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I should preface this review by saying that I think memoirs are brave. I rarely review them as I don‘t think it‘s my place to comment on someone‘s life. That being said, there are a few issues that should be addressed. First of all, Ford‘s relationship with her father, a man who spent her entire childhood in prison for rape. In fact, his story seems tangential to her own. 👇

LikelyLibrarian If her father had abandoned the family, instead, the story would‘ve remained basically the same. The story is primarily about Ford‘s relationship with her mother, and sometimes her grandmother. By and large, I enjoyed the writing, (although she‘s a little heavy-handedly with her use of metaphors), but I was troubled by her representation of her mother. 👇 6d
LikelyLibrarian It‘s true her mother was oftentimes abusive; it‘s also clear that her mother loved her deeply. What bothers me is Ford‘s lack of forgiveness and understanding for her mother‘s position. I‘m not saying an abused person has a responsibility to forgive the abuser. But, more than once, she claims that it‘s not her place to judge or forgive her father who, because of the mistakes he made, wasn‘t there for her. 👇 6d
LikelyLibrarian Her father raped two women, but despite being a victim of rape herself, she seems to idolize him. The same unconditional love is not shown to the woman who raised her. I guess what bothers me here is the obvious double standard. As a mother myself, I notice this often. Fathers get a free pass while mothers, who do most of the work, get all the blame. 6d
marleed You bring up very good points to consider. My mother died before I formed memories of her so my dad and six kids. As an adult, I had a standing joke with him and would say, ‘You know there is no statute of limitations on parental crimes decided by a child.‘ We‘d laugh. But I never considered how unfairly a child‘s justice might be delivered on two parents. 5d
LikelyLibrarian @marleed I‘m so sorry to hear about your mother. I never really knew mine, so I found Ford‘s hero worship of her absent father odd. I also raised my step kids after their mother chose drugs. My stepdaughter often blames me and others for every unhappiness in her life, but never her own absent mother. I guess it makes me sensitive to that kind of thing. 5d
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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There‘s so much going on here. The pressure society puts on women to procreate, to be naturally nurturing. The gender dynamics of parenting. The way children change a marriage. The way our children can change us. Tragedy and fear.

I listened to the audio version voiced by Marin Ireland. Book and narrator are amazing, and I kept finding new chores to do, so I could keep listening. Finished in two days. Wow. Just wow.

CarolynM Great review. It surprises me how many reviews I have seen that pin the blame on the mother. I thought Dad had a lot to answer for. 1w
LikelyLibrarian @CarolynM I agree. He refused to believe a child of his might have a problem. 1w
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“The witch embodies woman free of all domination, all limitation; she is an ideal to aim for; she shows us the way…[yet] historians seem determined to deny that witch-hunts constituted ‘a burst of misogyny without parallel in Western history.‘”

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Becoming Leidah | Michelle Grierson
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This book had a beautiful cover and an interesting premise, but to be honest, it was almost a pan. The writing is beautiful, and in general, the story is magical, but I‘m not a fan of novels that pit women against each other as they fight over a man, something the author seemingly did in an attempt to create sympathy for an abusive husband. But in the end, I‘m glad I finished. The end was creative and redeeming and the best part of the novel.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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This book was devastating. Set in the Great Depression, Hannah introduces us to memorable characters; then forces us to watch as they are subjected to disaster after disaster As others have said, there‘s little in the way of redemption. At one point , I thought, now I know why they called it the Great “Depression.” That being said, anyone who‘s lived through the last two years will certainly find it believable. Both heartbreaking and timely.

keys_on_fire Great review! 3w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I love Mandel‘s Station Eleven, but I wasn‘t particularly fond of The Glass Hotel, so I wasn‘t sure what to expect from her newest novel. In a word, amazing! It‘s different than anything else she‘s written, but the writing style is still uniquely Mandel. Much of its nonlinear plot takes place in the future, but it‘s definitely a story for now. Beautiful and relevant. Best read of the year ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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1. The House at Sea‘s End, a Ruth Galloway mystery by Elly Griffith

2. Audiobooks

3. I DNF‘d A Ghost in the Throat and swapped it for the tagged book. The writing is beautiful, but story‘s hard to concentrate on via audio.

