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Joined June 2016

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This is why I love book clubs! I‘m not a big sci-fi reader and would probably never pick this book up on my own, but it has glowing reviews and I‘m looking forward to diving into this story and discussing it in a few weeks!

TheSpineView I enjoyed it and read the whole series! Hope you like it too! 2d
Cortg @TheSpineView I‘m about 1/4 of the way through it, so far so good! 2d
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One Day in December | Josie Silver
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So-so for me. A basic love triangle story with a predictable ending.

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My morning consists of chauffeuring a kid around and waiting, waiting, waiting. Fortunately, it‘s absolutely beautiful outside! I‘m planning on getting some reading in and maybe a walk around the asylum campus for the next 2 hours.

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I read this 2 years ago and just finished the audiobook for book club. I find this story an intriguing piece of US History and I‘m glad to have the story told to me. I‘m looking forward to the movie, Matthew McConaughey is my favorite!

Tamra A movie? Yes! 1w
Cortg @Tamra Yes! But don‘t hold your breath. It‘s been in the works for 2 years and there isn‘t much info about it on IMDb. Patience is a virtue. (edited) 1w
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Went to the movies with hubby to see Tolkien this afternoon. It basically covers his life from age 12 when his mom dies, his time at King Edwards School, Oxford & WWI, summing up his marriage and the beginnings of Lord of the Rings. We both enjoyed the story and I liked how they flashed thoughts and pieces of LOTR ideas as they came to him throughout his life.

hermyknee That‘s good to hear — I really want to see this one! 2w
Librarianaut Ditto!! This movie is def on my go-see-in-the-theatre list 2w
Daisey Glad to hear what you thought! I do want to see it, but not sure I‘ll make it to the theatre. 2w
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Best book I‘ve read in a looooooong time! Beautifully written, heart wrenching at times with waves of emotions. I‘m a bit of a mess right now.

BennettBookworm Totally agree!!!! 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s so good ♥️👍🏻 2w
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Kid has callbacks for a show she‘s auditioning for. I‘m opting for some quiet reading time in the car with the sound of rain falling all around. Happy Sunday Littens!

wanderinglynn Break a leg kid! 👍🏻 3w
Cortg @wanderinglynn Awe, thanks!!! 3w
Cathythoughts Good luck. Loved this book 3w
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I didn‘t know much about this book going into it other than the rave reviews I keep reading. I haven‘t stayed up late, on the edge of my seat, excited to read the end of a book in a long time! There were a lot of characters that I often had to stop and think about there story before continuing which may bother some readers. I loved how the book had an open ending. So, so good!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Powwow time! I have a feeling the ending to this book is going to be jaw dropping for some reason. Something big is going to happen and I‘m at the edge of my seat!

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Everybody Is Somebody #12 | Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
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My library‘s April Reading Challenge is to read a children‘s book. I chose Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver‘s book Everybody is Somebody. This is book #12 in the Here‘s Hank series. I love the fact that Hank is dyslexic and even though he has a hard time with his reading and schoolwork, the books focus‘s on something positive that Hank is good at. I also love that they use the Dyslexie font, a font that helps readers with Dyslexia.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I listened to this one since Time was of the Essence, ie:bookclub! Although I didn‘t think the story was all that unique, the writing was amazing, I loved the speed and way the story was untold and I felt I had an intimate relationship with Roy, Celestrial and Andre. I can‘t wait to discuss this next week!

Cathythoughts I bailed... 🤷🏻‍♀️. 4w
Cortg @Cathythoughts That‘s ok. Not all books are for all people. I‘m curious about what my book club thought. They‘re all over the place with their book likes and dislikes. 4w
Cathythoughts Sounds like it will be an interesting discussion ♥️👍🏻 4w
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@vumblereads Here‘s a picture of our LFL that my daughter built for her Girl Scout Silver Award a couple years ago. It is at the beginning of a bike/jogging trail in town. We need to make a new door for it this spring/summer but we‘ve had a lot of fun with it!

