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Elizabeth2

Elizabeth2

Joined May 2016

Wife, Mama to 4 (plus one dog), daughter, sister, friend, RE Operations Manager. Trying to get in as much reading as I can in this crazy busy life!
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Picking this one up next. It was highly recommended by one of my besties. She raved about it on vacation last week. Bonus: it‘s a Kindle Unlimited book selection! 👍🏻❤️📚

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I really enjoyed this book. The last 1/3 or so was unputdownable. Twists are revealed as the book moves along, keeping the reader engaged. I thought it was cleverly written, and I cared about the characters. A perfect vacation read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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5/6 kids in the pool, 1 kid took a run, 1 adult in the hot tub, 1 adult inside reading or napping, 1 adult prepping dinner, and I‘m reading (this book has gotten SO GOOD) - I‘ll be on clean up duty later. It‘s raining, but I‘m under an umbrella and the kids don‘t care. Immediately after this photo was taken, there was a streak of lightning and a clap of thunder. They scattered from the pool like roaches when a light is turned on! SO FUNNY!

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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The kids just cleared out because dinner is ready. I‘m soaking up a few more minutes of sun before heading inside. #vacation #beachpoolbeerrepeat

Ericalambbrown Enjoy! I loved this one! 🖤 6d
brit91 Looks like a good day!! 6d
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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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My week in reading. Almost made that goal of 1 hour per day. Happy that my reading time and number of pages read is up from the previous week. ❤️📚#Bookly #readinggoals #readingstats

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Switching gears to a psychological thriller for my next read. ❤️📚

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Pickpick

I really enjoyed my time with the characters in this book, especially Mrs. Valentine. I get the initial comparison to Eleanor Oliphant, with the quirkiness of the characters. While this book was not as well written as Eleanor, it was still a good story. I didn‘t see where the author was going until she wanted me to. Sweet, tugs at the heart strings, easy to read...perfect for the summer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Perfect morning. ☕️📚☀️❤️

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My Saturday night. My youngest is settled in with a book, too. ❤️ Loving this book. Sometimes we read books at exactly the right time. Mrs. Valentine‘s description of aging has me feeling even more empathy for my Dad, as he transitions from independent living to assisted living. Because of ability, her world is squeezing in around her. “Mrs. Valentine has traded in her spot at the community garden for a single basil plant on her windowsill.” ❤️

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You had me at, “For readers of Eleanor Oliphant...” Diving into this one next! ❤️📚

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Mehso-so

This is the 7th book in the Poppy McVie series. Poppy is a federal agent tasked with investigating crimes related to wildlife. This one was quick, at only 205 pages. I felt like it wrapped up too quickly. I would have preferred a little deeper foray into the plot. These books are quick, simple reads and this one was exactly that. If these books weren‘t offered as Kindle Unlimited, I don‘t think I‘d continue the series.

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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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My reading stats for June. My goal is an hour a day, so this was a pretty dismal reading month, but that‘s life (and taking care of my aging father). I have a week off in July, so maybe this month will be better. #bookly

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After a super long day, working from my dad‘s hospital room, running home to check on the kids and dog and then driving to dad‘s temporary home (in inpatient rehab while he gets stronger), only to have to wait for about an hour for his hospital transport, and then get him checked in and settled...I am finally home, have my pup in my lap (he missed his Mama) and am ready to read for a little bit before bed. But my kindle is dead. 😩

Texreader Oh that‘s so wrong after the day you had! I hope you get some rest instead 3w
Elizabeth2 @Texreader thanks! It really did seem unfair. 😉 A minor inconvenience, in the grand scheme. My pup moved after a few minutes and I was able to get my charger. 🙂❤️ 3w
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My dad ended up back in the hospital, so I haven‘t read in two days. Feels like longer! My middle son‘s 17th bday is today; we‘ve completed our family celebration with birthday cake and now I‘m going to sit with this book until my eyes close. Might only take 3 minutes. #exhausted

