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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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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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Please Get To Know Me | Cecil Murphey, Virginia Garberding
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Monticello, Iowa (last place I ever thought I'd still live)
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We own our local newspaper, it's been in my family since the 70s. (Last place I ever thought I'd work)
Married for 32 years
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My initials and part of my last name

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A Simple Favour | Darcey Bell
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So I started and finished this book today. It kept my interest but I was disappointed in the ending. But it's off my TBR shelf, time to move onto something else.... I will probably watch the movie just to see how it compares....

lele1432 I had similar feelings about the book. I liked the movie! The ending was still a bit ridiculous, but in a humorous way. 3d
Djspens @lele1432 yeah I feel like the movie might be as good as the book in this case, and I'm a fan of Anna Kendrick 🤷‍♀️ 3d
lele1432 She was perfect as Stephanie! 3d
Djspens @lele1432 ok the movie was definitely better than the book lol and it was only 2 hours wasted on a silly story, rather than the whole day it took me to get through the book! 😂 2d
lele1432 Hahaha yessss I thought it translated much better on screen and made for quick, silly entertainment. 😂 2d
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The Ten Thousand | Paul Kearney
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I'm so glad I came across Litsy, I have really enjoyed the interactions with all of my new Litsy friends! My TBR list has grown so much, I'll never be without a long list of books to read! Thanks for all of your on-line "friendships" and giving me a place to go to talk and share books ? #10,000 #lovemylitsyfriends

TheEllieMo Congratulations on the milestone! 3d
tournevis 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺🕺💃🕺💃🕺 3d
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 3d
BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 3d
Chili Congratulations!!🎉🎊🎈 3d
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 3d
JoScho 🥳💜😊💜🥳 3d
erzascarletbookgasm 💖🎉🤗 3d
brit91 Congratulations📚📚📚📚 3h
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This was such a sad but heartwarming book. I don't normally enjoy books like this but I really connected with Sam as a child and teen. The author does a great job of getting the reader to fall for the characters. Maybe it's because I'm still searching for my own "group of misfits" and was also often made fun of as a teen. Adulthood can soften, but not totally extinguish, some of those feelings!

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Starting this one today! I'm still on a (self-imposed) book buying ban, so working on my full TBR shelves! I do miss my weekly deliveries of books 😢

sblbooks I loved this one. 1w
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Another interesting read from Aviva Gat, on this last summerish day of fall!!

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I'm loving this book! I've listened to most of it via Scribd. Aunt Lydia is one of the narrators so I can picture her from the series as I'm listening. I love the backstory and the future story!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!! 💚🖤 1mo
mdm139 Great photo 1mo
Djspens @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mdm139 thanks! I lasted about 5 minutes and then attack of the flies chased me inside 🤷‍♀️😜 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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On Monday, I put myself on a book buying ban until I get through some of the 60+ books on my TBR shelves. Well, today is Wednesday and I just had to order The Testaments... Maybe I'll start over tomorrow....🤷‍♀️

ImperfectCJ Makes me think of Anne of Green Gables...“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.“ Although I don't think one can classify acquisition of The Testaments as a mistake. :-) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Epic sequel is the perfect excuse! How could you help it !😀 1mo
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I already had this book in my "library" so no book purchase was made today! I took my English/journalism graduate daughter to hear Amor Towles speak. We're so lucky to have Iowa Writer's Workshop nearby so we get to hear some great authors!

Scochrane26 I would love to hear him speak! Glad you got to go. 1mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! I would love to hear him! 1mo
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Ok, I've said this before but I'm going to STOP (temporarily) buying books! This is my TBR pile and I need to get through these before buying more!! We'll see how long I last....

