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Ingerella

Joined December 2017

Wife - dog mama - nurse - reader - CrossFitter
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Three Muskateers | Alexandre Dumas
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I am starting The Three Muskateers today and am excited about it! I have never read it, plus, it's part of the Stitching Book Club on Instagram. (@stitchingbookclub) If you are a cross-stitcher, check it out. It is a 4 month read-a-long/stitch-a-long and the first part of the pattern was released today. This is also the first of four classics for the year. The Secret Garden, Frankenstein, and A Christmas Carol are the next three.

Deblovestoread Sounds like fun! 3y
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This was my go to read for our recent vacation over Thanksgiving, but it didn't last me a week! I could not put this book down. I'm already into book two, The Ask and The Answer. Definitely a pick! Because I was glued to my Kindle for this book, I gave it a rare 5⭐.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I have had no reading mojo for months, until this book happened. I really liked Dark Matter so I had high expectations. Recursion totally lived up! This book is a super fun ride and took me where I didn't expect it to go. Not to mention along the way I got reacquainted with my Kindle. Now I have so many books I want to read, I'm having trouble choosing! This one gets a rare 5⭐.

BarbaraBB I also really enjoyed that book (edited) 3y
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As summer speeds by, I'm still trying hard to get a little reading in here and there. I finished this book yesterday and overall thought it was a fun read.The story is about one sister who kills, and one sister who enables and is set in Lagos, Nigeria. I listened to the audiobook as well as read the book, and enjoyed both. 4/5 ⭐

Bookalong I loved this one! 3y
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Eggshells | Caitriona Lally
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A finish! Eggshells is the August selection for my RL book club. I listened to this one and am so glad I did because the Irish accent never gets old. I started out really enjoying the writing style and all of Vivian's odd thoughts and behaviors, which are often humorous as she tries to connect with people. It's like a stream of consciousness and introverted me could relate to Vivian in many ways. But, it stretched a bit too long. 3.5/5 🌟

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Yup....that about sums up my summer so far. I am in need of some reading mojo! I have been unmotivated and uninspired by every book I have tried recently. The books I want to read are huge, but overwhelming to start. How do I get out of my reading funk?

ozma.of.oz I have always gotten myself out of a reading funk by finding an old favorite and rereading it. Remind myself why I love reading, you know? 3y
LibrarianRyan I get it. Im not much better. 3y
Stacy_31 Same happens here. I get so stoked about reading a book, and then a chapter or two in and I just lose interest. I started reading graphic novels of some old favorites. The Lottery was a good one and quick. Currently I‘m working on TKAM. Not my usual genre, but gives me a kickstart when I need it. 3y
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Megabooks Light, short books, rereads, memoirs 3y
wanderinglynn I had a terrible reading slump during the first 3 months of 2019. What helped me were audiobooks. And I listened to all favorites (so technically, “rereads”). That & focusing on other hobbies helped get me back to reading. 3y
Ingerella @wanderinglynn @Megabooks @Stacy_31 @LibrarianRyan @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Thank you so much for the suggestions! I went back to my book shelf last night to see if anything inspired me and I settled on Caroline, about the Ingalls family. I haven't read it before, but Little House definitely feels like comfort zone reading. It seems to have done the trick..so far! I read quite a bit before falling asleep! Here's hoping I can keep it up! 3y
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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
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It's been a bit since I've posted, but I have an audiobook finish! I really loved listening to Ms. Pat's story, narrated by the author. The things that happened to her growing up in Atlanta, and what she had to do to survive are tough to hear, but she somehow tells the story with humor. 4/5 ⭐. I really liked this one.

CouronneDhiver Agree!! 3y
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This book took me awhile to finish but I made it with 18 hrs to spare before book club. I don't know how many times I've said "fantasy isn't my cup of tea", but I enjoyed this cup and would like a refill. I'm looking forward to the next installment, Children of Vengeance and Virtue. 4/5 ⭐

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1. See tag. It's one of my favorites!
2. Every day in my new job! My wish for 2019 was to make my work life happier. I am five weeks into my new job and I am SO happy!!
3. Asian..I love Vietnamese bun, my mother-in-law's Thai cooking, bi-bim-bap. I could eat it for every meal.
4. Yes, too many to count!
5. 👍
#friyayintro
@howjessreads

monalyisha The tagged book is so good! My husband even enjoyed it (& he‘s not a big reader, especially not of novels). 3y
Ingerella @monalyisha exactly the same for my husband! He enjoyed it too but is not a big reader. 3y
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I'm currently listening to the Children of Blood and Bone audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, and it is so, so good! I can't stop listening! I had a hard time getting into the book on my Kindle and then the library audiobook became available. What a difference! I highly recommend it if you enjoy audiobooks and this is on your TBR list.

JaclynW Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite narrators! I've loved all the ones I've listened to from her. This was a great story! 3y
Ingerella @JaclynW Same! This is my third or fourth time with her as a narrator. She's so good! 3y
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This puzzle was so much fun! There are so many great Jane Austen covers and it turns out I had two of them. I would love to add many of these to my collection! How many of these do you have?

P.S. Happy Easter, Litsy Friends!