BookishMarginalia Love it! 4w
vumblereads The design is lovely! Thanks for showing us pictures! I‘ve been wanting to put one in front of the house but I don‘t think HOA will approve 😅 4w
Cortg @vumblereads Maybe you can put it in the HOA common area if you have a playground, basketball/tennis courts or something. It doesn‘t hurt to ask and explain the reason you want it and give them a couple of location options. 4w
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The Great Brain | John D. Fitzgerald
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I have a Goodwill at the end of my street. The last Saturday of the month is 50%. This is my book haul for $7.69! The 4 books on the right are books for me or my daughter to read first. The rest will go in our Little Free Library. I was super excited to find two of The Great Brain books. I loved these books as a kid ❤️

NamasteReading 😍😍😍 4w
Graciouswarriorprincess Great book haul! 4w
vumblereads Do you have a picture of your little free library? 😃 4w
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Congrats to Angie Thomas! Writing a book after THUG is no easy task. Though On the Come Up isn‘t a book that brings the HUGE controversial topics THUG did, I loved Bri and the hurdles she goes through to find herself. I enjoyed this just as much as her first book.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Can't wait to read this! 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Over half way through this audio book and I finished painting my son‘s room while he hiked the Appalachian trail for a few days. Now I‘m relaxing and finishing On the Come Up!

Bookwormjillk What a nice mom! 1mo
Cortg @Bookwormjillk I‘m just glad they appreciate it! 1mo
rather_be_reading great idea! 1d
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Whodunnit murder mysteries aren‘t usually my thing. They get tied up in too neat of a bow at the end (the point of it, I know) but I did enjoy this mystery within a mystery. Clever! I wasn‘t thrilled with the reasoning behind the Alan Conway‘s murder but otherwise, it was a lovely listen on audio.

Kaye Glad to hear this. I also have this on audio. 1mo
Cortg @kaye I hope you enjoy it! The book in the story is similar to Agatha Christie but then there is a real life murder as well so it‘s like two mysteries in one. (edited) 1mo
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Delightful little book of Tweets! Lin-Manuel Miranda chose his favorite good morning and good night tweets over the years and created a sweet, inspiring book of uplifting thoughts to start and end a day. ☀️🌙

BookHoarder32 I listened to the audiobook - it was so good! 1mo
Cortg @BookHoarder32 Ooooh! I didn‘t know it was in audio format! I might download it for a Girl Scout road trip this summer. The girls are high schoolers and will probably love listening to it to break up the 9 hr drive! 1mo
BookHoarder32 It's only 45 minutes but Lin reads them ❤️ 1mo
Cortg @BookHoarder32 Perfect for teenage girls! Thanks!!! 1mo
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This book, IMO, is perfect! I loved the quirky Eleanor Oliphant, Raymond and basically ALL of the characters. Eleanor‘s story came out well timed, little bits to keep you curious, wishing you were reading when you couldn‘t be. And the vocabulary was wonderful! Big, fun words from Miss O usually when she had an opinion of something or someone! It‘s going to be a book hangover kinda day for me today.

Eggbeater I loved this one too. 💕 1mo
Crazeedi Great book! 1mo
Cortg @Eggbeater @Crazeedi I‘m so glad I read it after hearing all the hype on Litsy ❤️ 1mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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I got 5 hours of audiobook listening in while I dug out the corner of the yard for my fire pit this morning! Now I‘m going sit back, relax and enjoy the weather! I ❤️ my matching table and forsythia!

auntie_jenn your forsythia is gorgeous! mine‘s juuuust getting ready to blossom. 💛 2mo
Cortg @auntie_jenn Yay! Forsythia is one of my faves because it‘s the first to bloom and spring and warm weather make me so happy! Enjoy yours when they bloom! 2mo
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Our One Maryland One Book choice this year. It‘s written by a pediatrician in Flint MI about the children and contaminated drinking water.

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Hippie Trip | Lewis Yablonsky
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*70‘s, maybe give the hippie lifestyle a try
*hardback books although I‘m really enjoying my Paperwhite Kindle
*older (44)
*nope
*All are welcome 😀
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Hanging with Eleanor O. and a vodka tonic tonight. I just discovered vodka tonics, it‘s my new drink drink this year!

C.Perone Love Tito's and tonic 😋 2mo
Cortg @C.Perone I‘ll have to pick some Tito‘s up! My hubby currently has lots of Polish vodka from a couple business trips we need to finish up ❤️ 2mo
C.Perone @Cortg Cheers💕 2mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I had high hopes for this. It‘s our current book club pick and it took me a full 3 weeks to read! I‘m probably in the minority here, but I had little interest in the characters for the first 3/4 of the book. I loved the overall story but felt I didn‘t really get to know the characters until the end and I was forcing myself to pick the book up to read. I do want to visit Caroline‘s house in Bethlehem, CT the next time I‘m visiting my parents.

