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DanaManiac

Joined September 2016

goodreads.com/danamaniac 1st gen bookworm. I read past my bedtime 😇 📚 📖
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The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel
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Hot to Trot by M. C. Beaton, Rod Greene
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The Magic of Ordinary Days | Ann Howard Creel
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Le sigh… I thought that I entered a reading slump, but all along I just needed to change books. I started my #LMPBC book halfway through the month, and could never get past chapter 1. It might be the wrong book or it might be the wrong time. But, I finally accepted over the weekend that I needed to change gears. Last time I pushed through a bad book, no one else read it! 🤦🏾‍♀️ I devoured the new pick and now it will be on its way tomorrow! ☺️

robinb Yay!!! This one sounds good! I actually saw some of the Hallmark movie that‘s based on it years ago and enjoyed what I remember (which isn‘t much 😂). 4d
kimmypete1 Yay!! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!! I have also sent around some books that I struggled with and then everyone else struggled with them, too. Just not worth it!! I'm excited to read this one!! 4d
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DanaManiac @robinb I love the movie and never knew it was based on a book. I picked it up a few years back and it‘s just been on my shelf- I guess just wtg for the perfect time to read it! ☺️ 4d
DanaManiac @TheAromaofBooks Lol then you definitely understand! I was constantly making excuses for why I couldn‘t pick it up to read 😂 4d
robinb @DanaManiac I never knew it was based on a book either. :) 4d
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The Orphan Witch | Paige Crutcher
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~ ✅
~ FaceTiming with my friend and her newest bundle of joy 🤱🏾
~ unresolved subplots! Ugh-pls don‘t include random people/situations that won‘t be explained or wrapped up 🙏🏾

Thanks for the tag @katy4peas ☺️

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 3w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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October was a great reading month! A couple of duds, but that‘s A-ok! ☺️

kimmypete1 How was These Violent Delights? 4w
DanaManiac @kimmypete1 I liked it! It was a bit gross at times, so I‘d stay away from eating while reading 😆 4w
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2.5 ⭐️
Maude is an unlikely murderer, which adds a bit of whimsy to the stories. I LOVED the first book! This one makes is quite clear that Maude is simply a sociopath. Also- how can we believe that a woman who barely cared about her family and her one friend suddenly is moved deeply to care about a random black family in South Africa and “save” them? Cringe 😬

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1- The Babysitters Club and RL Stine books 📚 for sure!!
2- Either under a shady tree 🌳 on a warm day or snuggled on the couch 🛋 with blankets on a rainy day.
3- Today I‘m grateful for an abundance of soup 🍲 recipes to carry me through this cold fall weather! 🍁 🍂 #wondrouswednesday

Thanks for the tag @robinb ☺️

robinb Soup‘s one of my favorite things! ❤️ 1mo
Eggs Stay warm and cozy 🔥🥰📚 1mo
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Beating About the Bush | M. C. Beaton
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4 ⭐️

Another great Agatha Raisin book! I had been holding off on finishing the series because I didn't know that MC Beaton secured an author to continue Agatha's adventures leading up to her death. Of course, 30 books in, I am definitely invested in the series, so this needs no recommendation if you're this deep in with me, lol. However, I highly recommend the series overall if you love cozy mysteries!

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Ahhh @tdrosebud thank you soooo much for all of these incredible gifts! I‘m rearranging my TBR to get these books in ASAP 🤓. And boiling water as I type this to make a cup of tea in this gorgeous mug! I love the candles, black salt, socks and stickers! My husband is already asking when we can break into the chocolates, 🤣! It was a lot of fun shopping for you and I love everything that you got me. Thanks to our incredible hosts! #BasicWitchSwap

mklong Ooh that is a beautiful mug! Enjoy!! 1mo
kspenmoll I am enjoying seeing all these great books & lovely boxes. 1mo
tdrosebud I'm so happy you like everything! Enjoy! 1mo
sprainedbrain This is all lovely! 😍 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I wanted to share some pics from our 09.19 wedding! Thank you for all of the well wishes from my fellow bookworms 📚. We‘re pretty much settled in and I‘m back to my normal reading- now on to #LitsyLove letters!! ✍🏾 📫 ✉️

britt_brooke You are gorgeous! 🤩 Thanks for sharing these pics. Looks beautiful. Congratulations! 1mo
Julsmarshall Congratulations! What a beautiful couple! 🎉🍾🥂 1mo
Jess Congrats! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Congrats! Beautiful couple & fantastic photos. 🎉🥂🍾 1mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎆 🎇 ✨ 1mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉 🎉 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations 🎉 1mo
Magpiegem Wow absolutely stunning photos. Congratulations and wishing a forever of happiness xxx 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Congratulations!!! 1mo
quietjenn How lovely! Congratulations and thanks for sharing. ♥️ 1mo
Laughterhp Congratulations!! 1mo
Kappadeemom Congratulations!!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎉🍾 1mo
Ddzmini Awe beautiful congratulations 🍾🎉🎊📖 1mo
robinb Oh wow! What gorgeous photos! You were a beautiful bride!! ❤️ Congratulations to you and your hubby! 1mo
DanaManiac @robinb thank you so much!! 1mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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3 ⭐️
~ This story is very unique, with so many imaginative elements. I particularly liked being introduced to Ruby and Cora.
~ Although I did not exactly enjoy the story because of some of the gruesome parts, I felt compelled to continue reading in order to find out how things would resolve.

