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JackOBotts

JackOBotts

Joined August 2016

“If you think reading is boring, you‘re doing it wrong.”
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Weekend Warriors | Fern Michaels
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1. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤗🙌🏼 (As a bonus: 🥳. There‘s been a lot of celebratory texts lately.👍🏼)
2. No! I work at a university and graduation is next weekend, but that‘s as close as I get this month.
3. Travel to/from NY (from NJ) to celebrate Mom(s). “Muffins with Mom” at my kids‘ daycare this afternoon. 🤗
4. Younger of two daughters, born 2 years, 362 days apart. I came home from the hospital on her birthday! #BestGiftEver ?!?! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣
5. 🙌🏼🤷🏻‍♀️🤗

Nessavamusic 🤨🥰🤣 2w
8little_paws Lol, my grandmother's younger sister was born on her birthday. The family story was my grandmother was not impressed to have her birthday spotlight stolen! 2w
MicheleinPhilly HA! I came home on my sister‘s 5th birthday. She was not amused. @8little_paws (edited) 2w
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JackOBotts @8little_paws & @MicheleinPhilly - Younger siblings: ruining birthdays from Day One, literally! 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly Yep! 😂😂😂 2w
MicheleinPhilly And to add insult to injury the first grandchild was born 3 days AFTER her birthday so she‘s literally the “middle” child. 😬 2w
JackOBotts @MicheleinPhilly LOL! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Your poor sister. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Bag of Books: Big, Tall, Long and Small | John Astrop, Shelagh McGee
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Nine...NINE bags of books!! A local school is having a book sale for project graduation and these bags of books are on their way to the donation station in the morning. A great opportunity to #declutter, but there are still sooooo many titles on my shelves. #JustKeepReading 📚📚📚

Rachel.Rencher Wow awesome! 2w
readordierachel 👍🏼👍🏼 2w
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Quick motivational bursts...keeping this close by for those days when I need a pat on the back.

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I enjoyed this, though it was not what I expected at first. Reid builds the suspense slowly, and towards the end I knew I had to stay up and finish. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ and a half.

IamIamIam I loved this book!! It was completely unexpected and I was so thrown off! 🤘 Great review! 3w
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My choice of donuts (yes, 🍩🍩🍩) has placed me in Gryffindor... (I‘m more Hufflepuff, but this was a cute start to my day.) See how you choice of 🍩 sorts you!
https://www.bookish.com/articles/quiz-donuts-hogwarts-house/ Mmmmm...donuts! 🤤

JPeterson Haha, this is fun. I guess the Slytherin is strong in me! 🐍 4w
Jerdencon I got Slytherin too! Lol - usually I‘m ravenclaw! Wonder which donut decided that?😉😁 4w
Lcsmcat I got Hufflepuff. Every other sorting has put me in Ravenclaw. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
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DGRachel Hufflepuff! 💛🖤💛🖤 I kind of thought the sprinkles might guarantee my placement there. 😆 4w
QuoteQueen Ravenclaw for me. Accurate as everything else has me at Ravenclaw as well! 😊 4w
BethM Hufflepuff though I‘m a Ravenclaw IRL. 4w
JackOBotts @JPeterson @DGRachel @QuoteQueen - 🙌🏼 The sorting donuts have understood you well! 😉 4w
JackOBotts @BethM @Lcsmcat @Jerdencon who knew that a single donut (or 6) could change our Hogwarts Destinies! 🤷🏻‍♀️😉🍩 4w
PathfinderNicole I got Hufflepuff and I‘m a Hufflepuff IRL! 💛🖤💛🖤 4w
Lcsmcat @JackOBotts Now I want a donut. 😉 4w
JackOBotts @Lcsmcat I always want a donut! 🍩🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🍩 3w
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Current bedside stack - got the bottom three this weekend: picked up O‘Farrell & Murakami @strandbookstore & received the tagged book from my sister (I have a soft spot for 80s teen movies 😍). The top two are current reads, not so newly acquired.

