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IamIamIam

IamIamIam

Joined January 2017

🛑🛋📚🤘💜💙 #Bookspin #mountTBR
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Bailedbailed

Yeah, this isn't for me. Moving along....

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Oh, brother.. the family estate and manor house, a boutique hotel, "that hotel we stayed at outside Bordeaux when I was 14", and Daddy-kins securing a job for her is really making me dislike Inara.... struggling with this one... CHANGE MY MIND! Lol

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Next on my audio list... a bit flowery and book clubby for me at first but I'm confident that Mei Lein's story will be amazing!

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🤯 WOWZERS! Ted Bannerman lives alone at the end of Needless Street. He's unreliable, has a hard time remembering names and events, goes away sometimes. A little girl went missing in his past and it's up to Ted, Lauren & Olivia to put the pieces back together.

Thoroughly unsettling, I never really could see around the corner until the very end until it all came together. 😳🤘

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The Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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Definitely not my typical read but I just bought the rest of the trilogy on ThriftBooks! So excited!!

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The Punch: A Novel | Noah Hawley
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WOW... I loved all these crazy characters mainly because they were so flawed and dramatic. Joe Henry has passed on and Doris, David and Scott are to take a trip to New York York a memorial service and then to Maine to scatter Joe's ashes. They all bring so much more baggage than they bargained for and predictably, chaos ensues. ❤ Beautiful prose, lovely descriptions!

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacking 1w
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The Punch: A Novel | Noah Hawley
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Really feeling this deep in my gut... these weird, broken people are so familiar it hurts!

Reggie Have you read his other one- I tagged it. The woman in there, my gut hurt for her through that whole book. I have this one, just need to get to it. 2w
IamIamIam @Reggie I tagged it & will definitely be looking for it!!! I just finished this one and I absolutely love the way Hawley writes! 😁 Thanks for the rec! 2w
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The Punch: A Novel | Noah Hawley
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Rather than trying to decide what I want to listen to, I decided to go to the earliest addition on my Libby list & go from there!

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Bailedbailed

I want to make it clear that this is a PICK but I only have a few more days on my library loan and I'm totally not getting through 10 hours of this so I'm going to revisit it in print. It is chock full of information on one of America's most influential years in the early part of the century, including Lindberg, Babe Ruth, the birth of aviation on Long Island & Prohibition... and that's only the beginning!

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Oopsie... 😂😂😂

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 That may actually be on purpose, as several languages are spoken in Jamaica. 3w
IamIamIam @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 A fair assumption, however they're talking about Jamaica, Queens. I appreciate your insight, though! 3w
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I started listening to this yesterday on my coworker's recommendation. Lots of great info about Long Island but... Bill Bryson is a bit hard for me to listen to 😖

Graywacke He has an odd voice, but I find he has a pace and intonation that is perfect for his writing - I mean, just my own impression. I really enjoyed this on audio and wish you well. i‘ll try to send a few positive vibes. 4w
IamIamIam @Graywacke I can see what you mean. His accent is so unique, it seems old timey enough to make the stories really pop! Lol 4w
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Let me start by saying I don't really like vampires and I totally knew that I was reading a vampire book but I had so much more faith in Guillermo del Toro... I expected more than your typical coffin and grave dirt. 😤 My husband says to keep reading & maybe it's not what I'm expecting but I'm frustrated, even though I probably should have seen it coming. 😩

RamsFan1963 I have this on my TBR shelves. Like you, I don't care for vampire books but I know a lot of people who loved the tv series and recommended the book. 4w
IamIamIam @RamsFan1963 Hopefully it turns out to be good! 🤞🤞 I also found out it's a trilogy so let's see if I go forward with the books or quit and go for the show! 😂 4w
kplovesbooks I can tell you that it's definitely not the regular vampire book...at all. That might help. 😂 4w
IamIamIam @kplovesbooks It definitely does! Thanks! I'll keep pushing forward... it's definitely super readable! 4w
kplovesbooks @IamIamIam Good! And that it is! I think I inhaled the first third of that book in one sitting. 4w
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Ooof, this was a tough passage to read... 😖😖😖

Trashcanman 🤗🤗💐 1mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman And I didn't want to read 12 Monkeys because it hit a little too close to home!!! 😂😂😂 1mo
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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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A fun, anecdotal book that challenges you to identify obscure historical facts before Rowe gets to the end of the story while alternating stories from Rowe's own life. I learned a lot, both about celebrities (some of which I knew immediately) and Mike Rowe, who I'm convinced should be hosting Jeopardy. Who doesn't love listening to this guy?!?! 😁