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The Worst Witch | Jill Murphy
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Watching the 1986 HBO version of The Worst Witch. The best/worst Halloween movie ever created. 😜

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It‘s been a rough couple of months Littens. Both my husband and my dog have been gravely ill, requiring surgery, expensive medications and lots of TLC. And school‘s started back, so on top of my two part-time jobs, I‘m back in the classroom full-time. I‘m tired and frazzled and maybe even a tiny bit depressed, so I‘m taking some time out, while the sickies sleep, to have some coffee and read a library book about libraries.

Smrloomis That sounds like so much to deal with. Here‘s hoping you get some good time to care for yourself as well! ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Tamra You have your hands full! Take care! 8mo
LikelyLibrarian @Smrloomis Thanks 😊 8mo
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LikelyLibrarian @Tamra Thank you! 8mo
Reggie I‘m sorry. I hope things get better for you. 8mo
BookNAround You‘ve had quite the row to hoe, haven‘t you. I hope everything looks up soon! 7mo
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I‘ve read (or listened to) all of Jenny‘s books — with the exception of her art collection, You Are Here. Furiously Happy is still my personal favorite — it helped me through a particularly dark time — but this one runs a close second. It‘s hilarious and irreverent and inspiring, just like the author.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This YA novel deals with important themes, like teen parenthood, in a simple but sophisticated way. It‘s a little more narrative and a little less poetry than her earlier works, but her unique style is still apparent. By far, the best thing about the book is its main character, Emoni. She is responsible and hardworking, mature and considerate. It‘s nice to see a YA character who refuses to get caught up in drama and cares about more than romance.

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On this first day of summer, here is my #Booked2021 #Summer list.

#Relatedto911
#ContainsPhotos
#LatinxAuthor
#AppalachianNoir
#Under150Pages
#ColorInTitle

They appear here, in order of most to least favorite, top to bottom and left to right.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great choices! Hooray for summer. 😎☀️🍉⛱ 11mo
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Southern Bound Book Shop | Biloxi, MS (Bookstore)
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I love me an independent bookstore. I stop at every one I pass and even make trips just to visit them. This one is located Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
#IndependentBookstore

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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LikelyLibrarian My favorites appear in the top row. It‘s been said before, but Piranesi is especially beautiful and unlike anything I‘ve ever read before.
The second row are good reads, 3+ stars all. Murmur of Bees is beautifully written, and Library of Legends gets a special shout-out for the gorgeous cover.
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The houseguests have left the building!!

FlowerFairy I love your elephants! 12mo
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This one has been on my shelf for a while. I‘m only about a chapter in, but the writing is beautiful.

#booked2021
#unpeacekeepers

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I recently “met” Jesmyn Ward when she agreed to speak to a group of creative writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is talented and genuinely human. Sing, Unburied, Sing is her third novel, and her best. And amazing example of Southern Gothic literature.

#booked2021

#HearHere

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At times, inspiring and anxiety provoking.

#booked2021
#containsphotos

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Girls with Bright Futures | Tracy Dobmeier, Wendy Katzman
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Thought I‘d read a little of this before bed. Big mistake. #unputdownable

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The Survivors #SetinAustrailia
The Space Between Worlds #NonfictionScienceorSFwrittenbyaWoman
Eat only when you‘re hungry #BakedGoodsontheCover
You Should Have Known #COVIDHEROES (doctor or nurse MC)
The ABC Murders #MustacheonCover
Invisible Women #AuthorsFirstNameStartswithABorC

#Booked2021 #Winter

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Books for February = 9
Re-reads = 1 (RPO)
Non-fiction = 1
Sing, Unburied, 84 Charing Cross and RPO = 5 ⭐️
Psychology of Time Travel and 50 Words = 4 ⭐️
Pieces and Lillian Boxfish = 3 ⭐️
(I‘m gonna pretend Ready Player Two never happened. 🤦‍♀️)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Free audiobook from Libro.fm. Their eyes were watching god!! Today only!