MrBook #NiceStack! Were you there today?! 4w
JackOBotts @MrBook Thank you!! We were there on Saturday. Only my second time at The Strand...Though my first time really getting to explore the stacks. Thankfully, I live close enough to NYC for a return pilgrimage! 📚🥰📚 4w
readordierachel Great haul! The O'Farrell is so good 💙 4w
JackOBotts Thanks, @readordierachel - I haven‘t ready any of her work, but I heard a piece with her on NPR, and it sounded like something right up my alley. 4w
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Two Summers | Aimee Friedman
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Thank you for the tag, @MrBook 🤗! While I‘m not swapping, I can‘t resist.
☀️ Somewhere with a breezy, beautiful view (pool or beach)
☀️ 🍇 🍒 🍉
☀️Lounging poolside
☀️I‘m an ice cold beer, kinda gal 🍻
☀️Sunblock...and a book...and sunglasses 😎
☀️Early morning on the deck
☀️Tag, you‘re it!
Happy swapping to all participating in @BookishMarginalia ‘s swap! Thanks, @hermyknee for the prompts! 👍🏼

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Do you ever see another person reading nearby and wonder, “What are they reading?” I‘m at a show, and a nearby woman is reading the tagged book. It‘s the only book in view. #ThisIsSpinalTap #35thAnniversary #TribecaFilmFestival #BeaconTheater

readordierachel Yes, always! 4w
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💜Read this book! 💜 I finished Jacob‘s memoir a few days ago and have been struggling to find the “right” words.

They tell their story without hesitation. Jacob doesn‘t pretend to sugarcoat their experience or who they are; they tell their story, share their experiences with frankness & honesty: the bad, the ugly, the better. And they do so with humor and intellect.

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Filled to the brim with positivity and light. This book will have a permanent bedside home. 📚🥰

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Coming back to Che after a significant hiatus. Trying to focus on making headway in the two weeks leading up to my next book club meeting...

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1. Jacob Tobia‘s Sissy
2. To NY on Saturday for a family Easter celebration; “relaxing” at the house on Sunday
3. Yes! Something I‘ve come to appreciate as a grownup
4. Alicia or Ronnie (Veronica) or Frankie
5. 🙌🏼👍🏼🤗
@howjessreads #friyayintro
Happy #Easter and #Passover to those celebrating this weekend!

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Today I learned that Jerome Flynn (Bronn) was previously half of the 90s duo Robson & Jerome. Wikipedia tells me that Simon Cowell was a factor in getting these two to put a record together. If you want a song stuck in your brain for the next few hours, check out “Up on the Roof” 🤦🏻‍♀️. You won‘t thank me for this. But maybe you‘ll have a laugh. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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1. The Likeness (Tana French) & Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (Jacob Tobia)
2. 🤗 & 🤷🏻‍♀️
3. 👍🏼🍻🦵

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Best footnote ever?! #RIPToysRUs

tournevis Fun fact: Toys'R'Us lives on in Canada. 2mo
xxjenadanxx Yup, only the ones here in the States went under. 2mo
JackOBotts @tournevis say what?! 🤯 So envious! @xxjenadanxx my son visited one near us just once before they closed. 2mo
tournevis @JackOBotts Different country, so different company. 2mo
xxjenadanxx Yeah we visited ours a bunch before it closed, just for the sake of nostalgia. Luckily my bestie lived in Egypt and the one there is still open so when I visit her I can check it out! 2mo
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Looking forward to reading Tobia‘s memoir. Their voice is smart, funny, and honest. This is sure to leave a mark.