What a great round of #LMPBC !! This will be in the mail at the end of the week!

Johanna414 I felt pretty much the same about this one… liked it, but didn‘t love it 1mo
kellyann28 I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed it 😂😂 1mo
DanaManiac @kellyann28 🤣🤣 1mo
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The Day I Fell Off My Island | Yvonne Bailey-Smith
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5 ⭐️
I could not get enough of this book. I never wanted to put it down, but I also didn't want the experience of reading it to end.

Erna's story so felt familiar. I think it's common among 1st generation children to feel a sense of familiarity with a place that was technically never home.

There was NOTHING I disliked about this book. There were things I wish that had happened differently for some people, but the writing is simply incredible!

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3.0 ⭐️ This was fun and cute! I finished it today for the #readathon

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2.5 ⭐️

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Mehso-so

2.75 ⭐️

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4 ⭐️ I can‘t wait to discuss the ending with my #SundayBuddyRead pals! ☺️

TheBookHippie SAME!!! 1mo
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Passing | Larson, Nella
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4.5 ⭐️

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Swapsies | Fiona Roberton
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This is headed your way @tdrosebud ☺️ 🧙‍♀️ 🎃🕯 I cannot wait for you to open it!! #BasicWitchSwap

tdrosebud I'll be on the lookout. Yours will be taken to the post office in the next day or 2. I'll let you know! 2mo
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Hi #GroupR !! I‘m excited for the next round of #LMPBC and have these three options for consideration. I‘m leaning toward Sweethand unless someone has read it already! ☺️

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robinb I haven‘t read any of these. Sweethand sounds great! 👍 2mo
kimmypete1 Sweet hand sounds great! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I haven't read any of these so I'm fine with whichever - Sweethand sounds adorable!! 2mo
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Thank you for my #LitsyLoveFallSwap box, @katy4peas !! Happy Fall! 🍁 🍂 🎃

katy4peas You are most welcome! 😊💕🍁🎃 2mo
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#two4tuesday

1- I definitely prefer cozy mysteries! 🕵🏾‍♀️

2- Cozy mysteries may contain violence or murder, but there‘s no graphic detail and no intense suspense that might make the reader afraid. They are typically lighthearted and maybe even comical- the reader is encouraged to solve the crime along with the amateur sleuth.

Crime novels tend to be more detailed as far as the crime goes. There is more suspense and usually a plot twist.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊🧡📖🎃🖤 2mo
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A Lowcountry Bride: A Novel | Preslaysa Williams
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3.5 ⭐️

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Simmer Down | Sarah Smith
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2 ⭐️
While reading the book, there were so many times where I thought "If the roles were reversed, Nikki's abusive behavior would be extremely obvious and we'd be telling Callum to get some self-respect". Nikki is BEYOND insufferable- she is self-centered, abusive and obtuse. I get it- we all have trauma and we all have things that we fear deeply...but it's no excuse to belittle others, lash out or use people..

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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4 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this retelling! I thought that the lack of chapters would have me feeling lost, but once things got going, I was so intrigued and couldn't stop until I finished the whole thing. I had never heard of this book until my postal book club, but am so glad that I discovered it and had the pleasure of reading it. It's such a complicated tale of love, heartache, betrayal and forgiveness. #LMPBC

kellyann28 I'm glad you enjoyed it! I, too, was a little scared of the "no chapters" bit at first! 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into this one at all. There was literally no reasonable explanation for why the MC was even in the situation that the whole book was based on, so I had to jump ship.

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2.5 ⭐️

I read through this book because it was a Buddy Read and I had people to commiserate with over the horrible characters. I really didn't find anyone in this story to be likable. The suspense surrounding Olga kept me a bit interested, but really everything about the situation and the interactions felt so over the top. I wouldn't recommend it, but to each their own.