GrilledCheeseSamurai That does sound exhausting. All my positive vibes to your dad. 3w
Elizabeth2 @GrilledCheeseSamurai thank you! He‘s headed to inpatient rehab where he will get daily PT and OT to build his strength back up, but it looks like he won‘t be going back to living independently again. Even with the extra help we‘ve been giving him, he can no longer take care of himself. 🙁 (edited) 3w
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This is the 5th book in the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor, and is another page turner! Scot has some time off for the July 4th weekend, after bringing in a terror suspect, and has plans to celebrate with a friend in NYC. But there‘s an attack in New York larger than 9/11, and suddenly Scot and his friend are trying to catch the terrorists responsible. Fast paced thriller, with plenty of violence, blood and gore. Reader beware. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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My position hasn‘t changed, but I‘ve switched my iced coffee for a “Bohtini”, which is a beer rimmed with Old Bay. It‘s a Maryland thing and is supposed to be a Natty Boh, but I‘m using a Key Brewing Mexican Lager called “All Days Off,” which is pretty appropriate and delicious with the Old Bay seasoning. ❤️🍺

Susanita Bohtini? I‘ll have to try that! 1mo
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SundayFunday! It‘s a lazy Sunday after a very busy (but fun) Saturday. The lawn needs to be mowed, but we are ignoring that today. It can wait until tomorrow. My book, my iced coffee and my porch are just perfect on this gorgeous day! 😊📚❤️☀️

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Happy Sunday night! Where did the weekend go? Father‘s Day celebrations over, the dishes are done, the kids are in bed (2 more days of school!), hubby is watching a favorite show, so now there‘s time for me to read. 🙂❤️📚

Happy Father‘s Day to all Litsy dads!

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Jumping right into the next in this series because the library had it available now. The plot takes place over the July 4th weekend, so this is pretty good timing! 🙂❤️📚🎆🇺🇸

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This is the 4th installment in the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor. Another fast paced thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat! In this novel, Scot‘s career appears to be over after a mistake, but he is covertly assigned to investigate, and ultimately stop, a terrorist plot against the US. Quite a bit of history in this one, focusing on Hannibal, the Ottoman Empire and Islamic sects. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Took Dad to a doctor appointment this morning and now I‘ve got a little time for some #selfcare. This is what that looks like on this cool Friday morning. Last Friday of the school year! My kids only have 2 more days of school next week before summer break begins! 😎🎉📚

BooknerdsLife Love your mug! 😍 1mo
Elizabeth2 @BooknerdsLife thanks! My hubby got it for me for Mother‘s Day. Amazon. 🙂 1mo
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I love the latest update of the Bookly app! Weekly and monthly reports, added achievements to unlock, new date to finish a book goal setting, new assistant...I am so excited!!

I was going to post my excitement on FB, but I realized only my fellow Littens would truly understand. 😉❤️📚 (Excuse the poor stats, I‘ve had very limited reading time the last 3 weeks due to my father‘s necessary extra care and a very busy work season. 🙁🤷‍♀️)

Birdsong28 Do you pay for yours? I have the free version but I am considering paying the one off fee to upgrade, just want to know if it is worth it. 📚📖 1mo
Elizabeth2 @Birdsong28 I have the full version. If I recall, they began the pay option after the app was released, so they grandfathered in anyone who already had it. I love the app, and I would have paid a one off fee for it. 1mo
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Life has gotten chaotic - busy work season, end of the school year and my dad has needed more daily assistance. Trying to fit self-care in as much as I can, but my time is so limited these days. Tonight, this is what self-care looks like. 🍺📚

britt_brooke Looks like a good plan! #cheers 1mo
Aims42 That‘s a self-care plan I can support 👍🏻 I hope things lighten up in the upcoming weeks for you!! 1mo
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Up next! Reading the next one in the Scot Harvath series. I really want to get one more book in this month. It‘s going to be a challenge to finish this by Friday night. 🤨📚

Elizabeth2 I set this challenge for myself, and then my Dad went into the hospital. No reading time, so I won‘t get one more book finished in May. 🤷‍♀️ Life happens. 2mo
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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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I‘m not typically a huge fan of Sparks. This book, though, I loved. I loved the main character, Russ, and his relationships with his sister, his parents and especially his daughter. There were pieces of this book that destroyed me, because of my own experiences, and while Sparks is known for doing that, I didn‘t feel this novel fit his typical formula. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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I had more time to read today. Spent time in the sun, relaxing and reading. Now it‘s time for a glass of Rosé, it is in season after all. ?? My Bookly app says I have about an hour of reading left before I finish this book.