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The Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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3 books I picked up last night to get started were about a viral plague... 🤨 I decided on the least viable out of my options! 😂 Although I'm still really interested in the novelization of 12 Monkeys, it's still a bit close to home for me just yet. My #bookspin for November is a double spin I'm trying to finish from a few months back, so I needed another option! Lol

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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I wish Sylvia had been able to develop her fiction writing to the level of her later poetry. This starts out sophomoric but gradually takes on the modern tones of the unreliable female characters made popular in recent years.

sleepy.ash87 I'll always think of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born when it comes to Sylvia Plath never reaching her full potential. There is a quote from one of her letters to her mother in which she begs for help with the cleaning and caring for her children so she can find time to write ✍️ Poor Sylvia! 1mo
IamIamIam @sleepy.ash87 I don't think I've ever understood her more than after hearing that. She suffered with mental illness for a long time but to know how Hughes treated her and knowing she needed and asked for help just gets you in the guts! 😞 1mo
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Deliciously creepy!!! I love Coates & she's always got a great ghost story up her sleeve. This was no different. Guy has a checkered past & is looking to start over when he discovers his mom has inherited a home. He just didn't know what secrets that home was harboring. 👀👻

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Snagged these 2 suckers for $2.99 each! They've been on my radar for the longest time and I couldn't pass it up! Thanks, MacMillan e-book deals!!

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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While I love listening to Mike Rowe reading, file this one under NSFW... I heard a story about Victorian sexting, erecting buildings and a horse who could ejaculate on que... 👀

GondorGirl 😳 1mo
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It's my girl Sylvia's birthday today so check out A.A. Knopf's IG for a chance to win a copy of this book and a necklace from Out Of Print! @aaknopf or click:
https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/red-comet-sweeps

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Well well well.... I had no expectations starting this and I was blown away!!! A bunch of friends get caught up in a few local murders & the past comes back to haunt them. Don't assume, question everything. 👍 I would NEVER have seen the very end coming in a million years!

vivastory This picture 🤣I really liked this one too 1mo
IamIamIam @vivastory 😂😂 Legit my face when I got to the very end!!!! 1mo
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That feeling when you get to the juicy part of a ghost story...

I love the pacing of this so far!! I'm just about halfway through and I'm dying to plow through!!!

👻👻👻

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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These $1.99 deals are going to be the death of me!!! 🤣🤣🤣 Just got The Broken Girls for less than a cup of coffee!!

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Enjoying this spooky little jammy...

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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I LOVED this book!!! Kit sails from her home in Barbados to her Puritan family in colonial Connecticut. She has trouble acclimating to their strict lives and finds a friend in the local witch, a Quaker who was tortured for her religion. Find out if Kit has made destructive choices or if the goodness of people can beat ignorance. 😁

StaceGhost This is one of my childhood favorite books that I still read over and over again ❤️ 2mo
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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This is absolutely infuriating!!!! I could never have handled living in the colonies and listening to drivel like this during a witch hunt!!!!

Crazeedi I remember reading this book as a teenager! 2mo
IamIamIam @Crazeedi It's great! I missed so many of these great books as a kid & I'm glad I'm getting around to them! 2mo
Crazeedi @IamIamIam that's very cool❤ 2mo
ScientistSam I remember loving this book! 2mo
IamIamIam @ScientistSam I'd consider revisiting it! 😁 2mo
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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It never occurred to me that the Quakers were considered troublemakers in the colonies! Lol, I'm not sure I know much about the Quakers, but I do know they had a rich pre-revolutionary presence on Long Island. 🤔

tpixie I loved this book as a child. Maybe it‘s time for a re- read. If I recall from my visit to Boston, Puritans hated Quakers! (edited) 2mo
IamIamIam @tpixie I can't believe how great this story is! So much for "love your fellow man"... lol, I'm sure that's in everyone's bible!!! 2mo
tpixie @IamIamIam I‘ll need to do a re- read! 2mo
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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Got this started on my commute this morning. 😁🎃🧙‍♀️

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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Mehso-so

9 year old me would absolutely have loved this book but I feel like the boat has sailed and adult me just doesn't appreciate all the magic this packs in. 🤷‍♀️ Great culture lessons about celebrating the dead, though! I did appreciate that!