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The Thicket | Joe R. Lansdale
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Today is the last day of a week off work recovering from knee surgery. It's a perfect day for #audiopuzzling ! Listening to the tagged book and starting this beauty.
@kaye I'm so glad you posted about this book. I'm really enjoying it!

wanderinglynn That looks like a great puzzle! Enjoy! 3y
Nessavamusic What a cool puzzle!! 3y
TheSpineView 😍 3y
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Kaye I‘m glad ! I thought it was great 👍🏼 3y
readordierachel Awesome puzzle! 3y
CarolynM Hope the recovery is going well💐 3y
Ingerella @wanderinglynn @Nessavamusic @readordierachel thank you! It's a fun one..been glued to it! 3y
Ingerella @CarolynM Thanks, it has been very quick. A couple weeks of PT and I should be all healed up! 3y
staci.reads 😍 3y
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Today is open day for the #sffs #scififantasyswap ! Thank you so much for all of the goodies @Fan_of_70 ! I love it all! I'm super excited about all 3 of the books, and will be reading All Systems Red first! My husband also thanks you for the chocolate, he is very much enjoying it. @Avanders thanks for organizing such a great swap!

Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 3y
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Has anyone started watching the Masterpiece Classics adaptation of Les Miserables? It's 6 episodes that started Sunday, and is airing on PBS. If the first episode is any indication, I think it's going to be a great series, but it definitely made me want to read the book. So, I started it on Serial Reader. I've never read a complete book on Serial Reader but I'm going to give it a try. 2 installments down, 131 to go!

MelissaSue81 I want to but I missed the first episode. I have the second one recorded, I think? 3y
Ingerella @MelissaSue81 Sometimes they air last week's episode right before the new one airs. You might still be able to catch it. It was really good! And Dominic West.. ♥️ 3y
MelissaSue81 @Ingerella - I‘ll check! 3y
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Two teens receive the Death Cast alert letting them know they have reached their End Day. This book tells how they lived it. I wanted to like this book more, and kept waiting for the emotional punch, but it just never happened for me. I give this book 3/5 ?. It was slightly more than "meh".

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Tonight I finished my 67 episode re-watch of Game of Thrones with 81 minutes to spare before the new season started. Now I can finally move on with my life and get back to reading!
First up is finishing the last 30% of They Both Die at the End. Second is My Sister the Serial Killer because it came in from the library. And third will be Children of Blood and Bone for RL book club. While I love Game of Thrones, I've missed my Kindle!

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I was super excited to find my #SFFS #SciFiFantasySwap package waiting for me yesterday when my hubby and I got home from a mini vacation. It will be hard to wait 9 more days to open it!
My own package went out this evening. @Fan_of_70 it should arrive Friday.

P.S. if you ever have the chance to visit Chattanooga, TN..do! We had the best time!

@Avanders

Fan_of_70 I‘m super excited!! 😃 3y
TheRomantiCate “Chattown” is awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it!! 3y
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 3y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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My reading time has taken a huge hit this week because I've started binge watching Game of Thrones. I started from the beginning in preparation for the final episodes. I miss my books but it's been so fun rewatching. Is anyone else having this problem?

PetuniaCraftyKneecaps 💁🏼‍♀️ me! 4y
Laughterhp Yup! And it‘s actually my first time watching GoT! My friends want to have Season 7 watching parties so I need to catch up! 4y
Ingerella @PetuniaCraftyKneecaps Yay! I'm not the only one! 4y
Ingerella @Laughterhp How are along are you? I just finished season 1 last night so I have mega binging to do! I hope you are enjoying it..it's such a great show! My friends and I have GoT lunch "meetings" every Monday as it airs..so fun! 4y
Laughterhp I‘m almost done Season 3. I did the math and I had to watch at least 2 episodes a day to be ready for the new season! I really like the show! I just usually read instead of watching new tv shows! 4y
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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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1. See tag. The series is so good!
2. No because my husband is still in it when I'm leaving for work.
3. 74..it's 46 right now!
4. I used to love a PB&J with a slice of cheese on it.
5. Will do!
#friYAYintro
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Chrissyreadit I LOVE Red Rising!! 4y
CouronneDhiver # 2 is true for me too. Lol 4y
Ingerella @Chrissyreadit Have you read the series? I have Iron Gold waiting for me on my Kindle. 4y
Ingerella @CouronneDhiver My husband doesn't have to work until 11am! And works from home! He's so lucky! 4y
Chrissyreadit @Ingerella I want to reread before I read Iron Gold. But I have it! 4y
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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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1. Something Wicked This Way Comes and They Both Die At the End.
2. My Sister, the Serial Killer
3. Night

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I loved this book so much. It took me a few chapters to understand what was happening but once I caught on, I was all in. I can see where it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly was mine. I can't wait to read the "companion novel" A God in Ruins. I'm not sure if this is an unpopular opinion, but this was a 5⭐ read for me.

