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Lesliereadsalot

Lesliereadsalot

Joined July 2021

Former restaurant owner, puzzle solver, constant reader, cookie baker, family gal
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Shades of Grey: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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People in the future are color coded, determining their future. Took me forever to read the first 30 pages. Had the sequel ready to go too.

#hailthebail

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 6h
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Lock In | John Scalzi
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Really liked this one! Picture Covid, but with lots of people being kept alive in small spaces while robot bodies take their places and live their lives. A couple of FBI agents are on the case of a couple of suicides directly connected to the neural connections of the bodies. Sounds confusing? It isn‘t really when you get into the story. Very entertaining read.

#litsyscifibookclub.

TheSpineView Glad you enjoyed! 2d
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This story of a missing 4 year old girl draws you in immediately. The story is narrated by only two people in alternating chapters: her older brother who was with her the day she disappeared, and the girl herself, brought up as someone else. You can‘t help but be immersed in the lives of these two people, along with their respective families. Such a good story!

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Three siblings come together for their mother‘s funeral and all the secrets make their way to the forefront. Lots of missing people, a VHS tape and sibling rivalry makes for an interesting story but nothing groundbreaking. A soft pick.

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Nothing brings people together better than death.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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A sweet book about autistic high-schooler Marlowe and what happens when her in-crowd boyfriend of two years dumps her. She has two terrific supportive gal pals as she tries to make sense of what happened. Along the way she predictably meets a new guy and by the end has a much better understanding of herself.

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Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1w
DinoMom Yay 1w
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Lady Eve's Last Con | Rebecca Fraimow
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This book was not doing anything for me. An inter-galactic con woman, a jilted sister, the mark being the jilter, and the guy‘s sister who is also a love interest. Sounded promising, but wasn‘t to be.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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When Vera Wang discovers a body in her teahouse she sets out to find the murderer, and she meets four people with a connection to the dead guy. I just could not picture these characters, they all seemed one-dimensional to me. Only read to the end to see who did it.

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Hot pink Superbells are in full bloom!
Saw the musical Beehive, all 60s and 70s music. Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Lesley Gore and other fantastic female singers.
Had a clear mammogram..25 years out from breast cancer.
Walked in Botanic Garden with best friend
Started 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle with bookshop theme.

@DebinHawaii #5JoysFriday

Deblovestoread Oooo, Beehive sounds fun! 2w
dabbe Those flowers are gorgeous!!! 💜💜💜 2w
Lesliereadsalot Beehive was so fun and really high energy! Loved that it was all women including the band. @Deblovestoread 2w
Lesliereadsalot Thanks. I love to grow flowers in the summer! @dabbe 2w
DebinHawaii A wonderful list of joys! 💛💛💛Congratulations on the clear mammogram! 💕🩷💕 Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 2w
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Daphne and Miles meet cute and that‘s about it for 384 pages which is about 100 pages too long. Almost bailed multiple times as not much happens in this best seller. Predictable, not very funny, and too long.

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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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I loved this book, a slice of life in a small town in Maine. Such richly drawn characters, some with secrets, some just living their small town lives. Beautifully written. The kind of book that when you‘re finished, you feel like you‘ve really read something.

#europacollective

jlhammar I really cared about her characters. Can‘t wait to see where they‘re all at five years later in the next Dalton book. 3w
Lesliereadsalot Really looking forward to the sequel too. @jlhammar 3w
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1 and 2 Celebrated 21 years of bliss with hubby at favorite restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI
3 Saw Corpse Flower at Botanic Garden. Stinks!! But rarely blooms, every 10 years or so.
4 Also saw Butterflies & Blooms exhibit where they check you out before you leave to make sure there are no “hitchhikers”
5 Finished Endless Day puzzle. This girl needs a good book!