SkeletonKey I really want to read this one too. 2mo
JackOBotts @SkeletonKey I‘m on page 23 and recommend already. They‘re telling their story in their way; they have a great voice, and it comes through. No b.s., no speaking for the community at large. One person sharing their trauma, their growth, their truth. Their personality sparkles. 💜 2mo
SkeletonKey Requested it at the library! Can‘t wait. 2mo
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The Room. It‘s amazing how bad this movie is. Incongruous...plot holes galore...and yet...amazing. Sestero takes the reader through the wild ride that is his friendship with The Room‘s mastermind: Tommy Wiseau. As crazy-bizarre as he appears to be, I have to give Wiseau major credit for bringing his dream to reality (🤔 how did he find this thing?!). Of course, I need to rewatch both movies. 🤷🏻‍♀️💣🎥

emilyhaldi This movie really blows my mind 🤯🤯🤯 2mo
JackOBotts @emilyhaldi same here...and reading about the calamity that was filmbig...🤦🏻‍♀️ It‘s kind of impressive that it was actually finished. 2mo
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Coming in at under 150 pages, this is a densely packed exploration of the forecasted changes to the future of higher education.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Skottie Young, Eric Shanower
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Read this with my 4yo son over the course of the past month at bed time. He enjoyed it, and I was surprised he wasn‘t scared by the content and images. He loves the movie, so I‘m sure that helped a lot! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Ummm...anyone else tempted to give this # a call?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️😂 #TheRoom #TheDisasterArtist

ShyBookOwl 😂 2mo
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In the Woods | Tana French
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It feels appropriate to finish this on St. Patrick‘s Day.

I appreciate that the resolution wasn‘t tidy and perfect: questions remain unanswered, which feels more true to life. Ryan is an unreliable narrator, which we know from the opening lines...and I‘m okay with that, though I know it can irk others.

I‘m glad I started with the first book in the DMS series, especially since we see more of Maddox in The Likeness.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really liked this one too 2mo
JackOBotts Thank you, @Cathythoughts - I‘m looking forward to continuing the series. I like the fact that the central characters will change throughout. 2mo
CBee I‘m currently reading this! 2mo
JackOBotts @CBee - first Merida/Moana and now this?! Twinning!!! 🤗💜💚 I hope you enjoy the book. 2mo
CBee @JackOBotts hahahahaha it‘s uncanny! 😂😂 2mo
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In the Woods | Tana French

Enjoying this book and it‘s dual storylines. I think I may know where it‘s headed, but am not getting ahead of myself. 🤔

BekahPat I have had this book on my shelf for YEARS! I need to pick it up. It gets rave reviews 2mo
JackOBotts @BekahPat I‘m enjoying it & would recommend! My book club picked the 2nd in the “Dublin Murder Squad” for our next selection. While I see they can be read as standalones, I really wanted to get in to it with DMS #1. 2mo
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We took our 4-year old to his first movie today (The LEGO Movie 2). He did great and wasn‘t too bothered by the volume (which is always feels too loud for me, too)! These movies are just so much fun. I laughed my @$$ off! 😂

rabbitprincess I love the LEGO movies 😂😂 2mo
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#HappyMail to kick off the weekend, thanks to @britt_brooke and the #ImListeningGiveaway! Thank you! Looking forward to reading and sharing this book with others! 🤗

britt_brooke So happy it arrived! Hope you enjoy! 🤗 3mo
BekahPat That is so cool! Congratulations! 2mo
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Need to break up my doorstop bio reading with something a bit more lighthearted (and yet overly dramatic). Having seen The Room, as well as The Disaster Artist (inspired by this memoir), I must say that I‘m really looking forward to this. 🎥💣💥

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This book is important. Haig shares his personal experience with depression, his insights about the disease, historical/scientific context, and his strategies for coping. His honesty and willingness to put his experiences in the public view provide a view of depressions and anxiety that is very real. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Congrats! | Ariel Books
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Shout out to @TheSpineView on reaching a big milestone! Thanks for showing the #50KLoveLitsy with her giveaway! 🤗🙌🏼

wordzie 🎉🙌 3mo
TheSpineView Good luck! 3mo
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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1. This is what we woke up to this morning...maybe close to 2 inches...I‘m not a snow person.
2. We live in a quiet townhome community but are starting to house hunt.
3. Loved this...my first @AmyStewart definitely not my last!
4. At night, once the kiddos are asleep and the aftermath of dinner is tidied.
5. Last night was pizza, Yum! 🍕
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Haig‘s writing is honest; it is true; it is important.

