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Exbrarian

Exbrarian

Joined December 2018

EXlibrarian, EXpunk, EXasperated
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Flatland by Edwin Abbott
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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
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Unflattening by Nick Sousanis
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One of the better zombie books out there. I also watched the movie. No surprise that the book is better. The film retained most of the flavor or the book, but none of the richness. Like fat-free dairy.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Mehso-so

A thinly veiled fictionalization of the Manson family murders from the point of view of a 14 year old girl that was a part-time “cult“ member. The writing is VERY pretentious. At least once every couple of pages I was shaken out of the narrative by “creative“ word choices. Nearly a pan. I can't recommend it.

mcipher I couldn‘t get even halfway through. The writing style just didn‘t work for me. 2w
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Walkaway | Cory Doctorow
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I am the target audience for this book. I have no idea who I would recommend it to. I can completely understand why the reviews are less than stellar. But they are all wrong.
Fantastic novel about everything wrong with income inequality and a very plausible look at a hard won solution. Dare I say it's utopian.

RamsFan1963 I bailed on this, which is a first for me with Doctorow. I should try it again, I know several people who loved it. 3w
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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Zombie novels are my guilty pleasure. I have easily read a hundred or more. This is the worst one that I bothered to finish. I kept thinking it had the potential to get better. Then it was over without ever approaching that potential.

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#BFCr3 check in @wanderinglynn @hestapleton

I meditated twice, and I must have started 6 books, but I didn't finish any.
Better than nothing.

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 Great photo! And you‘re making great progress! 🙌🏻 2mo
Lindy Hahaha! 2mo
QuietlyLaura 😂😂👏🏻 2mo
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Zip, Zero, Zilch | Tammy Falkner
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I didn't do anything related to #BFCr3 this week. @wanderinglynn @hestapleton
I'm checking in anyhow.

wanderinglynn That‘s okay. We all have zero weeks. Many of us struggled this week. Let‘s reset and start fresh tomorrow. 💜 2mo
Hestapleton Yeah this week was really hard for me too. All we can do is get up and keep trying. 💕 2mo
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10 years ago today I was married in this desolate little building that served as a church in Terlingua when it was a cinnabar mining town in the 30's. Photo from tagged book.

Lcsmcat Happy anniversary! 🥂 2mo
Tanisha_A Happy anniversary! 💐 2mo
CarolynM Happy anniversary 💕 2mo
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#BFCr3 @wanderinglynn l @Hestapleton

Books 0/2
Exercised 1/4
Meditated 4/6

i'm slumping.

Here is a picture of Lucius napping.

Megabooks There‘s always next week! Don‘t be too hard on yourself! 2mo
hermyknee You got this 🙌🏼 2mo
TheSpineView Don't worry, we all have slumps. Put it behind you and move forward. Dwelling on it does nothing but waste time. 2mo
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wanderinglynn You did exercise & you did meditate. So be proud for what you did accomplish. 🙌🏻 We all have down weeks. Some days it‘s one step, one day at a time. Hang in there! 2mo
brit91 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
Hestapleton Hey you got the fitness part in! Book slumps suck, but they end. 2mo
mhillis 😻😻😻 Nice picture!! 2mo
IndoorDame Stay positive 😊 you accomplished what you were able, and now it's the start of a whole new week! 2mo
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current mood

brit91 Haha I love this 2mo
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
xicanti This is the best thing I‘ve seen all day. 2mo
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GingerAntics 💙💙💙 2mo
SW-T 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Crazeedi You just made me laugh out loud! 2mo
sudi 😂 2mo
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Week 1 Check in.
#BFCr3 @Hestapleton @wanderinglynn

Books 2/2
Exercise 1/4
Meditated 7/6

My wife is visiting family in Oklahoma, so it's a rousing evening of records and puzzles with a dinner salad.

