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Kaila-ann

Kaila-ann

Joined February 2019

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The Last Romantics | Graham Hough
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Ok #groupb what do you think about these choices. There are so many good options lol. I‘ll tag that books below to make them easier to search. #lmpbc

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suvata I have read Shadow of the Wind. I have read Beartown. I‘ve read The Ballroom. The rest sound really good especially The Last Romantics. That one is on my TBR list. (edited) 2d
Mynameisacolour Either The Last Romantics or Becoming Bonnie! 2d
EmilyM The Last Romantics gets my vote! I've read Beartown and Shadow of the Wind. I'd be good with any of the others. 2d
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Signed up for this and it‘s my first time participating. I‘ve seen the posts all over litsy so I am super excited to try this out. #groupb #lmpbc #litsymarkuppostalbookclub

Sign up link in the comments 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Very cute book. At one point Backman mentions that he is all black and white and hard angles. His wife is his color in the world. I immediately went to Ove ❤️. The whole book is funny and touching and beautiful. Backman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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Very much enjoyed this book. It was very approachable while still being educational and informative. As the author describes it, the book starts with the basics and moves higher throughout the brain into what makes us human. I especially enjoyed that the author didn‘t come across as condescending nor did he dumb down the concepts. There is a happy medium and I definitely think Kean found it. I‘ve added the rest of his books to my list.

LauraJ My book club has read and enjoyed all of his books. Hope you like them too! 3d
Kaila-ann @LauraJ thanks 😊! This is my first one of his, so far so good lol. 3d
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Just found out today that one of the hospitalist physicians that I work with is a published author. He gave a small talk today about his dad‘s role in WWII, Pearl Harbor and D-Day. Yesterday being the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the fact that many of his residents were under informed, he put together a small presentation. I‘ll definitely be adding his book to my TBR list.

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Hanging Mary | Susan Higginbotham
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Finished this audiobook today. This is the story of Mary Surratt, one of conspirators in the Lincoln assassination, and the first woman executed by the Federal government. It‘s told from the view points of Mrs. Surratt herself and one of her boarders, Nora Fitzpatrick. A well written and seemingly well researched book.

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I can‘t wait to open this and seriously, the disclaimer about the chocolate pudding had me laughing out loud. Thank you!! #mysterymessageswap #soexcited

Rissa1 Yay! Glad it arrived!! 1w
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Bingo | Jeffrey B. Fuerst
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#bookwormbingo

Had more to check off than I thought. I don‘t re-read a whole lot and I‘ve only flown twice so far.

EclecticReaders Awesome job! 2w
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Misty, thank you so much!! Not only was the packing beautiful (I especially love the wrapping paper 😍) but I have been looking forward to this book (tagged). A beautiful surprise, thank you again. #litsylove #bookmail #happymail

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you liked it!!! Enjoy 😘💗😘💗 2w
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The Host: A Novel | Stephenie Meyer
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Having read the Twilight books quite some time ago, I went into this story with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised. I felt connected to the characters and invested in the story. Definitely much better than Bella and Edward in my opinion.

Also I‘m counting this as my #shelves pic for #30junebooks 😉

TheSpineView I loved the host! Have you read her other one, The Innocent Chemist? 2w
Kaila-ann @TheSpineView I haven‘t. I think i was hesitating on her other books because of the Twilight books. I‘ll have to check that one out. 2w
TheSpineView @Kaila-ann I liked The Chemist a lot. Better than Twilight and almost as good as The Host. 2w
Kaila-ann @TheSpineView I‘ve added it to my list 😊. 2w
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#maywrapup #maystats #may2019 #pagesreadgoal

Little bit of a slower month this month but I enjoyed my vacation immensely. It was well worth the “lost” reading time.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 💖📚💖 2w
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Missed by step goal by 30 measly steps 🤦🏻‍♀️. Will have to work on being a little more aware this week 😉.

Finished one book since I was finishing up vacation and going back to work this week.

#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

BookwormAHN That's still a lot of steps, nice job 👏🏻 2w
Kaila-ann @BookwormAHN thank you. 2w
TheSpineView Way to go! 2w
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JohannaRose Wow you still did such a good job! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 3! 2w
AprilMae Wow! That's a lot of steps! Nice job!! 2w
TheBookAddict You were so close, but you still put in quite a bit of steps. That‘s what matters. Awesome work! 2w
Felso Yay you!! 👏🏻🙌🏻 2w
DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 2w
jillannjohn Great job! 2w
dariazeoli 🙌👍 2w
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I got this book last month as part of the Amazon first reads & started it while I was on vacation. I finished it yesterday & even now I am still not sure how i feel about it. At the beginning it seems like the tale of 2 different women, one old & one young. After going back and forth between the 2 and the twist near the end, I am still not sure what was real and what wasn‘t. Overall, not terrible but not something I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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Fitness | Bonnie Graves
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Just realized that I didn‘t post my week 2 update for the #bookfitnesschalange 🤦🏻‍♀️. I got my steps in while I was on vacation (thanks Mall of America 🙌🏻) and I finished 2 books. Not bad for a full vacation week. #bfc

