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KellyK

KellyK

Joined May 2016

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.“ ~ Jorge Luis Borges
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Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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East of Troost: A Novel by Ellen Barker
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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
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#AwesomeAugust snuck up on me! It‘s birthday week so I‘m hoping to get in some extra reading time… we‘ll see. My goal is to get through these four. As always, thanks so much for hosting the best nine days each month, @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Best of luck and hope you have a great birthday 😁 2y
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My July reads… it was a good month!

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It was a successful #JubilantJuly Readathon here. I didn‘t quite finish all four books I started out to read but almost… just 20% left of The Last Train to Key West and I threw in Shadows and Sorrows, #4 in the Pete Stone Private Eye series. If any of you are from south central KS, this series is set in Wichita in the 1930‘s. I‘ve enjoyed all four of these books and hope Michael D. Graves writes more.

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😍 2y
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#FirstLineFridays - this is the longest first line I‘ve experienced and it went way over the character limit so it‘s finished in the comments. 🤓❤️📚 “Back in 1961, when women wore shirtwaist dresses and joined garden clubs and drove legions of children around in seatbeltless cars without giving it a second thought;

KellyK back before anyone knew there‘d even be a sixties movement, much less one that its participants would spend the next sixty years chronicling; back when the big wars were over and the secret wars had just begun and people were starting to think fresh and believe everything was possible, the thirty-year-old mother of Madeline Zott rose before dawn every morning and felt certain of just one thing: her life was over.” 2y
Readergrrl Great first line!! 2y
LeslieO Haha! I was reading that on a Friday and decided I was not going to type that whole thing! It‘s a great start to a great book. 2y
KellyK @Readergrrl and @LeslieO - a terrific first line and a really good read… nothing like I thought it was going to be! 2y
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Ready for #JubilantJuly Readathon hosted by @Andrew65 - the best nine days in July. My goal is to finish up Honestly Ben and Lessons in Chemistry, both started earlier this week and to get through The Last Train to Key West and Turning Angel before they have to go back to their respective libraries. It‘s gonna be a scorcher here the next few days so I have my excuse to stay in where it‘s cool.

Andrew65 Looks like you have some good reading ahead. 2y
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“The drive from Salina to Morgen was three hours, and for much of it, Emmett hadn‘t said a word.”

Loving this book!

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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I‘m lounging on the couch reading… Missy Jo is lounging on me. Happy Independence Day! 🎆🗽🎆

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#JoysOfJune Readathon continues on for a few more hours, but I‘m going to finish up a little early I didn‘t meet my 40 hour goal but I finished six books and started #7 - it was a success! Thanks again @Andrew65 for hosting. Anxiously awaiting the next one! 🤓📚❤️

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Dreaming of Flight | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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“Stewie rolled his shoulders and pulled the collar of his shirt away from his sweaty neck.” #FirstLineFridays

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YAY…it‘s time for #JoysOfJune Readathon! My goals: reading six books and hitting a total of 40 hours of reading time. @Andrew65 - thank you for hosting these monthly events. I ❤️ them!!

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊 Pleased to hear people love the readathons. 2y
KellyK @Andrew65 -the best nine days of every month! 🤓 2y
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The Secret Garden | F. Burnett
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1. We plant a garden every year. / 2. Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, chilies, rhubarb, raspberries, basil, chives, rosemary, strawberries, and a few flowers. / 3. I ❤️ The Secret Garden. #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Your garden sounds delicious 🪴🍓🥒 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Hoping #MarvellousMay #Readathon will get me out of my April-to-May reading slump that seems to happen every year. I‘m setting my goal at 40 hours and attempting to get through The Power of the Dog, Bewilderment, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, and make a dent in The Quiet Game. 🤞📚❤️🤓

Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 Hope it helps with the reading slump. 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#AwesomeApril #Readathon was a success! Three books read and I‘m halfway through The Fountains of Silence. Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I almost forgot about #AwesomeApril… what was I thinking?!? I‘m setting my goal light - I‘ve returned to work after six weeks off for medical reasons and am not getting as much reading done as I‘d like as I transition to my new normal. I think I can get three books finished, so I‘ll go with that.

Andrew65 Hope the return to work goes well, take care. 😍 2y
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Tagged book / Audiobooks / They Went Left by Monica Hesse #weekendreads

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My March reads. It was an interesting month - three non-fiction reads exceeds the total NF I would read in a whole year. Nala‘s World was my fave of the three because… well, a cat! 🐱

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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A successful #MarvellousMarch Readathon! I started and finished five books (2 non-fiction and 3 fiction) and made good progress on Wintering and Salt to the Sea. I didn‘t quite meet my 40 hour goal and I probably could get in the remaining 2+ hours I‘m short, but bed is calling so I‘m shutting off the lights. Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done, thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🥳 🍾 🥂😍 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Joining in for #MarvellousMarch #Readathon starting tomorrow. My goal is to finish the four non-fiction books I have in progress… I‘m not sure how that happened because I typically only have one non-fiction in progress at a time. I‘ll set my time goal at 40 hours.

