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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Teen librarian, reader, cat lady, mom *Litsy user since May ‘16*
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I just finished this one for my public library book club. I love Douglas Preston‘s fiction, so I was excited to read The Lost City. It did not disappoint!
I studied anthropology in college so I was familiar with a lot of the history discussed, but Preston tells a really engaging story.

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Tesla's Attic | Neal Shusterman
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I have way too much fun picking out books for my 6th grade Lit Lunch club. My Tuesday/Thursday group is voting on their next book tomorrow and they have widely varied interests... it‘ll be interesting to see what they choose!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

LibrarianRyan Playing atari was soooo good. 2d
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan I kind of hope they pick that or The Mad Wolf‘s Daughter. I predict they‘ll vote for The UnTeachables though. Possibly Arlo Finch 2d
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I told my husband I just needed an hour... it‘s cold out here but I‘ve got my blanket, my coffee and some much needed quiet.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Toddlers are just the worst... and so fast when they want to be!

Purrsistently Oh noooo 3d
C.Perone I wrote the same story in my mother's books!!! 😂😂 Honestly, I think this actually a toddler's homage to books and the written word--they see a blank page and add their own story to it 🙂 3d
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Johanna414 @C.Perone yes! At least it was one of my own books and not a library book! 3d
Bookishthoughts @C.Perone so cute I agree!❤ 3d
Bookishthoughts @Johanna414 also agree it's heartbreaking sometimes when you open a page and see graffiti. Hopefully someday it will be a loving memory❤ 3d
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Starting this tonight, if I don‘t fall asleep on the couch first.

Slajaunie Looks cozy! 5d
megzlynn Hope you enjoy. I‘m over halfway done and I love it! 5d
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A Face Like Glass | Frances Hardinge
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A wild reader in her natural habitat... this high school student come to the library and reads for half an hour every day. Needless to say, she‘s pretty much my favorite student 🤗
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

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I‘m having a quiet day in the library and not feeling super ambitious, so I‘m making new bookmarks and listening to an #audiobook
This will be another title crossed off my Michael Printz award list

Balibee146 I have this on my TBR shelves... Interested to hear what you think 6d
merelybookish My son liked this! 6d
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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I just got back from a meeting with my high school book club and found this waiting on my desk. No idea who it came from but it made my day! The note says “For another Harry Potter fan.”

TrishB That‘s cool 👍🏻 6d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 🤩what a nice surprise!! 6d
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I listened to this entire book while crocheting last night and it was delightful. It‘s been awhile since I read a historical romance.

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Evening plans - #audiocrochet
I just realized I have less that a month to finish crocheting 3 baby blankets for the teachers who are having babies in our school this winter... I haven‘t even started the third. So it‘s time to find something good on overdrive, and start furiously hooking!
#audiobooks #crochet #whydoidothistomyself

Alfoster Beautiful!❤️👏👏👏 1w
ScientistSam How lovely! 1w
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Our National Honor Society kids organized a Reading Under the Lights event tonight on the football field. It was so fun! They had hot chocolate and hot dogs, the high school kids read to the little ones while some older students just sprawled on blankets and read independently. Most of the books came from my house, so Lane was very excited to share some of his favorites with the “big kids.” #raisingreaders

Christine How great! ❤️ 2w
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhh 2w
Clare-Dragonfly 😍😍😍 2w
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City of Saints and Thieves | Natalie C. Anderson
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I loved this! It‘s been awhile since I read a mystery that had me so engaged. I just recently got another book by the same author, so that‘s moving up to the top of my TBR

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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And here‘s what I‘m thinking for our any book category of #lmpbc
Have you read any? Any look really awesome? Any you have no interest in?
@kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers @irre

TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any of these & they all sound good!! 2w
kellyann28 I have read Trail of Lightning. I am drawn toward Internment or We Walk the Sky! 2w
irre They all look interesting. I‘ve heard good things about Internment so that one is the most interesting to me but I‘m okay with all of them. 2w
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Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @irre Internment it is! That works perfect because the book club I do with my high school students is reading dystopian books in November so this will fit. 2w
kellyann28 Awesome, I'm excited for that one! 2w
irre I‘m excited!! 2w
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A Study in Emerald | Neil Gaiman
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Here‘s what I‘m thinking for #lmpbc #groupg
Have you read any of these? Any of them jump out? Any you have no interest in whatsoever?
@LibrarianRyan @rachelm @aCleverDuck

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rachelm Haven‘t read any and they all look good! 2w
LibrarianRyan Something about A study in Emerald calls to me. But I have heard excellent things about bloom. 2w
aCleverDuck I‘ve been wanting to read Monstress but A Study in Emerald looks good too 2w
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Husband is watching the Bills game, kids are napping - I get to relax with my current #crochet project and my last #LMPBC book for this round.