RamsFan1963 Is that a fried egg on your salad? I might have to steal that idea, I love both fried eggs and salads. I've eaten plenty of boiled eggs in salad, but a fried egg never occured to me. 2mo
Exbrarian @RamsFan1963 Yes it is. Years ago I had poached eggs and arugula at a restaurant. I find poached eggs a chore and arugula isn't easy to find in my neighborhood. So, I have been putting fried eggs in spinach ever since. Mozzarella pearls and grape tomatoes are already bite sized, so it's dead simple to prepare. It's my lazy meal. 2mo
Megabooks Yum!! 2mo
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mhillis Looks good!! 2mo
llawela Lovely looking meal, too! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻. A great week! 2mo
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable enough for audio puzzling. Great performance by Mr. Gyllenhaal, but audiobooks are still not my favorite. The story, while a worthwhile classic, did not move me in any way. I am completely disinterested and indifferent to these awful and boring rich people and their pretenders.

DGRachel I detest this novel. 😂 2mo
Exbrarian @DGRachel I can see why it's popular, but I would never recommend it to anyone for any reason. 2mo
Anna40 Agree, but loved the writing! 2mo
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Mehso-so

I wanted a bleak zombie novel, and that is what I got. In that sense, I don't hate it. That said I can't believe the author, editor, or pre-readers spent 10 seconds between them researching ANYTHING. I couldn't go a page without being pulled out if the story by things that simply don't work the way the author described them. Most frustrating "good book" ever.

KathyWheeler I have always loved the title of this book but haven‘t read it yet. 2mo
Exbrarian @KathyWheeler It has excellent prose, a solid plot, and there is plenty to like. I am intentionally withholding my many criticisms because I don't want to ruin the book for those who won't notice or care about the things I find irksome. 2mo
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Finishing #BFCr2 with a whimper.
For the week:
2/2 books
0/4 workouts
1/6 meditations

@wanderinglynn @Hestapleton

Work has been destroying me lately.

Photo isn't really relevant but I saw this sunflower growing all alone in an overgrown lot and it just called to me.

Hestapleton Hey you‘ve consistently met your book goal this challenge (always hard when work is crazy) AND you snuck in a meditation this week! When work is that bad, just making it through is a victory worth celebrating!! 3mo
mcipher Sometimes you have to take it a little easier on yourself. And meditation is tough - I want to skip it ALL the time - so any you do is so amazing!! 3mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry work has been so rough. Take the time you need outside of work that makes the hours you have to be there easier. Hugs!! 💜💜 We all have those times!! 3mo
IndoorDame We all know what those rough patches are like and just sticking with it through that is a win. You're doing great! 3mo
wanderinglynn 🌻 I love sunflowers. ❤ Life happens and work is one of the worst life happenings. You made your book goal, so celebrate that! And think about how to adapt your goals until work eases up. We're here for you. 💛 3mo
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Dry | Neal Shusterman
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Fantastic disaster / survival story. I used to live in the desert and scenarios like this one would always play out in my mind. Fun read.

ShyBookOwl I like how this author's mind works. I havent read this yet, but I enjoyed Unwind 🤯 3mo
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Solid finish. I had problems with the ending, but that's on me. Fun trilogy.

madamereadsalot1 I've had the first book for many, many years and have still not read it. It was gifted to me when I was experiencing YA burnout. Would you highly recommend reading it? 3mo
Exbrarian @madamereadsalot1 I don't think I would highly recommend reading it. That said, I read all 3 of them back to back in a week or so. Certainly seems that I found them compelling. I liked the first one. Really liked the second one. I found the third one frustrating, but I can totally see how it could be satisfying to a certain kind of reader... I just wanted something completely different to happen. You could certainly do worse. 3mo
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Reading a little of the last book in this trilogy on my phone, in the rain, while I wait on my vegan soul food plate. It smells so good!

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A rare occurrence. I preferred the 2nd book to the first. Solid YA dystopian fiction.

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#BFCr2 @wanderinglynn @Hestapleton

Rough week at work. No end in sight.
2/2 Books
0/4 workouts
2/6 meditations

Louise Ah, crazy weeks! We all have them! 🤣 3mo
LauraJ Yet you still got some stuff done! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
brit91 Haha!!🤪🤪🍕🍕 3mo
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IndoorDame On the really hard weeks just not quitting is a win and you managed way more than that!👏👏👏 3mo
wanderinglynn Sorry you had a rough week. But you still got some stuff done & more important, you haven‘t quit. So count that as a win! 🙌🏻 Hang in there—it will get better. And adapt your goals as needed. Maybe some self-care/mental wellness to deal with the work stuff. 3mo
Hestapleton Hey you didn‘t get fired or commit homicide, so it‘s a great week! You‘ve got this. 3mo
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Legend | Marie Lu
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Good not great. YA dystopian fiction with just about everything you'd expect. I liked it.