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Mehso-so

This was not one for me. There is substantial content addressing mental health/well-being, loss, coping with (loved one‘s) addiction, but the style felt disjointed and erratic. While intentional, this didn‘t appeal to me...

I think I could find more with each re-reading...and perhaps come to appreciate/enjoy it more in time, but I don‘t feel the desire to read it again. My loss, I suppose, but I won‘t lose any sleep over it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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What an awesome #ImListeningGiveaway from @britt_brooke - this is a key addition to my #TBR. Thank you! Good luck to all other entrants! 🤞🏼

britt_brooke Thanks a bunch for entering!! 🤞🏻 3mo
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1. See tagged. “Assigned” for work. It‘s short (under 200 pgs), but dense. Hoping to get through Chapter 3, this weekend.
2. Paperback
3. 🤓 Nerd Alert! 🤓 No book left behind! I can‘t think of a title I‘ve left unfinished from my school days! 🤷🏻‍♀️
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 📚 3mo
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Cute art on the wall of the pediatrician‘s office. It made me think of my pen pal and friend, @BekahPat 🤗

BekahPat So cute. Your pediatrician has excellent decor. I hope it is a well visit 😬 3mo
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The One I Left Behind | Jennifer McMahon
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I was quickly pulled in and couldn‘t wait to learn Neptune‘s true identity...kept me guessing. Mothers & Daughters; the stories we tell ourselves vs. the Truth. Thank you, @Smangela for the recommendation. I‘m excited to read more of her work! 📚

Smangela I read one of her books and then snowballed into all of them a few years ago - now I have to play catch up! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 3mo
JackOBotts @Smangela I can‘t wait to do the same! But I should probably tackle the sizable #TBR collection on my shelves. #readerproblems #neverenoughbooks 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë
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Doing some organizing and thought Litsy might enjoy this #bookjournal from Ex Libris Anonymous. They take old hard cover books and make them into spiral bound journals (blank pages) and intersperse pages from the original text. They have a variety of titles (always changing): from classics to Little Golden to Dr. Seuss. https://bookjournals.com 📒

Suet624 That‘s funny. We have a local artist who makes those. 3mo
wordzie Super 😎 3mo
BekahPat ❤️ love it. So cool 3mo
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Manic Monday | Robert Michael
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🎶 I wish it was #SocialSunday 🎶
1. Central New Jersey 🇺🇸
2. Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Fiction Fiction
3. I don‘t think I have a favorite author 🤷🏻‍♀️
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a top rec

Hope everyone‘s week is off to a good start!

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Loved this! So much fun seeing how the series wrapped and how the movie differed from the source material.

TK421 I still love the vegan police. 3mo
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The One I Left Behind | Jennifer McMahon
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Today‘s #LibraryHaul...three for the kiddos, two for me. Shout out to @Smangela for recommending the tagged read.

Smangela Oooooh yay! I hope you love it! 3mo
JackOBotts @Smangela started this today...I‘m already sucked in! 3mo
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Got my hands on the final installment in today‘s library haul! 🤗 So excited.

TK421 I loved these books! 3mo
JackOBotts @TK421 I‘ve enjoyed the first 5 so much. While I‘m sad to know that this is the end of his journey, it‘s been a fun ride! 3mo
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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Entertaining & fascinating. Inspired by real people and events, Stewart reveals the story of the Kopp sisters; 3 early 20th Century women living on their own (gasp!) and holding their own against a local gang of hooligans (gasp!). Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am so glad I picked up the second in the series last night. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Long Weekend | Veronica Henry
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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one I always come back to. All the feels.
2. Date night with my husband (kid free!) and hanging with the little ones. 👶🏻👦🏻
3. Loving my current read: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.
4. I can wiggle my nose like a bunny 🐰. I can sing the alphabet backwards. 🤷🏻‍♀️
5. 📚🙌🏼🤗
#friyayintro #hoorayweekend