#LAL2019

CarolynM I liked it a lot too and I think A God in Ruins is even better. 4y
Ingerella @CarolynM ooh, good to know! I'm trying to decide when to start it. I have one book I have to finish then I'll decide. I kind of want to savor Life After Life for a bit. 4y
Laura317 I really liked this too. Not sure I wanted to know what happens next until I saw @CarolynM ‘s post. 4y
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Cortg I have both books sitting on my bookshelf patiently waiting for me to read them! 4y
BarbaraJean I LOVED this book. I was wary because I was really unimpressed by the only other Kate Atkinson I‘d read (Case Histories), but I devoured this one and loved every minute. 4y
CarolynM @Laura317 It's not really what happens next, it focuses on Teddy's life and the family he makes. I found it really moving. 4y
Bklover I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of the companion book. I read Life After Life and loved it, but had no desire to read the follow up book about Teddy. If you love it, maybe I should reconsider!! 4y
Ingerella @Cortg Give them a go! @Laura317 I am looking forward to Teddy's story. I'm also curious to know if he has the same gift. 4y
Ingerella @BarbaraJean This was my first by Kate Atkinson. The day before I started reading it my friend, who I usually always agree with on books, told me she hated this book. I went in very apprehensive for that reason but ended up loving it! 4y
Ingerella @Bklover I'll let you know how it goes! 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Here we are at the end of our Buddy Read! Thanks so much @Pruzy for co-hosting and for having such great questions, including our final discussion question this week! Make sure you swing over there!
My easy questions this week are these: What were your final thoughts on the book? Do you plan on reading the companion novel, A God in Ruins?

I loved reading this book with buddies. Thanks so much for joining in!
#LAL2019 #LifeAfterLife

readordierachel Thanks for hosting @Ingerella and @Pruzy !! I really loved the book and plan on reading the sequel very soon (and more Atksinson in general). It was such a cool twist on historical fiction. I'm anxious to see where she takes this idea in A God in Ruins! 4y
cobwebmoth Even though there were some very heavy topics in the book I still enjoyed it. I didn't know about the companion novel, so I'll have to check that out. Thanks to you and @Pruzy for hosting the buddy read! It was nice getting to discuss the book with others. 4y
DivineDiana I enjoyed the book,but I did find it confusing. Not really sure what was real. Probably will not read the companion book. Thank you to you and @Pruzy for organizing the buddy read! I can finally check this off my #MtTbr ! 4y
Ingerella @cobwebmoth @readordierachel @DivineDiana Thanks so much for joining us! I really loved the book and will definitely read A God In Ruins. 4y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I got this one finished under the wire. RL book club is tonight! I had started it many months ago but didn't finish it before the library took it back. For the most part, I enjoyed this story of multiple generations of a Korean family living in Japan. It felt a little disjointed in the last third of the book, and I think I enjoyed the story of the elder family members the most, but I would give this a recommendation.
3.5 ⭐out of 5.

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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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Thanks so much @mitch for the #completetheseries giveaway and congrats on your milestone!

There are 3 series I would like to work on completing this year. I very much want to read The Twelve, which is the second of The Passage Trilogy. Also on my list is Iron Gold, book 4 of the Red Rising series. Last on my list is A God in Ruins, the sequel to Life After Life.

So many series, so little time!

Mitch I hear you! I‘ve just started watching The Passage on TV..have you seen it? 4y
Ingerella @Mitch I started it but liked the book so much better I stopped watching it. It takes A LOT for a TV show to hold my attention these days and even this one wasn't able to do it. I hope you enjoy it! 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Question 2!
What type of commentary does Atkinson make on the English
approach to war? Why do you think Atkinson portrayed one of Ursula‘s lives in Germany,
experiencing war and the bombing from the opposing side?
@Pruzy
#LAL2019 #LifeAfterLife

SoniaC Just started this one. 4y
Ingerella @SoniaC I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I have loved this book. 4y
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DivineDiana All caught up! Stranger and stranger!!! 4y
Ingerella I think she's illustrating that the war was terrible on both sides. Ultimately Ursula was just as at risk. In terms of the approach, there were a few comments that indicated she felt the Nazis worked almost like a machine, and the British weren't going to the same effort to prepare for a war. It also seemed as though her family in Fox Corner were pretty removed from how terrible it was in places like London. 4y
Laura317 That one scene with Frieda! 😭 It was interesting seeing the war from the Germany side. The big jump in time was a jolt though. 4y
Pruzy It really was an interesting section! Probably one of the better sections of the book! Grounded the story in historical events instead of running parallel! 4y
daena I felt the same way @Laura317 The scene with Frieda was intense. 4y
Laura317 Can someone tell me what we read for this week? I don‘t want to read ahead of the group. 😊 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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We've had some tough reading this last week, and we are still in the middle of "A Long Hard War." This week I found 2 interesting questions.

Question 1! On page 379, Ursula faces a bleak end in Germany with her daughter, Frieda. She chooses

death over life for the first time, saying, “Something had cracked and broken and the order of

things had changed.” What do you think she means by that?
@Pruzy
#LAL2018 #LifeAfterLife

Ingerella Maybe she's referring to how everything is turned upside down. For example when before the war, food and the essentials for survival were just a given, now they have to search and scrounge for everything. Also, they used to worry about what was happening in the west with the war, but now the rumors of the Russians are more terrifying. When before Ursula worried about Freida not surviving, the real worry now IS her surviving. 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Dear Buddy Readers,

I'm so sorry I forgot to post this week's schedule! We are in week 5 of our 6 week buddy read, not including the week 3 redo. I hope you all are still hanging in there and will stick with us as we push through the final two weeks.
We'll have our discussion again this coming Sunday.

Happy Reading!

