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GondorGirl

GondorGirl

Joined June 2017

(she/her) Tolkienite/Ringer, cat mom, professional fangirl, leatherworker, and book dragon. GondorGirl on LibraryThing. Studio 42 Designs.
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I finished the first set of reading challenges for #BotM... And just in time to add my reward to my June book! I think June is also going to give me BFF status! 📚🧡

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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Pippin and I are enjoying a beautiful evening on the sun porch. So far I'm enjoying this dark, twisted take on Peter Pan, though I'm very glad I checked the trigger warnings before I started! 😳

CoffeeNBooks Hi Pippin! 💜 5d
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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Kaikeyi is another book where a woman tries to have agency over her life and to help other women, but gets fucked over by both men and gods. It was beautiful and fascinating, and made me do some research into the actual story is based on.

If you have trouble with it I'd suggest the audiobook- it really helped me separate all the characters and unfamiliar words.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Andrea4 Oooh love getting recs based on books I loved! 5d
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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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SURPRISE!

#LMPBC #GroupJ I hope you folx don't mind that I let other people write in our book, but when I saw that Christina Lauren was going to be in Ohio I couldn't resist going and having our book signed! They were completely charmed by the idea of a postal book club. 🧡

@Johanna414 @Shadowfat @peanutnine

peanutnine 😲 That is so cool!!! 7d
Megabooks Cool!! 🤩🤩 7d
Kdgordon88 Love this! 7d
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Johanna414 That's soooo cool!!! 7d
TheKidUpstairs What wonderful timing! 7d
Kappadeemom That‘s cool! 7d
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s the best dedication ever! 6d
Shadowfat Awesome! 6d
Roary47 That is sooo cool! 6d
Oryx Lovely! 6d
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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I'm heading to the other side of the state on a super secret bookish mission! If everything goes according to plan I'll be able to share what I'm up to in a few hours! 🤞

(Listening to the tagged #audiobook while I drive)

Chrissyreadit 😍🥸🤔 7d
Tamra Love the bag. Wishing you success on your mission! 7d
LiteraryinLawrence Oooh, have fun on your bookish quest! 7d
MoonWitch94 Ohhhhhhh I love a good suspenseful bookish quest! Good luck! Love the bag 😍 7d
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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Rainy days are for reading and cuddling cats. Our sunporch has a metal roof, so the rain hitting that makes for a perfect soundtrack.

#CatsOfLitsy

AmyG Your cat reminds me of our daughters (now deceased) cat- Caesar. Very handsome. 2w
tpixie Beautiful kitty 🐈‍⬛ 1w
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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#AudioGardening to get my veggies started.

AmyG How wonderful! 2w
Aims42 Getting tomato plants and herbs are on my to-do list this weekend 🙌😁 2w
Branwen So cool! 2w
AmandaBlaze Looks nice. What veggies are you planting? 1w
GondorGirl @AmandaBlaze I have a raise bed I do beans and carrots in, I'm doing containers with peas and broccoli, and I bury potatoes and garlic. 🤞 1w
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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If you like your fairytales dark and your heroes unlikely Kingfisher is the author for you.

The 30-something third daughter (and almost nun) of a tiny nation goes on an impossible quest to save her sister from an abusive husband. Along the way she creates a bone dog, visits a goblin market, enlists the help of a dust-wife (and her demon chicken), and befriends her fairy godmother (who might actually be the most wicked of them all).

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soubhiville Ooooo, good photo. 2w
GondorGirl @Soubhiville Thanks! Early spring in the woods is always good for bone hunting. 2w
Branwen I love this book so much! 1w
GondorGirl @Branwen It was PHENOMENAL! 1w
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Motor City day one. #MC3

Branwen Whoo hoo! Have fun and good luck! 💕 2w
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I am SO FREAKING THRILLED with how our Princess Bride cover turned out! We gave our artist few free reign and once again she delivered!

We'll be at Motor City Comic Con in Detroit this weekend, so stop by if you're attending.

#MCCC #MCCC22 #Studio42Books

RaeLovesToRead Wow! ❤☺ 2w
ravenlee 😍 2w
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 2w
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Came home from visiting my folks and had a bunch of #BookMail!

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The downside of reading in the woods is that my fuzzy little friend here doesn't like when I ignore him. 🤣 🐿

#SquirrelsOfLitsy

Bookwomble 😍🐿 I love red squirrels! ❤ 3w
MaleficentBookDragon 🐿 😆❤️ 3w
Sleepswithbooks ❤️🐿🥰 3w
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Nutmegnc 😱😱😱 3w
Karisa Oh! What a face! 😍 3w
Branwen OH MY GOODNESS! 😱 THE CUTENESS! ♥️🐹 3w
Tamra 😂 so great! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww love this!! 3w
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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What happens when you find out a fellow litten lives in your city? A Barnes and Noble meet up!