kyraleseberg Perks is definitely mine, too! And the Kopp sisters series is a new favorite 🤗 (edited) 3mo
JackOBotts @kyraleseberg I always knew Litsy people were my kind of people! 🤗🤗 3mo
BekahPat I am very impressed with that bunny nose action you got going on! Haha. And the backwards ABC song is a great party trick. I hope you have a great long weekend and enjoy your date. 3mo
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Kindergarten Rocks! | Katie Davis
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@WorldsOkayestStepMom is hosting a couple giveaways; fun!

My favorite teacher was my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Duffy. She instilled in me a love of learning and brought so much music to our classroom. I have many fond memories of her class! 🤗 #PalindromeGiveaway

WorldsOkayestStepMom She sounds amazing!!! Thanks for your entry! 3mo
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👎🏼 Nicholas Sparks needs to stop...now.
🥨 +🍫 = Yes, please! Why choose?!
👵🏼👴🏼 x 2 Helen & Anthony; Eleanor & Francis
🎥 I loved Dirty Dancing. I was 5 and had NO idea what it was actually about. (Spoiler Alert: it‘s not just about a 🍉.)
🗺 Paris 🇫🇷
#friyayintro @howjessreads

blamethestardust Totally agree on Nicholas Sparks! 4mo
TrishB I read one! Not for me either. 4mo
Bklover Yes to Sparks! 4mo
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GlassAsDiamonds 😂😂😂😂 as someone with dark chocolate pretzel bark thins currently on my table : 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌 4mo
TheSpineView YES!#1😒 4mo
howjessreads It‘s funny how often when people hear my Eleanor‘s name (she‘s 8), they say, “My grandma was an Eleanor.” 🙂 4mo
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When, as an administrator, I first saw these forecasts [decline in birth rates and, thus, future college entrants], my initial response was something like, “I‘d better keep my resume up to date in case I need to find a different line of work!”

Well, that sets the tone...#lightreading

gradcat 😂 4mo
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Haunted Key West | David L Sloan
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🥶11 F (low of 5 tonight)...and I should consider myself lucky given the other temps I‘m seeing! Brrr
🥶🥶San Diego, CA (does that work?!) 😎🌴
🥶🥶🥶71 F
🥶🥶🥶🥶 San Diego, CA (is it weird for my ideal to be a place I‘ve never been? 🤷🏻‍♀️)
🥶🥶🥶🥶🥶Haven‘t read the tagged, but Key West is delightful in the spring! 🌴🌅😎
#HelloThursday #BeenAHellOfAWeek

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 4mo
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Happy “Publishiversary” to Pride & Prejudice!

Marilyncjackson Yay! Best book (ok one of them because I have a lot of favorites but this is on the top of the list!) 4mo
JackOBotts @Marilyncjackson I know the feeling. Good problems. 📚 4mo
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1. See tagged book & the Che Guevara doorstop of a biography.
2. Hufflepuff
3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 🤩🥰
#weekendreads

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in on 💛💛 4mo
BekahPat hufflepuff!!!! 4mo
JackOBotts @BekahPat Are you Hufflepuff, too?!?! 🤞🏼🤗 4mo
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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My #BookClubs next selection! I‘m excited that we went with my recommendation (with thanks to my #LitsyPenPal, @BekahPat who gifted me this book)! I‘m so excited to dive in, but I also don‘t want to read it too quickly, since we‘re not meeting until March. #timingiseverything 📖

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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I‘ll read more of Sherlock Holmes‘s escapades, for sure. I like reading the inspiration for all those recent retellings.

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I‘m having a hard time finding the right words...I truly enjoyed seeing the stories of the past unfold and connect with that of the present. A page-turner, a solid mystery w/paranormal elements and some historical fictionalization.
For me: a win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️