IndoorDame Those colors look great with this book! Happy reading! 2w
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City of Saints and Thieves | Natalie C. Anderson
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I started this while hiding out in my office yesterday and am about 1/4 through it. Really enjoying it so far!

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One of our students died last night after battling brain cancer for 3 years. We are using the library for grief counseling today and I retreated to my office to get some work done - teenage boys don‘t want to cry in front of their librarian. Naturally, my computer crashed. So I‘m twiddling my thumbs trying to stay busy and out of the way...

Jas16 Oh I am so sorry. That is so sad. 3w
TheSpineView That's awful and so sad! 💔 3w
JoScho That is heartbreaking 😔 3w
xicanti What an awful thing. I‘m so sorry. 3w
emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your (and your students‘) loss. 3w
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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I really need to stop reading books that have sequels waiting to be written... this was so much fun and I am desperate for more!

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This little sweetheart is either getting a cold or working on a tooth - either way, she‘s not happy and insists she needs to sleep on me. I‘m super into this book right now but keep having to put it down and rest my arms... #booknerdproblems #momproblems

Lynnsoprano 😍 Those moments go by so fast. 3w
Gezemice Awww 😍❤️ 3w
Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
bewareofwords I fell in love with this book too! Hope you enjoy it. 🥰 3w
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My goal this weekend was to finish my #lmpbc book, and I managed it! Overall, it was a fun read and I really liked the main character. Good choice! @merelybookish @IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁❤️ 3w
merelybookish Yay! Only one more rotation! 3w
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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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One child woke up at 5am, the other refused to take his nap today. It was a rough day. The plus side is that they both went to bed super early and I actually get a little time to enjoy myself tonight! This book is really fun so far ☺️ #audiocrochet

Gaylagal2 It's sometimes hard to find time for yourself and I'm super glad for you that you did 😉 3w
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I‘m not sure why I brought such an ambitious stack of books home this weekend, considering today‘s (hopefully) 2 hour nap time is literally the only reading time I‘ll get... But it‘s a beautiful afternoon on the porch and I‘m making the most of it! #momlife #letmeread

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I still haven‘t finished processing and cataloging all the books that came in over the summer, but I was thrilled to find a present waiting for me at work today! This is the best way to start the day!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

LibrarianRyan nice 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! That‘s a book box! 1mo
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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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I have been listening to this as I do library stuff and I wanted so badly to love it as much as her other books. I gave it about 100 pages but it‘s just not grabbing me... too many seemingly random side stories and I was having trouble keeping track of everyone.

Clare-Dragonfly I did not like this as much as her other books. Though I will say that all the random side stories come together in the end. 1mo
Johanna414 @Clare-Dragonfly I figured they probably would - I just couldn‘t give it enough attention to keep everything straight while also working. I might try it again someday 1mo
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While I continue to have no time to read, there are so many exciting things happening in my library right now! I‘ve been teaching research related lessons all week, so today I‘m finally catching up on some book displays and cataloging a whole slew of new books!
#schoollibraries #litsyloveslibraries #librariansoflitsy

Allylu My daughter runs a “genre challenge” with her teens at our library. It‘s been very successful. 1mo
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This isn‘t something I would ever have picked up on my own, but it‘s my book club read for the month. I liked it more than I expected, but it didn‘t blow me away. There were so many predictable parts, and Dr. Shields was just obnoxious...

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘ve got the house to myself tonight, so it‘s an audiobook and a crochet project on our screened porch. Trying to decide between a glass of wine and a pot of tea...
#audiocrochet

Jennick2004 That is a gorgeous Afghan!!!!!! 1mo
Johanna414 @Jennick2004 Thank you! 1mo
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Guys, I am in librarian heaven right now! I had a group of high school students approach me about starting a book club at the end of last school year. We just had our first planning meeting! We‘ve decided to choose a different genre/topic each month and they will all pick their own book to read. They‘ll bring their lunches to the library and hang out to talk books twice a month. They were all so cute and enthusiastic!

Amiable I wish book clubs had been a thing when I was in school (way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth 😬). I would have loved it. 1mo
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About to spend my prep period not getting ready for my upcoming classes, but diving into this middle grade novel. #lmpbc #groupm @merelybookish @IndoorDame @LibrarianRyan
Also, Ryan I forgot to post but your book is on its way to you.