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Swapsies | Fiona Roberton
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It‘s here @katy4peas !! I can‘t wait for opening day tomorrow! #LitsyLoveFallSwap ☺️

katy4peas Yay! 🎃🍁💕 2mo
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Book Swap | Cumming, GA (Bookstore)
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This lovely box 📦 is on its way to you, @katy4peas ☺️☺️ #LLFS 📚 🍁 🍂

katy4peas Aww! Thanks!!😊💕📚 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎁🎊 2mo
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4 ⭐️

I am drawn to most retellings of Pride & Prejudice. I've recently been enjoying reading the narratives of some of the minor characters in "The Heiress" and "The Clergyman's Wife". I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so badly for disregarding Mary's character. She always seemed to have no real inner life, no hopes or aspirations. It was a bit long, tbh.

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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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3 ⭐️

Ghost stories aren't typically my thing, but I did mostly enjoy this book. I liked trying to piece the mystery together, even though I was way off! There were a few loose ends and odd things in the end, though.

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Just got home from my final dress fitting and found this wtg for me! Gonna crack it open right after dinner. Thanks @TheBookKeepers ☺️ #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay glad it made it! Hope you love it! 3mo
Shae_Purcell Ooh I love the cover! 3mo
DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers I‘m already cracking up and loving it so far! 3mo
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DanaManiac @Shae_Purcell isn‘t it gorgeous?! 3mo
TheBookKeepers Hey girl! FYI I‘m a little late on Things in Jars. We‘ve had a crazy few weeks with buying a house and fixing it up. I‘ll try to finish this next week and send it ASAP 2mo
DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers Hey! No worries at all- thanks for the heads up and congrats on the new house!! 2mo
TheBookKeepers Thank you! I‘ll let you know when it ships! 2mo
DanaManiac Hey @Johanna414 just a heads up that this is on its way to you! I didn‘t bring it with me on our honeymoon and it took awhile to add my notes from the audiobook when we got back! 2mo
Johanna414 @DanaManiac No worries! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon - Congratulations!! 2mo
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This was a great book! I did have a hard time reading without judgment at times, but I learned so much and was absolutely fascinated! Is on its way to you @Johanna414 ☺️ #lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

PhyllisH One of my favorites 😄. 3mo
Johanna414 Looking forward to this one! 3mo
Johanna414 Got this in the mail today- thanks!! 3mo
DanaManiac @Johanna414 Happy reading!! 📖 3mo
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Phew! Okay- the bulk of wedding planning, moving and work stress is over so I‘m catching up on #litsylove replies!! 🥳🎉 First batch goes out today- note the updated address on the envelope and in our google doc! ☺️🤗

Bookwormjillk Congrats on the wedding! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 4mo
iread2much Yay! Congrats on your wedding! 4mo
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This arrived today and I can‘t wait to crack it open!! @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay I hope you love it!! I was very much enthralled! 4mo
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July was a great month! Excited to be doing #lmpbc again this round as well as hopping back in to #sundaybuddyread for august!

booksellerofyourdiscontent Those books look fantastic! This Poison Heart is my bookspin this month and I can‘t wait! 4mo
katy4peas I enjoyed Nina Hill! 4mo
KAYCEE1 I really enjoyed Nina Hill and the Lost Apothecary 4mo
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3 ⭐️

I will admit that I chose this book solely because of the cute cover. It was just okay- I'm not sure what I really think about it. Nina wasn't particularly likable, but neither was Tom. The long lost family spin was a bit interesting, but I finished out of curiosity rather than actual interest.

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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4.75 ⭐️
#LMPBC
This was a great book! I knew that it was an urban fantasy YA novel, but I didn't know that it was also a modern retelling of Greek literature. The first 2/3 of the novel went a little slowly. I also somehow missed that it's the first in a new series, so I was really stressed when I saw the remaining pages dwindling with still so much left to wrap up- and that wild ending!!

DanaManiac This is headed your way! @Johanna414 ☺️ 4mo
kellyann28 Oooh I didn't know it was a Greek lit adaptation either. How fun! 4mo
TheBookKeepers Oh fun! Hahaha I always get stressed when pages dwindle like that too 😂 4mo
Johanna414 I'm even more excited now that it's a Greek lit retelling! 4mo
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Pleasantview | Celeste Mohammed
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5 ⭐️
I loved this book! The structure of a 'novel in stories' worked so well. The issues covered were incredible- esp with the married couple in Loosed. Racism, colorism, generational trauma, power dynamics & vulnerability in relationships, the role of denial in maintaining the status quo, prostitution & the commodification of relationships, the role of religion in the face of tragedy, sexism, rape- I mean, I don't know what she doesn't cover!

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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In the park trying out a new SPF and cracking open a new book!

iread2much That cover is fabulous 5mo
DanaManiac @iread2much isn‘t it?! 😍 5mo
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5 ⭐️

I can‘t find enough words to explain Joe much I love this book.

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3 ⭐️ I think it's just hard to do these in a way that makes both time periods interesting. Nella & Eliza's storyline was definitely more interesting than Caroline's. The pace leading up to the revelation of Nella's choice of profession was timed well. It was hard to understand Caroline's motivation & her silly behavior when traveling abroad alone. Any suspense was tidied up and put in a perfect bow, which is fine, but just a bit boring.