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 2! 2w
bewareofwords Yay! That‘s awesome!! 👏🏽 2w
TheSpineView Excellant work! 2w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 2w
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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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Th audiobook on this one just isn‘t doing it for me. Too many characters and intertwining stories to keep straight while trying to multitask. Luckily I do have the physical copy of this book so I will attempt it again at some point down the road. #dnf #temporarydnf #tryagainlater #physicalvsaudio

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I know I‘ve signed up for a few giveaways but coming home to this is a surprise. I don‘t remember singing up for this one (although I‘m sure I did 😳🤣) but I‘m excited to get my first ARC. #thingsyousavebook #tysiaf

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3w
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The Mailbox: A Novel | Marybeth Whalen
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Bookmail is the best mail to come home to 😍. #bookmail #litsylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 📚💗📚 3w
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Definitely got my steps in today 😍

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The Cat who Went Underground | Lilian Jackson Braun
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And just like that, DONE. While on vacation no less.

✅ is part of a series

#maymadness #mayscavengerhunt

TheReadingMermaid AAAAAAHHHHH!!!! 😆😆😆 You are so awesome! Shoot me an e-mail to be entered to win a prize! TamaraTheReadingMermaid@yahoo.com 3w
Clwojick Yay!!!!!!! Woohoo! ♥️ 3w
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The Cat who Went Underground | Lilian Jackson Braun
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I love this series. It‘s so light and fun. Always a good palate cleanser. This copy got a little banged up in my carry on.

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Found more. I‘ve definitely created a monster. She loves these little things now 🤣🤣

Princess-Kingofkings I love the shed! 3w
Kaila-ann @Princess-Kingofkings it was awesome and it was full of kids books. 3w
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I may have gone a little overboard on the book buying while on vacation this week. My 2nd mom likes to thrift shop and knew a few good places in town. I added 55 books to my TBR stack - 17 of which were on my wishlist. Holy cow!! I‘m putting myself on a book buying ban for a while 😳. #thriftshopping #usedbooks #bookbuyingban

Rissreads Lucky you! 💚 3w
Theaelizabet Wow! 3w
Kaila-ann @Rissreads thanks 😊! And @Theaelizabet yeah, I might have gone a little over board but the deals were too good to pass up lol. 3w
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Theaelizabet @Kaila-ann Oh, no judgment here, only respect! 3w
Kaila-ann @Theaelizabet it was a lot of fun. Most of the books were 0.50 so I just couldn‘t help it lol. Plus I got my friend excited about little free libraries. There are so many of them in the town where she lives. 3w
DGRachel I (briefly) considered a post-vacation book buying ban, but there are a bunch of new releases coming June 4th that I really want so...🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Kaila-ann @DGRachel I think i have to lol. I don‘t have the shelf space and I am way outpacing my reading speed 🤣. I buy most of my books used since I trade or send them off. I need to slow down or get more bookcases 🤔🤣. 3w
DGRachel I always vote for more bookcases! 🤣🤣 Of course, I don‘t know where I‘m going to put more bookcases. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
Kaila-ann @DGRachel haha yeah, that‘s my other problem lol. 3w
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Even on vacation I had to find books. I may have even gotten my second mom addicted to finding these libraries 😳🤣.

marleed I keep books in my car so that when I drive by a FLL (and parking is avail) I tuck in some books. And sometimes I take one too! 3w
Kaila-ann @marleed I do that at home as well. I flew to North Dakota so I bought some second hand books to leave in the libraries. It‘s so much fun. 3w
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#nonfiction2019

✅ something with an unlikeable character

Huguette‘s long time nurse Hadassah Peri felt like a manipulative, greedy human being and I disliked her intensely.

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#maymadness #mayscavengerhunt

✅ something with a number in the title

TheReadingMermaid You're almost there a girl!!!!! 3w
Clwojick Only one more left! 3w
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Between a pick and so-so for me. It was a well researched book but it become a bit dry and tedious at times. Still a fascinating look at the life of a reclusive heiress and the people that were supposed to take care of her.

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THE ROUGH RIDERS | Theodore Roosevelt
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The Rough Riders Hotel in Medora, ND boasts a pretty impressive book collection all written by or about Theodore Roosevelt.