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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I did a slightly different #20of2020. Here are 20 nonfiction reads, broken down by categories. Row 1: Memoirs. Row 2: Feminist Criticism. Row 3: Books for raising Social Consciousness. Row 4: Historical, general, etc.
I enjoyed all of these, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Braiding Sweetgrass. It changed the way I think about nature and my responsibility to the environment.

LikelyLibrarian I forgot Untamed by Glennon Doyle. This is a book that definitely deserved to make the list. I especially enjoyed the chapter “Boys.” 1y
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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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Congratulations @rachelm ! I loved Ove and Rosie, so I can‘t wait to read this!

@rachelm is holding a #giveaway for her new book. Check out her Litsy page and stack her book on Goodreads:
https://tinyurl.com/TBEGR

rachelm Yay! Thanks! 2y
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I‘m looking for something light and funny to read, something to distract myself from the chaos surrounding us, something similar to the books pictured above. Any suggestions?

Beatlefan129 I liked this one, got similar vibes as A Man Named Ove. Like that book, there are some heavy themes but everything ends up in a good place 2y
LikelyLibrarian @Beatlefan129 Thanks for the suggestion! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘re welcome⭐️ 2y
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True Places | Sonja Yoerg
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Virginia Woof (AKA Ginny) and me starting our new book

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Here is my May wrap-up. Being out of school, I expected to read more, but to be fair, most of these were pretty lengthy.

Shout, Uprooted and A Gentleman in Moscow were definitely five star reads.

Deep Creek, Under the Dome and the Harry Potter books (re-reads for me) were four or even four and a half.

Signature, Transcription and Found Things were all clever (albeit for different reasons) and while I didn‘t love them, I appreciated them.

LikelyLibrarian Just realized that I forgot to add Under the Dome to the pic above, so here‘s a link to that one. 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 3y
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I‘m not an outdoorsy person. I respect the environment and I loved nature, but mostly from afar. But it‘s just too beautiful a day not to be out in it.

TheLibrarian The only thing I love doing outside is sitting in the sun reading but I hate bugs so it normally doesn‘t last long. 3y
LikelyLibrarian @TheLibrarian I‘m pretty much the same. Mosquitoes love me. My blood must be a delicacy 🙄 3y
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Library haul 😁

Emiller Deep Creek is SO good!!! Enjoy! 😊 3y
LikelyLibrarian @Emiller Thanks! Looking forward to it! 3y
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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New mug. New kindle. New book.
Let summer break begin!

Slajaunie Love that mug! 3y
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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So I‘m a little late to the party, but here‘s my April wrap up. The books are listed in order from most (Hibiscus) to least favorite (Bury). I‘ve been re-reading (listening) to the HP series, and I still think they‘re absolutely fabulous, but as I‘ve read them before, they didn‘t have the same impact on me as the top row of books did.
While I didn‘t love them, I appreciated the books on the bottom row; there were no “losers” this month.

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“When do we speak out, eh? When soldiers are appointed lecturers and students attend lectures with guns to their heads? When do we speak out?" ~ Chimamanda Adichie

JanuarieTimewalker13 This is a very sad commentary. Our teachers are armed, and in Britain, even the police aren‘t. What is wrong with America? Why is our society so violent? I don‘t think we are the most violent on a per capital basis, but I think this is so sad. Can someone shed light on this? I‘m baffled by this. All these guns don‘t make anything better. 3y
Reggie So I read this book Arcadia and in it the Amish live next to the commune that has big bright ideas but ultimately fails. Later on in the book an Amish character tells one of the ex-commune people “you guys were weak, we knew you wouldn‘t last, when you do something like this you either choose community or freedom and you guys always chose freedom.” I think about that a lot. @JanuarieTimewalker13 and also Jurassic Park. Just cause we can 3y
Reggie Doesn‘t mean we should. 3y
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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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A fur baby, a fluffy blanket and a cup of tea...

“Now you know everything you need to know, the story can begin.”

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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I was feeling a little nostalgic, so I stopped by the library and picked up a few copies of Nancy Drew. I read book one yesterday. On the menu today - Book two, The Hidden Staircase.