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Checking In | Emily Arrow
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#BFCr2 @wanderinglynn @hestapleton

Reading: 2/2 books
Meditation: 3/7
Walking: 0/7 too hot

“Walking“ will become “exercise time“ moving forward.

Hestapleton Good adaptation! It‘s too freaking hot (especially where you are) to go outside!!! 3mo
IndoorDame Great job moving forward and adapting! 3mo
wanderinglynn Great progress this week. I know so many of you are having to overcome the heatwave. So great adaptation. 👍🏻👍🏻 Hang in there! You got this! 🙌🏻 3mo
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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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A quick classic philosophical read. I liked it, and I now wish to read more books set in Algiers.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Fantastic book. Half literary fiction, half pandemic apocalypse thriller. I have never read anything quite like it.

Oryx I love this one. 3mo
wanderinglynn This was such a fantastic book! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Hufflepuffle Such a good book! 3mo
RaimeyGallant So good! 3mo
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- Sophia Lauren

#bfcr2 #photochallenge

I am enjoying all of your beautiful faces this evening. I'm ❤️-ing everyone I see. I just don't feel it's my place to comment beyond that. I really appreciate you Littens.

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Checking in | Suzanne Weyn
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#BFCr2 @wanderinglynn @hestapleton

I worked a lot this week, and I read a lot.
I read four books out of a goal of 2.
I didn't accomplish anything else.

Tadams4 Sounds like a wonderful week! 3mo
Hestapleton A week of books is a good week! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Sounds like a fantastic week! 🎉 3mo
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TheSpineView Any week full of books is a good week! 3mo
sudi Week full of books is the best week 🙌 3mo
StayCurious I still think you accomplished a lot! 3mo
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The Friday Edition | Betta Ferrendelli
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@howjessreads
#friyayintro
1) I worked from home every day this week.
2) Terlingua
3) Prefer apple pie, but diabetic, so, neither
4) A little... I still have work to do but a lot less email to answer on Saturday.
5) Will do.

Thanks to @gradcat for the tag!

ImperfectCJ I'd never heard of Terlingua until this post, but now I have to go there. 3mo
gradcat You‘re very welcome! Speaking of Terlingua, have you ever heard of an album called “¡Viva Terlingua!” by Jerry Jeff Walker? 3mo
Exbrarian @gradcat Of course. I can't say Cosmic Cowboy is my most listened to genre, but I'm very familiar with it. It's unfortunate that Viva Terlingua was actually recorded in Luckenbach, TX. 3mo
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gradcat Oh, god...didn‘t he have a song by that title on that very album? Or was it another album? Oops, I meant a song titled “Luckenbach, Texas.” (edited) 3mo
Exbrarian @gradcat the song was by Waylon Jennings. Also, a 70's c&w hit, but it came later. 3mo
gradcat @exbrarian Thanks for the correction. I couldn‘t remember, but I listened to tons of the “outlaw” country music music back in the day. 😊 3mo
Exbrarian I'd say punk rock influenced me more than anything, but I was raised on zydeco, and outlaw country. The first record I ever bought was Glenn Campbell, and when I was 5 years old I proudly declared that I was going to be Buck Owens when I grew up. Dwight Yoakum beat me to it, though 😁 3mo
gradcat You‘re hilarious! Given that I was born & raised in Louisiana, zydeco is near & dear to my heart! And I love, love, love Glen Campbell...it was so sad at the end with him. “Wichita Lineman” is one of my favorite songs. I don‘t like country as much anymore, but I don‘t hate all of it. I‘m more of an alternative-listening type (but a lot of music fits into that genre 😂). 3mo
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Please Remain Calm | Courtney Summers
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I immediately downloaded and devoured the follow up novella to This Is Not A Test. Not quite as good IMO, but satisfying.