@Pruzy
#LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife

Pruzy The book keeps getting better and better! 4y
daena We‘ve got this! It‘s not hard considering what a great book it is. Super curious about how this whole thing is going to wrap up. I honestly have no clue! 4y
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DivineDiana @daena Agree! 🤔 4y
Laura317 I‘m loving it. I arrived too late for Sunday‘s discussion, but I hope to be there for this week‘s. 4y
Ingerella @Laura317 I'm loving it too! 4y
readordierachel Still really enjoying it! 4y
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In the words of Britney Spears..."Oops, I did it again."
So much for my self-imposed swap break! The break is broken!

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmu2XZSOMD6-ugs0l8jgH_exQgShP5D5JXL86J...

@Avanders

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Fun!! 👽✌🏼💕 4y
Avanders Yay!! And thanks for the repost! 🧬🦄🧞‍♀️💃🏽💃🏽 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Happy Sunday! Let's talk about this past week's "A Lovely Day Tomorrow" trifecta. At the very beginning of this section, there was a quote from Sylvie that got me thinking. " 'Well, we all get on,'...'one way or another. And in the end we all arrive at the same place. I hardly see that it matters how we get there.' It seemed to Ursula that how you got there was the whole point..."
Who do you agree with?
@Pruzy
#LAL2019 #LifeAfterLife

Ingerella For the record, this question came from online discussion guide. I really liked how it got my wheels turning and thinking about fate and destiny. 4y
cobwebmoth I ultimately agree with Ursula. I feel like the journey is often more important than the destination. But in Ursula's case, with her gift/curse, there may be more to it. 4y
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readordierachel Me too @cobwebmoth And since Ursula frequently has deja vu and borderline premonitions that are telling her to do or avoid things, *how* she gets to wherever she's going seems to have more weight. 4y
Meaw_catlady This section I kept on asking why does she not seem to have deja vu like she used to as a kid? Like if she did she would know not to go to that apartment. Back to your question tho Clearly for Ursula her choices do make the difference for where she ends up. It changes every time . But she sure does seem to end up miserable no matter the circumstances. 4y
daena I feel that the journey is just as important as the destination, but it seems for Ursula that journey seems to cause so much anguish and pain. I wonder if that destination ultimately is shaped by the journey. @Meaw_catlady I got that feeling as well. She does not seem to have the same premonitions as she did as a child. This seemed so much more profound. 4y
Dogearedcopy This seems like a variation of the issue as to whether the end justifies the means and I don't think it's really answered in the reading thus far. We've seen Ursula try to change the outcome of events, by fair means and foul (the flu cycle) and yet now as an adult her choices do not seem deliberate in re the pivotal moments of her fate. But the question does ping back to the opening chapter and the discussion of Hitler.... 4y
Dogearedcopy It will be interesting to see if/how the narrative resolves back to the moment in the beginning. 4y
Ingerella @Dogearedcopy I think that's definitely the direction my brain was headed, and I am anxious to see if this is where we are headed. @daena You are thinking along the same lines as me. @Meaw_catlady I wondered the same thing. 4y
Ingerella @cobwebmoth I agree with you and @readordierachel in that ultimately it's the journey. But in Ursula's case I'm not so sure. Although in 3 different scenarios, the outcome was the same but her journeys were pretty different. Maybe this is Ursula's argument 4y
Pruzy To me it seems like an interplay between fate (lot of events she experiences can‘t be avoided, only tweaked) and how her Deja vu lets her subtly alter her narrative 4y
Pruzy Thanks for joining us this weekend, everyone! 4y
DivineDiana @Pruzy I agree with you. This section was painful, and I so wanted deliverance for Ursula. The journey gives purpose to life. A very interesting question. 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This week's section is a bit shorter, and includes the chapter A Lovely Day Tomorrow, three times.

Have a great week! See you next Sunday for our discussion!

@Pruzy
#LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This week's section was tough! I felt so much for Ursula and the trajectory her life had taken, but then relief in the life that followed. One question I came across on a list of questions for this book is, Do you think Ursula's ability to relive her life is a gift or a curse? My mind goes in lots of directions when I think about this question, especially after "Like A Fox in a Hole". What do you think?
#LAL2019 #LifeAfterLife
@Pruzy

