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Djspens

Joined January 2018

Empty-nester and Gramma who has rediscovered her love of reading and buying books! #bookhoarder
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My Monticello: Fiction by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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End of Year Report | New Jersey. Workforce New Jersey
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Yay for me! I exceeded my goal of 40 books for 2021, though not surprising since… you know… Covid and all…. Edit: my daughters guilted me into reading 1 more so I‘d have 52, 1 book read for each week… so I spent the day reading… now I‘m at 52 🙄🤩😵‍💫

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My girls know me so well, I‘m blessed with the best 🥰 #grammaslibrary #cozychristmas

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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Starting this one tonight on this unusually stormy and windy December Iowa night! I think I‘m going to enjoy it! Have you read it?

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I finished these two historical fiction books this weekend. One about a southern mother wanting a girl so bad after 6 boys, she decides her latest newborn son will be a girl. And the other contains time travel.. WWI… changing history…but does it make the future better or worse? 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟for both!!

TrishB That Elton is one of my faves 👍🏻 4mo
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The Edge of Normal | Carla Norton
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I enjoyed listening to this one. Reeve had been a child held captive, now she‘s there for other young girls but gets in over her head, helping search for the kidnappers. It kept my interest and was an easy listen while I clean, drive, clean the pool…..

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Dark Across the Bay | Ania Ahlborn
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I finally received my special edition signed copy today! If you like creepy, check out her books! I have now completed my collection 😃 and yes, I‘m #fangirling because she liked my post

vivastory I received mine yesterday. So excited to have a signed book by 2 of my favorite authors! 6mo
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I really enjoyed this one. I loved the show Sons of Anarchy and this read like it could‘ve been written for another season. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2 dads regret how they treated their gays sons but will stop at nothing to find out who was behind their deaths. I enjoyed the narrator on this audiobook.

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Dancing with Myself | Billy Idol
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Super excited to be at his concert tonight!!

DHill Just drove by on way back from IC. Enjoy the show! 6mo
SamAnne I‘m seeing him in concert this month. I wouldn‘t have bought tickets but my sweetie‘s son bought us some. It will be a hoot!!! 6mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Next up! I hope it lives up to all the hype!

BookishMarginalia Love the pic! 6mo
ephemeralwaltz It will!! 6mo
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Well that was not the ending I expected.... I enjoyed this book, a mystery with a lot of suspects and questions! And enjoyed in my favorite reading spot!

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Loved this story! And learned about the “blues” of Kentucky. 🌟🌟 🌟🌟🌟

tpixie This was such an incredible book! 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon My favorite book last year. I recommend it to everyone. 7mo
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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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I would give most of the book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ but I did like the ending and grew to like the characters so the ending gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A perfect little creepy novella for a 2 hour flight.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This book was mediocre at best. Cheesy and poor writing made it a very irritating read for me.

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I gave my mom and dad haircuts tonight and I thought my 83 year old dad looked kinda cute reading while waiting for mom. A love of books runs in the family 🥰 He‘s a retired newspaper owner that we now own. Yet he still has an office and comes in every day cuz that‘s what he‘s always done.... #inkisinhisblood

robinb Love this! I‘ve been cutting my dad‘s hair too...poor guy! 😂😳 8mo
Erinreadsthebooks This is so awesome! All parts of that ❤️ 8mo
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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I was disappointed in this one. I wanted to read it before the series came out but now I‘m not sure I‘m even going to watch the series 🤷🏻‍♀️ at least the cover was pretty

Q84 Oh no! I hate when the anticipation and hopes are better than the book itself 8mo
Djspens @Q84 yes! And I had such high hopes until about half way through, then just wanted to finish! The last 10 pages were probably the best, that‘s why I never DNF 8mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one when I read it years ago ... looking forward to Julianne Moore .... I saw a snippet & looks scary though 😳 8mo
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My Daughter, My Joy | Helen Exley
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Scrolling through Twitter and came across a tweet of my daughter's. She's so cute 🥰 and I couldn't agree more, I love our bond over books!

Just_reading Aww, so sweet! 💕 8mo
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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This book cover is too interesting to leave the dustjacket on! I've had this on my TBR pile for awhile now ( 510 pages ) but I see there's a movie so now I must read it before watching!

Cathythoughts Great cover ! I enjoyed this one .. I think Julianne Moore stars in the movie 👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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An entertaining read! Ada was cast out as a barren woman in the Old West, landing in a convent and then as an outlaw.