TheSpineView Good one! Still laughing! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
marleed I don‘t stack my books by have read vs TBR because I remember (most of the time) what I‘ve read when I see them. I think it helps me not be frustrated by a growing TBR stack. 1mo
Djspens @marleed then your memory is way better than mine! I can read the description of books I've read and still not remember reading them 😂 1mo
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Djspens @TheSpineView I know... I know... 🙄😂 1mo
TheSpineView @Djspens I have the exact problem. 1000s of unread books I own and yet I go right out and big more. It's an addiction and I can't quit!🤪 1mo
marleed Ebooks and audio from the library - I have a tough time remembering them. There must be some visceral holding of a physical book that makes an indelible mark in my memory. ... I forget my lib books so often that I started bullet journaling an index card for each book - obviously that touchy thing helps me! 1mo
Djspens @marleed I buy the books that I listen to on audio, too, just so I have them. Lol and to remember I "read" them 1mo
marleed @Djspens Omg - I do the same thing! I try to thrift them, but not always :( 1mo
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Ania Ahlborn has a way with creepy!! This story is told from 2 POVs but comes together at the end in a big, cringe-worthy way! I alternated between the book and audiobook, enjoying both. 👹👿🧟‍♂️

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Starting this tonight! I love my creepy Ania Ahlborn books!!

vivastory This was my first Ahlborn. Loved it! 2mo
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Is there really such a thing as a "normal" family?? I think every family has a little dysfunction! Or maybe that's just something I tell myself... and my kids.. anyway.. it is starting to feel like fall, time to switch to a nice cab for my reading beverage. ??oh and I'm enjoying this book. ?

NamasteReading I loved it!!! 2mo
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...and my memory has crept out of my head! I literally received my Amazon order on Friday and Thriftbook on Monday... Of the same book! I totally forgot ordering it twice until the second one came today! Good thing my daughter is also an Ania fan, she'll be getting the Thriftbook copy....

j9brown 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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Just chilling with some books in Gramma‘s library. Love my little Lolo 🥰

saresmoore So sweet! 😍 2mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 2mo
Macker11 Omgsh 😍😍😍 2mo
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KathyWheeler Cutie! I also love that chair. 2mo
Smrloomis Oh my gosh, such a sweetie! Look at those cheeks 😍 2mo
Scochrane26 So adorable! 2mo
robinb What a doll baby!!! 😊 2mo
TheSpineView Adorable! 🥰 2mo
Djspens Thanks! She‘s got this Gramma right where she wants me, wrapped around her finger 🥰 2mo
Erofan Sweetie ♥️ 2mo
BookwormM That smile 💕💕 2mo
marleed So adorable! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awww 🥰 sweetie! 2mo
CarolynM So cute! 2mo
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Starting this one today on this beautiful day! There's a wonderful breeze but it reminds me of fall. I'm not ready for that!! I hope I enjoy this book! Did you like it?

Samplergal I really liked it. 2mo
Alfoster I liked it too!❤️ 2mo
ljuliel Very good book 📖 2mo
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The Bird Eater | Ania Ahlborn
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Well this was super creepy and gross... loved it!! I love Ania Ahlborn and her disturbing, creepy writing! Brother is still my favorite of hers but this ranks right up there. I will never look at birds the same....

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Grandma's Gift | Eric Velasquez
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"Gramma, I'm gonna go in your library and read a book!" #myworkhereisdone #micdrop Sullivan, you're the best!!! ???

Crazeedi So precious, 👍❤ 2mo
Macker11 Love that they are low and accessible ! 2mo
SamanthaMarie Love this ♡ 2mo
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The Bird Eater | Ania Ahlborn
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My favorite author in my favorite reading spot! #sullyssaloon #grandkidsaresleeping

Crazeedi What a great reading spot!❣ 2mo
marleed Oh so cool! 2mo
Gina What a lovely space to read in 2mo
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Little Hiawatha | Walt Disney Productions
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My grandson got out MY old record player and read-along books. Brings back some oooold memories. Lol he keeps calling the record a “cd”

aprilpohren Oh my goodness, the memories!! I LOVED my record player like this as a kid and read along books! It really shot my love of reading to skies the limit! 2mo
rretzler I used to love read along books/records too. I still have a couple of the records, but the books are long gone! I have a bunch of Disneyland ones. (edited) 2mo
Texreader Oh the memories!!! 2mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, that is so cool. I never had that as a kid!! That would‘ve been perfect!! So glad you kept it! 2mo
Freespirit Yes I remember the record was in a sleeve at the back of the book.😊 2mo
brit91 Awwww💖 2mo
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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How I read at work... #sneaky #audiobook This is a great book to listen to. The readers are awesome! And nobody knows..... I just use one earbud, but it helps that I'm married to the boss so can't get fired 🤷‍♀️ believe me, I've tried lol edit- this book is incredible and I recommend the audiobook! Now to watch the movie to see if it matches the one playing in my head as I read it. I'll be thinking about this one for awhile 😓 a definite 👍👍

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Picked up a couple fun "little" books ? for my #grammaslibrary ! #pivot #friends #michelleobamawisdom

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I did a new paint job on this old cabinet and thought I'd dig out my kids' old books that I had in storage. I had more books saved than I thought, it's full already!