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So that's done... this was only so-so because I do like the way Ware can weave a tangled web and Imogen Church. The story was so farfetched & I really thought Lo was the worst! Paranoid when she shouldn't be and totally nonchalant when she should have been panicking. 🤷‍♀️

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I woke up this morning at 4am to an immobilizing panic attack. I've had nightmares before and been startled awake but I've never woken up, terrified and unable to move. 😶 As I was getting everyone ready for the morning, I stumbled upon this book, which has no jacket so it's a mystery on the shelf. I'm going to listen to the universe and breathe a little. What will come will come and we'll meet it when it does. 💜

BrittanyReads Love this. Thanks for the needed reminder to remember to have trust in the universe. 💟 2mo
IamIamIam @BrittanyReads 😁 Have an awesome day!! 2mo
BrittanyReads I think we both will! 🙃 Enjoy it! 2mo
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AmyG Sending a hug. We live in a scary world. 😘 2mo
IamIamIam @AmyG Thanks, Amy!! Hugs to you! 🤗💜 2mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ It is a very good reminder! 2mo
IamIamIam @Librarybelle 💜💜💜 2mo
Eggbeater I have panic attacks in my sleep, too. I feel your pain. I hope the book brings you comfort. 2mo
IamIamIam @Eggbeater Thank you!! It's so stressful, especially with all that's going on daily... wishing you restful nights! 💜 2mo
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I feel like such a whiner and I think I'm losing my reading mojo...

Lo is so paranoid and annoyingly neurotic that I'm hoping she got thrown over the side and this is a ghost story... 😂👻

BrittanyReads Hahaha I enjoyed this one but I love your version, too. 👻 She was annoying hahaha 2mo
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Nobody's Fool | Richard Russo
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I love Richard Russo, I really do... I'm enjoying this book a lot also. But lordamercy, this man is repetitive and verbose! In the same paragraph, he's rewording the same sentence 3 times... I'm not sure if I'm reading a story or studying for the SATs and a reading comprehension test all at once!!!!
#chuggingalong #bookspin

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I'm doing everything in my power to avoid straightening up the hall pantry but I think I've run out of errands and another trip to Target this week is out of the question... lol

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I'm probably only one of a few people who haven't jumped on this bandwagon but Tor seems to want to change that! If you haven't signed up for Tor's free book club, go do that now & get a free digital copy of Gideon the Ninth!

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Super fun, very Willy Wonka... new games, new fun and lots of board game history! As per usual, cheaters never prosper and the future belongs to the puzzle solvers!!!

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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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I never read this as a kid & I didn't know what to expect now. If you said it was a thinly disguised history lesson, I wouldn't have believed you. 🎃🧙‍♀️👻

JamieArc I just picked this up from the library to read this month. Really curious about it. 2mo
IamIamIam @JamieArc I'm interested to see what you think! I feel like I'm definitely not the target audience anymore. The writing is great, but I personally feel I missed the boat and 10 year old me would have loved it. Lol 2mo
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I was so excited for this until I started listening & heard Kirby Heyborne instead of Jesse Bernstein! 😤 Kirby us okay but I'll forever associate him with one of the most awful books I ever listened to!

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Bailedbailed

I've read this a few times but this time, it just wasn't working for me. Maybe it was the narrator as I took out the audio book rather than the audioplay that is available? I love the story but I'm not feeling it... 🤷‍♀️

MidnightBookGirl Do you ever speed up the playback? I usually listen at a higher speed (2x or above) and it usually makes the story seem like it's fast paced (I call it the Gilmore Girl effect). It also livens up a slow performance, but I recommend only going up to 1.25x or 1.5x until you get used to the faster speeds (and it's not for everyone!). 2mo
IamIamIam @MidnightBookGirl Typically, I do about 1.5x but this narrator keeps doing weird voices for various characters and it's just really hard to listen to. I had it at 1.25x and that was most manageable but I don't think I'm in a fantasy mood. I'm also cheesed that I had to put a hold on this, which I'd rather have listened to 🤣 2mo
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I bought this from the library sale a bunch of years ago. I can't pass up a huge hardcover collection for a quarter, even if it's slightly damaged! My 7th grader read All Summer In A Day, which I had confused with There Will Come Soft Rains so I just read both of them tonight. 😁 Anyone else remember the short film for All Summer In A Day from the 80s?