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June was a great reading month! Libertie stands out on top, followed by Now That I‘ve Found You. The writing in The Other Typist was great but I can‘t deal with mysterious endings! 🤣

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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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4.75 ⭐️

Libertie was such a wonderful read. It took me awhile to get through it because I wasn't "in the mood" to devour the themes covered in the novel, but I loved the characters, their development, & seeing a diff view of life in Brooklyn. Greenidge covers colorism, sexuality, mental illness, sexual abuse, feminism, autonomy, religion & spirituality and mother-daughter relationships in this novel without explicitly feeling like it.

DivineDiana Wonderful review. I want to read this. Stacked. 5mo
DanaManiac @DivineDiana Thanks- I hope you enjoy it! ☺️ 5mo
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Heartbreak for Hire | Sonia Hartl
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3 ⭐️

This is a sweet and predictable feel-good read. I found the women at H4H to be a bit immature and bratty, but I felt like the love story developed nicely. If you're in the mood for a light and fun (and a bit steamy) read, then grab it when it comes out! Thank you to Gallery Books and Net Galley for the ARC!

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Witches Steeped in Gold | Ciannon Smart
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3 ⭐️

The concept of this book had me nearly drooling with anticipation. A Jamaican fantasy YA novel featuring witches?! Right up my alley! The book was very slow and could have been much shorter. I also wish that we were given more of an explanation for events and terms that exist only in that world, as it came across as though the reader would already know the details of everyday life.

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The Other Typist: A Novel | Suzanne Rindell
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3.5 ⭐️

The story is well written and I didn't mind the slow build at all. However, considering how many little hints were dropped throughout the book, I would have preferred a clearer ending. The theories are numerous and confusing. I just wish I knew what actually happened... I can‘t believe Round 11 of #LMPBC has come to and end!!

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3 ⭐️

The book is helpful in that it compiles information into a single source. As a licensed nutritionist, I was already familiar with the nutrition advice provided, though I took issue with the demonization of perfectly healthy foods (white potatoes). It would be helpful for someone who hasn't thought much about their food and lifestyle choices and would now like to give themselves the best chance at conceiving and carrying a child.

iread2much How fascinating! I work a lot with our dietetic interns, I will have to add this book to my shelf for them 5mo
DanaManiac @iread2much oh awesome! It‘s definitely an interesting read, especially for those new to the topic. People feel more empowered when they realize how much of an impact their everyday choices can have! 5mo
iread2much @DanaManiac my undergrad nutrition students will probably really enjoy it then 😄 thanks so much 5mo
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Thank you so much for my summer swap gifts, @Bookwormjillk

I ended up opening the candy (from the back haha) before I even snapped this pic! 😂 I haven‘t read either book and can‘t wait to crack them open this summer. 🤗🥳

catiewithac I love Swedish fish too! 6mo
Bookgoil So many great goodies and I love the cover of that book on the right! Enjoy! 5mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m glad you haven‘t read them yet. This was a fun swap! 5mo
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Now That I've Found You | Kristina Forest
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4 ⭐️

This was such a cute read! There's a bit of mystery, betrayal and romance (though it doesn't overwhelm the story). Evie was pretty hard to like because of how self-centered she is, but she grew on me. I loved Milo and Gigi's characters, but I also loved that the story was uncomplicated, which I feel like some contemporary books with POC main characters struggle to do. Cheesiness = 100, but it's perfect if that's what you're looking for!

Johanna414 I just got this book for my library at school! 6mo
DanaManiac @Johanna414 yay! I hope you like it! ☺️ 6mo
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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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Alrighty Group Q! These are the books I‘m considering for round 12! If you‘ve read any out of one stands out (for better or got worse, lol) please let me know. ☺️ #lmpbc

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Johanna414 Honestly, I would happily read any of these! I think I'm most interested in This Poison Heart, but they all sound good. 6mo
kellyann28 I agree, I'd be happy with any! This Poison Heart or Furia would be my top choices! 6mo
TheBookKeepers I‘m loving our group options 😍 I‘d read every one of these! My top two would be Furia and Sweethand - but again I‘ll read any of the 4 haha! 6mo
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#LLSS 📦 on its way to you @Bookwormjillk ☺️

Bookwormjillk I‘ll keep an eye out! 6mo
Bookwormjillk I got it, thank you! 6mo
DanaManiac @Bookwormjillk okay great! Your box arrived as well!! ☺️ (edited) 6mo
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May Day: Poems | Gretchen Marquette
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May‘s reading selection was small, but that worked out because it was a very busy month. Of course that also means all of my library holds have come in all at once for June. Wish me luck! 😜