Meaw_catlady The whole time I was screaming! Just end it!! You can be born again. And I was like. Hmmm but she was told by her family and her therapist that she was just imagining it all. So if she did end it she still had that fear that she wouldn‘t get another chance. Also there is the question of if you‘re born again in a different timeline is it even really you or just another version of you with some of the other memories still... okay that was a spiral. 4y
Pruzy I think it was the difference between Ursula realizing she didn‘t just have to survive, but that she could self actualize. It took her a whole miserable life to realize that she could avoid not only mistakes that were lethal, but mistakes whose ramifications would crush her soul rather than outright kill her! 4y
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Dogearedcopy In this section we have an instance in which Ursula wants to die but is denied, and another instance in which she wants to live but darkness descends anyway. At this point, I think the "ability" is a curse because she has no control over it; and even her actions within her life are limited by how much she trusts her intuition (which is challenged by her mother and psychiatrist.) 4y
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy However, her intuition seems to be obtained from her previous lives, so it is not like she has absolutely no control or benefits from her ability what so ever. If it was truly a curse she would be living over the same death again and again, I think 4y
Dogearedcopy @pruzy She can effect actions or trajectories within a segment of her life, and as a result the when and where the darkness falls to a degree, but as to whether she dies is beyond her control. "The darkness" can neither save her, nor can she escape it once the moment is at hand. What becomes less clear is the power that decides, i.e. When Ursula was near death, and she reached for it, why did it draw back? 4y
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Interesting! That makes it sound like the ability has some sort of will of its own where it is trying to make sure Ursula learns whatever lesson she needs to learn on this iteration of her life. 4y
cobwebmoth Interesting thoughts. I think it can be a gift when she gets to try again, but this section made it seem more fickle, more of a curse. I have never been so eager for a character I like to die! 4y
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Haha, good point! 4y
Laura317 I think it‘s more of a mixed blessing. Ursula is able to “fix” some things, but she has no control over the when. My love of Doctor Who come out here in this: are the things she can fix not fixed point in time? Can she ever go too far to the point of making things worse? 4y
Ingerella @cobwebmoth I felt the same..I wanted that life to be over for her. 4y
Ingerella @Dogearedcopy @Pruzy I'm on the fence as to whether it's a curse. It's a curse in one life and a blessing in the next. Ultimately will it turn out to be a blessing the more lives she lives? It seems to me that in order to live as long as she is now, she's stacking up the moments of "intuition" to get there. It's unfortunate that she has to suffer first in order to benefit from the suffering. Not sure if benefit is the right word to use though. 4y
Ingerella @Laura317 I definitely don't think everytime she follows her "intuition" the outcome is always better. In one of the instances where she tried to stop Bridget from spreading the flu, more people died than in previous lives. I am with you..it's a mixed blessing. 4y
DivineDiana My heart broke for Ursula in this chapter. Although she had been reborn previously, and had been able to alter her previous life, I did not know for certain that she would still have that ability. It was a very tense section for me! I‘m voting for gift. Don‘t we all yearn at times for a do-over? (edited) 4y
Ingerella @DivineDiana True! But it's terrible what she has to keep going through in order to get to move on. I also keep thinking about all the people around her in each life who keep going on. I think of them all as parallel universes because what happens in each life to the people who aren't Ursula? 4y
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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I struggled to get through this book from the #LMPBC swap. I generally do not read non-fiction so I'm not sure if it was the genre or the writing style that kept me from wanting to read it. Overall, both the story and the way the author chose to tell it were interesting, but it just didn't hook me.
@Whimsical.Curiosity it's already in the mail on its way to you.
@leslieseidel @thebluestocking

thebluestocking This one really worked for me, but I can definitely see why it wouldn‘t work for everyone. 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Hello Buddy Read Friends,

Some of our readers have gotten a bit behind this week, so we have decided to give week 3 another life! We'll push back the discussion one week to next Sunday. I hope those of you who are caught up won't be too disappointed and will be with us next Sunday. For now...I'm off to see Hamilton!
Happy Sunday!!
@Pruzy #LAL2019 #buddyread #LifeAfterLife

DivineDiana Thank you for the update! Hamilton!!! 👏🏻🎼👏🏻 4y
Ingerella @DivineDiana Totally spur of the moment! Hubby surprised me with tickets and it's 2 hrs away! I'm so excited!! 4y
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Laura317 That‘s understandable to wait. I caught up, but totally understand. 🙂 4y
DivineDiana How fantastic! What a guy! Are you seeing it on Broadway? 4y
Ingerella @DivineDiana No, Orlando. This is the touring Hamilton. When we were in NYC a couple of years ago we tried to win them in the lottery every day but didn't get lucky. It's ok though, I'll see it in Orlando. It will be fun to see on stage the songs that I already have memorized! 4y
Ingerella @Laura317 Thanks so much! We'll be back next week. 4y
DivineDiana Absolutely!!! 4y
squirrelbrain That‘s fine! I‘ve read the section but I‘m bookshop crawling in London this weekend....! Enjoy Hamilton! 4y
Ingerella @squirrelbrain Bookshop crawling in London sounds amazing!! 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Thanks for all of the great discussion today. You all had lots of interesting insight and @Pruzy, some very thought provoking questions. I'm still pondering my own answers.
Week 3 starts tomorrow and this section is a bit longer than our last two. It also covers just one chapter, Like A Fox In a Hole. Happy reading!
#LAL2019 #Buddyread #LifeAfterLife

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Happy Discussion Sunday! I loved this last section because we got a little more clarity on Ursula's ability, and also because I'm so intrigued.
Head on over to @Pruzy to see his 2 really great questions to get our discussion going. My question is: Do you think Ursula has gained more awareness of her ability? Also, for those of you on the fence, did this section pull you in, or the opposite?