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Taking one for the team... my MIL loaned this to me ages ago and I figured I'd be nice and read it. 🤷‍♀️ I'm totally not into James Patterson and I'm not even really enjoying it but she'll be happy I read it... hopefully? Lol

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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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Super cute story about a found bunny that may or may not be a vampire... 🧛‍♂️ Great way to start spooky season!!
#kidlit #middlegrade #mountTBR

Read-y_Picker This was one of my favourite series in grade school!!! 🐰🧛‍♂️🥕 2mo
IamIamIam @Read-y_Picker I can totally see why! It was so much fun! I'm sorry I missed it along the way but happy that I finally got to it! 😁 2mo
IamIamIam Just noticed this was my September #doublespin for MG! Lol @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Got this in an email offer and it's not terrible... more for a YA crowd that doesn't mind reading about kids actually being in high school. Still waiting on some kind of horror at 20% 🤞🤞🤞

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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I saw the film first and never read this as a kid. I wouldn't have seen myself so much at Meg's or Calvin's age but as an adult, I cried quite a bit. This was super sci fi for me and I'm not sure I can even properly explain what happened! Ultimately, all you need is love. ❤ Love is all you need.
#kidlit #middlegrade #audiobooks

Bklover 🎵🎶🎵🎶 All you need is love! 3mo
IamIamIam @Bklover 😍😍😍 3mo
TiredLibrarian I saw myself in Meg, and a bit in Charles Wallace, when I read this as a kid. 3mo
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IamIamIam @TiredLibrarian I wonder what your experience would be if you read it now! If you do, keep me posted! 😁👍 3mo
TiredLibrarian @IamIamIam A re-read of this sounds like a very good idea! 3mo
IamIamIam @TiredLibrarian 😁😁😁 3mo
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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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I got so bored by the end but this fictionalized account of Madam Tussaud's life wasn't awful. The writing style was quite disjointed and awkward, also extremely repetitive which has been one of my biggest complaints lately! I'd have been more interested in a biography, honestly. At the very least, it's off my Kindle TBR... #mountTBR

IamIamIam @Birdsong28 Thanks so much! I stacked it! 3mo
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Just snagged this!!! I'm really hoping it's well written but I probably won't remember I bought it... 😂😂😂

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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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9% left and I'm totally struggling to finish... I liked the story but it's just moved so far left of center and the language just gets more confusing as it goes on. 🙄

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Remembering those we lost 20 years ago, celebrating those we were able to spend the last 20 with. My dad ran into NYC as an NYPD sergeant without a second thought. He and his crews spent months working the recovery efforts. I can still smell the debris that came home on Dad's uniforms. 💔

Cinfhen 🙌🏻♥️a true hero 3mo
IamIamIam @Cinfhen ❤ Thank you! If you say that to him, he just says he was doing his job. 😊 3mo
peaknit A hero for sure ❤️ 3mo
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mrp27 Agreed, I know that awful smell well! I was living on Long Island and my then husband was FDNY. He would come home with that smell/dust and dirt on him. Thanks to your dad for his service and even though I‘m divorced now I‘m thankful my ex‘s work that day. 3mo
TiredLibrarian @IamIamIam So many heroes on that terrible day, and your dad was one of them. ❤ 3mo
IamIamIam @mrp27 It was such a difficult time on the island then, being outside of the city but home to so many first responders and people who worked in the city. ❤ We're thankful for your ex-husband's efforts that day and in the days that came after! 3mo
IamIamIam @TiredLibrarian Thank you so much. 💙 3mo
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An in depth look at one of the most revered public figures of our time, this book did not disappoint! I learned so many things about how Mister Rogers developed his child psychology approach to television, became a Presbyterian minister, remained 143lbs for most of his adult life! 😁 If you have fond memories of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, this is not to be missed! #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
peaknit I love Mr. Rogers… 3mo
IamIamIam @peaknit You would love this book!!! I cried so many times! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Oh this sounds so interesting!!! 3mo
IamIamIam @TheAromaofBooks I was really blown away at how well thought out his whole career was, not just his tv show! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I really like it when biographies tell the story of a person's life instead of just trying to dig up “dirt“ on them. 3mo
IamIamIam @TheAromaofBooks The best thing about this book is that there's so little dirt to find! Lol, his sons were a bit rambunctious as teens and that was the most shocking thing in the book! 3mo
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I'm definitely going to have to find these letters!!! Mister Rogers wrote letters back to all the parents and children who wrote to him, which is absolutely incredible. He would often respond with letters to both parents and children!!