#5JoysFriday. @DebinHawaii

BookmarkTavern Congrats on the anniversary! 🎉🎉 3w
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥂🥳 3w
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bthegood Happy Anniversary ! 3w
Cathythoughts Happy Anniversary ❤️ 3w
Lesliereadsalot Thanks! You guys are so nice. @bthegood @Cathythoughts 3w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Happy Anniversary! 🎉 I have seen the corpse flower in bloom at the botanical gardens here & yes, stinky 🫢 but beautiful! Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 3w
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Beautyland: A Novel | Marie-Helene Bertino
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What can I say about Adina, an alien from the moment of birth, who moves through time as a human, continually sending messages to her home planet and receiving replies. I found her thoughts on humans and their everyday lives to be the most interesting parts of the book. She knows she‘s an alien and she knows her job is to explain humans and their emotions to her home planet, but she never quite feels anything. Thought provoking.

britt_brooke Looking forward to this one! 3w
Lesliereadsalot I think you‘ll find it worth reading! @britt_brooke 3w
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Good Material | Dolly Alderton
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Really liked this book about the breakup of Andy and Jen, a couple who love each other, but Jen just can‘t be with him anymore. Andy narrates the book and it could seem too much about his life after the breakup but it doesn‘t. He‘s a standup comic and he‘s forever trying to be a good one along with making sense of the end of his relationship with the woman he loves. A great ending as well!

Cathythoughts Nice review! Stacked. ❤️ 4w
Lesliereadsalot I think you‘ll like this one! @Cathythoughts 4w
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0. My daughter showed me how to put pictures in the #5JoysFriday square!
1. Actually last week but here are the funkopops of my daughter and her partner
2. Waldorf salad I made for Fathers Day
3. Book City jigsaw puzzle
4. Enjoyed my garden while reading on the deck
5. Me and the kiddos. Big family weekend!

#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

kspenmoll Love Waldorf salad- my mom made it all the time on hot summer days. Your deck is beautiful! Happy reading when it‘s cooler! (edited) 4w
Deblovestoread Lovely! 4w
bthegood 💕 💕 4w
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Cathythoughts Lovely picture of you and your family. ♥️ 4w
Lesliereadsalot Thanks. I love when we‘re together! @Cathythoughts 4w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Yay to your daughter for helping you with the pictures! Love the family photo & the salad looks delicious! 😋 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
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Think Twice | Harlan Coben
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If you read Harlan Coben, you know how his books go. Murder, suspects, followed by a murderer you didn‘t suspect. This one‘s a serial killer with Myron Bolitar and his ginormously wealthy friend Win on the case. A quick satisfying read.

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I have framed Edward Gorey jigsaw puzzles all over my office. Not to mention all the books, magnets and current calendar!
@Bookwomble

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Cathythoughts Fab ♥️ 1mo
Bookwomble This is superb! I have a few Gorey jigsaws, which are often fiddly with all that hatching, but so satisfying when complete 😊 4w
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All Fours | Miranda July
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I liked this book but I‘m not sure what to make of it. A 45 year old artist (it‘s never clear exactly what her art is) sets out to improve her life, her sexuality and her knowledge about herself. She goes off on one tangent after another and has one complicated relationship after another. I‘m just not clear on where she stood at the end of the book, but it kept me reading so that‘s something.

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kspenmoll Enjoy London! 1mo
Lesliereadsalot Thanks! Haven‘t been there in years. @kspenmoll 1mo
DebinHawaii A wonderful list of joys! 💛💛💛 I‘m envious of your London trip! 😍 Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 1mo
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Do I get the award for first staycationintime24 in the mail? Please excuse the recycled Amazon box (don‘t judge a book by its cover, haha).
#staycationintime24

Chrissyreadit ☀️☀️☀️🎉🎉🎉☀️☀️☀️ 1mo
DinoMom Amazing ! 1mo
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The Hunter: A Novel | Tana French
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Tana French is a very good storyteller! This story continues The Searcher from about three years ago. A former cop retires to small town Ireland, where he gets dragged into murder mysteries. He‘s a terrific character and so are the two women in his life, a local landowner and a teenager who really needs his influence. Hope there are more of these down the road.

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Just finished watching Fallout on Amazon Prime. Highly recommend to sci-fi watchers.
#CLSFBC

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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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William Mandella narrates the story of his life over a space war that lasts 1150 years. Imagine the changes earth goes through, many of which you couldn‘t guess. This book was way ahead of its time, winning all sorts of sci-fi awards. And when he got to the origins of this war, all you can do is shake your head. Loved the ending!
#classicLSFBC

Ruthiella Great review! Just started reading it today. 1mo
Ladygodiva7 This is on the NPR‘s 100 SF Books so I‘ve been wanting to read it for a long time. 1mo
Lesliereadsalot @Ladygodiva7 Hope you like it! 1mo
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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I started this book and thought “What a stupid idea for a book!” but I kept reading and it just got better and better and turned out that I really liked it. It‘s totally far-fetched, the premise being that the main character can send her husband up into the attic and he will come down a different guy. And her life will revolve around this new husband, until she gets him to go back into the attic. Lots of humor and a good story.