#LAL2019 #Buddyread #Lifeafterlife

squirrelbrain I think that Ursula has gained more awareness of her ability. Initially there were a couple of signposts to us, the readers. At the beginning of Armistice 11 November 1918: ‘Every summer, it was beginning to seem to Ursula, was a dream‘. 4y
squirrelbrain Then a few pages later: ‘Ursula tried to imagine not being Ursula but was defeated by the impossibility of the task‘ in the context of people being ‘shellshocked‘ during the war. This to me implies more that she can‘t imagine not ever existing. 4y
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CoffeeNBooks Yes, I definitely think Ursula has gained more awareness of her ability, and that she can use it to help others. This week's section was more difficult for me to keep track of with the parallel timelines, but I started taking notes and that helped. 4y
daena Ursula has for sure gained more awareness. The section of her during the war was heartbreaking and so well written. I feel myself even more attached to her character and experiences. 4y
Meaw_catlady Yes she definitely is more aware and begins to use it to help her family. The part where she dies over and over to try to make sure her siblings and herself don‘t contract that flu is so heartbreaking . 4y
Ingerella @squirrelbrain Good points. I hadn't picked up on those lines but I did notice the lines "she felt as though she had been awake for a hundred years and more." 4y
Ingerella @daena @CoffeeNBooks @Meaw_catlady @Meaw_catlady I agree. Her repeated attempts at saving herself and family was really heartbreaking each time she failed. I do think she has awareness at the time..do you think it's in the form of a sixth sense, or something she can plan ahead with? 4y
cobwebmoth The influenza sections were rough, but I did enjoy seeing her try to correct things because she knew what was coming. It strikes me as more of a sense of knowing something is off, but maybe as she gets more adept at using this sense she could plan more for the future. 4y
Laura317 I found Ursula‘s attempt to keep the ‘flu from her family so sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. Question: does the recurrence of the 11th in the dates mean anything? 4y
sblbooks Yes, she definitely has a sixth sense about things. I was one of those on the fence, but I'm coming around. I enjoyed it much more this week. 4y
Pruzy @Laura317 Oh very interesting pattern with the dates! I mean I guess the first world war ended on Nov 11 1918, but if other sections are having big events occur on 11ths that must be a clue of something 4y
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Yes, I feel the book is working towards Ursula being able to reign in her abilities. Although, I‘m not sure if the Influenza needed so many re-dos. It‘s bad, we get it, let‘s move on with the story! 4y
readordierachel @Pruzy Maybe I'm too morbid, but I thought those repeated death scenes were really effective 🙃 Like @cobwebmoth says, it shows her learning (sort of?). 4y
Ingerella @readordierachel I agree with you on those scenes. 4y
readordierachel @Ingerella Sad but kinda necessary 4y
DivineDiana Yes, she definitely now knows that she has some sort of power to change the past. We see her consciously attempting to protect her family with different scenarios until she gets it right! It must be so taxing and scary for her! 4y
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I am headed out of town for work this week so I plan on getting some heavy duty reading done. I'm excited to tackle week 2 and see where the story takes us.
@Pruzy
#LAL2018 #LifeAfterLife #BuddyRead

TheBookAddict Looking forward to week 2! 🙂 safe travels. 4y
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Laura317 @Ingerella Safe travels! I‘ll be trying not to read too far ahead! I might go back and re-read the first section. 4y
Ingerella @Laura317 Thanks and me too! I'm going to have a fair amount of hotel time to fill! 4y
DivineDiana Wishing you an enjoyable trip! It‘s always nice to have a book friend traveling with you! 🙂 4y
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Happy Sunday! It's discussion time! @Pruzy got us started with a great question this morning that I'm still pondering.
I'd like to know what everyone thinks of the book so far. It's still very early but I'd love to know your over all first impressions.
Also, what do you think is happening with Ursula? Do you think it's also happening with others?
I'll be using the spoiler tag for our discussions.
@Pruzy
#LAL2019 #Buddyread #LifeAfterLife