LibrarianRyan cool beans 1mo
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The Bad: the beginning of the school year is crazy so I haven‘t found any time to read and when I do have a few minutes, I can‘t relax enough to get into a book.

The Good: 6th graders are adorable! This week they‘re all coming to the library to check out books, get set up with ebook accounts and sign up for Lit Lunch. Also, a group of high schoolers approached me about starting a book club, so we‘re meeting during their lunch on Friday to plan 😍

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If anyone is feeling in the giving mood today, my best friend created an amazon wish list of books for her classroom library. She teaches 8th grade ELA in an underprivileged school in Pittsburgh, PA and gives so much of herself to her students.
I‘m sure she would be thrilled if a few random strangers bought her kiddos a book!
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/C7HXREQQ3BYZ?type=wishlist&filter=unpurcha...

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This was absolutely adorable! I probably won‘t have time to get to the post office today, but I‘ll mail it to @LibrarianRyan after work tomorrow! @IndoorDame @merelybookish #lmpbc #groupm

LibrarianRyan cool beans 2mo
IndoorDame Glad you enjoyed this one 😊 2mo
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It‘s been a crazy week as I get ready for school to start next week and I‘ve been getting trained on my new automation system in the library - there‘s been no time to read 😭
Tonight, the kids are in bed and my husband is at a fantasy football draft. Time for a book and drink on the porch!

kellyann28 Oh I do like Redd's! Hope school goes good for you this next week! 2mo
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Check out my new reading spot!!! 😍🥰😍
I‘ve always wanted to use our upstairs porch after the kids go to beds but would just get eaten alive by bugs. So this weekend my husband and grandfather framed and screened it in! They still have some little cosmetic things to do to hide where the screens are stapled down, but I get to use it tonight!
I‘m already going Pinterest crazy trying to decide what furniture, rug and pretty string lights to get 😁

CocoReads Nice! I love it! 2mo
heidisreads Ahhhhh! It‘s a dream!!! 2mo
Eyelit Awesome! 2mo
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merelybookish Screened porches are the best! 2mo
Tamra Lucky you....enjoy!!! 2mo
Texreader That‘s fantastic!!! 2mo
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Diving into this month‘s #LMPBC read during my weekly shift at the antique store. It‘s already got me feeling super nostalgic... I may have grown up in the ‘90s rather than the ‘60s, but I was OBSESSED with The Beatles!
Any shoppers I have will get to enjoy the Beatles playlist I‘m rocking today ☺️
@IndoorDame @merelybookish @LibrarianRyan #GroupM

LibrarianRyan 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎼 2mo
IndoorDame Me too!!! 🎶💜 enjoy!😊 2mo
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Defy the Stars | Claudia Gray
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This was a quick, fun read - I actually listened to most of it and the narrators were really good. I‘ll definitely continue with the series.
I tend to go through phases with my reading and I feel like I‘m at the beginning of a distinct sci-fi trend... not a genre I‘ve ever read much of, but I‘ve really enjoyed the last few I‘ve picked up!

LibrarianRyan Yeah. I have this, but have not gotten around to reading it yet. 2mo
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This was just ok... I wanted to love it because it takes place in a bookstore and I dream of someone leaving a bookstore to me, but I guessed the major plot twist almost immediately and ended up just being really impatient to get to through it.

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Not in any way book related, but I‘m just too excited about our house - I thought it was a beautiful house when we bought it 3 years ago, but it was brown and tan, chipped and faded. It looks soooo fresh now after 2 summers of painting! Next year, landscaping!

cassiopia It's a very beautiful house. 2mo
LibrarianRyan It's beautiful. Is that a green, a blue or a grey. hard to tell. I love it. 2mo
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan it‘s a very dark green. We looked at some blue colors, and then like 5 other people in town painted their houses blue... it‘s a super small town, so I didn‘t want to follow a trend! 😂😂 2mo
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merelybookish It's gorgeous! 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai ❤️ The porches! 🤘 2mo
Megabooks How beautiful!! 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 I get that. I painted my last house purple. I was originally planing on Blue, but then I had to live with a test I painted for 6 months, and hated it after the end of 6. The purple was a text to annoy my mom, but I ended up loving it. 2mo
Johanna414 @GrilledCheeseSamurai they‘re why we bought the house, to be perfectly honest! I love them! 2mo
Cathythoughts Stunners 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan I love that! I‘m not brave enough to go outside the box that much - I found a house of a similar style on Pinterest that I really liked and those are the colors we got 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Tamra Love it! Awesome job! 👏🏾 2mo
Eyelit Lovely! 2mo
xicanti It looks amazing! What a beautiful home. 2mo
Ddzmini Great house 🏡 🙌🏽📖😋 2mo
SamanthaMarie I am obsessed with your home!! So very lovely. All of the hard work looks like it paid off! 2mo
Johanna414 @SamanthaMarie thank you! It was a foreclosure that had pretty much been trashed when we got it - so the price was right, but it was pretty gross when we got it. Basically every bit of the house, inside and out, has been scrubbed and painted by now 😂 2mo
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We have spent the past two summers painting our house and finally finished yesterday! (I can post some pictures if anyone would like to see)
This is the 2nd story porch off our bedroom - we‘re going to get a cute hammock or some comfy furniture to make a nice oasis from the kids, but even with camp chairs, it‘s my new favorite reading spot. We‘re screening it in this weekend to keep the mosquitoes out!

