner herself. Of course there is a handsome detective, for a sweet hint of romance. You can get the first e-book in this series, “Better Off Wed” for free. I give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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On Audible- Amazon Original Stories
A Wedding Thing: The One

A short story of a strong love.

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When We Were Vikings | Andrew David MacDonald
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I enjoyed being taught about Vikings from this heroine‘s unique point of view and current experiences. I was rooting for her from the start and my interest in what happened to each of the people in her life was high. The author told an engaging tale about how messy life is and how much we need each other to get through.
#NetGalley

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Mycroft Holmes | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
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I was astonished to learn Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast. And an author. (He was on the writing team for the most current season of “Veronica Mars” btw.)

I enjoyed the characters and story. There were clever nods to the original stories which I appreciated. There were a few things I had an issue with but they are spoilers, so I won‘t specify. I was especially pleased to have a lesson on Merikans in this historical fiction.

Annl I have been reading this on my kindle on and off for over a year. I like it a lot but only read my kindle at bedtime...💤 2mo
Liatrek This has been on my TBR pile for awhile looking forward to reading soon 😊 2mo
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Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. My middle school son adores this series. #BedtimeBookClub

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Dead Ringer | Laura Durham
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Another quick, easy read in this fun series.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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Super sweet YA with fun twists throughout. My daughter is a HS senior, so I empathize for the pressures the main characters are going through in that time of life. Loved the dialogue between Pepper and Jack. #NetGalley

MuddyPuddle Looking forward to this one... 2mo
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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Lots of heartfelt dialogue.

Unhealthy thoughts, talk and actions on sex though. Misses the point of healthy intimacy completely and characters applaud risky behavior that would certainly end in heartbreak and worse in the real world.

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I had the opportunity to read an ARC of “Boy Mom” by Monica Swanson and loved it. Releases August 6, you can preorder now. #BoyMomBook #NetGalley

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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This is my second Moriarity and I‘ve enjoyed them both. This is written first person, and I appreciated being in these particular characters‘ heads. I enjoy staging simple photos with a book and I realize it makes me consider the story in another way, by determining what I should use. Today, the exercise had a superb payoff as I had overlooked a joke the author made and I laughed out loud as I was setting up this shot. #BookNerdBliss

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Edifying short stories to encourage the reader to use the gifts and talents God has given to make a positive difference in his/her circle of influence and watch what God does.

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The Austen Escape | Katherine Reay
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Fun, easy read. I chose to read this now because I just finished reading seven Austen novels over the last seven months with the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub

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Upbeat, practical encouragement for intentional parenting.

Swanson has four boys, one just off to college down to one in elementary school. My son is a middle schooler and I appreciate being able to glean from a mom who has gone before me.

#BoyMomBook is scheduled for release August 6.
#NetGalley

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I just finished reading seven Austen novels with the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub. This was a short, easy, fun non-fiction to cap that off. Though I could never hold my own at an Austen event, and I do not have the novels ranked by favorites, I fully admit to getting bent out of shape when someone harshly criticizes Austen‘s work. And at the same moment realize I should have no reason to take the criticism personally.

smilingshelves I've got this one on my list to read later this year. I'm rereading all of Austen's books by listening to them on audio for the first time. This book looks like such a fun one to finish up with! 3mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Austen‘s wit is delightful. I read this the first time about three years ago and nothing was lost by rereading it. This is the last book for the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub and I have enjoyed revisiting them all.

I made a point of reading a few diverse books in between. Now I plan to dive into a few fun Janeite reads this summer starting with Camp Austen by Ted Scheinman and The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay. (tags in the comments)

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Some summer reading for me and my boy. #LibraryHaul

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My twelve year old son and I enjoyed reading this together. We immediately went to the library for the next book in the series! #BedtimeBookClub

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3mo
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I‘m currently reading an ARC of #BoyMomBook by Monica Swanson. Good stuff.