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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Finally some time to relax. Sitting outside on this warm and sunny afternoon, with my book and an iced coffee. Ahh! ❤️📖

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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I haven‘t read in so long! This is the least amount of time I have had to read in a long time. Work...work...work... I finally had some time tonight and got in almost an hour of reading.

I am really enjoying the brother-sister relationship in this book. My brothers are two of my closest friends, and I can see the three of us being there for each other in much the same way as Russ & Marge are. ❤️

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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I haven‘t read since Mother‘s Day! Crazy busy week, covering for 2/3 of our 3 person real estate team because the other two are gallivanting across France on a well deserved 15 day vacation. Prom for one kid & Confirmation for another this weekend, with mere hours between (only 3.5 hours of sleep last night). Finally sitting down to read for the first time in a week... 🙄❤️ Someone wants his ball. A mother‘s work is never done...

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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Is anyone else bothered by these types of inconsistencies? The main character tells us that “In February 2004 - I‘d been out of college for almost 2 years...” On the next page, the main character‘s father says that the character and his *older* sister “weren‘t around when Hugo hit in 1989.” If they weren‘t born yet in 1989, then he couldn‘t have been an adult, helping his dad prep for a snowstorm, in 2004. What am I missing?🤷‍♀️

Elizabeth2 If he meant they weren‘t “there” in 1989, where were they? If he graduated college in 2002, he would have been around 8 years old in 1989. Why wouldn‘t he have been home with his parents? 2mo
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Mothers' Day | Fiona McArthur
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Bookish gifts received for Mother‘s Day from my family: this cute mug, along with a bookstore gift card. 😁❤️📚

BooknerdsLife Love your mug!!! 😍😍 What a perfect gift 💖📚 2mo
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Mother's Day | Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell
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This is how I am spending this very rainy Mother‘s Day. Seven years ago, I lost my mother to breast cancer and Mother‘s Day became a difficult day for me. In the last two years, that changed and I have been able to really enjoy all my hubby & kids do to make it special for me. That means a clean, quiet house (no sibling bickering 😉), time for me to read, and hubby making whatever I want for dinner. ❤️📚 Happy Mother‘s Day, Mama Littens!

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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Work is crazy, kids‘ activities are crazy...May is a very busy month. Trying to grab a few pages before I crash for the night. Drink of choice tonight is water, because I realized a bit ago that I haven‘t had enough today. 📚💧

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Two by Two | Nicholas Sparks
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Reading this one next. 📚

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The Book Jumper | Mechthild Glaser
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Entertaining and a fast read. Amy & her mother leave their home and their troubles in Germany, and travel to Amy‘s ancestral home, of which she knows nothing. She learns that she has the ability to jump into books and discovers the literary world in chaos. She and her new friend Will work together with book characters to try to save the books they‘ve sworn to protect. Such an intriguing concept, and a page turner. Continued ⬇️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Elizabeth2 The ending leaves the reader with questions though. I‘m not sure if the author is planning on a sequel, but the reader is left wondering about the fate of several characters. This makes the story seem a bit unfinished and left me a bit unsatisfied. 3mo
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The Book Jumper | Mechthild Glaser
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Lazy Rainy Sunday; Level: Expert. 😉📚Close to finishing this one!

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The Book Jumper | Mechthild Glaser
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I‘m enjoying this read! Thought I‘d take it outside since the rest of the family is in the midst of Marvel Mania with a movie marathon on FX. 😉 📚❤️

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the greenery! And what a gorgeous cover! Pray tell where can I get the mug!! 😍😍 3mo
Elizabeth2 @Jee_HookedOnBookz This book cover is gorgeous! My husband picked up the mug at HomeGoods for around $12. In the event it‘s sold other places, this is the info from the bottom: “Rae Dunn, Artisan Collection by Magenta.” 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Elizabeth2 thank you soooo much! 😘😘 I must really get to HomeGoods one day! Not sometime back someone posted a beautiful bookish 🖼 which she got from there too! 3mo
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Another monthly goal reached, and early at that thanks to the #deweysreadathon this month! I‘m ready to set my goal for May. #aprilshowersbringmayflowers #readinggoals #bookly

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My reading partner and constant companion. We had a nice long walk around the neighborhood, on which he saw a few of his doggie friends and had a chance to bark at some deer. He‘s sufficiently exhausted so now I can read. 😉❤️📚 #dogsoflitsy #poodlesoflitsy #highenergypup #heneedsaplaymate