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Another delightful audiobook by Jojo Moyes. I think this series is good but not over the top awesome. I do however LOVE Louisa Clark and all her quirkiness! I also really enjoy the narrator, Anna Acton, she‘s perfect!

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I hope the 2nd half of Lilac Girls picks up because I‘m not super into it and I‘ve been chugging away at it for over 2 weeks now! I‘m determined to finish because it‘s a book club book. Fortunately, I have a snuggle bug this evening! #dogsoflitsy

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Tree Magic | Harriet Springbett
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Wishing Littens a wonderful first day of spring! I can‘t wait for outdoor reading weather!

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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Company‘s gone. Kids have disappeared. Hubs and dog are snoring. Yay for quiet reading time! I sooooo need some time with my book.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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Out of town guests this weekend means I‘m cleaning today. But first, I‘m going to enjoy my coffee, book and warm-ish weather.

mrsmarch Dowg. 🐶 2mo
Lynnsoprano Dinner guests tonight, so I‘m doing the same 😊 2mo
Cortg @Lynnsoprano Have fun tonight! I hate cleaning but I‘m always happy when the house sparkles! 2mo
Crazeedi @Cortg lucky you with warm weather! 2mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano enjoy you evening! 2mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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The perks for living a mile from work, lunch on a beautiful afternoon with my puppers! I‘m getting Spring Fever!!!

Redwritinghood Nice! 2mo
RealLifeReading Lovely! 2mo
Susannah I envy you! I know your pup is glad to have you home in the middle of the day. 2mo
Cortg @Susannah He loves when I come home to say hi and it brightens my day! (edited) 2mo
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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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This week is Tech Week for the high school musical, West Side Story! My daughter is at school at 7:30am and picked up at 9pm. She was hesitant to ask me about getting her the audio book for The Grapes if Wrath since she‘s falling behind. I hooked her up! Downloaded Libby, showed her how to speed it up and set the timer so she can listen at bedtime. I was shocked to see it‘s 21 hours long, wow! I should probably read it in the near future.

Bookwormjillk Go mom! 2mo
Cortg @Bookwormjillk Yep! Feeling like a super hero! 🦸🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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I didn‘t love this one but I enjoyed it and learned a few things along the way. I didn‘t know much about The Golden State Killer other than he was recently caught. I didn‘t know anything about Michelle McNamara but found her intriguing. I also learned that not only can you speed up a book on Libby, you can also, accidentally, slow it down below regular speed 🙄

KristenDuck This was a tough one for me. I really wanted to like it but just didn‘t like the way it was told out of chronological order. 2mo
Cortg @KristenDuck I would have much preferred chronological order for this one. I‘m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I actually read it. Listening felt like I wasn‘t super invested in it, just along for the story. 2mo
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I had such a productive weekend! To top it off, I finished this gem of a book. It was very “Dexter” like and I really enjoyed the shortness of it. The book itself was short and the chapters were choppy and short, different then most styles of writing. I‘m hoping to make it to a library book club that will be discussing it next month.

GondorGirl I have this one on hold at the library. I've been hearing such good things about it. 2mo
Cortg @GondorGirl It‘s only about 200 pages and the chapters are really short so it‘s a super quick read. More like a short story but there‘s a lot of ooomph in the little bit of writing. It was interesting, in a good way. A fast reader could finish it in a couple of hours. 2mo
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I must be in a dark mood because both my current reads are about a serial killer, one fiction and one non-fiction, and then I went to see a local performance of Sweeney Todd last night 😆

squirrelbrain We‘ll keep out of your way then! 🤣 2mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Good idea! I blame it on the teens in my house. 2mo
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I am soooo glad I was able to finish this book before heading to work today! I‘m looking forward to the 2nd book in this series, coming this year! This world was so creative and the characters were fantastic.

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I‘m glad I put a hold on this last night because I totally forgot about it. I checked my email just before leaving work to discover an awesome page had it on the hold shelf waiting for me! I flipped through it a tad but can‘t wait to really dig in!

Chelsea.Poole I do that all the time. It's always safest to go ahead and place that hold 😊 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 3mo
irre You reminded me that I need to request this from the library. ✅ 3mo
Cortg @irre 😉 3mo
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Congratulations @TheSpineView !!!! Excellent Litsy milestone! #50LoveLitsy

TheSpineView Good luck! 3mo
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Pleasantly surprised to see this was available on e-audio through the library and super excited to start it!