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Great to have you with us. 2y
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AmandaBlaze Thanks for playing! 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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In addition to it being Dr. Seuss‘s birthday, it‘s also National Read Across America Day. Celebrate all day long my friends!

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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1. My hold on this just came in on the tagged book so I‘m planning to start it later today.
2. Before 2020 I rarely heard unprecedented… since 2020 I hear it multiple times a day. I‘m kinda over everything being unprecedented. 🙄

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Agree wholehearted with you on “unprecedented“! Thanks for playing! 2y
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My February reads including a reread of some Calvin and Hobbs… the best comic strip ever!

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Several short stories and a novella about race in today‘s America. The stories were beautifully written but painful stories. My favorites in the book were Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, Alcatraz (which includes the quoted text), and the title - The Office of Historical Corrections.

Happy that I was finally able to concentrate enough to read without audio on this blustery cold day. Missy Jo wasn‘t ready to open her eyes this morning.

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The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland | Frank Carey, Jayni Carey, Jayni Naas
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YAY - my state!!! 🌻🌻🌻 #RoadTripUSA2022

1. While obvious books are The Wizard of Oz and Little House series, the tagged book is one of my favorite cookbooks.

2. There are so many places to visit in my home state but the one I return to time and time again is the Flint Hills. Visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve just north of Strong City to step back in time.

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Christyco125 My home state as well. My recommendations are the largest ball of twine in Cawker City and the center of the US in Lebanon, but my most favorite is the Cosmosphere in Hutch. Astronaut ice cream! 2y
KellyK @Christyco125 YES - the ball of twine…. I mean who would of thought twine would turn into a tourist attraction?!? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
megnews The Little House books really made my love for reading. I saw pics of the Discovery Center in Flint Hills. Looked so cool. Hope to visit someday. Not sure about the ball of twine but the center of the US and astronaut ice cream sound great @Christyco125 2y
Christyco125 @megnews We used to go to the reservoir near there in the summer, otherwise I would have missed it myself. I always get a kick out of the quick mention when I watch National Lampoon‘s Vacation. They pass it on their way to cousin Eddie‘s. 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#FabulousFebruary wasn‘t a total loss but well below my initial goal. I finished the middle 3 in the Amos Decker series (thanks audiobooks) and am halfway through The Office of Historical Corrections for total pages of 1,645. No idea how much time I spent reading because I kept forgetting to stop and start my stopwatch (thanks pain meds). The best part was spending lots of time with Missy Jo and in The Fallen there is a gray cat named Missy! 🤓

Andrew65 Sounds brilliant to me 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. I love the Amos Decker series. 2y
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Mr Bridge | Evan S. Connell
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1. I love Mr. Bridge and the companion Mrs. Bridge - maybe because we lived in Kansas City and I always enjoy books with familiar places in them.

2. If in KC, I‘d suggest a trip to The City Market and a stop at Planters, the best garden store, and also the rose garden at Loose Park. If in St. Louis, spend time on The Hill - especially if you love Italian food.

#RoadtripUSA2022 @megnews

Bklover Zia‘s on the Hill followed by dessert at Missouri Baking Company. Yum!!! 🇮🇹 2y
KellyK @Bklover - I ❤️❤️ Zia‘s! 2y
megnews I just ate at Charlie Gitto‘s the other day!! Delicious!! 2y
KellyK @megnews - lucky you! 😋 2y
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The Last Mile | David Baldacci
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#FabulousFebruary #Readathon is off to a slow start. 😪 I set my goal high because of lots of downtime after knee replacement surgery but wasn‘t counting on scrambled brain from my meds. 😵‍💫 I‘ve been able to read about ten pages of Olympus, Texas, and listen to a couple of hours of The Last Mile while getting in my “exercise”. Missy Jo is taking good care of me though!

annahenke I‘m also off this week with the readathon due to a personal situation. It‘s good to dive into another world! 2y
KellyK @annahenke I‘m hoping to feel more like reading today after cutting down on pain meds. 2y
annahenke @KellyK feel better!! 2y
KellyK Thanks @annahenke! 😘 2y
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Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
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Started my first Coleen Hoover read yesterday and wrapped it up earlier today. It was a good read about love, tragedy, loss, forgiveness, and redemption.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Excited about the upcoming #FabulousFebruary #Readathon!

I have some time off work so I‘m going to attempt 70 hours and eight books… double what I accomplished during #JoyousJanuary!🤞📚🤓

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 👏👏👏

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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1. I don‘t get many books gifted to me because everyone knows I use libraries for my books, but my sister gifted The Quotable Cat to me.