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I really enjoyed this story about Alina‘s story of living and loving in Nazi occupied Poland. A story of family, love, grief and determination.

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The Shuddering | Ania Ahlborn
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Ania Ahlborn never fails to bring the horror. This one started a little slow but then I was hooked! What are these blood-thirsty creatures that are terrorizing the snow-filled mountains and its inhabitants? And who will survive them? Another great story by Ania!

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His and Hers | Alice Feeney
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I might be in the minority but I found this audio book a bit ridiculous. It kept me entertained while driving, an easy book to listen to, but I found myself laughing at all the murders and twists. A bit too unbelievable.

BittersweetBooks Same!! I‘m starting to feel that way about a lot of thrillers these days... 9mo
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See Glass | Ido Graf
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I received this debut novel free from the author, with a promise to leave a review. He‘s an excellent writer and tells a very interesting and descriptive story. Look him up, he has an interesting bio himself! It‘s very Dan Brown and Tom Clancy -ish. The story has its beginnings in 1945 Berlin with the SS Reich and continues to current time, unearthing secrets around the world. I think it‘s fiction, but makes you wonder....

Djspens I have 1 extra signed copy to give away if someone wants it! First one to comment gets it 😃 send me your address! (edited) 10mo
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The Shuddering | Ania Ahlborn
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My creepy collection is complete! I started with Brother and had to read everything Ania Ahlborn wrote. My last purchase was The Shuddering and I can‘t wait to dive in! #creepyreading #aniaahlbornfan #grammaslibrary

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1. No, he thinks I become antisocial when I‘m reading 🙄 I tolerate his hunting, he can put up with my books! 2. All 4 of my kids love to read, all prefer different genres. Our 4 young grandkids all enjoy books too. 3. I think I have over 150 TBR books on my shelves and I want to read them all!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Only 150?! 🤣❤️ 10mo
Eggs If I were to combine all tbr I own with all I WANT to read—that would be thousands🤯😳 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😅🤣 10mo
Eggs Love your responses! Thanks for playing 🌸🥳 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m really scared to count all of mine 😳📚 10mo
Djspens Ok you all are my peeps! My book loving daughter had the nerve to (jokingly) tell me I‘m getting out of control and should get rid of some of my books! I feel like an underachiever in this group 😂 10mo
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I‘ve read almost all of Ania Ahlborn‘s books now. Brother is my all time favorite but holy crap, Apart in the Dark is soooo good. It‘s 2 novellas, The Pretty Ones is a good serial killer/unpopular girl story but I Call Upon Thee is soooo good! If you‘ve ever used a Ouija board and love to be creeped out, you should read it!! See ya later, I‘m off to buy a Ouija board!! Wish I‘d kept mine from the 80s!!

vivastory I Call Upon Thee is one of my favorite Ahlborn works. So deliciously creepy 10mo
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See Glass | Ido Graf
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When free books come in the mail! Of course I‘ll read your book and give it a review and a shout out on social media 😃

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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Finished up this book on a beautiful spring Saturday. What a good book. Dana, a black woman living in 1976, is taken back and forth through time to an ante bellum south plantation of her ancestors in the 1800s.

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I just finished reading I‘m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It started out a pretty normal book and then took a quick turn into weird! Now I‘m watching the movie to see if I can make more sense of it lol but I did like the book!!

starlight97 I think the movie was awful. I loved the book though 11mo
Djspens @starlight97 😂 what did I just watch?? I think I‘m even more confused now!?! 11mo
starlight97 @Djspens I know what you mean 😂 but I think the point is that the janitor was thinking about committing suicide and his mind conjured the two characters to argue for or against it 11mo
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When it's 4:30 am and you can't sleep...move to the couch and read 😁 lol at least one of us can sleep 🐶

Leftcoastzen 🐶cute! 11mo
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I‘m not even sure how to review this one! On the beaches of touristy Barbados, we meet several locals who‘s lives are intertwined with murder, the loss of a child, petty thievery and abuse. An interesting, well told story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Djspens And nothing better than when the author comments on your Instagram post 😃😃😃 @djspens on Instagram 11mo
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Llama Llama Red Pajama | Anna Dewdney
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Have the granddaughters tonight for a sleepover. This was our bedtime reading with my 7 and 2 year old 🥰 I love that they love books! #grammaslibrary

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A fun, easy read. A bit of a ridiculous story and quick ending but still glad I read it. Korede‘s little sister is a serial killer but it‘s never her fault, and she needs her big sis to help clean up the mess

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Monday bookmail! Sisters is the theme 😃 I think I‘ll start with the Serial Killer. I‘m anxious to dive in!