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This Is Not a Test | Courtney Summers
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When I am supremely stressed out by work - as I am this week - I give the classics a rest and look for the darkest "survive the apocalypse" book I can find. This is not a test is ostensibly a zombie novel, but mostly it's a novel about broken teens dealing with an existential crisis. I loved it.

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A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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A very horrorshow string of slovos o my brothers and sisters. I liked it more than a malenky lomtick, I did.

Soubhiville This book is a wild ride. I kind of think it‘s genius. 3mo
phantomx The book is a wild ride. It's worth reading, I love the slang style used in the novel. 3mo
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Enders | Lissa Price
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If you liked Starters, there is no reason to skip the sequel. The pacing felt off at times, and there were a few instances of poor editing, but still a fun read.

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Check in. Relax. Take A Shower. | HfG Karlsruhe, Marco Walser
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#BFCr2 week 2 check-in
@wanderinglynn @hestapleton

books: 2/2
walks: 1/4
meditations: 2/6

I spent the week sick. Caring for a sicker wife. Falling behind in my work. Time to reset.

BookwormAHN I hope you're feeling better 🍀 3mo
Hestapleton Hey you met your reading goal AND made progress toward your others! Hope you both get to feeling better soon! 3mo
LauraJ Sounds like you did well to me! Hope you‘re both feeling better. 3mo
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IndoorDame Sounds good for such an off-kilter week! Feel better! Hope next week is easier. 3mo
wanderinglynn I‘m sorry you & your wife had a tough week. I hope you‘re both feeling better.💚 3mo
Hufflepuffle You did so well considering you and your wife were so poorly! Hope next week is better for you both! 3mo
TheSpineView Hope you feel better! 3mo
StayCurious I think you did great under the circumstances! 3mo
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Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Dafoe
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Often considered the first English novel, the bar was set low. What a painful trudge it was. If you see it on a list of "must reads" I assure you a synopsis will do.

Chrys I tried to read this one and bailed. Glad to know I am not the I my one who thought it‘s not a great read 4mo
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I tore through this one. Unusual for me. After reading 4 works from Orwell, I'm convinced I could read anything from him and enjoy it. I have been “down and out“ more than once myself and I found Orwell's account fascinating.

JamieArc I really loved this one too. I read it probably 6-7 years ago, but think of it often. 4mo
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A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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Used bookstore haul of paperback classics.
A Clockwork Orange is in rough condition, but it's one of the early American editions with the missing chapter! All the current printings are restored with the 21st chapter, so it's a bit of a novelty.

IndoorDame I didn't know that about A Clockwork Orange! I have that exact edition. I think it's from one of my parent's bookcases. 4mo
Exbrarian There should be 3 sections of 7 chapters each, but the American edition originally omitted the last chapter. Kubrick made his film after that version. Burgess hated it. @IndoorDame 4mo
IndoorDame @Exbrarian neat! I'll have to find a newer edition and see what I'm missing 4mo
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#BFCr2
My week 1 results:

2 of 4 walks taken
3 of 6 meditations
3 of 2 books

@wanderinglynn @hestapleton

#bookdragons

Hestapleton I love that quote! We don‘t give up, we just change the flat! Way to keep plugging along. 4mo
LauraJ That‘s a great first week! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress! And excellent quote. That‘s spot on for this round‘s #positivity focus. 4mo
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StayCurious Way to go! Good first week! 4mo
Clwojick Love this quote! 4mo
sudi Great week 👏👏👏 and love the quote 😄💜 4mo
IndoorDame That quote is perfect! Good job this week! 🙌 4mo
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Sun Storm | Asa Larsson
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Pretty good slow burn thriller. Could check lots of challenge boxes. Female author. Swedish.Nordic thriller. Female translator. Female protagonist. Detective, lawyer
I enjoyed it.

LauraJ You read fast! 4mo
Exbrarian @LauraJ No, I just read several books at a time. Almost always starting one and finishing another. 4mo
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😂

sudi 😂😂😂 4mo
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God's Problem | Bart D. Ehrman
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I just finished the tagged book for IRL book club tomorrow. It's an excellent book. I just don't know who it's for.
A lifelong Evangelical Christian and PhD Theologian asks " Why We Suffer?" And ultimately becomes an agnostic.
Other non religious people have drawn similar conclusions without the decades of rigorous scholarship.
Believers will undoubtedly want little to do with a book of this sort.
If you're intrigued, it's a good book.