Cinfhen Looks great 👍 2mo
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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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#multitasking Cleaning the pool, listening to tagged book and enjoying some wine. Yes, I like to buy the book I'm listening to 🥰🤷‍♀️

Lauram I tend to buy books and then check out the ebooks from the library so I completely understand 3mo
Angeles I also buy the books I loved in audio. Totally understand! Doesn't everyone else do it? 3mo
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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Was gifted this book today by a good friend. It looks like an interesting read and a movie to definitely watch. Have you read it?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Book is incredible. So is the movie!! 3mo
BarbaraBB Yes, recently. I hope you‘ll like it as much as I did! 3mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Panpan

There are so many good reviews of this book, I don't get it. I did not like this book at all!! Very simplistic and seriously, how many bad inopportune things can happen at one rest area!? Dumb dumb dumb...

Ashley_Nicoletto I also didn‘t like it. So over the top and gruesome. 3mo
Christine89 I agree. I hated this one. Plus, that is not how nail guns work (I have watched HGTV). 3mo
Djspens @Christine89 😂😂😂 3mo
Aswenson I actually liked this one, but that review and these comments are too true. 😂 3mo
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Taking a little break from The most Fun We've Ever Had to read something that's hopefully a little quicker to read. I'm ready to be entertained and hopefully spooked 👻😱 #pooltime

Djspens It's not scary and is a pretty slow story but I should finish it today so I'll give it a so-so 3mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Book Club is a great excuse to get together to chat with girlfriends. The boys are automatically scared off by the mention of books. Yay for us! #lovemygirlfriends

rather_be_reading that wine 😍 3mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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I love #bookmail and this sounds like a good one! Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks for the #ARC @HarperCollins #kassandramontag

WilliamMorrowBooks Enjoy!! 3mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Not quite halfway through but thoroughly enjoying this debit novel. I expect Claire Lombardo will be a name we all know soon!!

TheNerdyProfessor This is on my TBR also! A bit long so I keep putting it off.. 3mo
Djspens @TheNerdyProfessor I just went to a reading of hers in Iowa City and she got me excited to read it. Yes it's long, but so far its going fast! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh exciting... I got this one recently, it‘s long so I‘m waiting for a clear run at it 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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This week's haul from Better World Books! So many books, so little time....

SW-T Nice haul! Cute pillow. I say just one more chapter a lot 🤣 3mo
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The Shetland pony | L. Frank Bedell
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My dad recently visited the Quaker school that his mother attended and we got to talking about the book that his grandfather had written about the Quaker heritage. I found it online at a Quaker bookstore in Maine and it arrived today! I hope that someday my grandkids will be interested in reading about their great great great grandfather and their Quaker heritage. He also wrote the tagged book. #whittier #quaker #heritage #familyhistory #bedell

Crazeedi How awesome is this! So cool! 3mo
Djspens @Crazeedi Thanks! I think so! 3mo
Djspens The tagged book is another book he wrote. Quaker Heritage wasn't in Litsy's database (not surprised) 😂 3mo
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JamieArc Cool! (I‘m a Quaker) 😁 3mo
Djspens @JamieArc nice to meet you 😁 3mo
rather_be_reading wow!! 😍 3mo
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Purplicious | Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann
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I think I ordered about 15 books last week, now for the fun of having them arrive!!! Some for me, some for the grandkids...

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My favorite reading spot! I'm glad to finally be done with this book. I didn't hate it and it was an interesting take from the mother'a side. For me, it just drug on too long. I wanted to get to that last written letter to see what happened that day. A lot of emotions ....