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The Outside of August | Joanna Hershon
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Mehso-so

This is between a pick & a so-so for me. The story moves slowly as you get to know Alice, her brother August & their parents. Their mother is always disappearing and the children are damaged because of it. The book focuses on the relationship between Alice & August, and how their family dynamic affects them both. It‘s a sad book, but also encapsulates human resolve, the importance of family & our ability to overcome & ultimately forgive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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The Outside of August | Joanna Hershon
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Every time I have tried to sit down and read in the evening this week, I am interrupted. Monday I wasn‘t home, but Tuesday & Wednesday it was the dog wanting to play and tonight it was the kids. Does my book have an alarm on it or something? As soon as I open it and take a picture for social media, they flock to me. 🤷‍♀️ I am so close to finishing this one. #interruptedreading #whenthebookisopenwalktheotherway

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The Book Jumper | Mechthild Glaser
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Finally sitting down today, after hosting Easter Dinner for 17. Loved spending the day with family, whom I am lucky enough to also call friends. ❤️ Clean up is finished, and I‘m going to enjoy one more glass of wine and my book before I crash. This book is good so far...I‘m not very far into it. Such an intriguing concept. If I could have a superpower... 😉📚

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The Book Jumper | Mechthild Glaser
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Starting this tonight. Meeting with my book club Monday evening, and we are supposed to have the first 6 chapters (121 pages) read. I haven‘t had a chance to start it. Work has been so busy (I had to work today and will tomorrow too), and we are hosting Easter dinner for 19 so my weekend is booked. 😳 I always meet the goal for book club. I am not going to miss this one. It will all get done somehow! 🤨👍🏻📚

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The Outside of August | Joanna Hershon
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My Saturday evening. This book is depressing, but compelling. Alice‘s mother disappears on the family often, traveling the world because she just can‘t stay still. Alice, her older brother August, and their father all deal with this in their own ways. Alice is really the one trying to hold everyone together. I finished Part One this evening, which deals with Alice‘s & Gus‘s teen years.

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Books Etc. (Portland) | Portland, ME (Bookstore)
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I needed to go to the bookstore to get my next book club book, The Book Jumper. I had a $50 gift card, so I had some fun. Bargain book rack for a 2/$10 special, Favorite Paperbacks for a Buy 2 Get 3rd Free Special - six books for $2, after the gift card!! My favorite kind of shopping is book shopping! #bookhaul

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The Outside of August | Joanna Hershon
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This has been on my shelf for a long time. It moved to my nightstand last summer and I still didn‘t read it. Then it moved back to my bookshelves, but didn‘t actually get shelved. I guess the right mood struck, or I was just tired of looking at it...one or the other. 😉 #clearingmyshelves

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Today, I read my 50th book using my Bookly app and unlocked the final achievement. 🎉 I am a bit sad that there are no more achievements to unlock. Maybe the app developers will add more in a future update. 🤞

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State of the Union | Brad Thor
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This is the 3rd novel in the Scot Harvath series - a fast paced adventure to save the US from a nuclear attack. This one only gets 3 stars from me. There was a lot of technical jargon related to weaponry, air & sea craft that I could have skipped. In its place, I wish Thor hadn‘t jumped forward through some action that I would have enjoyed seeing played out. Overall, it‘s still an enjoyable thriller & I‘ll keep reading the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Another #DeweysReadathon completed! Here‘s my total reading time - 13:34:31. I read 702 pages, completed one book and got 70% through another. I will probably finish that second book later today. Since I only slept for 3hrs and 45mins, now it‘s time to take a nap! 😴 #readathon #24hourreadathon @DeweysReadathon

xicanti You did great! 4mo
Elizabeth2 @xicanti thanks! I wasn‘t able to participate in either the spring or fall Dewey‘s in 2018. I was so happy that I was able to do this one! 4mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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This guy and I woke up 90 minutes ago to start reading again. Early morning, before everyone else is awake, is my favorite time to read. My current total for the #Readathon is 12:07:12. I probably won‘t finish the book I‘m currently reading, but it will be very close. Close enough that I will finish it today at some point (after a nap). 😊❤️📚#deweysreadathon #24hourreadathon @DeweysReadathon

JoScho He is so cute! 4mo
Elizabeth2 @JoScho 💕 He‘s such a love, and full of energy! 4mo
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