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I just finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Ranks right up there with Nightingale, so good! From the Dust Bowl of Texas to the cotton fields of California, this is a sad, relevant story of searching for the “American Dream”. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Fly Away | Kristin Hannah
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I read and enjoyed Firefly Lane awhile ago but wanted to read Fly Away before the Netflix series came out. I‘m not gonna lie, I skimmed through the last part of the book.. it went on..and...on..... though I‘m a fan of Hannah‘s style of writing, I‘m not always a fan of her stories. The Netflix series is a little cheesy but I‘ll give it a chance because I‘m a Kristin Hannah fan. Next up- The Four Winds.

Kloves2read Loved the Nightingale by Kristen Hannah! Such a phenomenal book. I preordered Four Winds, and hoping to check out the rest of her books if I like Four Winds. 12mo
Djspens @Kloves2read Nightingale was definitely my favorite of hers. I‘m Hoping Four Winds is as good! 😀 12mo
Kloves2read Same here! It has been received well on Litsy! Many great reviews thus far. 12mo
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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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I think she liked it? See my previous post on Brother, this is what my daughter thought of one of my favorite crazy books!

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Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank
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I‘m finally reading the Diary of Anne Frank. I‘ve read a lot of historical fiction and some non fiction of the Holocaust and WW2 and have been to the Holocaust Museum in DC. My daughter was surprised I hadn‘t read it in school. Well, I‘m 55, I‘m not sure that the Holocaust was taught in school, in Iowa, back then?? Or do I just not remember learning about it?

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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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My first grade teacher daughter prefers historical fiction or feel-good books. This should be interesting 😂

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Started 2021 off with a good one, and looking forward to reading my goal! A story of 2 estranged sisters, one living as a black woman, the other a privileged white. Their choices affect their families, friends and their daughters over the years.

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My son gifted everyone books this year. He wrote a personal note in each one. 🥰 I‘m anxious to read this. #proudmom

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I joined a secret Santa group on Facebook. Was super excited when my gift showed up! Love adding to my grandkids‘ “library”

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This book was so good! If you loved Time Traveler‘s Wife, you must read this story! It‘s a similar type of sad love story. On her wedding day, Adeline makes a deal with a dark god, she doesn‘t want to be married, she wants to be free. But her freedom means that no one will ever remember her.... until one day, 300 years later, someone does...

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Naomi's Room | Jonathan Aycliffe
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Not your ordinary light holiday reading lol but 2020 has not been an ordinary year. I need something to keep my mind occupied. This was a creepy read! A little out there but if you believe in ghosts at all, it could be believable....

MicheleinPhilly I love seeing everyone‘s homes already decked out for Christmas! 1y
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It‘s time to learn a little more about our new VP 😃 #bookmail #grammaslibrary #girlpower

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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It took me forever to get through this book. I really wanted to like it, it has some great reviews, but I just couldn‘t get into it. It‘s very well written and I wouldn‘t rule out reading more from her.

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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Well it‘s 70 in Iowa, my husband is out in shorts putting up the yard and house decorations. I broke out a few inside decorations, and this is my first and favorite tree to put up 😃 2020 has been quite the year, I‘m not even sure if anyone will get to see my decorations but I‘m ready to change things up and start getting festive!! #grammaslibrary #booktree

ShelleyBooksie What a cool idea - I love this!! 1y
BookishMarginalia We‘re seeing them here, so thank you for sharing! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely 💙 1y
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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday 😃#wine #chocolate #books I‘m about halfway through the book, it‘s very well written but I‘m hoping the 2nd half keeps my attention better than the 1st half has!

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The Queen of the South | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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It took me awhile to get through this book. Not because I didn‘t like it, I just couldn‘t get distracted or I‘d get lost. It‘s nothing like the Netflix series, which I love, but it‘s still a great story about drug cartel Queen Teresa Mendoza.

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🙄 I must really want to read this... ordered it twice 🙄🙄🙄 but my daughter will be happy, I always give her my duplicates...

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