Crazeedi We suffer because it's a fallen world. Till its restored, suffering is part of it. God does not cause suffering, mankind does. He is there to love us and give us hope in the midst of this mortal life. IMO 4mo
Exbrarian And soundbite answers like that have entire chapters devoted to disproving them with Judeo-Christian scripture. 4mo
GingerAntics Interesting 4mo
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Specials | Scott Westerfeld
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3rd book in The Uglies series.
Not bad. If you read the first 2, the you don't want to miss this one.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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kelseynicburke We have two of the same! Ravenclaw and thestral 4mo
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#wizardsunite
I'm having too much fun!

I swear I have a job.

LibrarianJen Multitasking. It‘s a marketable skill. 4mo
BooknerdsLife Love your profile pic 👍🏼👍🏼💙 4mo
Lauram Fantastic photo! I‘m sending an invite now. My name is Laurmel 😄🧙‍♀️ 4mo
Exbrarian @Lauram thanks, and accepted. 4mo
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An Atlas of Vanished Countries
1840 - 1975

#30Junebooks "N" books @howjessreads

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#30JuneBooks #audiobooks @howjessreads

I've only completed a half dozen audiobooks in my life. I'm very particular about the voices I want to listen to for any length of time. I REAlLLY enjoy silence.

That said, I've been slowly working through the tagged book for the past month or so and I plan to finish it tomorrow. Recommended if you are into non-fiction, social justice, prison reform, etc...

Amiable I just started this book about an hour ago! 4mo
howjessreads How interesting! I really don‘t enjoy silence... 4mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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#wizardsunite

add me if you'd like!

RealLifeReading Sent an invite! (User name bakkwa) 4mo
wanderinglynn Sent you an invite! 😀 4mo
SaturnDoo Sent...Same name as here ☺❤ 4mo
UnidragonFrag Sent! 4mo
BeckyandBooks Invited! 4mo
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What would you call a group of #Littens ?

A stack?
A ream?

Give me your best Ideas!

WhatWouldJaneDo A library! 4mo
BookwormAHN A litter 4mo
Exbrarian @WhatWouldJaneDo I like it! Do we have a winner already? 4mo
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TK421 A ream of Littens sounds like a bad experience. 😁 4mo
Exbrarian @TK421 I have SO many responses to that. 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff A shelf of Littens! ❤️ 4mo
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Challenges | Serge Lang
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#BFCr2
I simplified my goals for #BookFitnessChallenge round 2
I'm ready.

Hestapleton Excellent goals! So excited to have you with us! 4mo
julesG Perfect goals. 4mo
IndoorDame Happy to be on your team! 4mo
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Clwojick great goals! 4mo
BookwormAHN Great goals 👏🏻 4mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Thursdays at Coconuts | Beth Carter
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Hello.
My name is the best part.
You killed my life.
Prepare to be there for the first show.

@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn That one clearly has deep, philosophical meanings. 😂😂😂 4mo
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Art, animals, autonomy, agency.
If you're a fan of any of those, then this might be for you. If you're a fan of "all of the above" then you should probably buy this book

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#30Junebooks #picturebooks @howjessreads

Edward Gorey makes my kind of picture books.

TheWordJar This is a favorite of mine! My kids love it too! I love to listen them “ew!” and “ugh!” as they read through the book. 4mo
mreads 😃❤ 4mo
wanderinglynn Love Edward Gorey‘s illustrations! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
IndoorDame Love Edward Gorey!🖤🖤🖤 4mo
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@pasiphae_reads I saw your Lil gal, and wanted to share my activist pal. #OctopiLittleRock

pasiphae_reads Omg I love it!!!! 💜🐙 They‘re so adorable and squishy 4mo
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My Chair | Diana Noonan
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pasiphae_reads Love this chair!!! 💛💛💛💛 4mo
Eyelit Great nook! 4mo
ButtBarn Love that color! 4mo
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BooknerdsLife Love your chair 😍 4mo
Tanisha_A 😍 4mo
Nute Love that yellow chair! 4mo
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