 @AmandaBlaze is lovely and I had a lot of fun wandering the stacks with her (even if my TBR list got a lot longer!). 🧡📚

LeahBergen Aww, how fun! ❤️❤️ 4w
LiteraryinLawrence Love to see that!! 4w
Bookzombie ❤️❤️ 4w
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rachelsbrittain How fun! 4w
AmandaBlaze It was fun, even if I kept switching out my book. lol 3w
Branwen This is so awesome! 😄💕📚 2w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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So much good #BookMail today! I don't know which to read first!

EvieBee Such a cute pillow! 4w
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Today was a really difficult day. We had to say goodbye to my reading buddy, Fred-Fred. He's been my companion for 16 years and I'm really not sure how to exist without him. 💔

Please feel free to recommend happy/funny with no animal characters. I'm going to have to relearn how to read without him cuddled next to me.

ravenlee I‘m so sorry. I still miss my babies after four years. He must have had the best life with you. 💓 Sending love. 1mo
Trashcanman My condolences, I hope the happy memories bring you solace in this difficult time. 1mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 1mo
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Andrea313 I'm so sorry. He sounds like a great friend, and like he had a great life with you. Sending love on this hard day. 1mo
Dragon So very sorry for your loss 💔 1mo
BookwormAHN I'm so sorry. Sending you lots of hugs 💞 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry for your loss 1mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about Fred-Fred. It‘s terrible to say goodbye to a friend. 1mo
Dragon I like to escape into a guaranteed HEA. I will tag one I thought was cute and I don‘t remember any animals 1mo
LauraBrook Sending you and your family lots of love today. It‘s unimaginable to exist without him, yet it somehow happens. Still feel like this after almost 3 years for me. 💔💓🫂 1mo
jlhammar My heart goes out to you. Such a hard thing to go through. 1mo
sarahbellum So sorry to hear you‘ve lost your buddy 💗 1mo
Johanna414 I'm so sorry for your loss! 1mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 1mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💜 1mo
DivineDiana Sending love to you. ❤️ 1mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1mo
Susanita 😢 1mo
Tamra 🥲 It‘s a hard thing losing a friend. 1mo
quietjenn I‘m sorry about Fred. 💙 1mo
bookishdawg 💔🙏🏻 4w
LeahBergen I‘m so sorry to hear this. 💔💔 4w
Lauram I had a Fred that looked very much like your beloved Fred-Fred. I am so sorry for your loss. They‘re going to hate it- but I‘ll be giving all the cats in my home a hug for Fred-Fred. 💜 4w
Dragon Hope you‘re doing okay. Take care. Of started rereading the book I recommended but there are animals, so sorry I didn‘t remember. Maybe don‘t read it right now. Take care 💚🐉 4w
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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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I listened to this entire book today and I feel sorry of wrecked over it. It takes place in a small town, over the course of one year. There is no central narrator and the chapters jump around between a dozen different people. It's beautifully written, painful at times, but ultimately hopeful and lovely. A five star read.

I'll add a spoiler comment with some trigger warnings.

GondorGirl Child death (previous), late term miscarriage, off screen drug and alcohol addiction, cancer. 1mo
AmyG I enjoyed this one, too. 1mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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My #BotM picks for May! I'm kind of sick of retellings, but Darling Girl sounds darker and more inspired by... but really, I just needed to pick something so I could get The Change. 🧡

Aims42 That was also my “well, I guess I gotta pick something” pick so I could get the two “add-ons” I reallllllllllllly wanted 😆 (edited) 1mo
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The Marriage Game | Sara Desai
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Well... I finished it. I'll try to get it in the mail by Monday.

#LMPBC #GroupJ @Johanna414 @Shadowfat @peanutnine

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The Marriage Game | Sara Desai
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Tommy and I are trying to make some progress on my #LMPBC book tonight. It's a good thing he's cute, because he keeps trying to eat my supplies! 😅

#GroupJ @Johanna414 @Shadowfat @peanutnine

#CatsOfLitsy #KAL

Johanna414 So helpful! 1mo
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Yesterday Is History | Kosoko Jackson
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Saturday was a LONG day. I was working #Penguicon near Detroit, but drove home to Toledo to go to the NW Ohio Teen Book Festival where I met Kosoko Jackson, Derf Backderf, Mindy McGinnis, and Kit Frick. Then I drove BACK to Detroit to finish out the show... where I accidentally met Claire Winn.

I'm not sure I've ever been this tired in my life. 😅

DivineDiana Quite an exhausting schedule, but at least there were books! And authors! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1mo
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#Studio42Books is set up at #Penguicon for the weekend!