2. I do gift books on my shelves and sent Olive Kitteridge to a friend a while back.

3. Tagged book is not a typical love story but it is a wonderful book about love that will make you laugh and cry.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag! @EadieB

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2y
Eggs Great titles❣️ Thanks for playing 🙏🏻📚🤗 2y
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This is a great read about half sisters from different worlds, one in the US and one in the Dominican Republic, who discover each other after their father dies in a plane crash.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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My first ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 of 2022! The first two-thirds of this sweet novel of loss and grief had me LOL with all the antics GUP tried to get his niece and nephew to open up about the loss of their mom… the last third had me 😢😢 as GUP dealt with his own grief. I finished this yesterday in the early afternoon and tried to start my next read in the evening… it was too soon as I kept thinking about Patrick and his family.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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I‘m ❤️❤️ this book! It‘s both heartbreaking and funny. #FirstLineFridays

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1. Tagged above.

KellyK OOPS - that was posted too soon! Here‘s the rest - 2. No. 3. The Guncle. Happy #wonderouswednesday and thanks for the tag. 2y
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My favorite read in January, Razorblade Tears, was a story about redemption, revenge, forgiveness, and acceptance. I highly recommend it. My other reads were good ones, too. I‘m on to February. We‘re expecting 6-9 inches of snow tomorrow so today I‘m loading up with reading material. 🥶

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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My longest read in 2021 was 768 pages and tagged. I ❤️chunksters but have to get mentally prepared to start them. #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#JoyousJanuary wrap-up. Finished these four and almost finished Harlem Shuffle… it was a successful nine days of reading! ❤️📚🤓

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍📚 Thanks for playing along. 2y
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All Hallows' Shadows | Michael D. Graves
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Interesting “local” read full of places and businesses I‘m familiar with and my February book club book. #FirstLineFridays

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Memory Man | David Baldacci
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I‘m on the couch with Missy Jo and my book contemplating an outside walk this afternoon… the windchill of 1F is about to convince me to stay on the couch with my book and Missy Jo enjoying #JoyousJanuary Day 1. 🥶

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Memory Man | David Baldacci
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My reads for the upcoming #JoyousJanuary #Readathon are set… anxiously awaiting Saturday!

Andrew65 Some great choices. Loved Harlem Shuffle. Good luck 👍😊 2y
SolaRaynor I really enjoyed “Memory Man“. 2y
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The Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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This happened today 👍👏👏👏

aperfectmjk It's like having an author like your review on Goodreads that you wrote about their book. Makes you feel giddy. 🤗 2y
KellyK @aperfectmjk yes, it does! ❤️📚🤓 2y
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Second Hand Heart | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Second Hand Heart is about two people coming together in order for both to move on with their lives in separate directions. Vida has needed a new heart for all of her life and receives a donor heart from Richard‘s wife who was killed in a car accident. Vida and Richard‘s journey to move forward with their lives is the premise of the book. This is not my favorite CRH book but it was an enjoyable and quick read.

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Up first for 2022. It‘s snowing here so I‘m spending quality time on the couch with Missy Jo.

Traci1 Great book to start the year! 2y
KellyK @Traci1 enjoying it so far. 2y
elkeOriginal Beautiful kitty! 2y
KellyK @Traci1 thanks! We sure think she is. ❤️🐈‍⬛ 2y
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Wrapping up my 2021 reading with a look back at my favorites for the year. If anyone is a Brandi Carlile fan, I suggest listening to the audio version of Broken Horses… you‘ll be treated to a concert at the end of her memoir. 🎵🎶🎵🎶 Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022!

Chelsea.Poole I loved Brandi Carlile‘s memoir! (edited) 2y
Suet624 Bill Clegg❤️ 2y
KellyK @Chelsea.Poole - did you listen to the audio version? The music seemed like my own personal Brandi Carlisle concert! 🎵🎶❤️ 2y
KellyK @Suet624 this was my first Bill Clegg read. I followed it up with The End of the Day. 2y
Chelsea.Poole @KellyK yes! I love listening to memoirs read by authors. And I agree the music was such an unexpected and lovely bonus! 2y
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The science educator husband picked this out for me to read... 😷😬😮

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Salvation in Death | J. D. Robb
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I managed a late start for #StayHome24in48... First up - Salvation in Death.

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Finished up this one, Wonder, and made a serious dent in Hidden Figures... met my goal of 12 hours during #24in48 this weekend!

Bookzombie Great job! 5y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 5y
megnews I finished this during the readathon too. 5y
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Morning Readers! I‘m rested and ready to kick up my 24in48 weekend a notch. I always make it 10 hour and some odd minutes, but this time I‘m striving for 12 hours. I‘m also going to finish up some books (hopefully several) I have started but just never finished... first up is Wonder. Here I go!

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I think maybe I‘m too old for this... or maybe I was just having a bad day. I finished it, but didn‘t enjoy it.

Ashtasic I couldn't finish... Just awful. 5y
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