AbigailDays Funny, a friend of mine (mother of 3 boys) said something very similar to me. I agree 100% 3mo
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Starting this today. My first time on a book launch team. My first NetGalley read. #BoyMomBook

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Agatha Christie never disappoints. Another clever mystery.

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Reading books in season makes me happy. I had made a note to myself months ago to read “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie this summer. I got it from the library this week. It begins: It was in June...

#BookNerdBliss
#CelebrateTheMundane
#firstlines

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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I read this about seven years ago. Out of all the Austen novels, I remembered the least about this one. Though I cannot easily relate to this heroine, I was invested and rooting for her from the start. Austen again weaves human nature so well into the tale I‘m glad for the reread. #ArdentlyAustenBookClub

As I was thinking about staging a photo, I determined the photo on the cover was simply perfect.

#BookNerdBliss
#BookishEncouragement

emz711 I 3mo
emz711 It's my favorite! Anne Eliot is my spirit animal 3mo
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Help kids in need get books by logging the minutes your kids read.
https://www.scholastic.com/summer/home/

#BookishEncouragement

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Three years ago I heard about Litsy and immediately joined. Times flies when you‘re reading.
#BookNerdBliss

SilversReviews Happy Anniversary!! LOVE Litsy!! ♥️ 4mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Ddzmini Happy anniversary 🎉🎊🍾 4mo
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CogsOfEncouragement @Ddzmini thank you 😊 4mo
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Read this the first time five years ago. The reread with the kids was just as fun. Superb series. #BedtimeBookClub

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I read this because the title caught my attention on a Book Riot list of unconventional YA love stories. I borrowed it from the library and did enjoy that it was different from anything I have read.

I gave it three stars on goodreads.

Christine Definitely a great title! 4mo
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Love & Luck | Jenna Evans Welch
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I enjoyed this sequel to Love and Gelato. I read both books with my HS daughter. Lots of issues to talk through in both stories.

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Each week I search for #OneBeautifulThing to post to Insta. This week I found it in the #LibraryLandscaping when I was there to pick up my requested item.

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Emma | Austen Jane
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I first read this August 2013, and now again May 2019 for the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub

I was glad to remember the main events of the tale. In this particular story, it made me appreciate Austen‘s telling even better in the reread.

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Wow. Powerful story.
Five stars.

#AudioMemoir

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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith
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I am re-reading Jane Austen novels for the first part of the year with the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub I decided to read more diverse books in between. I had heard great things about this series, but it was not as clever as I had hoped. It is set in a culture I am not familiar with though, which was my aim.

I gave it three stars on goodreads.

Tamra The characters develop as the series progresses. The mysteries aren‘t profound, but lots about human nature and relationships. 😊 (edited) 5mo
Rachel.Rencher I didn't know this is a series! 5mo
Tamra @Rachel.Rencher it is and I‘m a crazy fan girl of it! 5mo
CogsOfEncouragement @Tamra I had my family watch the first episode of the HBO series with me over the weekend. We plan to watch every episode together. 5mo
Tamra @CogsOfEncouragement I wish that had continued on with it! Enjoy! 5mo
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Exceptional re-read.
#BedtimeBookClub

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Vader's Little Princess | Jeffrey Brown
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May The Fourth Be With You

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Audio book on Libby - I had to wait about four months for it, and the app made me aware there were twenty people waiting for it. Clocking in at nineteen hours, I changed my habit of only listening in the car to listening while at the gym, doing dishes, etc. because I wanted to hear it all. Well done telling of how she ended up in the White House.
#AudioMemoir

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Go | Kazuki Kaneshiro
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Amazon Publishing gave away this kindle version in honor of World Book Day. I learned aspects of the culture in Japan which I had no knowledge of before. Which is the point of reading a novel translated to English from Japanese. I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads.

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Another five star reread. #BedtimeBookClub

LibrarianRyan I love this series. 6mo
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Go | Kazuki Kaneshiro
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I just found out today and want to share:

“Amazon Crossing is putting the world in the palm of your hand. Celebrate World Book Day with 9 free, translated Kindle books by authors across the globe.”

Read for free. Explore the world. https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world