Zuhkeeyah I love your sign ♥️ 1mo
GondorGirl @Zuhkeeyah Thanks! I have different ones figured out for each day of the show. 😂 1mo
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Skyscraping | Cordelia Jensen
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My Friends of the Library #BookHaul !

BrittanyReads Ohh! Good one!! I love when I find BOTM copies at mine 😀 1mo
Suet624 Nice!!!! 1mo
GondorGirl @BrittanyReads Me too! And my copies of Katherine Center's other book is BotM, so now they'll match. 🥰 1mo
Soubhiville Hyperbole and a Half made me snort/laugh/cry. I hope you‘ll love it too! 1mo
GondorGirl @Soubhiville I've followed her online for years, so I had to pick it up. She's so funny! 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Not only did I get the new book signed at the event yesterday, but I got these awesome exclusive postcards! The last book tour one is definitely getting hung up on the library. 🧡🧡

Librarianaut So. Jealous!!!! 1mo
Branwen SO AWESOME! 💕📚 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Emily St. John Mandel in Ann Arbor! Ahhhhhhhh!

EvieBee Her cute little booties 😍😍 1mo
AmyG Oh WOW. My favorite bookstore. Hope you had a great time. 1mo
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Monstress | Marjorie Liu
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If anything bad happens to Kippa I will climb into the book and avenge her. She is my precious baby.

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Monstress | Marjorie Liu
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I'm not the only one who's happy that it's finally sunporch season! #CatsOfLitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awww Kitties!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 2mo
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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Our purchases from the Lansing specialty book show! A found a Pratchett 1e he didn't already have and another fantasy novel. I grabbed one of the Gwen Frostic books I'm missing, the signed Hank Green, and the earliest copy of The Outsiders I've ever seen in person. Because I'm a functional human being the moment I picked it up off the shelf I started bawling. 😅🥰

vivastory I have a Tshirt with that Outsiders cover. 🤘 2mo
Bookwomble West of Eden is a great book 🦕🦖 2mo
GondorGirl @Bookwomble I'll let A know! He recognized the author and thought it sounded interesting. It was in a "bargain" bin for 5$. 2mo
Bookwomble 😊👍🏻 2mo
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The one where we drive two hours to drool over books we can't afford. 😅🥰

Andrea313 Oooh, have a fantastic time! 😍 2mo
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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In exciting #BookMail news, the used copy of 'The Book of M' I ordered turned out to be a signed ARC!

Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
AmyG What a nice surprise! 2mo
kspenmoll Fantastic!!!! 2mo
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Grounds for Thought | Bowling Green, OH (Bookstore)
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This morning we went to the Wood County Library sale, followed by coffee with friends at one of my favorite used book stores (tagged). I didn't find anything super exciting, but it was a fun outing.

Kayla.Adriena I love Grounds for Thoughts! 😍 2mo
GondorGirl @Kayla.Adriena I always find a book or two and it smells heavenly! 🥰 2mo
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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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Well, this is a thing that I read. And I'm not really sure how to feel about it, except that I'm going to be thinking about it for a very long time. There is a lot packed into 98 pages.

It was beautifully written.
And viscerally unsettling.
And really kind of horrible.

You should read it.

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I'm not exactly sure how to review this one without spoiling it... but if you like old maps, close knit friend groups, complicated family dynamics, and a bit of magic this might be the book for you. I thought it was absolutely fantastic and have already ordered the author's previous book and followed her on social media.

Aims42 I‘m so curious about her previous work, be sure to let us know your thoughts. I don‘t feel ready yet for the subject matter, but definitely one day I will be 👍 2mo
GondorGirl @Aims42 I will! I'm not 100% sure I'm ready, but I loved this one so much I had to at least add it to my shelf. 2mo
Aims42 @GondorGirl Yes! Totally agree! 2mo
Branwen I loved this one so much too! 2mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This was SUCH a good event! Angeline was charming, funny, and inspiring. Most times an hour long author talk is enough, but I was genuinely sad when it was finished. We did have a lovely little conversation afterwards when she signed my book. 🥰

UwannaPublishme How cool! 2mo
Branwen I was blown away by how nice she is! I'm so glad you got to meet her! ❤ 2mo
GondorGirl @Branwen Me too! She had so many cool stories to tell! I can't wait for her second book! 2mo
Branwen @GondorGirl OMG SAME! 2mo
Smrloomis Ooh this sounds great! 👍🏽 1mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Did I drive an hour to listen to Angeline Boulley talk?
Yes, yes I did. 🧡

WJCintron Have fun!!! 2mo
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Today I spent four hours trying on every piece of clothing I own. I filled three trash bags with things that don't fit anymore and made a list of things I'm going to need to buy. It's been two years of t-shirts and joggers and not taking the best care of myself. It's time for a change. The afternoon was... not fun, but I did it! I'm going to reward myself by starting this beautiful looking graphic novel that I picked up the other day. 🧡