DGRachel Lovely! 4w
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Snowed In | Rachel Hawthorne
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Not book related but yes folks, that is snow in May. This South Carolina girl was not prepared to encounter snow on vacation. Craziness. Welcome to North Dakota.

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Walking | Bentley Little
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#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

Week 1 totals - knocked my steps out of the park even though it was crazy busy this week.

Week 1 points = 27

Kaye 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👏🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! Great first week! 🙌🏻 1mo
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BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 1mo
VanChocStrawberry Great job with a busy week! Go you! 1mo
Caterina Fantastic!! You rocked this week's goals!! 🙌 1mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 💚💜💙 4w
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Humans of Minneapolis | Stephanie Glaros
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Landed in Minneapolis safe and sound. If there are any bookish places I should stop in Minneapolis and/or Fargo, ND let me know below 👇🏻👇🏻

FeministBookClub Welcome to Minneapolis! You have to stop by The Loft Literary Center for all things books. 1mo
Kaila-ann @FeministBookClub awesome, thank you 😊! 1mo
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Been a little hectic this week since I fly out tomorrow for vacation and still have so much to do 😱. Gonna get it done tho 💪🏻

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

dariazeoli Nice work! Enjoy your vacation! 1mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 And have an amazing vacation! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Have fun on vacation! 1mo
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BookwormAHN Have a great time 🌻 1mo
Clwojick I find I tend to get out and about more on vacation, and my steps rack up faster than I can count. I‘m sure you‘ll get those steps in! Safe travels and enjoy your vacation ♥️ 1mo
Kaila-ann @dariazeoli @wanderinglynn @4thhouseontheleft @BookwormAHN @Clwojick thanks! It‘s a much needed vacation and I definitely plan to enjoy it 😊. 1mo
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The Kindle Pocket Guide | Scott McNulty
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I finally broke down and bought a kindle today. It‘s refurbished (=cheaper) so I can see if I like it. My “panic” in getting on a plane and not having enough (🙄🤣) to read was a huge factor in my decision. I‘ll still love my physical books but it will be nice to have as an alternative.

ShyBookOwl I made the switch about a year ago to better accommodate my chronic pain issue and my wallet... I've never looked back 1mo
wanderinglynn Exactly why I bought one—for travel. I still prefer physical books, but a Kindle is super nice when traveling. 1mo
Kaila-ann @ShyBookOwl I can see, books get heavy and cumbersome sometimes. I got most of my books used so I think the wallet damage maybe equal lol. I don‘t remember the last time I paid full price for a book lol. I‘m glad to hear you like your kindle tho. I‘ve been debating for a while. 1mo
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Kaila-ann @wanderinglynn exactly! Then you don‘t have to lug books around while you‘re out and about. I won‘t have it in time for the first flight but I should have it in time for the second one 🙌🏻 lol. 1mo
wanderinglynn Plus, Amazon has loads of free books (a lot of the classics) & if you have a Prime membership, then you can also “check-out” up to 10 books at a time (with no return date). So I rarely have to pay for ebooks, and never full-price. 1mo
Kaila-ann @wanderinglynn I do have prime and they keep sending me emails for e-books - another factor in my purchase lol. Not to mention the giveaways on goodreads as well. It won‘t replace my physical books but I‘m not going to lie and say I‘m not excited about it haha. 1mo
DivineDiana I didn‘t know about refurbished ones? I have an old Kindle Fire. It works fine, but seems so heavy compared to the new ones. 1mo
Kaila-ann @DivineDiana I found it through the woot app for $35. It‘s the 8th generation. It‘s supposed to have some dings and scratches but as long as the screen is fine i really don‘t care. 1mo
DivineDiana Thanks for the tip! 1mo
Kaila-ann @DivineDiana you‘re welcome 😊. They‘re running the deal for 9 days or until the sell out. If you have an amazon prime account the shipping is free as well. 1mo
DivineDiana I do! 👍🏻 1mo
DaveGreen7777 I resisted eBooks for quite a while, but I must confess, I‘ve come to really appreciate my Kindle. It lets me highlight passages without damaging a book, and it does save me so much storage space now! 😁 Physical books are still my favorite, but eBooks are a great alternative. 1mo
Kaila-ann @DaveGreen7777 resistance definitely appears to have been futile lol. I don‘t think having a kindle will replace my physical books but will open up more book options. My dream house has a dedicated library 😉. Travel and a lighter everyday bag are not downsides to having a kindle tho lol. 1mo
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Here's to Us | Elin Hilderbrand
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#mayscavengerhunt #maymadness

✅ multiple points of view

TheReadingMermaid 2 more to go!!!!!!! 1mo
Kaila-ann @TheReadingMermaid and I already have them lined up. One of of them might end up on the plane with me tho lol. 1mo
TheReadingMermaid You go girl 💪🤓📖 1mo
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Here's to Us | Elin Hilderbrand
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Mehso-so

Definitely only a so-so read for me but I felt like that might be a possibility going into it. The plot/storyline wasn‘t terrible but the characters did absolutely nothing for me, at all. Famous chef Deacon Thorpe dies and his 3 wives/children gather at his beloved Nantucket home to say goodbye. You can imagine the drama that ensues but unfortunately none of the characters were enjoyable much less love able. An ok read.