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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I enjoyed the reading at @prairielightsbooks with Iowa Writer's Workshop alumnus @claire_lombardo. I can't wait to read her debut novel #themostfunweeverhad #gohawks #iowawritersworkshop #iowaauthor #leftiesrule #happyreading And then drinks and dinner with a good friend afterwards!

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Out of Hitler's Reach-96 | Michael Luick-Thrams
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My dad visited Scattergood school yesterday and this author just happened to be speaking there. He stopped because his mother, my grandma, went to school there back in the 1920s. I'm fascinated by WW2 history and had no idea this school existed, and only an hour from me. It's still functioning as a Quaker school to this day.

LibrarianJen I love learning about things like this too! It really humanizes the war. 4mo
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The Hidden Things | Jamie Mason
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I was just whining 😂 to coworker @kim_brooks_iowa that I haven't received any #bookmail for awhile! I went to the post office and this #ARC was waiting for me! Thanks @simonbooks for this one! #jamiemason #thehiddenthings #freebooks #bookstagram #litsy @goodreads #goodreadsgiveawaywinner

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Sonder loves Dr. Seuss 💗nothing better than reading to a baby on your lap. #glammagramma #ilovemygrandkids #babiesnbooks #drseuss #youarekind

Robothugs 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
jillannjohn ❤️ 4mo
BookwormM Gorgeous 4mo
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Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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It's been a couple of weeks since I've had a book delivery! Yay for book mail 😁 I'm excited to delve into this book from a local author. She'll be at Prairie Lights in a couple of weeks, I better start reading!! @claire_lombardo #iowawritersworkshop #bookstagram @prairielightsbooks

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My favorite place to read, along with one of my favorite readers 🥰 I'm just starting this book and Macey is reading The Underground Railroad.

BiblioLitten I hope you enjoy your read! 4mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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A phrase I've never said before - I wish this was a longer flight- I just want to finish this book!!! And done! Loved it!!

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Only on chapter 6 but I'm enjoying this book! I'm enjoying a little quiet on the back porch of our Denver airBnB #girlstrip #verity #denver

LibrarianJen What a lovely porch! 4mo
Djspens @LibrarianJen I think so too! I Want to take that brick wall home with me 😂 4mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Ok this is my next read. There's been so much hype about this book, I hope I'm not disappointed.... We'll see.....

JoScho I loved it! 4mo
LapReader Love those boards. 4mo
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If You See Her | Ania Ahlborn
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I love her books! Sad and disturbing is about all I can say.....

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Babysitters Club | Ann M. Martin
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It's been five days since I picked up a book that doesn't include pictures of dinosaurs or princesses (see previous post). Mom and dad should be home soon and baby is snoozing. Being Gramma is definitely the best gig in the world!! I love these kiddos and am going to miss them like crazy when I go home tomorrow💗💗💗 luckily they don't live too terribly far away! #dogsoflitsy #glammagramma #ilovemygrandkids

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I have my granddaughters for 5 days while mom and dad enjoy some much needed time to themselves. I took them to the library for crafts, books and learning. I love my girls 💗💗💗💗

BookwormM What little cuties 💕💕 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
CarolynM 😍 They're gorgeous! 5mo
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The O'Donnells | Peggy Sullivan
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So my Better World Books order arrived today. Occasionally a book is substituted, but they're so inexpensive that I can't really complain. I received an old copy of The O'Donnells today, published in 1956 and is from the Washington State Teachers College library. I think it's pretty cool!! I may even read it!

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If You See Her | Ania Ahlborn
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This one arrived today!! I'm working my way through all of her books. This is her newest one, just released!

vivastory I wasn't aware she had a new one out. I'll definitely be checking this out! 5mo
Djspens @vivastory 🙌🏼 it just came out! 5mo
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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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#hellothursday @wanderinglynn
1. Anything chocolate
2. Footloose always makes me happy!
3. Anything dark and disturbing. My book club friends think I'm weird ?‍♀️
4. Buying shoes, they always fit!
5. Looks like a quiet weekend ahead to have some "me" time!
?? @Readerbuzz Happy Thursday!

wanderinglynn I love Footloose! 🙌🏻 Thanks for playing! 💜 5mo
BiblioLitten Dark and disturbing... have you read 5mo
Djspens @BiblioLitten not yet! But it's now on my TBR list! Thanks for the recommendation. 5mo
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