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DebinHawaii A fun list of joys! 💛💛💛 Congrats to your grandson and to your daughter! 🍕😎 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 2mo
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Dominoes | Phoebe McIntosh
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This is one of those books where everything the narrator says and does sounds like real life, not a false word. It‘s a light hearted story tackling race, not easy to pull off. Layla and Andy fall in love and while she‘s light-skinned black and he‘s white, friends and family have their own thoughts and prejudices. Really liked where it started and where the characters ended up.

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Went to get a covid booster and the pharmacist told me there‘s a new updated pneumonia vaccine so I got them both!
#WhatsNewWednesday @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Readforlife @TieDyeDude

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1. The dirty car would have to be my choice. I once lived in a dirty house for so long, my boyfriend sent his cleaning lady over.
2. Rachel and James in The Rachel Incident.

#TwoforTuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I wish I had a cleaning lady. In my next life! 🤞🤣 2mo
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This one is not for the faint of heart. Five year old Kristine‘s mother is abducted from a mall parking lot, and she and her brother and her father have to live with that their whole lives. This true story grabs you from page one and continues to throttle you up until the end. Page after page, Kristine tries to make sense out of this senseless crime as it colors her every waking moment. It‘s a heartbreaker but a must read.

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Best present my kids ever got me!
@Sharpeipup

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Broken River | J Robert Lennon
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Definitely J Robert Lennon. Really liked Broken River.
#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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I didn‘t think the characters were developed all that well in this mystery about multiple murders, kidnapped children, and the FBI agent on the case. But the big twist at the end makes this a soft pick. And I‘m not talking about the murderer.

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kspenmoll What a wonderful week full of joy! 2mo
Bookwormjillk 🍹🍹🍹 2mo
TheBookHippie How lovely!!! Graduation is so wonderful!! (edited) 2mo
DebinHawaii A wonderful week of joys! 💛💛💛 Congratulations to your grandson 🎉 & I love all the special moments with family. Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 2mo
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Women and Children First | Alina Grabowski
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Highly recommend this book about a high school girl who dies at a house party. We read ten stories, each narrated by a girl/woman who knew her, and by the end we feel as though we knew her, and we have a feeling for what led to this tragedy. Each story feels very private, as though we‘re reading the author‘s diary. It‘s the kind of book that stays with you.

AmyG I have heard this was very good. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot The characters really come alive @AmyG 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! Stacked. ❤️ 2mo
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Wandering Stars | Tommy Orange
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It‘s 1864 in Colorado and so begins this story about one Native American family, generation after generation. We live through massacres and shootings and drug addiction and alcoholism and cancer, never really knowing how it‘s going to turn out in the end. It‘s about one family‘s quest to understand their history and come to terms with it. A thoroughly engaging book about a slice of life with which you may not be familiar.

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DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys!!! 💛💛💛 The last one made me 😆 I love lemon cookies, so you have me drooling! 🤤 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 2mo
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Bread, cheese & fruit
Anything by Rebecca Serle
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Give me some wine🍷and 🧀 please! Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Table For Two | Amor Towles
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Everything he writes is magical and this book is no exception. Not usually a fan of short stories but these six stories all have interesting characters with something to say. And the novella…each chapter is one character and how his/her life revolves around Evelyn who is a first time visitor to LA. You will love Evelyn, smart as they come and a great friend to have.

Karisimo Thanks for the review! I am also am a fan of Towles but not of short stories so I wasn‘t sure if I wanted to read this one! 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Definitely worth your while! @Karisimo 2mo
Karisimo @Lesliereadsalot just finished and I definitely enjoyed it! 3w
Lesliereadsalot So glad you liked it! @Karisimo 3w
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Wandering Stars | Tommy Orange
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There were children, and then there were the children of Indians, because the merciless savage inhabitants of these American lands did not make children but nits, and nits make lice, or so it was said by the man who meant to make a massacre feel like killing bugs at Sand Creek.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Expiration Dates | Rebecca Serle
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Really liked this story about Daphne who gets a note about how long the relationship will last, every time she meets someone new. She‘s so real, never a false note in her conversations with guys, friends, her family. In fact, a conversation she has with her dad near the end of the book made me cry. It‘s a book about the power of love and friendship and living the one life you‘ve been given.