SamanthaMarie Screening it in will be perfect!! What a cozy spot for reading. 😍 2mo
Crazeedi I love the photos of your home. Gorgeous!❣❣ 2mo
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This was excellent! It was such a melancholy story with two main characters your heart broke for over and over again. So good.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘m going into work soon to meet up with a new English teacher who wants to do a few collaborative projects in the library (yay!), but enjoying a new book and a breakfast sandwich first.
I‘m not very far in Sleeping Giants yet, but totally intrigued so far! I like the interview format.

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There has been a pretty strong caterpillar theme to our evening reading the past few nights, as Lane and I are like full on obsessed with raising our monarch caterpillars... we‘ve currently got 10 caterpillars and 3 more eggs about to hatch. The big one should make its chrysalis in just a few days - we‘re so excited! Anybody else raise monarchs this time of year?
#raisingreaders

jillrhudy My father-in-law has 21 in process! 2mo
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@MaleficentBookDragon said in her note “what‘s a bookmark without a book to go with it” - lol I think we would all agree with that sentiment! The bookmark is adorable, and I can‘t wait to read the book. Thank you!
@LibrarianRyan #bookmarkswap

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤👍 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I so ♥ that bookmark that I bought one for myself. 2mo
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Thank you so much, @ValkyrieAndHerBooks for the beautiful bookmarks! Did you make the Monster one? It‘s so stinking cute!
@LibrarianRyan #bookmarkswap

Crazeedi Perfect!! 2mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks You‘re very welcome! I‘m so glad you like them! Yes I did make the monster bookmarks. I had a lot of fun making them☺️ 2mo
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Ready for another day in my dad‘s antique store... not so secretly hoping it‘s slow so I don‘t get too many interruptions from my books 😂

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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I took the kids to daycare today so I could get some cleaning done. And then I crawled back into bed with this month‘s book club title and a new crochet project... I almost feel guilty as I look around at all the piles of laundry that need to be put away 😂

Lynnsoprano This has been on my TBR for a while now. Thanks for the reminder about it. 2mo
Johanna414 @Lynnsoprano my mom has been bugging me to read it for years, so I‘m glad for the excuse to finally pick it up. 120 pages in and it‘s fantastic! 2mo
Crazeedi Great book! 2mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano you will enjoy 2mo
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@LibrarianRyan Both my #bookmarkswap packages arrived today! I can‘t wait to open them! 😊 Thank you, @ValkyrieAndHerBooks and mystery sender!

LibrarianRyan That would be @MaleficientBookDragon. Yeahhh 2mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Yay! I hope you like them! 2mo
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Lol this article definitely made me want to start matching my coffee mugs to my current books...

https://bookriot.com/2019/08/09/book-and-mug-pairings/

Amandajoy Just another excuse for me to buy more coffee mugs! 2mo
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Goodnight Moon | Margaret Wise Brown
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I‘ve had a migraine for almost 24 hours, so no reading for myself today. But I did read some bedtime stories to my guys while we had a nice cuddle. Hoping I can sleep this off and feel better tomorrow...
#raisingreaders #catsoflitsy

Librarybelle Migraines are the worst! Hope you feel better soon 2mo
Tamra A reader‘s nemesis. 2mo
DGRachel I hope it breaks while you sleep and you have a better day tomorrow! {{hugs}} 2mo
Amiable Oh my goodness, the cute in this photo with the kid and the kitty is making my heart explode. 😍😻 2mo
kellyann28 I hope your migraine goes away! Those are the WORST! 2mo
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An exciting day of #audiocleaning

Megabooks I really liked this book! 2mo
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