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13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi | Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team
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This was an intense account of what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12. The book is read by the author. It‘s not about the politics of the event but about what actually happened during the attack and the Americans who were involved. I‘m planning to watch the movie this weekend 😬

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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My February reads. 3 audio, 3 physical books. 4 Fiction, 2 nonfiction and all from the library.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📖💖 3mo
Cortg @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Not as many as you got through, but I try! 😀 3mo
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1. My house today, after a snow dusting
2. I love it! Super convenient to so much!
3. The Day the World Came to Town
4. Mornings and evenings
5. Egg roll in a bowl
#friyay @howjessreads

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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*5 times a week...I work there 🤣
*10
*ebooks, eaudio books, print books, DVD. Fiction, nonfiction and a juvenile book.
*no overdues but I have a $0.30 fine
*12, 2 of them are ready for pick-up. @monalyisha
*Tagged book

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Drizzly Blah Saturday so I decided to explore The Book Thing in Baltimore. It‘s basically a giant, walk in, Little Free Library full of books and volunteers. Take what you want, donate what you want, everything is FREE! I got 3 books for me and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for our LFL.

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So good! This is the 2nd book in The Ember in the Night series. It started with a bang and ended with hope. I can‘t wait for book 3 to see what Laia accomplishes. I read this on my Kindle but I have hard copies as well. I‘m giving the series to my 14 yo nephew this summer b/c there are few readers in my family and he‘s one of them.

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Happy National Love Your Pet Day! I‘m not getting as much reading done as I hoped because my boy, Angus, is excited his people are home today. I should wake the kids up, it‘s their turn to play! #loveyourpetday #dogsoflitsy

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Today‘s snow day involves lots of reading and experimenting with my new Air Fryer! The potatoes with onion and bacon and the broccolini turned out fantastic for breakfast 🍳

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Snow Day: A Novel | Billy Coffey
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Yay! Schools and libraries are closed tomorrow! I‘m so excited for a much needed snow day! I‘m hoping to finish my book 😀

IndyHannaJones Can I have a snow day, too? 3mo
Cortg @IndyHannaJones Wish I could pass it along to you, too!! It‘s my 1st one this year 😀 3mo
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I needed an audiobook ASAP and chose this one since my theatrical daughter has been playing music from the show Come From Away.
This book is fantastic! It‘s the story of what happened after 38 planes are forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11. This book just made my heart so happy to read about so many people coming together in the midst of a major crisis. I rarely reread books but this one...I may have to purchase and own. ❤️❤️❤️

Bookwormjillk That sounds really good 3mo
Cinfhen I totally remember when this was happening real time as we had Orthodox relatives who were rerouted and found themselves in Gander. The community was amazing😁and I‘m so pissed my kids opted to go to Spongebob instead of this show this past summer😡🤬🤬 3mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Well, your relatives were probably named in the book. They were given their own kitchen to cook Kosher and new cookware was purchased for them. So amazing! Oof on the Spongebob. I‘m sure they missed out but I hope they enjoyed it 😉 3mo
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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I had high hopes for this one. I loved Albertalli‘s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I loved Silvera‘s They Both Die at the End but this was just a meh for me. It had some positive concepts for teens but the story didn‘t feel original and the characters were flat or maybe just annoying.

Mindyrecycles Collaborations don‘t always work out I guess. 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Good to know as I have checked this out twice but didn‘t have time to read it. 3mo
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Now that I have mastered the Instant Pot and presented 2 Instant Pot 101 programs at my library, I‘m moving on to the Air Fryer. My Valentine‘s Day gift to myself. Now to see which cookbook I want to purchase and own.

Jilly6183 Skinny taste has a good one that has slow cooker, instant pot AND air fryer recipes. Plus she is working on a entire air fryer book. And it sounds like you are an instant pot pro but I highly recommend pinch of yum's instant pot short rib ragu 3mo
Cortg Thanks @Jilly6183 I will definitely check your recommendations out! 😋 3mo
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Audiobook project this evening. Now it‘s very obvious these are MY earbuds.
Also, I finished this book. I had read it a couple years ago but just listened to it for next month‘s book club. I don‘t love or hate this book. It‘s just there for me.