Slajaunie I never read them but I probably would have if I had tried. 3y
LikelyLibrarian @Slajaunie They‘re great! For our generation, Nancy Drew was one of the only female literary characters we could look up to. 3y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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@Kmmsellers gave me this beautiful Anne of Green Gables journal and blanket for Christmas. The lines of the journal are made up of micro lines of the novel. It‘s amazing! 💕

Kmmsellers I‘m so glad you like it 😊 3y
LikelyLibrarian @Kmmsellers It‘s beautiful ❤️ 3y
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Just returned from a cruise with my grandson. We went to a Dr Seuss parade and listened to a reading of Horton Heard a Who! Does this count as my first read of the year? 😉

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90 books is a personal best for me (as an adult at least). And I read some great books this year. Here are my top five:

Circe by Madeline Miller
Educated by Tara Westover
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak
Us Against You by Fredrick Backman
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

BookNerd9906 👏👏👏 3y
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Saying Merry Christmas with homemade butterbeer 😋

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Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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While I don‘t read Christmas-themed books, I do like a (creepy) wintery fairytale at this time of the year. Starting this today ❄️

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I finished reading one of my all time favorite books, and now I‘m watching my favorite film version. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the best Jane Eyre 💕

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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“Books were her salvation. As a child, she‘d had a shelf of childhood favorites that she loved enough to read over and over again. But after ... books became more than mere stories. They were her lifeline, the pages as essential to her as breathing.”

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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If you want to do something for us,
Put a weapon down for me,
Close the maw of hell for me,
Be a friend to me,
Try to be good men for me.

You boast about all you‘re going to do for me.
So when are you going to stop ruining things for me?
Do you want to know what you can do for me?
Start by hearing me.

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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This was a quick and fascinating read. There were a tad too many subplots and it ended a bit too neatly, but the characters were complex and interesting and there was a steady build up of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. A solid four stars.

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“Unpopular, controversial or just plain different views when voiced by a woman are taken as indications of her stupidity. It is not that you disagree, it is that she is stupid: ‘Sorry, love, you just don‘t understand.‘”

I read this short book in one sitting. It is a fascinating, eye opening discussion of power and the social, cultural and political efforts to keep it out of the hands of women. It should be required reading for all young people.

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Boy, Snow, Bird should be called Whoa, Yikes, Hmm. The novel is broken into three sections, and that was my reaction to each. I‘m not sure how to feel about this book, but I will say I couldn‘t NOT finish it. Others have called it a fairytale and like many fairytales, this is a story about women, particularly mothers and daughters. The message seems to be that we are all irreparably damaged - far too damaged to have children.

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Thursday Afternoons | Monica Dickens
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1. My son - He makes me want to be the best person I can be.

2. My dog (she‘s tiny)

3. It‘s the last day of my workweek. I‘m a teacher, so I always have work to do over the weekend, but at least I can do it in my PJs.

4. Sleepin‘ in!!

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for participating! ☺️💚 4y
SamanthaMarie Working in PJs is definitely something. With hopefully a few breaks for reading. 😊 4y
LikelyLibrarian @SamanthaMarie That‘s the plan 😉 4y
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Helping Hands | Susan Ring
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I can‘t decide!! These are the top picks in my To-Read list. What should I read? 🤷‍♀️

candority No wonder you can‘t decide, you have so many awesome books on there! I‘m currently reading Us Against You and loving it! 4y
Samplergal There are a ton of great books there. The Fruit of the Drunken Tree was wonderful and didn‘t get the press it deserves. 4y
Kmmsellers Too many good options! 4y
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LikelyLibrarian @candority I really enjoyed Beartown! 4y
LikelyLibrarian @Samplergal It‘s definitely in the running! 4y
LikelyLibrarian @Kmmsellers I know! I must stop adding books to the shelf!! 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf There There is great! Also liked The Female Persuasion and Fredrick Backman is one of my favorite authors. 4y
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Tomorrow, I have to spend the day making lesson plans and grading early submission essays. So today, I‘m going to treat myself to a Harry Potter movie marathon and cross-stitching.

LiteraryinLawrence Sounds like a great plan! 4y
Lel2403 Great idea 4y
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