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Here's to Us | Elin Hilderbrand
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Not a bad contribution to the #bfc goal for the day. Still have some piddling to do around the house while getting ready for my vacation.

#bookfitnesschallenge

Bookwormjillk Nicely done! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! 1mo
Caterina Great progress!! 👍 You'll probably turn those other circles green while piddling. 😉 1mo
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I actually won something 😱😊.

Princess-Kingofkings Congratulations! 🥰🍾🎉 1mo
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#mayscavengerhunt #maymadness

✅ originally written in another language

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I‘ll regret this in the morning when the alarm goes off but I had to finish it. I don‘t know who I love more - Ove or Elsa. This story brought me to tears multiple times. I just wanted to hug Elsa and tell her that everything would be ok. This might be my favorite book this year.

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#nonfictiction2019

✅ something that‘s been on your list for more than a year

More like been on my TBR list for 8 years but who‘s counting 😳

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#mayscavengerhunt #maymadness

✅ By an author that shares your birthday

TheReadingMermaid You're killing it girl!!! 👏👏👏 1mo
Kaila-ann @TheReadingMermaid thanks 😊. I have a couple more prompts about half way done 🙌🏻 1mo
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“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for 22 minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.”

A fascinating look at the road to success as more than just a product of intelligence and hard work. Gladwell makes a convincing argument that success is also impacted by culture and opportunities.

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Elsa ❤️❤️❤️

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Mr Wuffles! | David Wiesner
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TheReadingMermaid Woohoo you go girl!!! 1mo
Kaila-ann @TheReadingMermaid thanks lol. I‘m trying to have most of it done before vacation. 1mo
TheReadingMermaid Good call 1mo
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Truth 👆🏻🙌🏻

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1. 🤣😳😍
2. Nope
3. Cleaning, getting my steps in, and getting ready for vacation next week.
4. Oldest of 2
5. ✅

#friyayintro

QueenJen 😉🥃😂 1mo
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I‘m only 80 pages in and I think I‘ve cried twice. Poor little Elsa 💔.

CoffeeNBooks I have a copy of this on my bookshelf, but I haven't read it yet. I love Backman's writing style, so I'm looking forward to reading it! 1mo
Kaila-ann @CoffeeNBooks this is the second one of his that I‘ve read and he is quickly becoming a favorite. I have a feeling Elsa will persevere but in the beginning this poor kid is just getting it from all sides. I just want to hug her ❤️. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks My favorite of his books is A Man Named Ove, and I also loved Britt-Marie was here. I read Beartown and Us Against You, and they were both good as well. 1mo
Kaila-ann @CoffeeNBooks A Man Called Ove is the other one of his that I read and I absolutely loved it. I can‘t wait to get my hands on the others. He just makes you fall in love with the characters. 1mo
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#bookmail and #litsylove today. What an awesome surprise to come home to. The tagged book is from ThriftBooks and On the Road was a #bookcrossing swap. Yay #happymail. Now to write some responses and do some reading before bed.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Kaila-ann @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks beautiful card, thank you! I‘ll drop your response in the mail in the morning 😊. 1mo
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1. Definitely weightlifting
2. Gym = weights lol
3. WITH music
4. Softball
5. Don‘t really have a playlist but I listen to Skrillex (dubstep) on Pandora at the gym quite a bit

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🙌🏻 1mo
Kaila-ann @wanderinglynn 👍🏻😊 1mo
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I went back and forth about joining since I‘ll be on vacation for the first week and a half(ish). I bit the bullet and joined in because who couldn‘t use a little healthy motivation, even on vacation 😉. Thanks @wanderinglynn for the #bookfitnesschallenge.

My goal is 10 books and 40,000 steps per week.

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And happy to have you. 1mo
BethM Dang girl! I had the same reservations but mine is week 3 I think. I set my goal lower bc of it. 1mo
Kaila-ann @BethM I know, I‘m a little nervous that maybe I set the bar too high but I‘m going to try anyway. I don‘t think it will be a problem except for that one week where I might have to really push it lol. 1mo
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