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago and I need to be more active!! 🏃‍♀️ 2mo
EvieBee Same for me! I did need to go up a size on my Spanx in order to get into my dress clothes though. 2mo
Branwen Good for you, friend! 💕 2mo
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Today's #BookMail is my #BotM selections and an ARC of the tagged book (which sounds really good)!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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My #March stats!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
keys_on_fire I love your layout! The simplicity is calling to me. I think I sometimes go into the deep end trying to be creative 🤣 2mo
GondorGirl @keys_on_fire Thank you! I try to keep my layouts pretty simple so I don't get distracted. 😅 2mo
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Zuhkeeyah Firekeeper‘s Daughter was so good! Still my favorite of the year so far. 2mo
Zuhkeeyah Really like your month summary layout 2mo
GondorGirl @Zuhkeeyah I know it's only April, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of my top reads for the year! 2mo
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Did I need this book that pairs portraits of chickens with quotes from famous literature? Yes. Yes, I did.

(Tagging another of the photographer's books as this one isn't in the database.)

BennettBookworm I need to buy this for my friend immediately. It‘s such a mood. 2mo
GondorGirl @BennettBookworm I found it for 5$ at Ollie's Outlet! 2mo
Branwen I love this! 😂🐓 2mo
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This is the first time since the pandemic started that I look at the month ahead and it actually feels like my life again! Does anyone else feel like they've been living a weird shadow life for the last two years?

I've got four book events and a convention I'm vending at (that also has some book overlap) and in so excited I've already started deciding which masks look best with which outfits! 😂🥰

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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My April #BotM picks!

I was going to be picking up Kaikeyi one way or another, and Lessons in Chemistry has been getting some great reviews.

Branwen I went with Kaiyeki too! It looks so good! 2mo
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Sending out some #BookMail today! A few #LitsyLove letters and my book for #LMPBC #GroupJ

@Shadowfat - it should be to you in a couple days!

@Johanna414 @peanutnine

Shadowfat Thanks, I'll look for it! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💞💞💞 2mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Today's task is to put snaps on 50 dice trays, which is incredibly boring. Luckily I'm listening to this audiobook and it's AMAZING so far! The author is going to be in Ann Arbor next week and I think I'm going to have to drive up for the evening to hear her talk. 🧡🧡

#Studio42Books

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I always have an anthology on my nightstand to read before bed. Last night I started this thrift store find only to discover that it'd been signed by three of the authors! R.L. Stine, Jeff Soloway, and Jeff Somers.

I don't typically read mystery/crime, but so far I'm enjoying it.

Aims42 That‘s a fun find!! 👍🥳 2mo
Branwen Wow! 😲 That's so cool! 2mo
WJCintron RL STINE!!!!! 🙌 2mo
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I easily could have shared more than three quotes from this incredibly meta book on time management. It's goal is not so much to tell you how to manage your time to fit everything in, and more to help you realize that you're never going to do it all and you need to prioritize what's important to you.

The pandemic showed us a glimpse of how the world could be if we spent less time on the grind and more time thinking of others.

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GondorGirl There are so many talking points I want to cover, but I won't be able to explain them as well as this book did. This is probably one of most thoughtful and affecting nonfiction books I've ever read. I found some really powerful ideas, but also a lot of explanations that help make sense of things I was already experienced. I'd highly recommend this one to any mortal. 2mo
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With show season starting up again we decided to make a showpiece book... this baby weighs 9 pounds and includes everything Shakespeare ever published. That's a standard dinner fork for size comparison. I'm not sure yet if it'll be a standard item we continue to make, or if it'll be a one of. It used SO MUCH LEATHER. 😅 I'm really happy with how the cover turned out.

#Studio42Books #Penguicon #MCCC

ravenlee That looks amazing! By the way, I ordered one of your small notebooks for my friend‘s birthday (and it got there SOOO fast because I didn‘t realize you were in the same city!) and she LOVES it. Thank you! 2mo
GondorGirl @ravenlee Thank you so much! I'm glad she likes it. 🥰 2mo
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Something to Talk About | Meryl Wilsner
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Apparently I am physically unable to write in a book. Which is a little awkward... 😅 I guess I'm going to be creative with highlighting strips and post it notes.

#LMPBC #GroupJ
@Shadowfat @peanutnine @Johanna414

DivineDiana I feel exactly the same way! 🙂 2mo
Librariana I was *not* familiar with highlight strips! 😳😳 It's like... a whole new world of annotation has magically opened up! 2mo
GondorGirl @Librariana they're magical! They use the same glue as post-it notes, so you can peel them back off. And they're just wide and long enough for a standard book. This is my first time using them and I've already ordered another set of Amazon. 2mo
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