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1. Been living with pain in a tooth for 6(!) months and finally had it pulled and grafted for an implant.
2. Picked up new Amor Towles and Tommy Orange books at the library.
3. So excited for the family to get together on Mothers Day.
4. Stopped using a nebulizer twice a day after one year, a real milestone.
5. Son in Seattle sent me 5 new jigsaw puzzles and started the mystery one, no picture.

#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

DebinHawaii A wonderful list of joys! 💛💛💛 Yay to no tooth pain & no daily nebulizer! 🎉 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Thanks for your sweet words! @DebinHawaii 2mo
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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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This one‘s a page turner! Our narrator, Evie, is caught between her past and her future, doing jobs for a “Mr. Smith” while trying to stay alive herself. If she‘s going to get through this, she‘ll have to figure out his identity and work out a plan to come out on top. I was rooting for her every step of the way and you will too.

AmyG This was a fun read. I loved the twists. 2mo
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Broken River | J Robert Lennon
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A beautifully written book about a house where two people were murdered and the new family who moves in. The parents and their daughter each narrate the story along with one of the murderers and some kind of observing ghost. Terrific character development and plot lines, well worth reading.

Tamra I really enjoyed the audio of this one! 2mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one too! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 Yes I loved it too. Must read another one by him soon X 2mo
bthegood Stacked - your review sold me 🙂 2mo
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1. Finally finished The Three Body Problem and can get back to reading all the books I had frozen at my library.
2. Started a new 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
3. Picked up a box of See‘s Candy bridge mix, my special treat.
4. Having lunch and walking in the botanical garden today with my two best friends.
5. Getting together tonite with a couple I‘ve been friends with for over 40 years.
#5JoysFriday. @DebinHawaii

Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 I‘m a See‘s nuts & chews girl myself! 😉 Thank you for spreading the joy! 3mo
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Finally got around to this little gem of a Japanese mystery written in 1962. Lots of neurotic old ladies living in the K Apartments for Ladies in post-war Japan, many with secrets. Really interesting twists at the end that I didn‘t see coming. A little hard to keep all the names straight as they all sound similar!

vivastory Glad that you liked this one. I also really liked Togawa's other book also pub by Pushkin 3mo
batsy I really enjoyed this one, too! 3mo
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Death's End | Cixin Liu
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Whew! This was one wild ride. 1850 pages of immersion in a sci-fi world that repeatedly draws you in. I highly recommend this trilogy if only to see the myriad possibilities of what could happen to our planet. The last book will really blow your mind with its twists and turns and eventual outcome. And the big question persists: Who‘s out there? You‘ll have to read these books to find out.

Lesliereadsalot How about the way earth was “cleansed” with the flip of a piece of paper? @batsy 3mo
batsy Yep! Pure cosmic horror, in a sense. 3mo
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Death‘s End, book 3 of the Three-Body Problem trilogy.

#weekendreads. @rachelsbrittain

Karisimo Have you watched the tv show? I‘m wondering if the story is true to the book? 3mo
Lesliereadsalot The tv show is very true to the first book although a bit of the tv show takes place in the second book. The second book and third book go really interesting places so the next season of the tv show should be great. I loved the first season and watched the whole thing over two days! @Karisimo 3mo
Karisimo Thanks @Lesliereadsalot ! We just watched the first season and now the I‘m planning to read the first book for #litsyscifibookclub in May. 3mo
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1. Walked on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico every morning
2. Had amazing mango bbq grilled shrimp overlooking a marina with lots of Jetskiers
3. Not to mention a delicious coconut Bavarian bun from a bakery called OfKors
4. Loved all the bright umbrellas on the beach and the exercise groups moving around to 60s music
5. Planned a trip to see the Chicago Bears play in London next fall

#5JoysFriday. @DebinHawaii

DebinHawaii Wow! What an incredible list! 💛💛💛 A little tropical escape—I want a coconut Bavarian bun! 😋 Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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The Dark Forest | Cixin Liu
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OK! Two books down of the Three-Body Problem trilogy, with one to go. Really liked where this one went, sci fi to the max. Super interesting characters and story lines that I didn‘t see coming. Not sure these three books are the right read for a beach vacation though! The possible end of civilization is pretty heavy.

batsy Nice review! Definitely not beach reading 😆 3mo
batsy I thought the droplet scene was fantastic 🤯 3mo
Lesliereadsalot It was amazing! @batsy 3mo
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