CoffeeNBooks Interesting question! I hadn't thought about whether the things happening to Ursula are happening to anyone else. I don't think so, though. I think for whatever reason, she's different than others. I'm curious to keep reading to find out if, and why, she's different. 4y
cobwebmoth I'm enjoying it so far. I like the resets, because I feel like I learn something new each time. That's an interesting thought, that it could be happening to others. 4y
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Pruzy I had a moment when I was reading thinking it could be happening to everyone. It‘s like in our own lives when we have that moment when we think to ourselves we shouldn‘t do something because it will end badly...how do we know? Did we have our own Life After Life situation happening? How would we know? But I think that would imply we aren‘t clever enough to think it through ourselves, that we have to live through all the potential outcomes 😆 (edited) 4y
readordierachel Interesting thought @Pruzy ! Maybe as Ursula grows older she will have more control over it? Children do reckless things because they haven't learned yet. The opening scene seemed to imply that Ursula was making a choice to sacrifice her life. Maybe she becomes aware that she can come back? 4y
Ingerella @readordierachel That's one of the things I'm really looking forward to finding out. If she does become aware, it would be quite a power to have. 4y
squirrelbrain i also hadn‘t thought that it might be happening to others soon. It will be interesting to see if Ursula does become aware to see if she makes decisions based on knowing she can change her mind at another time. 4y
TheBookAddict I am enjoying this story. It is very intriguing. I definitely have to keep on reading until I find out what‘s going on. I want to know, why her? How is she able to “restart” her life? I do think that maybe there are others like her. Not everyone, but just a few, for some strange reason. From the opening scene I think she may be working with an organization to change the outcome of the war, which makes me think that maybe there‘s others like her. 4y
Meaw_catlady I am intrigued by the story so far. The fact that she had that deja vu ish moment makes me think that yes she will learn to control it . Like a superpower she can use it to her advantage. There‘s got to be some reason or point to her life being restarted over and over . Her destiny 4y
Ingerella @Meaw_catlady good point! I do think in the weeks to come fate and destiny will become a part of the discussions. 4y
Laura317 @Meaw_catlady I hadn‘t thought of that! 4y
daena Wow. What a great thought. I am for sure going to read the next section with that in mind. I am thoroughly enjoying the book. I was in a major reading rut for the past few weeks. This read pulled me out of it. I think it has a lot to do with the start and stop aspect. 4y
Dogearedcopy We might be looking at all the selected facets of one person's parallel universes (the idea that every decision leads to a different but very existentially real outcome,) an idea propounded by the physicist Hugh Everett. In which case, this is happening to everybody but we're just witnessing some of Ursula's fates. (edited) 4y
Pruzy @readordierachel Ooh, I like that idea! That would definitely take the concept of this novel to the next level. I just assumed she wasn‘t going to become consciously aware of what was going on, or if she was she would not be able to control it, but I like your idea more! 4y
Pruzy @TheBookAddict Wow! The potential for this book keeps sounding better and better! 4y
Pruzy @daena It does make the book into easily digestible chunks! 4y
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Thats exactly the way I would look at the multiple universe theory for this book, if it is happening to one it is happening to all. 4y
Ingerella @CoffeeNBooks It's hard to wrap my brain around the idea of this happening to others, or everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing if this question is answered 4y
Ingerella @squirrelbrain I agree! @TheBookAddict I'd like to know why her as well. I was trying to pick up on something in her actions that might set her apart, but I don't think I've noticed anything in particular. 4y
Ingerella @daena I agree! I was a bit stalled on my other book but this one has given me a kickstart. I also think it's the format. It's intriguing and moves quickly. I love seeing what will be different in this next life. 4y
Ingerella @Dogearedcopy I love the idea of this theory. Although a little tough for me to grasp, I was also reading about the theory of eternal return. Interesting for sure! 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Join @Pruzy and I for the Life After Life Buddy Read, which starts tomorrow! We will be reading pages 1-70 in week 1. Sunday morning there will be discussion questions posted so we can talk about what we've read. Anyone can join in anytime so if you want to jump in, or if I missed you, just let me know in the comments so I can tag you in the posts.
Feel free to repost with the tag #LAL2019. I can't wait to get started!

TheBookAddict 😃 🙌🏽 can‘t wait! 4y
CoffeeNBooks I just put this on hold at the library yesterday so I can join in! 4y
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DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👍🏻 4y
Ingerella @CoffeeNBooks Awesome! P.S. I hope you're keeping warm tonight! I just walked the dogs, Brrrr!! 4y
KarouBlue Hooray! 4y
CoffeeNBooks @Ingerella Yes! I'm all snuggled up on the couch with a blanket! 😂 4y
squirrelbrain Just finished a book so may well join in with this....! 4y
Ingerella @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So glad you're reading it too! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ingerella me too!! I‘m off to a wobbly start, but hopefully it will all come together!! 🙌🏻📚 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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One more week! Join @Pruzy and I for a Life After Life buddy read! Just let me know in the comments if you would like to join us and be tagged in the posts.
#lifeafterlifebuddyread

readordierachel 🎉🎉🎉 4y
Meaw_catlady Excited! 4y
Readergrrl Such a wonderful story. Just loved it! 4y
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KarouBlue So excited! 4y
sblbooks I'm in! 4y
Ingerella @sblbooks Great!! Happy you can join us! @Readergrrl so glad you enjoyed it! 4y
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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1. Teleport. So many places to see!
2. The tagged book is what I'm reading now.
3. Yes, a few! Get a new job and start reading the books I bought in 2018. Also, read what I want, not what I have to...that's a biggie this year.
4. I just finished An Innocent Man on Netflix. Ooh..so, so good if you like true crime documentaries.
5. Will do!
#FriyayIntro
@howjessreads

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Sir Thursday | Garth Nix
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Thanks @Nessavamusic for the tag!
1. I applied for a new job that I'm really hoping to get!
2. Leaving my current job! I set "make my work life happy" as my goal for 2019.
3. For me it's Trust the Journey.
4. @HOTPock3tt @Elma
#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

Nessavamusic Good luck with the job prospect! 4y
Elma Good luck on the job! Thanks for the tag!💗💗💗 4y
wanderinglynn Best wishes on the new job! And thanks for playing! 💜 4y
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Kaye New job 🤞🏼 4y
tracey38 Good luck on the job! 4y
LauraJ Good for you! I hope you find something that you enjoy. 4y
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This #Pick3 business is hard! I really want tacos too!!
@GypsyKat

GypsyKat Great choices! ❤️ 4y
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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I just finished this book for the #LMPBC , #GroupK, and I'm not really sure what I think about it. It's wierd, and disturbing, but also intriguing. I'm not exactly sure how to categorize Geek Love, but somehow I'm glad I read it. I think I will give it a "pick" because no matter what I think of the story (undecided), the book is written beautifully. @Whimsical.Curiosity it will be on it's way to you tomorrow.
@leslieseidel @thebluestocking

readordierachel I felt the same way. 4y
Ingerella @readordierachel I'm glad I'm not the only one! 4y
thebluestocking I‘m glad this one leaned to a pick for you. I had a similar struggle. It is so very weird. But it is unlike anything I‘ve ever read. 4y
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Whimsical.Curiosity Well now I'm intrigued lol 4y
Ingerella @Whimsical.Curiosity I can't wait to see what you think if it. 4y
thebluestocking Love the background on this one! 4y
Ingerella @thebluestocking Thanks! That's my scarf. This is the photo that was taken on the floor of my closet! 4y
IamIamIam I remember being inappropriately young when I read this and tried to get back into it last year. I'm going to bump it up but I do recall enjoying it! 4y
Ingerella @IamIamIam This book definitely has adult themes! I'll look forward to seeing what you think if you reread it. 4y
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Holiday Swap | Zara Stoneley
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My #XmasXstitchexchange package arrived today! Thank you so much for everything @theresidentromantic !! I keep wondering how long it took you to stitch the framed Love! The ornament is super cute too. I wish I had thought to wrap the frame like you did. The book looks really good and I'm sure I'll find some projects in the cross stitch book. Thanks so much for being my swap partner!
@vkois88

Texreader Fantastic!! 4y
theresidentromantic Yay! I'm glad you got everything! And it took November and December, with one hiccup! Lol I hope you like it ♥️♥️ 4y
Ingerella @theresidentromantic I definitely do! I knew it took a long time! Thanks again! ♥️ 4y
vkois88 That looks great!!! ❤❤❤ 4y
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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1. I completed a Spartan race with my hubby, sister and brother-in-law. My hubby and I are on the right. Sister and brother in law are on the left, and the lady in the middle is a mystery.
2. I want to read some bigger books I've been putting off.
3. Worst: Hubby got laid off, Dad had a heart attack. Best: Hubby got a new job, Dad survived and is doing great!
4. Get a new job.
5. Almost done the tagged book.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

Smarkies LOL. Mystery lady. 🤣🤣 4y
Kaye Sorry to hear about your dad and the job, but so glad both worked out .♥️ 4y
Ingerella @Smarkies 🤣🤣 4y
Ingerella @kaye Thanks so much ❤️ 4y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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@Pruzy and I will be reading Life After Life over 6 weeks in January and February. Please feel free to join us! Discussion questions will be posted every Sunday. If you'd like to be tagged, just comment on this post. Please feel free to repost!
#lifeafterlifebuddyread

Liatrek Count me in! I‘m adding to my calendar. I‘ve had this one on my TBR pile for awhile😊 4y
Pruzy Amazing! I‘m definitely going to repost this tomorrow! 4y
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daena Fantastic. Looking forward to it! 4y
Ingerella Great @Liatrek! Glad to have you join us! 4y
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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Thank you so much @Leigh0906 for the package for the #feedareader swap. I love everything and am super excited to read both books! I was even kicking around doing a buddy read for Life After Life. (Anyone interested?)
@MinDea @TricksyTails

@Shadowfat I did not forget you! Your package will be a little late but will go out on Saturday.

Pruzy I have a copy of Life After Life I wanted to read. I‘m up for an online book club! (if anyone is interested in making a reasonable reading schedule??) 4y
Pruzy Did you leave a comment? Litsy is glitching out so I can‘t see it 4y
Ingerella @Pruzy I did but was having trouble loading it. I am happy to make a schedule for a buddy read. I was thinking 6 weeks? 4y
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Pruzy @Ingerella Sounds reasonable to me! 4y
Ingerella @Pruzy Great! I'll work on it and see if anyone else is interested. This will be fun! 4y
Pruzy @Ingerella Definitely! I‘ll make some posts on my own feed about it! 4y
daena I am interested! 4y
Ingerella @Pruzy awesome! @daena Great!! 4y
Elma I'd be interested in a buddy read. I just received it for a swap also. 4y
Ingerella @Elma it would be great to have you! I'm going to split the chapters up tonight with a start date. I'll tag you in the post. 4y
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This is a little late, but this Holiday season has been so busy I can hardly believe Christmas has come and gone! Thanks so much #jb friends for these sweet wishes. It was great to come home from work to see these beauties in the mail. @Kaye thanks so much for organizing the card swap.

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The Christmas puppy | Roberta Grobel Intrater
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I'm just going to leave this right here. #dogsoflitsy #LesterClaus

LauraBeth 😍😍🎅 4y
valeriegeary Oh my gosh! 😍🤗🐶 4y
Tamra 😆👍🏾 4y
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readordierachel Eeek So cute! 4y
Karkar 😍🐾😍 4y
batsy Cuteness overload!!! 4y
BridgetteM Adorable! 4y
xicanti That beard! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Awww 🐶 4y
Bookzombie So cute! 4y
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My #xmasxstitchexchange package is on the way! I shipped it via UPS and it should arrive Friday.

@vkois88 @theresidentromantic

theresidentromantic Your ornament is literally in my lap. I'm stitching as fast as humanly possible!! I'm sorry, terrible things happened to my first plan. 🙄 I'm excited though 💕 4y
vkois88 So exciting! ❤❤❤ 4y
Ingerella @theresidentromantic No worries!! I made yours twice! 😂 4y
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